Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by KOUFAX0000, Jan 24, 2015.
Just taking care of him is all
It said it was planned. But we did sign Brandon Beachy, so I am doubting
Just a LITTLE worried about the 1st 2 days already having some albeit minor pitching issues. I was wondering too why it took a team to sign Beachy this long especially in light of the signing of Medlin who also was coming off of TJ surgery.
Beachy won't be available to start the season, so I doubt the two are related. Probably an insurance policy for Anderson and/or McCarthy.
Regardless, I love this signing just like I loved the Royals signing Medlen. Under the radar
Zach has had some in season tenderness issues of no last consequence. This more than anything might impact his ability to opt out of his contract and get more money if there are potential injury concerns. Could be a few more years of Zach on the salary books.
Exactly. We could look back at this and be very very happy.
Really good signing. Low risk/high reward.
I don't dislike the Beachy signing, but it occurs to me that they could have (could've) signed Billingsley for less, without much difference in upside. Just count this as one of those things that make me go :thinking:.
It might have been a personal fit for the player. Both players might have had similar offers but Beachy said he preferred LA because it's close to where he's getting treatment. bills might have preferred Philly because there rotation is such shit that he'll have lots of innings available to him, and even if he does bad they aren't lookingto contend so won't have a short leash and upgrade his spot.
Again, just opinion but I think in cases where the finances are so low, the player must be looking at personal fit a lot more
Let him go. They have to leave the nest.
Perhaps he will find a wizard in Philly that can give him a heart.
Yore grammar isn't reel good.
I love the Beachy signing, great stuff.
And Beachy has more upside than Billingsley.
Chad is from the Great Pittsburg area (Defiance Ohio) and part of his struggles at one point with the Dodgers was his dad being ill and him so far away. You may remember a very emotional game in Pittsburg shortly before his injury where his dad was able to see him pitch.
For all the Chad B haters out there. Food to feast on!
LOS ANGELES -- When Dad worked the graveyard shift and would sleep in the mornings, so he could play catch when you got home from school, you remember that on Father's Day.
When Dad didn't let cancer or chemotherapy stop him from coaching Little League, or a stroke keep him from teaching you how to grip a baseball, you remember that on Father's Day.
When the family didn't tell you about Dad's heart surgery, because they didn't want to upset you before your next start, you remember that on Father's Day, too.
And when Dad is all that rolled into one, you're Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley, who understands what Father's Day is all about.
"Cancer, stroke, heart surgery, two inoperable aneurisms in the brain -- you have no idea how much it means that he's still around," Billingsley said of his father, James. "Father's Day is a big day for him, and for me. He thanks God every day that he was able to see me and my brother get married, give him grandkids. It's huge to see that, just to see your kids grow up and have families of their own."
Despite his athleticism, Chad's dad was never into baseball. His eldest son, Shawn, gravitated to football, wrestling, and track. But when Chad showed the raw potential as a Little League pitcher, James began to pour over baseball manuals at bookstores and libraries so he could teach his son the finer points of the game.
That research led father and son to isolate Nolan Ryan as the textbook example of how to be a pitcher.
"My dad enjoyed watching baseball, and he said if any pitcher was an example of how to pitch, it was Ryan," said Billingsley.
They would study the Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible, break down Ryan's mechanics by watching him pitch on television, and employ drills that Ryan used to develop proper habits.
"He'd have me throw off three rubbers at distances of 46, 54, and 60 feet," said Billingsley. "When I was in Little League, he had me throwing 60 feet. At 9 years old, that was a long way, but it helped build up my arm strength. Then, when I'd pitch at 46 feet in a game, it felt a lot closer."
James Billingsley worked in the auto industry until his health went south. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer when Chad was 8.
"When he was fighting the cancer and going through chemo, that's not a pretty sight," Billingsley recalled. "But I was doing my sports, and he kept coaching. He was out there in the fall for football practice -- he wasn't looking good. I knew he wasn't good. But he was out there, and no matter what was bothering him, he never said anything. He always acted like a normal dad to us. And he'd be out there throwing the ball around. And that's where I get the work ethic from.
"I don't know how many times I thought I was going to lose him. When he had cancer, I was too young to realize the severity of the situation. Parents don't want their kids to know that. We almost lost him then. I remember when he had the stroke. I remember waking up, and Mom telling me Dad was in the hospital."
In 2006, Billingsley's father suffered a heart attack.
"That was a couple weeks after I got called up. I never told anybody," said Billingsley. "He needed surgery. He's been through some tough times. He has his good days and bad days. He needs all kinds of medication, it's like he has a pharmacy. It's tough for him to travel. He pretty much is limited to around the Midwest. It's hard for him to be in crowds.
"But he was able to go to the All-Star Game last year. He's not a very emotional guy -- I've got a lot of his personality, I don't like to show a lot of emotion -- he's pretty much even-keel. But I could tell he was very happy, very proud to be at the All-Star Game with me."
Still Hungry for more Bills red meat to feast on?
Last summer, James Billingsley again was ill, which got me to wondering: How do family issues affect players on the field? It's very easy to say, "Don't bring your home life to work", but not so easy to actually do.
As you might imagine, there isn't any systematic data that we can look to for guidance on this issue. There isn't a "family issues" statistical category. But anecdotally, there have been a number of players in recent seasons whose performance, in hindsight, could have been affected by off-the-field troubles.
Maybe just maybe Chad was not interested in being slammed by home town fans again! Who could blame him. Did Martin want to come back?
^^^^^Great post, Tubo.
The following could come under the titles of "Things that make you go Hmmmmm" or "WTF".
Beachy, 28, was non-tendered by the Braves in December after missing the entirety of last season due to Tommy John surgery. He is likely to miss the beginning of this season as he continues his rehab process, but will provide rotation depth behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson for the Dodgers next season. Some in the industry believe that Los Angeles could be looking to move a starter at some point in the near future, with Ryu and Greinke seeming to be the most likely possibilities due to the contract statuses of Kershaw, McCarthy and Anderson.
However, if everybody is healthy when he’s ready to contribute, the team could consider dealing Zack Greinke or Hyun-jin Ryu. Greinke may opt out after the season which could make him expendable. A trade of Ryu seems unlikely since he can void his contract if dealt (via Twitter). Here’s more from out west.
WTF is he talking about. Anderson is on a one year deal, how does that status make his trade less likely? And why would trading Ryu be considered? I think this guy needs to put down the pipe and walk away.
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