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Whichever Way the Wind Blows
Paul DePodesta has been taking a beating in the press lately for his trade dealine moves. Much of is completely unfair, and most arguments against the trade are without any understanding what Billy Beane, Moneyball, and the new ideas of baseball performance analysis have taught us.Ironically, the same idiots who all season claimed the Dodgers needed to make some big moves in order to be successful are the same people claiming the team shouldn't have made these big moves to mess with their success. The truth of the matter is that the Dodgers have always had a good team, but a heavily flawed one, and LAist is impressed with the creative boldness of DePodesta in remaking the team. We believe the Dodgers are better.
But we can't help but be amazed by these LA Times writers who will spin any Dodgers story negatively if they can. In the main Times story on the trades by Jason Reid and Mike DiGiovanna, the authors go to some of the top baseball men for their expert analysis.
Fans were quick to question DePodesta's moves. Wrote Doug Lenier of Valley Glen in an e-mail to The Times: "I find it hard to believe that Paul DePodesta did anything but blow up a team that for the first time in many years showed real promise to not only make, but succeed, in the postseason."
Karen Clark of Santa Clarita wrote: "The Dodger dugout was as much fun to watch as the actual game the camaraderie of the players made the game a joy again
. I'll never forgive Paul DePodesta. He has a hard drive for a heart."
Reid and DiGiovanna could have quoted someone who understands baseball and defended the trade, like Peter Gammons or Joe Sheehan, but why do that when someone from Santa Clarita can fire away an e-mail and find it in a hard news story.
We wrote about the Paul Lo Duca trade yesterday. He's lousy in the second half, and so have the Dodgers over the years. They needed a shakeup and only Ross Newhan of the Times acknowledged that.
The only disappointing part of the deal is Dave Roberts. Not necessarily that they gave up the hitter with a below-.700 OPS, but that they got so little for him.
While LA fans may be getting an upfront introduction to Moneyball baseball, they'll calm down when this improved Dodger lineup and rotation is playing into October.