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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:55 am

Raiders aide may join Jets

http://www.jetnation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48239

Wednesday, January 02, 2008
BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
Star-Ledger Staff
The Raiders are expected to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan by the end of the week and he could be hired by the Jets as early as next week to replace Bob Sutton, according to reports in the Oakland Tribune and other Oakland media outlets.

The fiery Ryan, who appears to be the perfect tonic for the lackluster Jets defense, coached with Mangini for four seasons in New England. He was the linebackers coach with the Patriots while Mangini coached the defensive backs and the two have remained close.



Ryan, the son of NFL defensive coaching legend Buddy Ryan, came under fire this season as Oakland (4-12) blew four fourth-quarter leads. Also, Raiders coach Lane Kiffin wants to bring aboard his father, Monte, whose contract is up in Tampa Bay.

This season, the Raiders finished 22nd in the NFL in total defense, allowing 341.6 yards per game. The unit, however, was short on talent.

The Jets defense under Sutton struggled for the second consecutive season, finishing 18th overall in the NFL, 29th against the run. For the second straight season, the unit didn't show improvement until an intense self-evaluation after the bye week that involved the entire staff. By then, it was too late to salvage the season.

Sutton, who spent the past seven seasons with the Jets, could land in Miami with Bill Parcells.

LB Victor Hobson, an unrestricted free agent, is expected to test the market, a move that could put the Jets in pursuit of Ravens unrestricted free agent LB Terrell Sugg

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:55 am

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News out of Oakland is that Rob Ryan is in fact fired and that Lane Kiffin is trying to get his father, Monte Kiffin, to come in and take over the reins of the defense.


Sources indicate Ryan was told before the Raiders’ final game, against San Diego on Sunday, that he would not be returning in 2008 and had already secured his next place of employment, hardly a surprise but still somewhat remarkable in that just 12 months ago, Ryan received more than just cursory consideration for the head job Kiffin got.

This jives then with Ryan hugging players on the way out on Sunday. As noted, Ryan was considered heavily for the Raiders head job, so there was probably some uneasiness between him and Kiffin, and the way the defense played this season is a good chance for Kiffin to use to get rid of him.

The article notes that he’s already found a new job, and the Jets make the most sense. Mangini wanted him for the job originally, but had to settle on Sutton when the Raiders extended his contract.

I’m giddy at the thought of getting Ryan, I think he can do a great job with the defense, but the Front Office is still going to find some new faces for the front seven, we’ve squeezed enough blood from this stone

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:04 am

This is probably a first:

http://prospectinsider.com/2007/12/28/its-far-too-quiet-but/
Quote:
“In the past few years, Seattle hasn’t, but things are different. They believe they already have an above-average roster and having added Silva they aren’t acting out of desperation. If I had to predict, I think the Mets and Reds get those two arms, but at fairly high prices.

“Mets get Santana, but it’s going to cost them both outfielders (Carlos Gomez, Fernando Martinez) and two of their pitching prospects.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:11 am

From Pats Fan
For those still wanting McFadden, if the Jets pass on him then he's ours. (If we were to so choose...)

Dolphins, Rams, Chiefs, Raiders and Ravens are all more than fine at the RB spot, and the Falcons need a new franchise QB.
Justin Fargas isn't good enough to keep D-Mac out of Oakland.

If the Jets take James Laurinaitis ahead of us, I hope some team that needs a QB like Chicago or Carolina trades with us to take the QB that Baltimore would want when they picked after us, because I think we can get Gholston later than 7, and there's a big drop from Laurinaitis and the rest of the LBs.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:38 am

Hosmer Adds To Accolades

Posted Oct. 29, 2007 2:27 pm by Alan Matthews
Filed under: First Person

JUPITER, Fla.–One of amateur baseball’s most talked about players over the past few years has been Eric Hosmer, a sweet-swinging first baseman from South Florida.

His senior year is upon him, and he continued to build on his reputation by winning the MVP of the World Wood Bat Association fall championship today while helping his Braves Scout travel team to the title of the final major high school scouting event of the calendar year.

Hosmer had a hit and an RBI in three at-bats as he and a hand-picked collection of the country’s best high school seniors held off an Orlando-based travel team 4-3 today at Roger Dean Stadium. The event featured 80 teams from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. One hundred and seventy-three games were played in almost exactly 96 hours at the spring training facility of the Cardinals and Marlins.

While Hosmer doesn’t depart as the consensus top high school prospect in the ‘08 prep draft class–that distinction still belongs to suburban Atlanta shortstop Tim Beckham, Missouri righthander Tim Melville or perhaps Riverside, Calif., catcher Kyle Skipworth–his track record and hitting ability are remarkable.

Hosmer has been the starting first baseman for American Heritage High in Plantation since his freshman year, racking up 23 career home runs in that span. As a junior, he batted just .372 with four home runs, but he had 14 doubles, 56 RBIs, 31 walks, 21 strikeouts and a .489 on-base percentage. He hit .548-10-42 as a sophomore.

In Jupiter, he was 10-for-21 with a home run and nine RBIs.

Orlando Scorpions righthander Anthony Figliola (Winter Springs, Fla., High) and East Cobb (Ga.) Astros lefty Brett DeVall shared pitcher of the tournament honors. Both pitchers could be top-five round draft picks in June, with DeVall possibly going in the top 50 picks.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:48 am

Roy Schuening

OG | (6'3", 315, 5.35) | OREGON STATE

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Scouts Grade: 83


Strengths: Takes sound angles to blocks and generally gets into good position when drive blocking. Tough and works from the snap to the whistle. Big enough to engulf undersized defenders and can wear defenders down over the course of a game. Footwork is sound when combo blocking defensive lineman up to a linebacker and flashes the ability to get into position at the second level. Shows adequate range for size and flashes the ability to pull effectively. Gets adequate knee bend in pass set and holds ground against bull rushers. Doesn't have an explosive first step but is efficient and gets into pass set quickly. Keeps head up and shows good awareness in pass protection.

Weaknesses: Doesn't get great hand placement, frequently fails to extend arms once in position and struggles to sustain blocks. Fails to deliver a violent initial punch, doesn't roll hips upon contact and isn't going to knock many defenders back. Plays too high at times and could struggle to drive two-gap defenders off the ball at the NFL level. Plays with a narrow base, struggles to adjust to the moving target in space and can lose balance. Can't change directions quickly and struggles to adjust to double moves.

