Author: Craig Calcaterra

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Bill Plaschke, once again, says that Yasiel Puig will be the death of the Dodgers


Remember in August of 2013 when Bill Plaschke said that Yasiel Puig would end up costing the Dodgers dearly? Well, if you missed that, he said it again in April, this time saying Puig wouldn’t just cost the Dodgers games, but possibly foment a terrorist attack on Dodger Stadium.

Welp, none of that happened, but apparently Puig is once again the biggest threat to the Dodgers. From Los Angeles’ Most Concerned Citizen:

One of the Dodgers’ biggest postseason worries showed up Tuesday night, clearing benches, raising tempers, risking everything.

As long as Yasiel Puig continues to struggle with his emotions, the Dodgers will awkwardly struggle to dodge their flames.

The tempestuous outfielder allowed San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner to get into his head by hitting his foot Tuesday night in a first-inning plunking incident that nearly started a brawl . . . Puig cannot be the sort of cornerstone this team craves until he begins leading with his head instead of his heart. As much as the Dodgers value him, they still can’t really trust him, and that scares the heck out of them.

This from a non-fight, immediately after which the Dodgers hit a homer to take an early lead and after which the Dodgers won, pushing themselves to within a game of the NL West crown. And involving the player who has, far and away, been the Dodgers’ most important offensive weapon this year. And often its most important defensive weapon.

But, apparently, if you get a bit perturbed at being hit by a pitch a few days in a row, and when the HBP came from a guy who was a jerk to you earlier in the year, you’re a team cancer. Never mind that what Puig did last night is absolutely no different than what hundreds of other players have done in baseball history. Never mind that, I am 100% certain, Plaschke has praised other players who reacted similarly to being hit by a pitch as possessing “fire” and “competitiveness.”

But this is Yasiel Puig we’re talking about here. He’s different. He’s going to be the death of the Dodgers, my friends. Eventually. Bill Plaschke is sure of it.

Report: the Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent GM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Atlanta Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent general manager. But there’s a hitch: it would be a short-term gig:

Were Hart to accept the job, it’s likely he would groom assistant GM John Coppolella … It’s conceivable Coppolella could be elevated to the job now, too, though Atlanta could widen its search were Hart to turn it down. Hart had a similar situation in Texas, where he left the job in the hands of then-28-year-old Jon Daniels.

This makes little sense to me. Most people in the game consider Coppolella to be ready for the gig. He’s far less green than any number of other young successful GMs in the game. If this were a situation where the Braves needed to totally clean house and needed Hart or someone to be a hatchet man for a while, great, but that’s not the case. And there’s certainly no reason why Hart can’t be the same sort of advisor to Coppollella from the sidelines as a special assistant or whatever than he could be as the actual GM.

Take the the training wheels off, guys. Give the job to Coppolella before someone else steals him out from under you.

Palm Beach wants to give the Nationals and Astros money to play there, the teams want more

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Great moments in taxpayer funded sports facilities. Palm Beach County has offered to put up $55 million to build a spring training facility for the Nationals and Astros. But the facility may not happen. Why? Because that’s not enough for the Nationals and Astros. They want $155 million:

A divided Palm Beach County Commission rejected a request by the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to sweeten the county’s proposal to build a spring training stadium for the two teams in West Palm Beach.

But commissioners on Tuesday also directed county staff to continue negotiating with the teams, and report back to the commission within a month.

This is not one of the more egregious publicly-funded ballpark situations ever inasmuch as communities in Florida have long jockeyed to get and keep spring training facilities and there is, generally speaking, a lot of public support for using taxpayer money to do it. As well as established funds to do it.

But it doesn’t change the fact that, between them, the Lerners and Jim Crane could buy and sell many moderately sized countries yet still want more money from a local government for buildings that will, first and foremost, benefit the Lerners and Jim Crane.

Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee Stadium could be cancelled because of rain

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Tomorrow afternoon, Derek Jeter is scheduled to play in his final game in Yankee Stadium. This is the forecast for the Bronx for tomorrow:


The best part: since there are no playoff implications for the game, and since both the Yankees and Orioles have to play someplace else on Friday, it will almost certainly not be made up if it’s rained out.

I’m not sure if this is a matter of God, for the first time ever, not doing whatever is in His power to make things nice for Derek Jeter, or if it’s God crying because He will no longer be able to see Derek Jeter play.

Anyway: thoughts, prayers.