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  1. This was great, would love to see more.

    Comment by mother — February 7, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  2. Lincecum was and is the better pitcher. Dodgers blew it and wasted five years.
    Giants got a world series win. Kershaw didnt deserve the Cy in 11- halliday did and Kershaw only won because the Dodgers beat SF. Frankly I could toss on hitters to the Giants.

    Comment by cal — February 7, 2012 @ 10:44 am

  3. I love these types of articles–they’re straight from the their horse’s brains! Thanks!

    Comment by Joshsaysgomo — February 7, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  4. hilarious…..Kershaw is the 2nd best SP in baseball behind Halladay.

    Comment by ray — February 7, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  5. Good article. But there wasn’t any talk of why the Dodgers position players down on the farm, suck. I’m a Dodger fan, and there is NO ONE to be excited about.

    Comment by Nick — February 7, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

  6. You couldn’t possibly be more of an idiot. Kershaw beat Lincecum every time they faced each other last year and “you could throw a on hitter against the Giants?” I hope you enjoy life in fantasy land.

    Comment by KDiggity — February 7, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  7. You couldn’t possibly be more of a moron. Kershaw beat Lincecum every time they faced each other last year and “you could throw a on hitter against the Giants?” I hope you enjoy life in fantasy land.

    Comment by KDiggity — February 7, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  8. As always, David Laurila offers the best content at Fangraphs, which is a high compliment because of the sturdy competition. How do you avoid the awful vanilla responses most reporters deliver? Is it who you choose to interview or how you interview them? Either way, you get more insider-speak in one post than a year’s worth of Kurkjian (who I like).

    I’d like to see you try Scoscia, the vanilliest interviewee that ever vanillaed an interview.

    Comment by Steve Balboni — February 7, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  9. Even if you think Lincecum is a better pitcher, which is a valid opinion, I would hardly call drafting Kershaw “blowing it”

    Comment by ben — February 7, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  10. Does this mean Chris Reed is going to be on the opening day roster? I am confused

    Comment by kyle — February 7, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  11. Nice article. I’d love to have a counterpoint interview with Tidrow about that 2006 draft. Lincecum and Kershaw were huge wins for both franchises.

    Comment by Shankbone — February 7, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  12. Awesome feature! I wish I could’ve heard White’s thoughts on drafting Chris Withrow and James Adkins ahead of local-boy Mike Stanton.

    Comment by David — February 7, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  13. Kershaw was actually the No. 7 pick in the 2006 draft.

    Comment by Dustin Nosler — February 7, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

  14. Logan White can think of Matt Moore as the one who got away, but fans in Los Angeles want to know how Mike Stanton escaped from our own backyard.

    Comment by DavidYoungTBLA — February 7, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  15. Loved the article, BTW.

    Comment by DavidYoungTBLA — February 7, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  16. Sorry, didn’t see this at first, beating me to the Stanton punch. I can live with drafting Withrow where they did, but drafting Adkins was inexplicable even then, and seemed to puzzle and the prospects mavens I follow.

    Comment by DavidYoungTBLA — February 7, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  17. I didn’t mean to steal your Thunder, Dave. I saw this before hitting up TBLA today.

    Comment by David — February 7, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  18. David, you legit beat me here to it.

    Comment by DavidYoungTBLA — February 7, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  19. David – Great as usual. Keep ‘em coming!

    Comment by Ben — February 7, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  20. I think every Dodgers fan would agree they’ve excelled at drafting pitchers. The problem is we can’t come up with top hitters(outside of Kemp obviously). We routinely pass on guys like Stanton or CJ Cron who look like absolute locks as top hitters when we have tons of pitching depth. I guess it would just be nice if we ever seemed to get that elite hitter instead of top pitchers.

    Comment by Derek — February 9, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  21. I think it’s part of their strategy and it’s worked pretty well. They’ve focused on one area and they draft a ton of it. Then, when these guys develop, they can trade for what they need. You can be mediocre at everything, or be really good at something and then compensate for those weaknesses by trading. It’s a smart philosophy, and makes sense economically (division of labor). The Dodgers haven’t been near the bottom of MLB in batting WAR since 2003.

    Comment by Tony Fernandez — September 15, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

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