Each Monday, we will run our ‘Mailbag’ in which followers of our twitter account can ask anything they see fit. You can also ask a question directly by e-mailing Clint at Clint.evans_at_Dodgersnation_dot_com or hit him up on twitter @DiamondHoggers. Now for the weekly questions. You can see past editions of the mailbag here.
how soon do you think it will take the dodgers to hire a hitting coach a third base coach and a gm and to make a roster move
— Tim Dorame (@dodgersrules1) November 11, 2018
The comments that Andrew Friedman made in the wake of Farhan Zaidi leaving the Dodgers give us good clues. If I were to venture a guess – I think Los Angeles finds a third base coach sooner rather than later. Let’s say by Christmas on that, if I was a betting man. You want to have a coaching staff in place and it will probably happen in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. They’re probably already talking to candidates in that capacity and will end up with someone with a diverse and rich baseball background like Chris Woodward when he came over from Seattle. Probably someone who buys into the organizational philosophy with a blend of analytics. Hopefully it’s someone who was able to help the team other than just giving signs. Woodward’s work with the Dodgers infield was very invaluable.
On the GM front – it doesn’t sound like the Dodgers will rush into it. Like any great relationship or partnership – things take time. When it’s the general manager position of a prestigious organization like the Dodgers, you really take a holistic and slow approach to it. It sounds like there is a good chance that this replacement could come from within; if it comes at all. If the Dodgers don’t name a general manager, Friedman and some of the names mentioned in that hyperlink probably wear the hat and serve as a committee of the whole.
In short, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is no official GM by title in 2019.
Roberts boasts a .589 winning percentage and has made three straight NLCS appearances. I am not sure if any manager in history has done this in his first three years managing. Moreover, for some of the in-game gaffes that Roberts has made in the World Series; I truly can’t say if a better manager of personalities exists in baseball today. For the most part, I trust Dave Roberts to get the most out of what he has. On the other hand – I get the frustration. He simply cannot get back to another World Series and lose.
Roberts has managed the Dodgers through so much adversity and has overcome 98 percent of it. I think while sometimes it’s hard for us to see the picture while we are in it; if we are objective we have a pretty good manager on our hands in Doc. Again, I don’t like some of the lineup decisions and his in-game in late October has been very questionable. But as hard as I try I cannot think of someone I would appoint who I have more confidence in. That is unless; we can make a trade for Tito Francona. Even then, Roberts has the faith of the clubhouse and the players who he’s in charge of each day. His bosses who sign the checks seem to know that.
Here is my question: when is Fernando coming back?
— Jay Bertino (@FulkNerra1) November 11, 2018
Hey, Jay! What a timely question. Ironically, my friend Tim Rogers (The SD Dodger) and I discussed him over the weekend. On one hand – it’s unfortunate that Valenzuela isn’t going to be walking out of the tunnel in April and throwing for the Dodgers. On the other hand – if you enjoy Fernando (who doesn’t) – look for a good feature column about him soon on the site. Tim will be making the case for Valenzuela for the Hall of Fame.
Check out his numbers from 1981 to 1986 for instance. Even if you know them, there’s a beauty to them. Valenzuela was also one of the first baseball cards I ever remember owning. I was five years old and it was 1988, it stretches back to my first memories of baseball. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
Furthermore, it would be great to have Valenzuela involved with the Dodgers in some capacity.
How about we end with a little dose of Fernando – since it’s a Monday!
— ? J. Daniel ? (@JDaniel2033) November 11, 2018
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