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Good, Bad and Ugly

With the second to last reference to Clint Eastwood behind us, let’s discuss the offseason to date, shall we.

Good: The Dodgers did not trade for Sammy Sosa and Kevin Brown’s been gone a whole year. Definitely good.

If L.A. is even considering Brad Radke and his 100 walks in four years, that is very very good.

The writers got both Cy Young men correct. Right on the button.

The Mets hired Willie Randolph with a minimum of arm-twisting from their consciences, while no minority skippers were fired and replaced with Larry Bowa.

Bobby Cox is the National League Manager of the Year. It is a regular season award, after all. More importantly, it gives us a chance to recall for no apparent reason that Mr. Cox is a wife beater, which means he’s right up there with peers like Wally Backman for Human Being of the Year as well.

If you think I’m out of line for dredging this up once per millennium then you can just go right ahead and bite me…or cancel your subscription…

Bad: Ron Gardenhire is overlooked in favor of a third place manager once again. Let’s just call it the “Tony Pena Moral Victory Award” from now on, why don’t we.

All kidding and seriousness about performance-enhancing drugs aside, take Barry Bonds out of the San Francisco lineup and his team finishes third instead of second. BFD. But if Scott Boras is frustrated in some small way because his man didn’t win, that’s a nice bonus.

This constant referencing to Carlos Beltran with the phrase “ka-ching” really must stop.

Ugly: Hey dude, Arte Moreno. I know Karl Rove, Karl Rove is a friend of mine. You sir, are no Karl Rove.

You’ve confused the idea completely. You’re not supposed to alienate your base while going after territory you have absolutely no chance of winning. It’s the other way around, pal. Get a freaking clue.

Los Angeles is a thoroughly Dodger Blue state, and represents all that is right and good in the world. Orange County is Angel red and, well, doesn’t.

You can hire all the ex-Dodgers to coach your team you like, and you can brand your product any which way but lose, but you absolutely cannot have the heart of L.A. I’m sorry, you just can’t. Ever…

Election Suggestion: Since it can’t end in a tie and the counting might go extras, perhaps home field in the White House next time around can be decided by the outcome of the 2008 All-Star Game…

Stocking Stuffer: A timely holiday gift for your baseball fan, especially if he’s a New England baseball fan. Jim Carroll’s beautiful “Touching the Game: The Story of the Cap Cod Baseball League,” is a two-DVD set, with everything you’d hope to see in a minor league documentary, plus great shots of summer at the Cape. $19.95, www.touchingthegame.com and Amazon.

The new Beatles “Capitol Records Years, Vol. 1” is a good choice too. Hint, hint. It’s got the American releases of “Meet the Beatles,” “The Beatles Second Album,” “Something New” and “Beatles ’65,” with the songs in order, exactly the way you remember them…

Reminder: Pitchers and catchers and Todd Hundley report February 17…

Must act now. We’re looking for an investor to get us to the next level. You know, to sell vast quantities of cooler than Von Dutch BS gear, and to pay our worthy writers more than peanuts and Cracker Jack. I’d use the term “angel investor,” but that’s vulgar and I promised my mother. Advertisers with gobs of money are welcome as usual…

Anyway. baseballsavvy@aol.com gets you a foot in. Invest small today, make major league minimum tomorrow…

Statue for Sandy: The Koufax in bronze campaign continues, so please scroll down to the photo below and vote yes on 32…

Remember, glove conquers all….


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