Overall: Schuening arrived at Oregon State in 2003. During the next three seasons (2004-'06) he started 37 consecutive games. Schuening lacks ideal athleticism and explosiveness but he is a relentless drive blocker who can hold his own in pass protection.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:50 am

Please Draft him at second round If you were Jets. He's number #1 guard prospect in the draft


Roy Schuening

OG | (6'3", 315, 5.35) | OREGON STATE

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?id=11963

Scouts Grade: 83


Strengths: Takes sound angles to blocks and generally gets into good position when drive blocking. Tough and works from the snap to the whistle. Big enough to engulf undersized defenders and can wear defenders down over the course of a game. Footwork is sound when combo blocking defensive lineman up to a linebacker and flashes the ability to get into position at the second level. Shows adequate range for size and flashes the ability to pull effectively. Gets adequate knee bend in pass set and holds ground against bull rushers. Doesn't have an explosive first step but is efficient and gets into pass set quickly. Keeps head up and shows good awareness in pass protection.

Weaknesses: Doesn't get great hand placement, frequently fails to extend arms once in position and struggles to sustain blocks. Fails to deliver a violent initial punch, doesn't roll hips upon contact and isn't going to knock many defenders back. Plays too high at times and could struggle to drive two-gap defenders off the ball at the NFL level. Plays with a narrow base, struggles to adjust to the moving target in space and can lose balance. Can't change directions quickly and struggles to adjust to double moves.

Overall: Schuening arrived at Oregon State in 2003. During the next three seasons (2004-'06) he started 37 consecutive games. Schuening lacks ideal athleticism and explosiveness but he is a relentless drive blocker who can hold his own in pass protection.

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Top 5 seniors by position

Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:00 am

Top 5 seniors by position
Jr.


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Quarterbacks
1. Matt Ryan, Boston College
2. Brian Brohm, Louisville
3. Andre' Woodson, Kentucky
4. Joe Flacco, Delaware
5. Colt Brennan, Hawaii

Running Backs
1. Mike Hart, Michigan
2. Chris Johnson, East Carolina
3. Jacob Hester, LSU
4. Dantrell Savage, Oklahoma State
5. Matt Forte, Tulane

Fullbacks
1. Peyton Hillis, Arkansas
2. Owen Schmitt, West Virginia
3. Jerome Felton, Furman
4. Mike Cox, Georgia Tech
5. Doug Jones, Cincinnati

Wide Receivers
1. Limas Sweed, Texas
2. Early Doucet, LSU
3. Eddie Royal, Virginia Tech
4. Dorien Bryant, Purdue
5. Harry Douglas, Louisville

Tight Ends
1. Fred Davis, USC
2. John Carlson, Notre Dame
3. Dustin Keller, Purdue
4. Martin Rucker, Missouri
5. Kellen Davis, Michigan State

Offensive Tackles
1. Jake Long, Michigan
2. Sam Baker, USC
3. Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
4. Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
5. Carl Nicks, Nebraska

Offensive Guards
1. Eric Young, Tennessee
2. Robert Felton, Arkansas
3. Jacky Claude, Florida St.
4. Drew Radovich, USC
5. Chad Rinehart, Northern Iowa

Centers
1. Cody Wallace, Texas A&M
2. Steve Justice, Wake Forest
3. Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green
4. Jeff Cavender, Boise State
5. Dallas Griffin, Texas

Defensive Ends
1. Chris Long, Virginia
2. Quentin Groves, Auburn
3. Lawrence Jackson, USC
4. Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech
5. Darrell Robertson, Georgia Tech

Defensive Tackles
1. Glenn Dorsey, LSU
2. Sedrick Ellis, USC
3. Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
4. Marcus Harrison, Arkansas
5. Trevor Laws, Notre Dame

Inside Linebackers
1. Dan Connor, Penn St.
2. Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
3. Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt
4. Ben Moffitt, South Florida
5. J Leman, Illinois

Outside Linebackers
1. Keith Rivers, USC
2. Ali Highsmith, LSU
3. Bruce Davis, UCLA
4. Hilee Taylor, North Carolina
5. Shawn Crable, Michigan

Cornerbacks
1. Mike Jenkins, South Florida
2. Tracy Porter, Indiana
3. Leodis McKelvin, Troy
4. Charles Godfrey, Iowa
5. Trae Williams, South Florida

Safeties
1. Marcus Griffin, Texas
2. Josh Barrett, Arizona State
3. Craig Steltz, LSU
4. Jonathan Hefney, Tennessee
5. Dennis Keyes, UCLA

Place-Kickers
1. Brandon Coutu, Georgia
2. Jason Reda, Illinois
3. Rob Zarrilli, Hofstra
4. Arthur Carmody, Louisville
5. Alexis Serna, Oregon St.

Punters
1. Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech
2. Mike Dragosavich, North Dakota State
3. Brett Kern, Toledo
4. Benjamin Dato, Fordham
5. Ben Woods, Buffalo

Top 5 Juniors By Position
Quarterbacks
1. Todd Boeckman, Ohio State
2. Curtis Painter, Purdue
3. Hunter Cantwell, Louisville
4. Chase Daniel, Missouri
5. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech

Running Backs
1. Darren McFadden, Arkansas
2. Felix Jones, Arkansas
3. Jonathan Stewart, Oregon
4. Steve Slaton, West Virginia
5. Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois

Fullbacks
1. Conredge Collins, Pittsburgh
2. Brock Bolen, Louisville
3. Asaph Schwapp, Notre Dame
4. Brannan Southerland, Georgia
5. Jason Cook, Mississippi

Wide Receivers
1. DeSean Jackson, California
2. Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma
3. Brian Robiskie, Ohio State
4. Earl Bennett, Vanderbilt
5. Mario Manningham, Michigan

Tight Ends
1. Martellus Bennett, Texas A&M
2. Travis Beckum, Wisconsin
3. Chase Coffman, Missouri
4. Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma St.
5. Darius Hill, Ball St.

Offensive Tackles
1. Ryan Clady, Boise State
2. Michael Oher, Mississippi
3. Eugene Monroe, Virginia
4. Alex Boone, Ohio State
5. Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma

Offensive Guards
1. Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
2. Branden Albert, Virginia
3. Jeremy Perry, Oregon State
4. Matt Slauson, Nebraska
5. Herman Johnson, LSU

Centers
1. Alex Mack, California
2. Max Unger, Oregon
3. Antoine Caldwell, Alabama
4. Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas
5. A.Q. Shipley, Penn St.

