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DOTF – TBLA August Hitter and Relief Pitcher of the Month Awards

HITTERS Dominican Summer League Dodgers Carlos Aquino: Aquino has quietly progressed well this summer. He started with a .167 batting average in June and improved significantly in both July and August. The eighteen year old second baseman hit .353 in August from the lead off spot while scoring 12 runs in 16 games. He stole seven […]

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There’s more to Joc Pederson’s first MLB at-bat than what’s in the box score

Tomorrow, next week, next year or 20 years from now there will be those who will remember only that 22-year-old Joc Pederson struck out in his first major league at bat. It will forever be etched in stone on the pages of Baseball-Reference.com or whatever site we’ll be using to quench our baseball stat thirst […]

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DOTF – TBLA August Starting Pitcher of the Month Awards

Dominican Summer League Dodgers Miguel Urena: Urena, 19, is from Licey, Dominican Republic. He is in his second year with the DSL Dodgers and although not a true strikeout pitcher, he had an exceptional year in 2014. In August he made four starts, pitched 19 innings in which he gave up 16 hits. He struck […]

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Auditions begin this week for Dodgers fourth postseason starter job

The Dodgers have two monumental tasks ahead of them, well actually one monumental task and one monumental decision. The task, of course, is winning the National League West – and it’s not an easy one considering how well the Giants are playing right now and how poorly the Dodgers are. Should the Dodgers fail to […]

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The Dodgers don’t need to look very far for bullpen help

It’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a painful truth – the Dodgers bullpen is no better today than it was on opening day. In fact, it may be even worse. The back end of the bullpen is fine with J.P. Howell, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen and (gulp) occasionally Brian Wilson. Newcomers Pedro Baez and […]

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The Dodgers got beat by the Padres twice on Friday night

Prior to Friday night’s game between the Dodgers and Padres at Petco Park, the Padres organization honored recent Hall of Fame inductee Greg Maddux during a very emotional pre-game ceremony. The ceremony included an enjoyable three minute video tribute to the humble Hall of Famer and concluded with Padres manager Bud Black presenting Maddux with a […]

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Now there’s something you don’t see every day

In baseball there are defensive shifts and then there are extreme defensive shifts. Last night the Dodgers used both. With the score tied at two in the bottom of the 12th inning, Dodgers right-hander Kevin Correia made his first appearance out of the bullpen since joining the team on August 9. It did not go well. […]

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Baseball’s Impending Doom

I was very interested to see who was going to be chosen as the new commissioner of baseball. It doesn’t happen that often and it is a great indication of where the owners’ think baseball is going. The choice of Rob Manfred speaks volumes. When you promote from within for the most part, you want […]

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Arizona League Dodgers toss a combined No-hitter

The Arizona League Dodgers ended their 2014 season with a bang on Thursday – with a rare no-hitter. It is rare because of the youth on the AZL teams and also because it was accomplished by four pitchers. A personal favorite of mine, Jairo Pacheco, who had a slow start to his season after being […]

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August 28, 1945 – A monumental date in history

On this date in 1945, Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey held his famous three-hour meeting with Jackie Robinson. It was the meeting in which Rickey attempted to incite the 26-year-old future Hall of Famer, which he succeeded in doing – although only verbally. Rickey asked Robinson if he could face the racial animus that he […]

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