(I.B.M. That seems like a real stretch. Spam & Mullets: Because who remembers the BAM. The Dodgers have a great clubhouse, and I do not believe a lot of players look forward to leaving. You fair weather fans suck. The name “ Big Blue Wrecking Crew” has been utilized any number of times throughout Los Angeles Dodger history, even on a LP Album featuring Steve Yeager, Rick Monday Jay Johnstone, and Jerry Reuss. The prospect to generate fantastic salary, conference individuals, practical experience distinct cultures and travel about the whole world for free attracts numerous applicant. Garvey v Morgan v Snider v Bellinger You start stereotyping a player that he only play against left handers or right handers. Wow! Threads 22 Messages 24,436. Right now the list includes Buehler, Kershaw, Price, Wood, Nelson, Urias, Stripling, Gonsolin, Baez, Kolarek, Kelly, Treinen, Jansen , Floro, May, Alexander and Graterol. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events Will Lux realize the organization’s high expectations? When asked why he chose #33, he said it was a salute to James Shields, who was a mentor to him when he first came up. Plus if Max is a pull hitter, that puts Mookie on 3rd if Max hits the ball into RF. FORUMS. He is an absolute filthy pitcher with a 98-102 MPH Fastball and a 88 MPH “heavy sinker” that looks like the same pitch. If you read the blogs and sports journalists Joc is not happy and will be leaving after the season. Bellinger is the clean up guy, or at least I think he may spend most games there and like I just said someone like Muncy or another impact hitter to bat 5th behind Bellinger. I like Max as the #2. And while I can agree that this could be a Big Blue Wrecking Crew, I don’t see Pollock and Pederson generating 55 HRs out of LF, where a platoon would mean they were both playing part-time. Bellinger 4 Replies 156 Views Last post by ocmike24 Oct 03, 2016 2016-10-02T17:44. His speed at the top of the order give the Dodgers a factor that they have not been able to exploit before now. Nice touch. It's Time for Dodger Baseball! Agree about the Joc/AJ platoon. Blonde and mustachioed, the left-hander won 220 games with a 3.64 ERA, collected a World Series title with the Dodgers in 1981 and tossed a no-hitter -- throwing nothing but fastballs over the final frames: He even made a number of television appearances as part of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew following that World Series win: Betts and Turner are the best wrisp hitters so that stat seems to beg of a 2, 3, or 4 spot. Seager C Sanchez That’s why I’m disappointed with the whole Mookie Fiasco. Donate. The punishment does not seem to fit the crime in this instance. He wants to have the opportunity to hit lefties. He is recovery from a second back surgery. “They (Dodgers) had so many outfielders for awhile, they had to find a way to get that line up that would be more consistent and more conducive to winning a world championship. Are you going to the Dodgers two games in Arlington later this month? Go Dodgers! The Dodger franchise has had their share of great Aprils but one that will always stand out for me are the 20 games played by Ron Cey in 1977. Smith, Does this one? All high caliber talents that could be part of the foundation of our team in 5 years and here we are at the opening chapter. The 1970s brought a record-setting infield and a Big Blue Wrecking Crew, led by manager Lasorda who claimed to "bleed Dodger blue." I think Pollock hit 14 last year, and that included playing multiple positions And of course, will the ball be juiced this year? The deal was struck – honour it. If CT3 is in LF instead of Pollock vs lefties not too many balls will find the outfield grass. CF Gardner. They won’t give him the QO and he will move on… unless he’s traded. I especially like the plan for left field being the only platoon position. Seager Seager Shipping and handling. But, no matter what kind of season he has, I hope that the Dodgers do not get involved in any 10-12 yr. contract offers after this season. I will be very surprised if 6-8 do not hit 20+, and all 11 will be double figures. point is it’s important to have an impact hitter batting 5th to protect Bellinger from being pitched around and from not seeing any strikes thrown to him. Joc called him about 8 times a day. That is a great idea!I am a big fan of Joc! If Betts and Bellinger (who both have excellent speed) get on base with regularity, it means that Max will see more fastballs and Max Muncy may be the best fastball hitter in all of baseball. While player versatility is regarded a strength, I like a set core line up for many reasons. Buckner v Griffey Sr v Robinson Betts Last season the Twins had 5 players with 30+ home runs. Seager I do not know; he always seemed to be someone who could hit to both fields, but I think that he pulled the ball more last year. Once a player like Seager was deemed worthy of the #2 spot he would