The weather was the big story in Dodgers Nation as it rained longer than anyone can survive in LA.
During the same time, MLB Network’s “Shredder” ranked Justin Turner above Nolan Arenado for third base, while suggesting that perhaps the Dodgers had their second baseman right under their nose the whole time.
Our Brook Smith feels that 2019 could be a defining year for Kiké Hernández, who could also see a lot of time at second base.
And today, I suggested a new name as an option for the 2019 outfield: Adam Jones.
Plus our podcast welcomed an author to discuss his book on the 1988 World Series team, but also had some breakdown of the acquisition of Russell Martin, among other topics from the live stream.
Speaking of Russell Martin
While doing his round with media outlets, he expressed his hunger to win that elusive championship in Los Angeles.
Over at dodgers.com, Andrew Simon shared my thoughts on how Martin can rebound in 2019.
This was one of my first thoughts after the initial shock of the Martin pick up.
Russell had a ground ball percentage of 51.2 in 2018.
Give me all of the Martin with Robert Van Scoyoc! #LaunchAngleLife
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) January 11, 2019
I’m just wondering when we’ll hear the first vintage Russell Martin “I’m in the best shape of my life” quote. #BSOML
The Andrew Friedman Saga
We took a look at the full spectrum of Andrew Friedman’s tenure with the Dodgers, and took into consideration the apparent strengths and hang ups in his game plan.
First, Blake Williams put together a comprehensive defense of Friedman’s willingness to improve the team.
On the flip side, a recent Tweet from Hank Schulman had Clint Evans opening our eyes (that were obviously all already wide open) about the lack of spending from the front office.
Finally, Brook Smith helped steady our nerves when it comes to spending heavily on players.
Something will happen soon, nation… it has to. Hopefully before the “Show Business Revolution” happens at Dodger Stadium.