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Will Dodgers re-sign Chase Utley and his intangibles?

When the Dodgers traded for veteran second baseman Chase Utley on August 19, 2015, they did so for a variety of reason. The most obvious is that, in spite of his (then) 35 years of age, he was still very much The Man, as he was affectionately called by rabid Phillies fans. But even though the Pasadena, California […]

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Wrap-up presser causing a bit of anxiety for Dodger fans

As expected, Monday’s season wrap-up press conference with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Monday afternoon spent quite a bit of time discussing the pending free agency of several key members of the team and whether or not the Dodgers would be re-signing them. Also as expected, their answers didn’t exactly […]

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Baseball – ‘It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart’

(Editor’s Note: At the request of several of our readers, here is the timeless essay by former MLB commissioner A. Bartlett “Bart” Giamatti. It is always so painfully appropriate at this time of year).   *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   “The Green Fields of the Mind” by A. Bartlett Giamatti […]

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Jansen provides silver lining to otherwise dark NLCS

As the sun rose over the City of Angels on Sunday morning, with it came the cold hard realization that there would be no Game-7 of the 2016 National League Championship Series for the Dodgers. Instead, Dodger fans awoke to the painful truth that the ridiculously lofty expectations that they (and everyone else) had placed on the […]

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Are the expectations of Clayton Kershaw fair?

It goes without saying that every Dodger fan on the planet has tremendous confidence whenever the best pitcher on the planet is on the mound for the Dodgers; whether it’s during the regular season, the postseason or even in a postseason relief appearance like the one that we predicted here on ThinkBlueLA on October 13. […]

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Vin Scully to attend tonight’s NLCS Game-5

According to USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale, Hall of Fame and recently retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will be in attendance at Thursday evening’s National League Championship Series game between the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. On Monday the 88-year-old beloved Dodgers broadcaster told ThinkBlueLA said that he fully expected the series to […]

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Baseball’s worst umpire lives up to reputation … again

There is an old saying with regards to major league baseball umpires: “When you don’t even notice them, they have done their job well.” As such, when it was announced last week that 55-year-old Angel Hernandez – the worst umpire in the game today and perhaps ever – was going to be among the six major […]

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Reddick, Pederson bring missing element to Dodgers offense

After a painfully slow start following his August 1 acquisition by the Dodgers, right fielder Josh Reddick finally found his stroke; good enough to finish the regular with a slash-line of .258 / .307 / .335 / .643, two home runs and nine RBIs in his 167 plate appearances with his new club. But flying well under […]

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Grandal finds the at-bat he has been looking for

To say that Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has struggled thus far through the 2016 postseason is both an understatement and being very kind; he has been absolutely lost at the plate. In fact, until his second at-bat in Tuesday night’s NLCS Game-3 home opener at Dodger Stadium, the soon-to-be 28-year-old La Habana, Cuba native was 2-for-21 (.095) […]

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Although Hill was traded to the Dodgers on August 1, he didn't make his first start until August 24, causing a great deal of anxiety among Dodger fans. Fortunately, he has been outstanding since.
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Game-3 to be ultimate test for Rich Hill

Anyone who has had the opportunity to interview Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill has undoubtedly noticed two things about him: 1) He has a great sense of humor and; 2) He is brutally honest. The is no argument that having a great sense of humor makes for a great interview and can lighten the mood in […]

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