Archive for October, 2015

Darin Erstad – Didn’t see this one coming Former World Series hero interviews for vacant Dodgers manager job

When it was announced that Don Mattingly was out as the Dodgers manager a little over a week ago, the rumors and speculation of his possible successor immediately hit the media (and social media) with a list that was rather short but formidable. The early favorites were current Dodgers Director of Player Development Gabe Kapler, bench coach Tim […]

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Will Brett Anderson be a Dodger in 2016? Gamble by the oft-injured lefty could make him the next Stephen Drew

  *  *  *  Updated: November 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm PT)  *  *  * After the 2013 season, Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew declined to accept the team’s $14.1 qualifying offer (QO) to remain in Boston for the 2014 season. It ended up being a very costly mistake for the then 30-year-old .251 career-hitting Hahira, GA native – […]

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What was your favorite Dodgers memory of 2015?

As the painful memory of yet another early postseason exit by the Dodgers slowly begins to fade, there’s no time like the present to look back on the many great moments and memories from the just-concluded 2015 seasons. And while it is always easier to recall those great moments that happened late in the season – especially during the final […]

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Let the Ethier trade rumors begin

Quick – name the three most consistent Dodger hitters this past season. You undoubtedly picked Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner, who were pretty much gimmes. But the third most consistent Dodger hitter in 2015 wasn’t Howie Kendrick or even Kiké Hernandez, who finished the season batting .295 and .307 respectively. It was the longest tenured guy on the […]

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Is there more to Mattingly leaving Dodgers than meets the eye? Less than a week after being let go, former Dodgers manager interviews with Marlins

It was one of those off-the-wall rumors that pop up from time to to – talk of another team being interested in a manager who is still under contract with his current team; this in spite of the fact that such a thing is illegal under MLB’s ‘tampering’ rule. So when the rumor broke that […]

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Mattingly departure probably cost Rick Honeycutt his job Entire Dodgers coaching staff encouraged to 'look elsewhere'

At last Thursday’s press conference, Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi and Don Mattingly all emphatically insisted that the decision that the Dodgers skipper would not be returning next season was “a mutually agreed upon decision” and that he absolutely wasn’t being fired. If this indeed was the case – and […]

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Decompression time

It’s a horrible feeling and one that is all too familiar – the Fall Classic is about to begin and the Dodgers aren’t in it. Lord knows they once again should be in it, but they’re not. Whether it’s the manager’s fault or the front office’s fault or the bullpen’s fault or a veteran’s fault or […]

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It’s a good time to be Jose De Leon

Several times during Thursday afternoon’s press conference in which Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi repeatedly tried to convince the media that Don Mattingly wasn’t fired and had left on his own accord, they yet again made reference that it is their ultimate long-term goal to “get younger” as opposed to spending even more money on aging veterans. […]

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‘Organic decision’ could lead to organic manager for Dodgers

With Thursday morning’s announcement that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and the team had a “mutual parting of the ways,” the task now begins to find his replacement. As such, I offer these simple word of advice to Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and to general manager Farhan Zaidi – you guys better make this […]

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Mattingly reportedly out as Dodgers manager

  *  *  *  UPDATED: October 22, 2015 at 9:15 am PT  *  *  * Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly will “part ways.” Although Heyman’s “sources” are calling the decision “mutual,” the simple truth of the matter is that, if true – and it has not been confirmed by […]

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