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Postby xeifrank » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:36 am

Looks like the Dodgers solved one of their big holes, by signing the 3 time MVP out of the Italian baseball league to a 3 year $25 million contract.

Milan English Daily - April 1, 2004

(Milan) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have come to agreement with Italian shortstop Fabio Anchovio, making him the first player to make the move from the Italian baseball league to the majors. The Dodgers are believed to have outbid the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers for the slick fielding, power hitting shortstop. Anchovio in five years for BC Milano hit 198 home runs, stole 158 bases and hit over .350 four times. Anchovio is expected to have an immediate impact on his new team, and will appear in a Dodger uniform for the first time during the upcoming freeway series against the Angels.

The move came as a surprise. Anchovio was let out of his contract with BC Milano, after the Dodgers paid his former club $5 million in cash. Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda helped negotiate the deal and made many trips over to Italy during the offseason to talk to Anchovio and Italian baseball officials. "This guy can flat out play", said a gleeful Lasorda. "It's not often that a player of this magnitude comes around, power, speed, fielding and best of all he's Italian."

The signing will send Cesar Izturis to the bench. Manager Jim Tracy hinted that Anchovio would bat third in the lineup, with outfielder Shawn Green offering protection to the Italian slugger.

... and from: The Fantasy House:

Fantasy Spin: Today the Dodgers signed Italian shortstop Fabio Anchovio. Anchovio is the Italian version of Alex Rodriguez. While it will take him some time to make the adjustment to big league pitching, you should make every opportunity to pick Anchovio up. It's not often that five tool shortstops just come out of the woodwork.
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Postby Hyde » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:43 am

Damn they sure are paying him alot of money, he must good. Hope he shows up in yahoo soon.
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Postby bleach168 » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:44 am

I've seen Anchovio play in person. He is a monster! Like 6'6" 250 and ripped.
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:45 am

Wow, I've never even heard of him and he got a $25M contract not including a $5M buyout paid to his team in Italy. Thanks Frank!
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:50 am

Wait a second..................what day is it.

Yoooooooou bastard. Ya had me for a minute. If it weren't so late i'd have caught on in the first place.
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Postby inkubus » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:53 am

That was great. ;-D The give away was in the name, and in the first line. "The Dodgers solved one of their big holes," doesn't sound like something a pro writer would write.
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lol

Postby matmat » Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:03 am

inkubus wrote:That was great. ;-D The give away was in the name, and in the first line. "The Dodgers solved one of their big holes," doesn't sound like something a pro writer would write.


especially since the holes for the dodgers are:

1) starting pitching
2) left handed power bats
3) empty seats in the stands
4) too much spade in the outfield
5) catcher
6) 2B
7) 1B
8) LF
... :-P
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Postby inkubus » Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:04 am

I think the Dodgers' pitching is fine, don't listen to Harold Reynolds. :-b
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:14 am

inkubus wrote:That was great. ;-D The give away was in the name, and in the first line. "The Dodgers solved one of their big holes," doesn't sound like something a pro writer would write.


That's because Frank apparently wrote that part - it was before the "actual" article. The article itself sounded pretty authentic. Except for the part where LaSorda goes "And the best part is, he's Italian." I know It's probably what he'd be thinking in that situation, but in this day and age, if you even make a distinction of somebody's race or heritage, you're scrutinized relentlessly. Thus ends my brief rant.

Nice one Frank ;-D
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well.

Postby matmat » Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:19 am

odalis perez has pitched well
nomo is stinking up the joint.
ishii -- decent and improving,
weaver -- eeeew...
jackson lit up in ST
lima -- pitched well, but in bull-pen
dreifort -- just cashing the checks, baby...

this is probably in the bottom fifth as far as rotations go... now imagine these guys outside of chavez ravine...
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