Defensive Ends
1. Vernon Gholston, Ohio St.
2. Tyson Jackson, LSU
3. Calais Campbell, Miami
4. Phillip Merling, Clemson
5. Derrick Harvey, Florida

Defensive Tackles
1. Fili Moala, USC
2. Pat Sims, Auburn
3. Terrance Taylor, Michigan
4. Jeff Owens, Georgia
5. George Hypolite, Colorado

Inside Linebackers
1. James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
2. Rey Maualuga, USC
3. Darry Beckwith, LSU
4. Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma
5. Jerod Mayo, Tennessee

Outside Linebackers
1. Brian Cushing, USC
2. Sean Lee, Penn State
3. Erin Henderson, Maryland
4. Clint Sintim, Virginia
5. Geno Hayes, Florida State

Cornerbacks
1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio St.
2. Aqib Talib, Kansas
3. Reggie Smith, Oklahoma
4. Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech
5. Justin King, Penn State

Safeties
1. Kenny Phillips, Miami
2. William Moore, Missouri
3. Nic Harris, Oklahoma
4. Courtney Greene, Rutgers
5. Patrick Chung, Oregon

Place-Kickers
1. Sam Swank, Wake Forest
2. Louie Sakoda, Utah
3. Austin Starr, Indiana
4. Conor Lee, Pittsburgh
5. Dan Kelly, Hawaii

Punters
1. Chris Miller, Ball State
2. Britton Colquitt, Tennessee
3. Kevin Huber, Cincinnati
4. A.J. Trapasso, Ohio State
5. Aaron Perez, UCLA

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:02 am

Andrew Radovich
OG | (6'5", 299, 5.3) | USC

Scouts Grade: 76

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?id=11743

Strengths: Possesses good height and relatively long arms for a guard. Displays good initial quickness and fires out of his stance as a run blocker. Has quick hands and does a good job with hand placement. More of a fist-fighting type than a mauler. Works hard to sustain his blocks. Is a natural knee bender. Aggressive in pass pro. Generally initiates contact, maintains balance and does a good job of mirroring and sliding in the short-area. Displays good awareness. Keeps his head on a swivel, finds twists, stunts and blitzes and plays with good discipline. Seems to have a good understanding of his assignments and the overall scheme.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal bulk and is a bit top-heavy. Lacks ideal lower-body strength and plays with too narrow of a base. Does not drive defenders off the line of scrimmage as a run blocker. He's feisty and tough, but he's not a mauling type of guard. Rarely overpowers defenders at the point of attack as a run blocker. Will struggle to anchor versus powerful bull rush. Displays good short-area quickness but the more space he's in the less effective he becomes. He stays balanced but simply can't recover versus quick double moves at times. Not cut out to protect the QB on the perimeter. Suffered a hip strain that required surgery in 2005, which cost him the majority of that season.

Overall: Radovich arrived at USC in 2003 and was redshirted. During his first three seasons (2004-'06) he played in 25 games. Radovich started out as a tackle before moving to guard in the spring of 2005. He missed one game with a sprained hip in 2004 and received a medical redshirt for 2005 after sustaining a strained hip which required surgery. Radovich, a second-year starter at left guard in 2007, is not a prototypical mauler. In fact, he is a feisty, fist-fighting type of guard with good short-area quickness but limited mobility in space. Radovich projects as nothing more than a reserve in the NFL. He has the frame, toughness and experience to develop into a versatile backup at both guard and tackle positions. However, he is clearly much better suited to play inside and could only fill in at tackle in a pinch. Another healthy and productive season as a senior should land Radovich a spot in the late rounds of the 2008 draft.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:13 am

NL Exec Believes Mets Will Land Santana



http://www.hotfootblog.com/2008/01/02/nl-exec-believes-mets-will-land-santana/


Posted by: Anthony De Rosa in Johan Santana

I know, you’re sick of hearing about him already.

Well, I feel its my duty to pass along any information I come across regarding the most blogged about player of this off season, Johan Santana.

Prospect Insider cites a executive with an National League club who said the following…

“Mets get Santana, but it’s going to cost them both outfielders (Carlos Gomez, Fernando Martinez) and two of their pitching prospects. I see Cincinnati snagging Bedard if they are willing to go Bailey-Votto-Cueto. Baltimore will have to come down from their demands and have already decided Bedard has very little chance to begin the year in their rotation, no matter what they are saying to the media.”

So there you have it folks, your first, and undoubtedly not your last, un-named source reporting ‘buzz’ on Johan in 2008.

Omar, please just get it done already.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:38 am

Similar record, different feel for Rangers
New York opens road trip tonight in Calgary



http://www.c-n.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080102/SPORTS01/801020336/1011
By SAM WEINMAN
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Rangers began 2008 Tuesday with a spirited practice followed by a flight to Calgary, where they will play the first of three tough games in Western Canada tonight against the Flames.

Winners of three straight and in second place in the Atlantic Division, a 20-15-4 record suggests a similar picture as the same point last year, when the team still was grasping at an identity at the halfway point of the season.

As opposed to last year, though, the needed ingredients might all be found from within.

With the NHL trade deadline less than two months out, Rangers general manager and president Glen Sather figures to at least be exploring ways to improve his team for another playoff push.

The difference might be in emphasis. Whereas last season's Rangers needed desperately to change the complexion of their roster to even qualify for the postseason — and did just that with the addition of Sean Avery and a few others — these Rangers might not need such drastic measures.

"Although the numbers suggest we're pretty much at the same point, I feel better about this group moving forward into the second half of the year than I did last year," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "I think we've got enough here to win, but these next six weeks are pretty important. We'll see if we've got enough to get us over the top. We want to contend."

It was during the summer when the Rangers did most of the heavy lifting to that end, most notably with their signings of free-agent centers Scott Gomez and Chris Drury.

Both of those players started slowly but since have found their footing, especially Gomez, whose dynamic play of late also has stirred to life his right wing, Jaromir Jagr.

With Gomez and Drury allowing the Rangers two dangerous scoring lines, the areas worth addressing are likely elsewhere. Depth at defense is one concern, especially given the struggles of high-priced veteran Marek Malik.

And there is also the question of whether journeyman Stephen Valiquette is an adequate backup goaltender to Henrik Lundqvist.