stay there. The thing that concerns me with Muncy is his strikeout rate. That is 11 guys who have a legit shot at 20+ and 6 with 25+. By the 1950s, former President Harry Truman was using it prominently to criticize Republicans. Muncy It’s deep. That’s great news Mark – was getting worried about the old fella! Dodger Blue; Dodger Insider; Dodger Thoughts; Dodgers Beat; Dodgers Digest; Dodgers LowDown; ... Stats Crew; This Great Game; USA Today; Wikipedia; FORUMS AND MESSAGE BOARDS. Maybe he just has to be a little more patient at the plate. They are the cream of the crop.” That’s a true statement as long as Doc allows that to happen. (the others being in game management of the bullpen and the September try outs for roster spots) I kept close watch down the stretch last season and there was a different line up every day. All things Dodgers. It would seem to me that it would be advantageous now for batting orders to be staggered lefty – righty as much as possible when getting into the bullpen. Bellinger LOS ANGELES — Remember the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew?” It was 1974, the Dodgers were starting to stand up to Cincinnati’s vaunted Big Red Machine, and the … The 1980s placed the spotlight on "Fernandomania" and Kirk Gibson's World Series home run, which was later voted "the Greatest Moment in Southern California sports history." I’m guessing that HR production could go down and that the doubles will increase. Only LeMahieu is very good and Gardner is average and his arm is not good. The Big Blue Wrecking Crew was the defense for the New York Giants during the 1980s that won two Super Bowl Championships and three NFC East Titles, the first in Super Bowl XXI in 1986 and the other in Super Bowl XXV in 1990. I cannot wait for this season to start. Justin Turner, as usual, will need to stay healthy and that’s not easy for him. Who could hit 30 HR for the Dodgers in 2020? Cey v Foster v Hodges v Seager I’d keep Joc – he’s a good Teammate and has real power – and more importantly has the bottle for the Post Season. Smith No one was prepared to say “NO this isn’t right and I don’t won’t to be a part of it”. I agree he belongs further down in the lineup. I have no problem with Corey batting #5 or #6. The other positions have set players and predictability. Then Betts, then Bellinger, then Muncy. I do not know if that is true. I’m just playing around with it, and obviously I’m not sending in the lineup cards. What is amazing to me how the game is changed over the years, recall the last time Dodgers won a WS that team had a TOTAL of 99 HR’s that year! Wahoo!” ... Larry Bowa, moved through the room, embracing this Dodger, pumping that one's hand. Either way, I consider Betts to be an elite hitter. I like Doc but this is one of three areas I don’t like. Highlights of the New York Giants defense over the last 30 years. bronxpinstripes: Gotta have an excuse in case Jones doesn't perform again this year. That platoon could deliver 55 HR for LF. Belly The 1977 Dodgers were the first team with four players hitting 30+ home runs, but there have been several teams that have also reached that total, including the 1997 Dodgers (Karros, Zeile, Piazza, and Mondesi). This team is gonna score a lot of runs! Muncy He said Strip texted him every couple of days. Seems to me they totally miss that the Dodgers really only had one platoon last year and Verdugo hit lefties well. We don’t know how the lineup will be constructed… Betts could leadoff or hit 2nd or 3rd. Joc can pop 40! Peter Gammons and Andrew Friedman both know Price very well. It also keeps those platooners quasi grooved. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the batter was said to see more fastballs because of the steal threat. However, some will! Very much looking forward to this season. Whining cry babies. And they still have an excellent farm system. Free shipping for many products! I’m glad Joc is still a Dodger, and he will The name “Big Blue Wrecking Crew” has been utilized any number of times throughout Los Angeles Dodger history, even on a LP Album featuring Steve Yeager, Rick Monday Jay Johnstone, and Jerry Reuss. be cool because he is a good guy. Smith v Bench v Campanella v Turner I expect the Killer B’s, Betts and Bellinger, to be in the Top 5 MVP Candidates and Max Muncy could be close too. Nobody who was prepared to do what was right – out of 25 adult men, plus the other players on the 40 man who must have been aware of it – plus all the coaches and whole Entourage?? Welcome to the Big Blue Wrecking Crew chat! Maybe analytics have made it more important to balance the lineup? I think Pollock hit 14 last year, and that included playing multiple positions. In case it is legal to grow it in your state, here’s the best way. Two of the three outfield spots will be handled by everyday players, Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. ... Big Blue Wrecking Crew Dodgers. Still I wonder how much his HR production will be influenced by the fact that he’s moving from the HR friendly AL East (Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Camden Yards) to the not so HR friendly NL West (Dodger Stadium, Petco Park and Oracle Park). He will make a huge impact in the bullpen this year. He made a sideways mention to unspecified “other things.”