Archive for December, 2015

Kazmir signing could open door for Jose De Leon

Hidden in the aftermath of Wednesday’s announcement that the Dodgers have signed veteran free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir to three-year / $48 million contract is the fact that the Dodgers could very well have an Opening Day starting rotation comprised of five left-handers – Clayton Kershaw, Kazmir, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood. And while having five […]

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Dodgers sign free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir

The Dodgers announced that they have signed free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir to a three-year / $48 million contract. The 31-year-old Houston, Texas native has a 98-90 career record with a 3.96 ERA in 272 games (271 starts) through 11 major league seasons – all in the American League – with the Rays (2004-09), Angels […]

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Is it time for Dodgers to cut their losses with Carl Crawford? The $41.75 million still owed to the oft-injured outfielder could force Dodgers to keep him

When the Dodgers acquired left fielder Carl Crawford from the Boston Red Sox on August 25, 2012 as part of the blockbuster trade that also brought them Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto, they did so knowing full well that the then 30-year-old Houston, Texas native would not set foot onto Dodger Stadium for […]

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Candlestick Park – Thankfully gone but painfully not forgotten

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since the Dump By the Bay received the fate that it so rightfully deserved – the wrecking ball. It was on Monday night, December 23, 2013 that the San Francisco 49ers played the final sporting event at (cough… cough) historic Candlestick Park, thereby marking the end of […]

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‘Handy’ Andy Pafko – The Forgotten Dodger

I trace my birth as a Dodger fan back to the 1952 season. Vin Scully and Duke Snider were the midwives in bringing me into the world of “Dodger Blue.” Vin’s voice captivated me one evening in 1952 when I turned the dial on my radio and accidentally came across a Dodgers broadcast. It was […]

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Dodgers hoping Ryu will be ready for spring training

In an off-season that has been filled with one disappointment after another, Dodger fans finally received a bit of good news this past week … maybe. It was reported a week ago Friday that Korean left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu might … might be fully recovered from his May 19 shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum when pitchers and catchers report […]

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Dodgers possibly closing in on Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda

Although there has been no confirmation, it was being reported that Japanese star right-hander Kenta Maeda and his agent met with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi at Dodger Stadium on Christmas Eve. The initial report came from Orange County Register’s Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett via Twitter. The […]

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Merry Christmas from ThinkBlueLA

On behalf of the entire entire staff at ThinkBlueLA.com we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Go Dodgers!

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And then there were none

This past week the St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent right-hander Mike Leake to a five-year – $80 million contract. And while the 28-year-old San Diego native was considered one of the better available starting pitchers, he is, at best, a number three start – something that the Dodgers do not need. With Zack Greinke, David Price, […]

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Dodgers to honor Jackie Robinson with statue After 54-year wait, former Dodger great finally gets recognition he has long deserved

Back in 2012, I had an opportunity to interview Dodgers team historian Mark Langill about… well, Dodgers history. During that interview, I asked Mark a relatively simple question, to which he gave a very well-thought-out profound answer – What is the single greatest moment in Dodgers history? “That would be April 15th, 1947 when Jackie Robinson played […]

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