Archive for August, 2014

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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Down on the Farm – Playoff chase update

Ogden Raptors The Rookie League Raptors are one half game up on the second place Grand Junction Rockies after taking a double header from the Rockies yesterday. The first game was the completion of the rain delayed game from Tuesday, August 26. The Raptors have won eight of their last ten games, seven of them […]

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Without Vin Scully there might not have been a Dodger Stadium

During last Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, the Dodgers surpassed the three-million mark in attendance for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons and the 28th time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. And while Dodger fans still marvel at the incredible beauty of […]

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Defensive Indifference or Defensive Ignorance?

Quick – How many times have the Dodgers allowed a runner on first base to take second base on Defensive Indifference this season? Don’t know? Okay, here’s an easier one. How many times has the base runner that the Dodgers gave Defensive Indifference to come around to score this season? Can’t find the answer? Of […]

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2014 Arizona Fall League preliminary rosters announced Four Dodgers prospects named to Glendale Desert Dogs roster

It’s the day that true die-hard minor league baseball fans have been waiting for – the day that the 30 MLB teams announce who will represent their respective franchises in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (AFL), which begins play on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Representing the Dodgers for the second year in a row is […]

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