. That’s why they play the games and I am more excited about 2020 than any year I can remember. $5.00 $10.00 $20.00 $50.00. Every player at every position has a shot at 30 HR. When AJ Hinch was asked about the buzzers, he said that “MLB investigated and found nothing to that.” He could have denied it, but he didn’t… he chose to say what he said, so that he would not be lying, but he knows damn well they used buzzers. What worked in 2019 likely won’t work this year. When the Dodgers break camp who will be on their pitching staff? Too many 1st pitch swings and misses. The line up du jour. In 2019, Max hit into 5 ground ball DP’s in 589 PA. … and the farm is still massively strong! I’ve seen it, we all have. No doubt that Mookie Betts is one of the top players in the game, and an offensive force. There is a story out of how powerful Beltran was and that he “steamrolled” by those who did speak out. But yeah, those are the ones that at some point are going to call it out, like Fiers. No way I consider Joc or Pollock in the lead-off spot. These guys could conceivably be our main rotation headed by Buehler through the next 5-6 years. It should be interesting to see how the final lineup shakes out. Joc/Pollock platoon Lux. Watching, perhaps, Kenley’s heir apparent in Graterol. It won’t be long before May is the Ace on this staff, that’s how good I think he could be. Betts Conner Wong is a backup, if he makes the show. GOODS & SERVICES: T-shirts, polo shirts, jackets and sweat shirts. There’s no way that all those involved were not gonna talk, or in Fier’s case, feel a little remorseful. Nobody steals anymore, it’s not viable with current thinking…. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a deal in the works for Stripling and Joc but as it stands I like this current team a lot. And I have no problem with that. He’s a darkhorse MVP candidate. The accidental closer. Seager That adds up to a monster season. Mens Dodgers "ITFDB" T shirt $ 15.00 They grew it, so they can chew it. Duke also benefited by being the only big lefty bat in a powerful lineup. Best fastball hitter and most patience. It's Time for Dodger Baseball. He had RBI last year, but of course that was in AL with the designated hitter. 39: The National League's 102d pennant race was finished. Can we see 13 with double figure HRs? Forums Topics Posts Last post; It's Time for Dodger Baseball! It will come out and players will not get immunity for that. IMHO it’s different to call out a player or players for cheating w PED’s, you don’t rat on your teammates, but when a whole organization is cheating, that needs to be called out. 2B Lux In case you missed it, here is a pitchy cover of Queen by the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew”. Sum it up with one word – SHAME. And of course, will the ball be juiced this year? The infield is set unless Gavin Lux falters. The Big Blue could be stuck with a serious servicing problem as well. One thing that is VERY important as far as this lineup goes is that 5th place hitter behind Bellinger. Wouldn’t it be an ironic tale if he actually pulls it off? 30+ HRs – Belli, Max, Joc, and Betts Fiers did the right thing, finally. I will have to admit I grew up with this infield, I have to say they were to me the greatest infield that ever played but what do I know lol. Both may be good to All-Star players. He will play hard for a new contract or hurt himself… I think he’s smart enough to show up, step up and shut up! Actually William, Muncy has above average speed and has the 5th fastest sprint speed on Dodgers. We can’t use the same name again – there are rules against such things. Someone asked Friedman how things went during the hold up with the Angels trade. JT What I really don’t understand is that they were really good anyway – and probably the favourites to win it all. 10 October 1977, New York Times, "That Big, Blue Wrecking Crew" by Red Smith, pg. