Archive for February, 2013

MaGill FP

Add Another Log to the Dodgers Pitching Logjam

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a Dodger starting pitcher in spring training camp who is tearing it up. No, it isn’t former Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke; no, it isn’t Korean sensation Hyun-jin Ryu or Chad Billingsley; and no, it isn’t Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang with their 18.00 ERAs. […]

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Beckett FP

Beckett Sharp in Spring Training Debut

Those who have been losing sleep over concerns that Josh Beckett isn’t a good number three or number four in the Dodgers rotation will perhaps sleep a little better from now on, as a slimmer and trimmer Beckett made his first start of spring training on Tuesday afternoon and pitched well; exceptionally well, in fact. Unfortunately, a couple […]

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Edith Houghton FP

Baseball’s Most Important Job

While watching the sporting news a couple of weeks ago something on the ticker caught my attention. I just can’t help reading ticker information. The brief clip read: “First female baseball scout dies”. Not giving it much thought when I first saw it, I became more interested when the clip rolled around again. I naturally […]

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Ryu FP

Greinke & Ryu strong in their Dodger debuts

Making his Dodger debut, right-hander Zack Greinke pitched two scoreless innings in Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox in a game which ended in a 2-2- tie. Greinke was followed by left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu, who also allowed only 1 hit and struck out one in his one inning on the hill, giving every indication that […]

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Kershaw 2-23-13 FP

Dodger bats fall short in spring training opener

By now most Dodger fans know that Saturday’s spring training opener was a complete disaster, with the Dodgers being shutout by the White Sox 9-0 on only three hits. It would be nice to blame the power outage on a bunch of no-name players wearing 80s and 90s jersey numbers, but the truth of the matter […]

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Koufax & Reese Rookie

Two That Didn’t Get Away

We all know how fishermen always tell about the big one that got away. We might even be one of those fishermen. Well, the Dodgers let one get away and all the baseball world remembers the story. Roberto Clemente was the big one, snatched up by Branch Rickey and the Pirates in 1954 when the […]

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It's quite obvious that Dodger great Sandy Koufax had a blast working with the young Dodger pitchers at spring training
(Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

The Koufax Affect

Much has been written in the past week about the affect that Sandy Koufax has had on many of the Dodger players at spring training, but what many may not know is that he is having an absolute blast as well. Koufax has been working with many of the Dodger pitchers in the early morning […]

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Matt Wallach, son of Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach will report to big league camp later today to replace Alfonso.
(Photo credit - Tim Evearitt)

Catching Prospect Matt Wallach to Replace Eliezer Alfonso

Dodger manager Don Mattingly was finally able to explain the absence of non-roster invitee Eliezer Alfonso on Thursday morning. While it was initially reported that Alfonso’s absence was due to family issues, it is now being reported that he is actually suffering from Dengue fever, a virus-caused disease that is spread by mosquitoes. Mattingly indicated that the […]

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Snider FP

I Miss Duke

The first home run account I ever heard on radio was called by legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully and was hit by another Dodger legend, Duke Snider. That’s how easy it was to become a lifetime Dodger fan. I sometimes wonder what the outcome would have been for me if a member of the opposing […]

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Surprise Stadium FP

The Ultimate All-Star Team

Although Tuesday was my first full day at spring training, I actually had to leave Camelback Ranch early. I had received an invitation to the 2013 Cactus League luncheon being held at beautiful Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ – the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. As was to be expected, […]

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