Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

Fangraphs Crowdsource HOF Ballot

Can I have a do-over? Jay Jaffe reminded fangraphs members that today was the last day to submit their 2019 HOF vote in their HOF Crowdsource ballot. I used to be a big HOF debate person as I watched solid HOF candidates get zero traction and disappear off the ballot before a groundswell of support …

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Lou Williams gives sellers remorse over and over

Watching Lou Williams once again decimate the Lakers on Friday Night, I got to thinking that every team that has traded him, has to be suffering from sellers remorse and he’s been traded three times in five years. Lou Williams was traded by the Hawks in the summer of 2014 for John Salmons. Lou would …

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A simple Christmas Story

While we wait to see what the Dodgers are able to do with their new found financial flexibility after trading one of the most popular Dodgers, I’ve decided to tell a little Christmas Story inspired by a CBS Sunday Morning episode about Sears. The CBS story isn’t a good story about Sears, it is about …

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LAD RF OPS+/bWAR cumulative leaderboard

Once you start looking at the cumulative leaderboard for LAD right fielders, you lose the Gary Sheffield’s and Pedro Guerrero’s because they played most of their Dodger career at other positions.  It is still a strong group, and I was curious where Puig would stand since he had six full seasons at the position under …

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LAD RF Seasonal OPS+/bWAR leaderboard

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a plethora of fantastic right fielders which ran the gamut from Ron Fairly – Yasiel Puig so cracking the leaderboards for LAD right fielders you hade to earn it.  The names roll off your tongue, some of the greatest LAD players have been their right fielders. Frank Howard, Reggie …

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The Wild Horse has left the corral

It seemed inevitable that number 66 would not be a Dodger in 2019 but when the news came yesterday that the Dodgers had moved the iconic right fielder in an effort to clear salary space for possible future moves it still left many Dodger fans stunned that one of their favorite players would no longer …

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Fab Five Dodgers

This is two days too late to properly asses how much Yasiel Puig was beloved by Dodger fans but it is something I wanted to do this week.  Back in February of 2010 Michael White wrote for TrueBlueLA and did a fab five edition in which each of the regulars or even the semi-regulars commentators …

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Surprisingly, Harper is still on Dodger radar

On the surface, a match of the Dodgers and Harper does not seem like something you’d expect from a team who has more outfielders than they have spots on the roster. You could make a case the Puig/Bellinger/Taylor/Joc/Kemp/Verdugo/Toles/Hernandez are all at least average, running from average (Toles, Kemp, Hernandez), to above average (Joc, Puig, Taylor, …

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She was in a league of her own

A few months ago I started thinking about Penny Marshall. I play softball with Fred Fox who was the showrunner for the iconic TV series Laverne and Shirley. The senior softball league I play on in the San Fernando Valley was created by Gary Marshall and is filled with folk who worked in the local …

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Yikes!!!! Dodgers extend Charley Steiner

for three years so if you live in the West San Fernando Valley you won’t have to lament the fact you can’t get KLAC 570 anyway. I’ve tried to be fairly snarkless when I moved from TBLA over to here but it is hard when a move is made that doesn’t seem reasonable on so …

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