But again, compared to a year ago, when the Rangers were thin everywhere other than their top line, these needs don't seem as pressing.

"Last year we relied on Jaromir's line a lot, and basically they'd go out and win games for us. Now basically we're a deeper team. We're a more mature team, and we have to start letting that reflect night in and night out," Brendan Shanahan said. "I do think last year earlier in the season we recognized we had certain needs and this year I think it's just been a matter of trying to get a healthy lineup. Because when everyone's healthy, we have some pretty good depth."

NOTE:

After signing Lundqvist to a one-year, $4.25 million contract last summer, the Rangers as of Tuesday could sign their franchise goaltender to an extension that won't count toward this season's salary cap.

Although a long-term deal for the goaltender is a priority to both sides, formal discussions haven't yet begun between Sather and Lundqvist's agent Don Meehan.

"Of course, I like it here, no question about it. I don't just like it, I love it. So we'll see how this works out," Lundqvist said.

Sam Weinman: sweinman@lohud.com

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:44 am

From Pats Fan


Posted by Disco Volante
For those still wanting McFadden, if the Jets pass on him then he's ours. (If we were to so choose...)

Dolphins, Rams, Chiefs, Raiders and Ravens are all more than fine at the RB spot, and the Falcons need a new franchise QB.
Justin Fargas isn't good enough to keep D-Mac out of Oakland.


Cannon Arm

If the Jets take James Laurinaitis ahead of us, I hope some team that needs a QB like Chicago or Carolina trades with us to take the QB that Baltimore would want when they picked after us, because I think we can get Gholston later than 7, and there's a big drop from Laurinaitis

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:47 am

In the spirit of Lose Remerswaal's recent series of posts, I was wondering if we can do a Most Disliked Yankee of the Torre Era poll. Moderators please feel free to close if this is simply not worthwhile, or there is too much potential for embarassing stupidity.

Otherwise, if there is interest, I will try to setup a poll for next Monday.

My list of options, along with short reasons:
Alex Rodriguez: publicity phony; "HA!" incident; the Slap; upstaging World Series 2007
Roger Clemens: Hall of Fame as a Yankee; steroids
Derek Jeter: media overexposure; overrated player (ex: Gold Glove defense)
Jason Giambi: steroids
Gary Sheffield: rightfield Fenway Incident; outspoken remarks ("train wreck"); steriods
Jeff Nelson: hates towel-waving groundskeepers
Paul O'Neill: aka, the "fiery" Paul O'Neill
David Wells: loud-mouthed arrogance
Randy Johnson: trade demand to the Yankees; cameraman incident

Other candidates:
Johnny Damon: stupid is as stupid does says
Don Zimmer: fat men can't bounce
Mike Mussina: disliker of diversity
Aaron Boone: one overrated home-run
Jim Leyritz
David Justice
Chuck Knoblauch
Shane Spencer

Honorable mention:
George Steinbrenner


And for the sake of fairness and counter-balance, we could also do a Most Liked Yankee of the Torre Era.

My list (obviously shorter):
Mariano Rivera: a smile and a tip of the cap
Hideki Matsui: never says a controversial word
Joe Torre: seems genuinely nice for a guy who's sold his soul to the devil

Other candidates:
David Cone
Bernie Williams
Andy Pettitte
Derek Jeter

Honorable mention:
Carl Pavano: always brings a smile to my face

Anyone else?

*edited for clearer title

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:50 am

Staying

According to Todd McShay Rey Maualuga, ILB is staying.. Sorry..

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/columns/story?columnist=mcshay_todd&id=3171052


Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
6-4, 228, 4.55
The undersized tight end made a wise decision to return to school. Beckum could easily become the first tight end taken in the 2009 draft by improving bulk and strength.

Brian Cushing, OLB, Southern California
6-4, 243, 4.60
A versatile outside linebacker; Cushing could play Sam in a 4-3 scheme or rush linebacker in a 3-4 at the next level. A healthy and productive senior season should land Cushing a spot in the first round of next year's draft.

Sean Lee, OLB, Penn State
6-2, 232, 4.65
Like Paul Posluszny (Bills) and Dan Connor, Lee can show NFL scouts more versatility by moving to inside linebacker as a senior.

Rey Maualuga, ILB, Southern California
6-2½, 251, 4.68
Maualuga is arguably the most naturally gifted of USC's trio of future first-round linebackers. He also is the least polished of the three, which makes his decision to return to school a wise one.

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:03 am

~Offensive Line~


Get it done Mr Balnk or it will end for you in 08 [Cool]







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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:23 am

Do you think Bill Parcells will trade Dolphins number #1 pick? There's rumor that Dallas Cowboys might be interested with Mcfadden and willing to move up since Parcells and Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones are best friends. I hope Bill keep #1 and trade Dorsey. Thoughts?

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:25 am

As a Falcons Fan, I hope Arthur Blank hire Josh McDaniels offensive coordinator of Pats. Offer him the job...

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:33 am

Oakland will not take Mcfadden.

Warren Sapp has played his last game as a Raider if not his final football game, period. So that's one spot that's definitely open, and one where the Raiders will likely begin their talent rebuild.

More than any other position, Oakland needs a run-stuffing down lineman, and while LSU's dynamic optimum fit Glenn Dorsey already may be gone when the Raiders pick at No. 3 or No. 4, it's a good year for defensive linemen. USC's Sedrick Ellis may be close to Dorsey in all-around ability, and Howie Long's son Chris will also be a top pick in the 2008 draft.

1.Mia-Glenn Dorsey 4.Atl-Matt Ryan

2.STL-Jake Long 5.KC-Chris Long/Sedrick ellis

3.Oak-Sed.ellis/Chris Long 6.NYJ-Darren Mcfadden!

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:39 am

Don't listen to George Steinbrenner Morti. He's senile and needs some sleeping pills.
He's jealous of My Pats success that's why He want 3rd pick in the draft.

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Report: Ryan to be fired by Oakland, take job with Jets
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Sources indicate that Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been told he will be fired this week, following the unit's disappointing performance in 2007, the Oakland Tribune reported. Ryan, however, appears ready to land on his feet. According to New York-area reports, New York Jets defensive coordinator Bob Sutton is expected to lose his job. And the Tribune reported that according to sources, Ryan will succeed Sutton in New York. Ryan and Jets coach Eric Mangini were defensive ...