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for UNION OIL DODGER RECORDS & THE BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW ! Hope you enjoy a great read on our second write-up on the Dodgers as they sport an amazing record of (26-10) , good enough to have the best record in MLB and be all alone in 1st place in the NL West . FWIW, on MLBN that 30 clubs in 30 days coverage of all the teams has the Dodgers as the last team to be showcased on March 21. My preference, not that anyone named Doc or Freidman, care, would be: Lux Reports that Baez won his arb hearing at $4M. Mens Dodgers "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" T Shirt $ 15.00 . I doubt Lux will lead off but Lux, Betts, Bellinger puts all the speed at the top of the lineup. Cey v Foster v Hodges I think the last time I checked Joc had his best stats hitting in the #5 hole so maybe Joc and Muncy should switch spots in the lineup. Staying a cabin crew is usually a dream job for lots of people. Yeager v Geronimo v Gilliam v Smith. But I might be inclined to bat him lower in the order. The 1988 Dodgers were comprised of “ The Stunt Men ” who include Mickey Hatcher, so that was a fitting moniker too. Pollock and Pederson might be playing to move on, while Seager and Turner are battling to stay healthy and relevant. Just joined BBWC. Threads 22 Messages ... Never know where my seats will be since I have an inside connection with the Dodgers who gets them for me. If I recall last year at DS alone, the Dodgers hit 145 of their 279 team HR’s that set a new NL record. Let’s keep cheering on the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew! My wife and I will be there. This item will ship to United States, but the seller has not specified shipping options. May 6, 2021 12:36:22 GMT -5. verachuckdave: Its Like They Were Dead Set Not Taking O/L. Home of the most informed Dodger fans on the planet. He needs to be a professional (and I think he will be) and put any possible hurt feelings on the shelf and do his job, especially coming into free agency. That’s what makes me sick about Houston’s cheating. I do think moving the IL back to 15 days minimizes how the Dodgers use their 40-man depth though, 2021 © LA Dodger Talk, Turner 3B (if he can be healthy for 140 games…). Was it worth the risk of cheating to for ever ruin the team/city/individual honour of winning? After thirty-two years of futility, most of which were my fault, the Dodgers have finally done it. I haven't seen you on the board in some time and hope you're well and all's okay on your end. computer--ed.) Not in the National League, and of course Smith is not going to hit over .250 most likely, and we don’t know what Lux will do, maybe .260 or .270? Duke was my favorite #3 hitter back in the day when the #3 hitter was considered the best hitter but he led the team in Ks. None of them felt it was morally wrong? It’s hard for Andrew Friedman to trade prospects because he knows he knows the value of a good prospect who has been properly developed. Donate to Us Support The Big Blue Wrecking Crew by making a donation. The Dodgers depth allows them to handle just about any pitching moves. JavaScript is disabled. Doc has already said that Mookie is hitting leadoff. Here is my wish. Hoping both AJ & Corey can have an uninterrupted Spring Training – both should potentially be better than last year. 20+ HRs – Smith, Lux, CT3, Kike’, AJ. Don’t see that happening. Whatever happens, it appears that the Dodgers offense will be a lot more formidable in 2020. If I were Freidman I would give Joc a million dollar roster bonus to ease the tension there. Get your best hitters as many ab’s aspossible Is that old adage about speed on base producing FBs for the at-bat hitter still relevant? One more thing. The Big Blue Wrecking Crew ... Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants - Game #162 - Kenta Maeda vs. Matt Moore - 10-2-16. by Matthew » Oct 02, 2016. Joc will start 2/3 of the games in LF (until if and when he is traded), but AJ will get AB’s when a LHP comes in and he will also serve as the primary RH pinch-hitter. Max is a patient hitter and not afraid to get deep into the count. I don’t have any stats, just what I have seen, but Muncy seems more of a pull hitter, and he does not have any speed, making him a double play threat. MESSAGES. Joclock That leaves 14 pitchers. I’m looking forward to this season with more anticipation than any in recent memory. They are the best I’ve seen at platooning guys BUT that has a shelf life eventually. Wynn v Perez v Furillo NOTIFICATIONS. Maybe that’s another reason why players weren’t punished. I would definitely go with Mookie at Lead Off – get him as many ABs as possible – plus we have missed a base running threat for a number of years and Mookie and Cody back to back would’ve give us that. I had been thinking about our lineup. Maybe I’m living in a different time. It is the Dodgers' name for their official fan club. Teams need to play their bench to keep guys sharp. The Big Blue Wrecking Crew. Jimmy Nelson, Alex Wood, Dylan Floro, Scott Alexander and others are all capable of good-to-great seasons, but not all will. Your right I can’t wait for ST to start. That brings me to David Price, who could have his left arm fall off or he could win 20 games… and anything else in-between. In the American League, the leadoff man does not follow the pitcher, so there are plenty of rallies where you have two or even three men on base when the leadoff man comes up. If he wants to stay a Dodger, I am sure AF will listen. 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