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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Honestly, I'm Not Quite Sure What To Make Of This

Who dis? Well, if the plan is to have Oates write about the Dodgers, and Tim Brown to write about the Very Darn Bestest Organization of Wonderful Human Beings Ever to Walk on God's Green Earth Since Jesus's Apostles Themselves of Los Angeles, that is a huge relief. Even if the plan is to get an analyst who can look at the team with fresh eyes and start over, free from the ludicrous brain smog afflicting most of the writers there, this is a very good start. Now, I don't mean to quibble, but there are some things we can work on here.

1) The Laptop Computer and Fantasy Baseball stuff is way, way overdone. For all we know he uses a desktop. As for Fantasy Baseball, this team resembles no fantasy baseball team I've ever seen. Those are the teams with the Urbinas and Kolbs that blow up every year. Steve Schmoll is on nobody's fantasy team.

2) The computer did not recommend that he let go of Adrian Beltre. We've been through this so many times, it is not profitable to do so again.

3) Olmedo Saenz is not new.

4) I don't think it's fair to say that the Dodgers have been "largely" ignoring scouts and other traditionalists. At least there is no evidence to suggest this.

5) "Half" of Beltre's charm is not his defense. This is Oates stretching to try fit Beltre leaving into a computer. Again, the Dodgers tried to keep Beltre.

6) Interesting that he mentions Shawn Green's first-ball hitting. It's not just the walks, but the ability to drive up pitcher pitch counts early in games. I would grade this point as incomplete.

7) The computer is telling us that Cora's "fielding excellence" may not be so excellent anyway.

8) Lima. Please.

But take our criticism as constructive, Mr. Oates. It's refreshing to see someone trying to pick through the smog and start over again where everyone should have been in the first place. This is a team that can win. Will it? Stay tuned.

UPDATE: If he's retired, this may not be a regular feature. What brought it about? Did Oates call in? Did Dwyre finally realize that the smog was so thick no one else could do anything like it? While I recognize the piece's faults, at least it doesn't suggest the low bias that permeates every other piece. Very strange.

6 Comments:

  • Oates is a retired Times writer who was a specialist in football. They bring him back for the superbowl every year, but I've never heard of him doing a baseball article before.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/19/2005 07:14:00 PM  

  • Oates is a retired Times writer who was a specialist in football. They bring him back for the superbowl every year, but I've never heard of him doing a baseball article before.

    By Anonymous Marty, at 4/19/2005 07:16:00 PM  

  • Marty would like everyone to know that Oates is a retired Times writer who was a specialist in football. They bring him back for the superbowl every year, but I've never heard of him doing a baseball article before. :)

    Actually, I thought the article was weak for the reasons you pointed out, Steve. But your right, it was an *attempt* at sanity and I'm glad I'm not the only one wondering if it wasn't Dwyre who thought that maybe, jes maybe, the LAT's coverage of McCourt/Depodesta needed to be improved to the level of actual, you know, *coverage*.

    By Blogger Mr. Landon, at 4/20/2005 08:14:00 AM  

  • I think that article might be worse than any Plaschke article, actually. I'm not sure what to make of it either. Is it toungue-in-cheek? The LA Times has been so bad that I can't actually tell.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2005 10:33:00 AM  

  • Like I said, I guess I'm just not sure what to make of this. Perhaps I'm so desperate to say anything good about anything at the LA Times that I've given this piece a pass it shouldn't have gotten.

    By Blogger Steve, at 4/20/2005 11:01:00 AM  

  • Is this all tongue-in-cheek? I'm just more confused than before. Bill Dwyre, you got me.

    By Blogger Steve, at 4/20/2005 11:10:00 AM  

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