Archive for the ‘Down on the Farm’ Category

Next wave of pitchers headed to Great Lakes

The 2016 season was, without a doubt, the most exciting for Great Lake Loons fans since the team’s inception in 2007. Not only did they win the Midwest League championship in an improbable fashion, they featured a stable of young pitchers that may not be seen again as a collection for quite some time. It […]

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Dodgers make first round of spring training roster cuts

It happens every year around this time and it’s never a happy time. It is the day when the Dodgers officially announce their first round of cuts from major league spring training camp. It is the day that several players – most often non-roster invitees – are either optioned or reassigned to minor league camp, in […]

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Meet Dodgers non-drafted free agents Curry, Duester and Stolo

The list of the Dodgers minor league participants at their Camelback Ranch spring training facility has been released, complete with the numbers assigned to each aspiring player. I scanned through the list, relatively quickly, looking to see if first baseman Lars Anderson had again been signed to a minor league contract by the Dodgers. He […]

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Spring training providing great opportunity for Shea Spitzbarth

In the words of the great Vin Scully: “There will be a new day, and eventually a new year. And when the upcoming winter gives way to spring, rest assured, it will be Time for Dodger Baseball.” Alas, spring training is here just as Scully assured us it would be, and Dodger baseball is once […]

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WBC creating opportunities that otherwise would’t exist While the cat's away, the minor leaguers will play

Under normal circumstances, this Monday – March 6 – would be an unpleasant day for players in spring training camp as non-roster invitees. This is right around the time that many MLB teams would be making their first round of what is normally three or four rounds of cuts; that dreaded day when many of the […]

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Istler and Spitzbarth – Two young Dodgers to keep an eye on

The 2017 baseball season has started and did so on Saturday, February 25 when Clayton Kershaw threw the first pitch of “our” season to the Chicago White Sox leadoff hitter Tim Anderson. The universe had once again righted itself after a seemingly endless off-season. Kershaw went on to pitch a scoreless inning and followed that […]

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Chase De Jong traded – but at what cost? Dodger fans question trade for positions they didn't need to fill

On Wednesday, March 1, word leaked out, and then flooded out, that the Dodgers had traded highly regarded fan favorite Chase De Jong, to the Seattle Mariners. For his many fans who have closely followed him since he was poached from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 2, 2015, his departure is more than a […]

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Two Dodgers you probably don’t know about but should

With Spring Training underway, rosters will begin to take shape and, with that, there will be ballplayers who will slowly be weeded out and assigned to the minor leagues. But even though they will be sent down, it is an absolute must for Dodger fans everywhere to know these two names that you may have […]

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Facing Kershaw isn’t always a bad thing So Cal native DJ Peters fulfills dream of hitting against 'The best pitcher on the planet'

Let’s face it, if you’re a major league hitter in a must-win game, the absolute last guy you would want to face is six-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young award winner and 2014 NL MVP Clayton Kershaw. I mean, we’re talking about a guy with a career record of 126-60 and a career ERA of 2.37 over […]

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Update: Lindsey Caughel teaches us a lesson in perseverance After being released by Dodgers, right-hander earns another opportunity to make it to The Show

Updated: February 22, 2017 4:00 pm PT   *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   (Re-posted from December 2, 2016) It was one of the lowest moments of my blogging career. It happened during spring training 2016 while I was at Camelback Ranch covering the Dodgers. Late one afternoon […]

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