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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Paul Lo Duca on Mets catchers: I can hit better lefty than those ‘schmucks’

Lo Duca-Durabol strikes again!

“I could hit better left-handed than the schmucks they’ve got there now,” said the righty-swinging Lo Duca, who is also a horse racing analyst and was booked on the show to preview the Belmont Stakes.

D’Arnaud, a top prospect acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal, is hitting .184 and Recker is right on the Mendoza Line at .200. That does make Lo Duca’s two years at Shea — he hit .318 in 2006 and .272 in 2007 – look Ruth-ian.

But Lo Duca, who was named in the Mitchell Report in 2007, saved most of his frustration for Omar Minaya. The former Mets GM acquired the veteran catcher from the Marlins for two minor leaguers before the 2006 season.

“The issue that the Mets have is that after 2006 and 2007, when we all were there … they stuck their hopes in a guy that, let’s be honest, had no clue what was going on,” said Lo Duca, who signed with the Nationals before the 2008 season.

“None. The guy was an idiot. And he ended up making the franchise go backwards. Where the Mets have always made the mistake is they’ve always settled for mediocrity. As a Mets fan, I’m done with it. Besides ’06 and ’07, give me some other years besides 2000 … And then they go build this ballpark that’s mammoth, and your franchise player [David Wright] is a hitting star who has four home runs!”

Repoz Posted: June 07, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bote Man Posted: June 07, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4720881)
Well, at least Paul LoDuca's boneheaded error set up the dramatic heroic end of the Nationals' first game in their new ballpark, you have to give him that!
   2. PreservedFish Posted: June 07, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4720887)
D'Arnaud has been impressively terrible. You look at the BABIP and assume that it's at least partially bad luck, but jeeze. And where is the power?
   3. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 07, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4720889)
Today's Met catchers might have hit better under what we might call the LoDucaesque conditions of the early 2000s.
   4. Publius Publicola Posted: June 07, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4720890)
Today's Met catchers might have hit better under what we might call the LoDucaesque conditions of the early 2000s.


No kidding. Talk about short memory. I love his addressing the question head on:

VIERA, Fla. -- Paul Lo Duca, cited in the Mitchell Report as a user of steroids and human growth hormone and the person who referred former Dodgers teammates Eric Gagne and Kevin Brown to his drug supplier, issued a statement Saturday in which he apologized for "mistakes in judgment."

Lo Duca met briefly with reporters Saturday but did not discuss particular performance-enhancing substances and would not directly say what he was apologizing for.

"C'mon, bro," Lo Duca said. "Next question."


What a man.


   5. AROM Posted: June 07, 2014 at 12:01 PM (#4720892)
Just looked at the Met's hitting stats. They look awful. Grandy is 'slugging' .349. Most of the others are just as bad. Yet other than catcher and EY jr, they are all with a hot game or series of having an OPS+ of 100. They are 8th in team runs, right in the middle of the pack.

Just show the extent pitchers have taken over.
   6. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: June 07, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4720896)
They sure work counts, though. I think they took no fewer than 200 walks in the set at Wrigley this week.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 07, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4720926)
Besides ’06 and ’07, give me some other years besides 2000


And, you know, besides 2001 or 2002. Give me some other years, you know, in the early 2000s, but not including 2003 or 2005. Besides dose.
   8. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: June 07, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4720994)
Over/under at 85 on how many days Lo Duca will spend at Jones Beach this summer with his bros sunning far away from the water while blasting awful 90's #### rock from some supercharged stereo system.

Looking at D'Arnaud I'm pretty amazed that he was considered an elite prospect. Seems just really undersized for a catcher and it's also hard to imagine much power in that bat.
   9. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 07, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4720999)
Over/under at 85 on how many days Lo Duca will spend at Jones Beach this summer with his bros sunning far away from the water while blasting awful 90's #### rock from some supercharged stereo system.


I'll take the over, but I like to think it's Bon Jovi.
   10. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: June 07, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4721001)
Today's Met catchers might have hit better under what we might call the LoDucaesque conditions of the early 2000s.