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raiderron96
raiderron96 (2 minutes ago)
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i like rob ryan but he should of been better this season.coach kiffen is trying to bring the raiders back to the winners they were.so change is good.kiffen reminds me of jon gruden,real football smart.playoffs-2008. ..
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thugginsksu
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Mcbrink26, I hadn't heard that the playoffs were being expanded to 30 teams next year. That is the only way the Raiders get in.
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MaymeRiot
MaymeRiot (11 minutes ago)
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Classic!
The Raiders don't want him let's bring him on board.
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jfffl058 (12 minutes ago)
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JohnMadden81: the fact that you are using john madden as your name shows that you are a complete moron. I love all you chokeland faider fans who say the chargers suck. winning 6 games in two years sucks pretty bad. keep putting on your makeup and trash talking because there is nothing i love more that to see a whining raider fan make excuses for his thug banger team. My only beef with rob ryan is his hair. i guess he likes to play dress up with the rest of the faider nation
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kvindiesel
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Being a football fan first and a Raider Fan second - Ryan made too many football mistakes as a coach. The run has been a problem for years and not putting pressure on the QB with blitz packages is another. I love the comments by the haters...here or on other Raider posts...these fans that only watch only 2 Raider games a year...or just see the ESPN Highlight reels. Reading comments like that make me laugh because if you believe what you post - ha ha ha!! To me Ryan was a good D-coach...he fired up the players when needed, he was vocal, but the things that needed to be done are the 2 listed above - that was his downfall. Once a Raider always a Raider - good luck to you on your endeavors Ryan.
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Henry_ Chinaski
Henry_ Chinaski (14 minutes ago)
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From one pathetic frachise, to an even more historically pathetic franchise... The pay must be good!
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408pats
408pats (15 minutes ago)
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Ya, bring him to the afc east. Can only help the patriots along with that top draft choice from the 49ers. Thanks california!
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shaunr37
shaunr37 (16 minutes ago)
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Everyone here seems to think Ryan did great. One year with him our d played good, when you could beat us by scoring 10 points. So you cannot draw many conclusions from that. You can however from the fact that the Raiders have spent a ridiculous amount of 1,2 and 3rd round picks on their defense and still cannot make plays when they need to. He could not stop the run his whole time as d coordinator and as the d coordinator over a period of time they were his players he brought in. It was time to go
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mcbrink26
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Good move by a solid, young team. Kiffin will bring in his father, the Raiders will add Haynesworth and be playoff bound in 2008.
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yeah the d fense is crapy they need to get some draft picks and play them right away. Warren Sapp needs to get healthier by lossing weight and conditioning more. Rob Ryan is going to get a job right away its not his fault its the performace of the d-line there always out here in Oakland in bars clubs and partying. i live 15 minutes from the Colliseum and on the radio every fri and sat night radio stations are saying the the Raiders are going to host party at clubs there to busy parting .......just likewhen the center Robins at the super bowl when the Raiders lost Robins becuase he was to busy partying in mexico
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odowd03
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Rob Ryan wasn't the smartest coach. He plays too much of a base defense and never really blitzes enough. He plays to the old Raiders mystique, which isn't able to keep up with the game as it is played today. I like the man, but it is time for a change. Not only with him, but also getting rid of both DT's, better safties, and some OL work. Receivers would help as well. Need more speed out there, and someone who can run crisp routes. With that we will be much better than 4-12 and challenging for a division title soon, hopefully.
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saubin2000
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Why isn't this tampering by the Jets - He had the Job before getting fired???
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chrissku
chrissku (31 minutes ago)
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So Kiffen and Davis are blaming the one coach on the team that actually knows what he is doing??

Hmmm.....maybe those two should look in the mirror.
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JohnMadden81 (33 minutes ago)
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You know I always thought it impossible to listen to anything a Charger fan says, However I agree the D Line must be overhauled with the exception of Richardson and Burgess. But you did see that LT didnt do so hot against them last Sunday right? CHARGERS SUCK! P.S. Good luck with NORV >=)
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micaroni715
micaroni715 (35 minutes ago)
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Lane Kiffin needs to look at the Detroit Lions. Rod Marinelli fired Donnie Henderson in order to hire his son-in-law. That move backfired and the Lions still finished under .500. There has to be a good reason why Monte Kiffin has never been a head coach. Numerous head coaches had limited or no experience as coordinators.
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So what kind of message is the coach sending the team here? He says "I never told the offense that". So now the whole team knows not to trust him because he's not going to be up front with them. And if he hires his dad he should be fired on the spot. Who's going to be able to fire their father? And who would want to have somebody as a coach who would be willing to fire his father if he had to? The head coach should be fired based on this interview alone. But then again, I'm not a Raiders fan. I would fully expect him to be the next Lions coach if the Raiders were to do the right thing. And of course as a Lions fan, that sucks!
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jojomacing
jojomacing (43 minutes ago)
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First off Raiders Suck. Secondly, maybe they shouldn't fire the D-Cord who actually did a pretty good job and fire the freaking D-Line that totally sucks. But hey, what i know. I am just a die hard Charger fan and LT loves to run up the middle on that unit.
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I have unfortunately been a Raiders fan all my life, Guess I have my dad to thank for that, I remember the D back in the early 80's, with Rod Martin, Lyle Alzado, Haines, and Hayes, and #37 Lester Hayes was a bad man, and then along came Howie, we had a great D, and last year it was a good, but this year it went straight down hill, Lane bringing in his father is a great idea, Monte knows D, and who can Lane rely on more than his own fathers experience. Even if you hate the Raiders, as most people do, you have to see the youth and talent this team is ammassing. As long as we don't waste another draft pick on someone like Robert Gallery, our LB's are very talented, DB's are as well, a OL or two, and a DL, and we will be OK, our QB should turn out to be pretty good, and our RB's are pretty good, could have kept Moss happy until Russell was ready to go, and we would have been better off, but Mario Manningham is out there. not as far off as 4-12 seems
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shaunr37
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One bad year? As a Raiders fan I can tell you we have been unable to stop the run every year he has been d coordinator and also have been unable to stop teams with the game on the line. D looked better than it was last year because no one had to put up points to beat us.
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Being a Chargers fan, I would like to thank the Raiders. The only reason you had to fear the Raiders was the defense. One bad year and he's fired. What about the last 3 years? The Raiders are STUPID. Who is gettng fired for the offense?
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As a Raven's fan, I have to wonder....there is some speculation here that Rex Ryan will get promoted to HC in the off season here in Baltimore. I wonder why not wait to see if that unfolds before taking over the Jets D. The Jets need a lot more talent brought in before they get good enough to take out New England. Baltimore is a lot closer to Pittsburgh though, as far as talent.
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Being a Raiders fan, I liked Rob Ryan. If we do come back with the elder Kiffin, then it should be an improvement, considering he knows blitzes and will blitz instead of sitting back in coverage all the time. Rob, you are a good coach and wish you the best in NYJ territory, but we do need some changes.

