Posts Tagged ‘T.J. Simers’


August 17, 2008


As we’ve written earlier, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers is having a career year.

Simers is at it again. This time he’s managed to drag legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully into a feud with acerbic second baseman Jeff Kent. Kent has always been a bit of a dick, but this is a fight he can’t win.

In 59 years of broadcasting I can’t remember Scully EVER being touched by controversy. Now, after Simers relayed some of Scully’s play by play comments back to Kent, the LA second baseman said,



“Vin Scully talks too much.”






Unbelievable. Rather than back down from his comments, Kent repeated them at a Dodgers function where he addressed a WOMEN’S GROUP. I don’t know what possessed the Dodgers to choose Jeff Kent to speak before 200 women. Public speaking isn’t exactly his forte.

Finally, just what were the “controversial” comments made by Scully? He pointed out the statistical FACT that Kent is hitting .500 with newly acquired outfielder Manny Ramirez hitting behind him. Somehow Kent took this as a personaL insult,




“It diminishes my whole career and all the hard work. I take it as an insult.”


Kent has raised his batting average 20 points since the Ramirez trade.




May 12, 2008


Last month on The Blog we told you about the AWESOME confrontation between LA Times columnist T.J. Simers and Dodgers center fielder Andruw Jones. During that particular run-in Simers taunted Jones into getting on a scale in front of him and found out Jones weighs 248 pounds. Ever since, Simers has been referring to Andruw Jones as “that tubbo in center field.” He even offered to go on a diet with the .170 hitting outfielder.

After a brief respit covering the Lakers, Simers is after Jones again. Only now he simply refers to him as “tubbo.” Unlike sissy columnists like Skip Bayless and Jay Mariotti who NEVER venture into locker rooms, Simers was once again in the Dodgers clubhouse and AGAIN confronted Jones. To his face. The result was the following exchange which Simers gleefully put in today’s column:


Since offering to go on a diet with Andruw Jones and getting nowhere with him, I’ve lost 14 pounds, so I checked in with the Tubbo on Saturday night to see how he was doing on his own.

“Have you lost anything?”

I don’t care,” he said.

I shook my head in disbelief, and he said, “I don’t care what you think.”

“Do you care what anyone thinks?”

“I don’t care,” Jones said.

Saturday night the fans in Dodger Stadium booed Jones’ name when the starting lineup was announced. “Don’t you care that the fans in Dodger Stadium have turned on you?”

“No,” he said. “That’s their problem.”

I suggested that it’s not human for someone not to be bothered by booing fans in their own stadium, and he stuck out his tongue and made some noise.

“How do I write that down?” I said.

All together now: “I don’t care,” he said.

Without the fans, I said, there’s no reason for you to be here in Los Angeles playing baseball and no way you’re getting paid $36 million over the next two years.

“I don’t care,” he said. “You play for the team, you don’t play for the fans. The fans never played the game. They don’t know.”

Both a Tubbo and clueless, which really isn’t a very good combination for the player with the highest annual salary in Dodgers history.



With columns like this, Simers has done something never accomplished before in Los Angeles sports history. He’s actually managed to get the world’s most apathetic and laid back fans to HATE somebody.

I’ve said this before, but Andruw Jones will NEVER recover from this. His career is finished. We’re well into May and Jones is hitting .170 with exactly 1 homer and 0 stolen bases. Worse, he obviously no longer cares. Last year Jones may have been the only athlete in history who put together his worst season heading into a contract year.

Simers’ column feeds every negative stereotype that fans have about athletes. This perception of the over-paid athlete who doesn’t care is virtually never true. Unfortunately in the case of Andruw Jones it is.



April 15, 2008

 T.J. Simers

Columnist, T.J. Simers, has a memorable piece in today’s LA Times. In it, he basically tells Dodgers manager, Joe Torre, who to play and taunts center fielder Andruw Jones into getting on a scale. Classic!

The problem with most sports writers who cover teams on a daily basis is they are totally beholden to the club to do their job. They need their team’s PR and media staff for access to players and quotes. They also don’t want to alienate the players they cover on a daily basis. Therefore, you will almost never read a truly negative piece by a beat writer. No matter how poorly a team is playing.

Meanwhile most high profile columnists who DO criticize the local teams (Jay Mariotti immediately comes to mind) won’t set foot in a locker room to face the people they criticize.

Simers is the rare exception for a columnist in that he will confront athletes and managers TO THEIR FACE. Often with comical results. From today’s column:

Now as for the tubbo in center in Andruw Jones, who began the night hitting .100, maybe we should no longer be looking for him to hit his weight, but rather just his age.
“The scale was wrong,” announced Jones, who had stepped on a scale in the Dodgers clubhouse Saturday for Page 2’s benefit. “That scale has been there since Jackie Robinson played here.”
The Dodgers’ website lists Jones at 210 pounds. He said he weighs 240, although the Jackie Robinson scale indicated he weighed 248.

“Go ask the strength and conditioning guy for my weight,” he said.

“I have no idea who the conditioning guy is,” I said.

“The skinny guy,” Jones said, while also making a point to say with a hint of humor, “the skinny guy can’t hit.”

“Are you getting closer?” I asked.

“To what?”

“Making contact with the ball,” I said.

“I make contact every day. Foul balls,” he said, and that’s progress, I noted.




Simers spends the rest of the column telling Dodgers manager, Joe Torre, how to do his job. Simers warns Torre he is about to go cover the Lakers for the next month, so he had best heed his advice NOW.


“The quicker he learns to go with Page 2’s advice, of course, the better the Dodgers’ chances to overcome their lack of talent. Davey Johnson, Jim Tracy and Grady Little were a little slow to grasp such a concept, and now they are no longer managers.”


Gee, I guess Joe Torre and his fistfull of World Series rings will just have to go it on his own.