Wait a minute; I thought that Baseball Think Factory's First Catechism was that steroids didn't really do anything for hitters and that the reduced offense over the last several years has nothing at all to do with drug-testing.
   11. billyshears Posted: June 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4721012)
D'Arnaud has been impressively terrible. You look at the BABIP and assume that it's at least partially bad luck, but jeeze. And where is the power?


Yeah - he just doesn't seem to have a clue at the plate. Luckily (and hopefully), Plawecki seems like he is coming quick.
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: June 07, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4721015)
Wait a minute; I thought that Baseball Think Factory's First Catechism was that steroids didn't really do anything for hitters and that the reduced offense over the last several years has nothing at all to do with drug-testing.

Catechisms? Maybe to you, Cardinal Fang. When you live life as a cartoon, the whole world tends to look like a Hanna-Barbera background painting.

Among the other things I think: Steroids distorted the record books, and MLB fucking LOVED it. Steroids were cheating, but not against the rules. Manny Ramirez deserves penalties and Mark McGwire doesn't.

Nuance can make one's head hurt, but it's a good kind of hurt.
   13. bobm Posted: June 07, 2014 at 09:31 PM (#4721143)
   14. billyshears Posted: June 08, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4721234)
d'Arnaud was d'moted last night. Not really sure if I think this is the right answer.
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: June 08, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4721237)

Taylor Rosegarden era begins, or something similar.

actually Lo Duca will spend most of the summer at horse racing tracks. His many fans here can look for a new horse racing movie that comes out next week, narrated by Joe Pesci and featuring pithy comments from Mr. Lo Duca.
   16. Adam Starblind Posted: June 08, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4721256)
Well, Plawecki is doing his best Mike Piazza impression at Binghamton. Possible September call-up, I guess.
   17. bobm Posted: June 08, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4721261)
Taylor Rosegarden era begins, or something similar.


I Never Promised You a Teagarden by Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon.
   18. gef, more dangerous than a monkey w/ a razor blade Posted: June 08, 2014 at 11:39 AM (#4721263)
Well, Plawecki is doing his best Mike Piazza impression


Does that ...

Nah. Too easy.
   19. Batman Posted: June 09, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4721754)
Then Piazza could hit better than them lefty and without a bat.

Todd Hundley could hit better drunk. And probably did.

Gary Carter could hit better now.

And Mike Fitzgerald.
   20. Adam Starblind Posted: June 09, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4721808)

Does that ...

Nah. Too easy.


I didn't say Rear Admiral.
   21. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: June 09, 2014 at 12:19 PM (#4721850)
On the bright side, this is possibly the least icky time LoDuca has ever said, "I'd hit that."
   22. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: June 09, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4721865)
Remember the whole "heart and soul" of the Dodgers nonsense when LoDuca was traded by "googleboy"?

I honestly fell for at least part of that when LoDuca came to the Mets, I assumed that he was your team leader type...
Well he did hit well his first year in Flushing, as far as intangibles go, I'd say he er, wasn't a clubhouse cancer, maybe...

I think that when LoDuca was traded the LA press simply projected attributes onto LoDuca that didn't exist as a means of vilifying googleboy- I also think they did it consciously, LoDuca was never previously regarded as the "heart and soul" master of intangibles, that was maliciously made-up as support for the arguments they wanted to make.

   23. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: June 09, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4722109)
Maybe LoDuca can, but he has maybe 4 weeks left before he becomes the second-half pumpkin he's always been in his career
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: June 09, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4722178)
Just because nobody brought it out yet

Paul Lo Duca last year in the majors (at age 36 in 2008)
Lo Duca.243/.321/.295/.616/65(ops+) ---193 pa.

D'Arnaud .180/.271/.273/.544 56 145pa
Recker .207/.250/.333/.583 65 94...

I find it really hard to think that he would have been a better hitter than these jokers in 2009, much less 2014. Basically they are hitting about as well as he did in his last season in the majors. (and both are probably better defenders than Lo Duca was at the time)

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