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Re: Raiders aide may join Jets

Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:02 am

I hand it to Joe, he has the greatest agent around. Manages for teams with unlimited purchasing power.

2008 Dodgers 10 total players salaries exceed 123 million dollars? Wow, Joe picked a good team with deep pockets. IMO Joe Bananas would have won MORE championships in NY with that dough!

Looking forward to see the results in 2008 cmon spring hurry up!
carolinabluedodger Post #2: Dec 26 2007, 9:21 am Quote | Report Violation
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I hand it to Joe, he has the greatest agent around. Manages for teams with unlimited purchasing power.

2008 Dodgers 10 total players salaries exceed 123 million dollars? Wow, Joe picked a good team with deep pockets. IMO Joe Bananas would have won MORE championships in NY with that dough!

Looking forward to see the results in 2008 cmon spring hurry up!


1) You can't do math- The Dodgers payroll for '08 isn't even over 100 million

2) Joe had more salary on the payroll in NY than 123 million- The Yankee payroll on opening day of '07 was over 189 million.



redhot77 Post #3: Dec 26 2007, 9:32 am Quote | Report Violation
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.
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The reason why Torre is a good fit and will get us a + 4-5 wins compared to Little is that he has better managing skills. He led a young Jeter,Williams (Bernie),Riveria,Posada right when they were just coming into the league. I believe Loney,Kemp,Ethier(If he stays),Kershaw and Billingsley will be special ballplayers. Will they be as good as the Yankee 4 that i have mentioned. Maybe or Maybe not but Joe is the right call to groom these ballplayers to the next level. Don't forget we also nabbed Donnie Baseball which in return will help as well. Yes we won't ever compare to the Yankees team salary but we are in the top 5-6 team payroll's. That's still with us paying our young studs chump change. Look at what Martin is making and we are getting away with MURDER!
carolinabluedodger Post #5: Dec 26 2007, 9:51 am Quote | Report Violation
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


Redhot, I didn't check all of the players you listed BUT .........You are using 2007 figures and we're talking 2008. And some of the players you listed haven't agreed to contracts for 2008 yet. Here's a decent source for contract info:

http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005_01_12_mlbcontracts_archive.html

And no matter who is correct, it is still WELL BELOW the 123 million the original poster stated was for 10 players.
redhot77 Post #6: Dec 26 2007, 10:17 am Quote | Report Violation
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Carolina,

Thanks for the website. I agree with you for we aren't near the $123 million mark. We are somewhere above the 100 million. I do stand corrected I was using 2007 numbers. For 2008 it looks like it'll be around the same as some players salaries we finally tossed, some we added, some players salaries went up as others will be going down. I will say that this will be a special season no matter how much we spend. For all those who say the Frank McCourt doesn't spend well personally to me that's just not true. The Dodgers do spend and will continue to spend as we continually push the attendance every year. Carolina thanks for the post. Late
lastatman Post #7: Dec 27 2007, 2:21 am Quote | Report Violation
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On a different Torre subject, does anyone know if he's announced who his pitching and hitting coaches will be?
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I would hope Mattingly would be hitting coach. Unfortunately Honneycutt is still employed but I'd like Torre to entertain the thought of getting Leo Mazzone as the pitching coach.
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I would hope Mattingly would be hitting coach. Unfortunately Honneycutt is still employed but I'd like Torre to entertain the thought of getting Leo Mazzone as the pitching coach.


Mattingly is the hitting coach, he was going to be either the bench coach or hitting coach. I think Torre made the right move with that one. Also, Honnycutt is a great pitching coach. Look at what he has done with Penny. Penny use to be a thrower and now he is a true pitcher and a pretty damn good one. All of the pitchers have a great rapport with him and are happy that he will be returning.

Here is the link to the Dodgers coaches page that has all the coaches and duties... http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/team/coaches.jsp?c_id=la
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Wow, Wilson Valdez is being paid $381,000 to be a scrub. What a life it is to be a major-leaguer.

We may take out our frustrations on guys like Pierre, Bombko, Lerch, Baez, etc. but they had enough talent to make some serious coin.


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I would hope Mattingly would be hitting coach. Unfortunately Honneycutt is still employed but I'd like Torre to entertain the thought of getting Leo Mazzone as the pitching coach.


Mattingly is the hitting coach, he was going to be either the bench coach or hitting coach. I think Torre made the right move with that one. Also, Honnycutt is a great pitching coach. Look at what he has done with Penny. Penny use to be a thrower and now he is a true pitcher and a pretty damn good one. All of the pitchers have a great rapport with him and are happy that he will be returning.

Here is the link to the Dodgers coaches page that has all the coaches and duties... http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/team/coaches.jsp?c_id=la


So who, other than Mattingley, came with Torre? I know Honnycutt and Mota were Dodger coaches last year, but I didn't pay enough attention to know which of the others were.
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


The total of the listed salaries is $100,960,879.


carolinabluedodger Post #13: Dec 29 2007, 9:28 pm Quote | Report Violation
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


The total of the listed salaries is $100,960,879.


Those salaries are for 2007.Take out Andruw, and add Wolf, Gonzales, Saenz, Sweeney, Anderson, Martinez, Betemit, Clark, Wells, and Tomko and it should come out about right.

For 2008 I see:

Jones................9M + 5.1M bonus

Schmidt..............12M

Furcal...................13M

Lowe.....................10M

Kuroda..................5M (7.3M bonus, not sure when it is paid)

Kent ......................9M

Nomar..................8.5M

Penny...................8.5M

Pierre....................8M

Loiaza...................7M

Bennett..................875K

These are the only 11 players I know of that have signed 2008 contracts and it totals either $95.975 million or $103.275 million depending on whether you add in Kuroda's bonus. That leaves 14 contracts that will range from league minimum to 1 million. My guess is it will total somewhat less than an additional 7 million for all 14. So we should fall between 102-110 million for 2008.
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


The total of the listed salaries is $100,960,879.


Those salaries are for 2007.Take out Andruw, and add Wolf, Gonzales, Saenz, Sweeney, Anderson, Martinez, Betemit, Clark, Wells, and Tomko and it should come out about right.

For 2008 I see:

Jones................9M + 5.1M bonus

Schmidt..............12M

Furcal...................13M

Lowe.....................10M

Kuroda..................5M (7.3M bonus, not sure when it is paid)

Kent ......................9M

Nomar..................8.5M

Penny...................8.5M

Pierre....................8M

Loiaza...................7M

Bennett..................875K

These are the only 11 players I know of that have signed 2008 contracts and it totals either $95.975 million or $103.275 million depending on whether you add in Kuroda's bonus. That leaves 14 contracts that will range from league minimum to 1 million. My guess is it will total somewhat less than an additional 7 million for all 14. So we should fall between 102-110 million for 2008.

Fine. But I was just pointing out his math was off on the salaries listed.




Mike Borzello, a Yankees bullpen catcher for the past 12 seasons and Joe Torre's godson, has left the Yankees and taken a job with the Dodgers as a catching instructor.

Normally, a support-staff member splitting doesn't create a huge void. However, Rodriguez leaned on Borzello as a workout partner, and he was one of the few people whose criticism Rodriguez listened to.

Whether it was a 7:30 a.m. spring-training workout fielding ground balls or the daily 3:30 p.m. long-toss session, Borzello was on hand. And when Borzello saw Rodriguez drifting mentally, he wasn't afraid to say.

"He was good for Alex because he told Alex the truth," a Yankee employee said of Borzello. "Not everybody does that."

Without the 37-year-old Borzello, a former minor-league catcher who also is close to Mike Mussina and interacts with the pitcher the same way he does with Rodriguez, it will be interesting to see how Rodriguez reacts.

Nobody in baseball puts more emphasis on routine than Rodriguez, who now needs a workout partner and somebody not afraid to tell the best player in baseball that he isn't perfect

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Post  RedMagma on Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:03 am

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12202007/sports/yankees/a_rod_crony_bolts_for_la_299964.htm

Mike Borzello, a Yankees bullpen catcher for the past 12 seasons and Joe Torre's godson, has left the Yankees and taken a job with the Dodgers as a catching instructor.

Normally, a support-staff member splitting doesn't create a huge void. However, Rodriguez leaned on Borzello as a workout partner, and he was one of the few people whose criticism Rodriguez listened to.

Whether it was a 7:30 a.m. spring-training workout fielding ground balls or the daily 3:30 p.m. long-toss session, Borzello was on hand. And when Borzello saw Rodriguez drifting mentally, he wasn't afraid to say.

"He was good for Alex because he told Alex the truth," a Yankee employee said of Borzello. "Not everybody does that."

Without the 37-year-old Borzello, a former minor-league catcher who also is close to Mike Mussina and interacts with the pitcher the same way he does with Rodriguez, it will be interesting to see how Rodriguez reacts.

Nobody in baseball puts more emphasis on routine than Rodriguez, who now needs a workout partner and somebody not afraid to tell the best player in baseball that he isn't perfect

As a Yankees, I would like say good luck with Dodgers in 08 and beat stinkin Dbacks.. I hate them..

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I hand it to Joe, he has the greatest agent around. Manages for teams with unlimited purchasing power.

2008 Dodgers 10 total players salaries exceed 123 million dollars? Wow, Joe picked a good team with deep pockets. IMO Joe Bananas would have won MORE championships in NY with that dough!

Looking forward to see the results in 2008 cmon spring hurry up!
carolinabluedodger Post #2: Dec 26 2007, 9:21 am Quote | Report Violation
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I hand it to Joe, he has the greatest agent around. Manages for teams with unlimited purchasing power.

2008 Dodgers 10 total players salaries exceed 123 million dollars? Wow, Joe picked a good team with deep pockets. IMO Joe Bananas would have won MORE championships in NY with that dough!

Looking forward to see the results in 2008 cmon spring hurry up!


1) You can't do math- The Dodgers payroll for '08 isn't even over 100 million

2) Joe had more salary on the payroll in NY than 123 million- The Yankee payroll on opening day of '07 was over 189 million.



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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.
redhot77 Post #4: Dec 26 2007, 9:39 am Quote | Report Violation
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The reason why Torre is a good fit and will get us a + 4-5 wins compared to Little is that he has better managing skills. He led a young Jeter,Williams (Bernie),Riveria,Posada right when they were just coming into the league. I believe Loney,Kemp,Ethier(If he stays),Kershaw and Billingsley will be special ballplayers. Will they be as good as the Yankee 4 that i have mentioned. Maybe or Maybe not but Joe is the right call to groom these ballplayers to the next level. Don't forget we also nabbed Donnie Baseball which in return will help as well. Yes we won't ever compare to the Yankees team salary but we are in the top 5-6 team payroll's. That's still with us paying our young studs chump change. Look at what Martin is making and we are getting away with MURDER!
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


Redhot, I didn't check all of the players you listed BUT .........You are using 2007 figures and we're talking 2008. And some of the players you listed haven't agreed to contracts for 2008 yet. Here's a decent source for contract info:

http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2005_01_12_mlbcontracts_archive.html

And no matter who is correct, it is still WELL BELOW the 123 million the original poster stated was for 10 players.
redhot77 Post #6: Dec 26 2007, 10:17 am Quote | Report Violation
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Carolina,

Thanks for the website. I agree with you for we aren't near the $123 million mark. We are somewhere above the 100 million. I do stand corrected I was using 2007 numbers. For 2008 it looks like it'll be around the same as some players salaries we finally tossed, some we added, some players salaries went up as others will be going down. I will say that this will be a special season no matter how much we spend. For all those who say the Frank McCourt doesn't spend well personally to me that's just not true. The Dodgers do spend and will continue to spend as we continually push the attendance every year. Carolina thanks for the post. Late
lastatman Post #7: Dec 27 2007, 2:21 am Quote | Report Violation
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On a different Torre subject, does anyone know if he's announced who his pitching and hitting coaches will be?
Boo_Radley405 Post #8: Dec 27 2007, 2:37 am Quote | Report Violation
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I would hope Mattingly would be hitting coach. Unfortunately Honneycutt is still employed but I'd like Torre to entertain the thought of getting Leo Mazzone as the pitching coach.
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I would hope Mattingly would be hitting coach. Unfortunately Honneycutt is still employed but I'd like Torre to entertain the thought of getting Leo Mazzone as the pitching coach.


Mattingly is the hitting coach, he was going to be either the bench coach or hitting coach. I think Torre made the right move with that one. Also, Honnycutt is a great pitching coach. Look at what he has done with Penny. Penny use to be a thrower and now he is a true pitcher and a pretty damn good one. All of the pitchers have a great rapport with him and are happy that he will be returning.

Here is the link to the Dodgers coaches page that has all the coaches and duties... http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/team/coaches.jsp?c_id=la
Garvey4HOF Post #10: Dec 28 2007, 7:25 pm Quote | Report Violation
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Wow, Wilson Valdez is being paid $381,000 to be a scrub. What a life it is to be a major-leaguer.

We may take out our frustrations on guys like Pierre, Bombko, Lerch, Baez, etc. but they had enough talent to make some serious coin.


lastatman Post #11: Dec 28 2007, 8:58 pm Quote | Report Violation
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I would hope Mattingly would be hitting coach. Unfortunately Honneycutt is still employed but I'd like Torre to entertain the thought of getting Leo Mazzone as the pitching coach.


Mattingly is the hitting coach, he was going to be either the bench coach or hitting coach. I think Torre made the right move with that one. Also, Honnycutt is a great pitching coach. Look at what he has done with Penny. Penny use to be a thrower and now he is a true pitcher and a pretty damn good one. All of the pitchers have a great rapport with him and are happy that he will be returning.

Here is the link to the Dodgers coaches page that has all the coaches and duties... http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/team/coaches.jsp?c_id=la


So who, other than Mattingley, came with Torre? I know Honnycutt and Mota were Dodger coaches last year, but I didn't pay enough attention to know which of the others were.
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


The total of the listed salaries is $100,960,879.


carolinabluedodger Post #13: Dec 29 2007, 9:28 pm Quote | Report Violation
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


The total of the listed salaries is $100,960,879.


Those salaries are for 2007.Take out Andruw, and add Wolf, Gonzales, Saenz, Sweeney, Anderson, Martinez, Betemit, Clark, Wells, and Tomko and it should come out about right.

For 2008 I see:

Jones................9M + 5.1M bonus

Schmidt..............12M

Furcal...................13M

Lowe.....................10M

Kuroda..................5M (7.3M bonus, not sure when it is paid)

Kent ......................9M

Nomar..................8.5M

Penny...................8.5M

Pierre....................8M

Loiaza...................7M

Bennett..................875K

These are the only 11 players I know of that have signed 2008 contracts and it totals either $95.975 million or $103.275 million depending on whether you add in Kuroda's bonus. That leaves 14 contracts that will range from league minimum to 1 million. My guess is it will total somewhat less than an additional 7 million for all 14. So we should fall between 102-110 million for 2008.
omalley2007 Post #14: Dec 29 2007, 10:47 pm Quote | Report Violation
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Hey CarolinaBlue,

Hate to burst your reply, however the Dodgers payroll is already well over 100 million for this upcoming season and that's not counting all the players contracts. Don't believe me check this out....... 1. Jason Schmidt 15,703,946 2. Andruw Jones 14,000,000 3. Rafael Furcal 13,730,196 4. Jeff Kent 9,814,117 5. Derek Lowe 9,500,000 6. Nomar Garciaparra 8,516,697 7. Brad Penny 8,000,000 8. Esteban Loaiza 7,500,000 9. Juan Pierre 7,500,000 10. Takashi Saito 1,000,000 11. Joe Beimel 912,500 12. Gary Bennett 850,000 13. Scott Proctor 445,923 14. Yhency Brazoban 395,000 15. Jason Repko 395,000 16. Jonathan Broxton 390,000 17. Russell Martin 387,500 18. Andre Ethier 387,500 19. Chad Billingsley 384,500 20. Hong-Chih Kuo 384,000 21. Matt Kemp 383,000 22. Wilson Valdez 381,000 Total Team Salary: 108,704,524
That's not counting Kuroda, Loney, or any other spots.


The total of the listed salaries is $100,960,879.


Those salaries are for 2007.Take out Andruw, and add Wolf, Gonzales, Saenz, Sweeney, Anderson, Martinez, Betemit, Clark, Wells, and Tomko and it should come out about right.

For 2008 I see:

Jones................9M + 5.1M bonus

Schmidt..............12M

Furcal...................13M

Lowe.....................10M

Kuroda..................5M (7.3M bonus, not sure when it is paid)

Kent ......................9M

Nomar..................8.5M

Penny...................8.5M

Pierre....................8M

Loiaza...................7M

Bennett..................875K

These are the only 11 players I know of that have signed 2008 contracts and it totals either $95.975 million or $103.275 million depending on whether you add in Kuroda's bonus. That leaves 14 contracts that will range from league minimum to 1 million. My guess is it will total somewhat less than an additional 7 million for all 14. So we should fall between 102-110 million for 2008.

Fine. But I was just pointing out his math was off on the salaries listed.

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Mike Borzello, a Yankees bullpen catcher for the past 12 seasons and Joe Torre's godson, has left the Yankees and taken a job with the Dodgers as a catching instructor.

Normally, a support-staff member splitting doesn't create a huge void. However, Rodriguez leaned on Borzello as a workout partner, and he was one of the few people whose criticism Rodriguez listened to.

Whether it was a 7:30 a.m. spring-training workout fielding ground balls or the daily 3:30 p.m. long-toss session, Borzello was on hand. And when Borzello saw Rodriguez drifting mentally, he wasn't afraid to say.

"He was good for Alex because he told Alex the truth," a Yankee employee said of Borzello. "Not everybody does that."

Without the 37-year-old Borzello, a former minor-league catcher who also is close to Mike Mussina and interacts with the pitcher the same way he does with Rodriguez, it will be interesting to see how Rodriguez reacts.

Nobody in baseball puts more emphasis on routine than Rodriguez, who now needs a workout partner and somebody not afraid to tell the best player in baseball that he isn't perfect

As a Yankees, I would like say good luck with Dodgers in 08 and beat stinkin Dbacks.. I hate them

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