Archive for June, 2012

Corey Seager, the Dodgers first-round draft pick in the recently concluded 2012 First-Year Player Draft and brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, is the first position player to be taken as the Dodgers' first pick since James Loney in 2002. (Photo credit perfectgame.org)

Dodgers Sign First-Round Draft Pick Corey Seager

The Dodgers have announced the signing of first-round draft pick Corey Seager. The 18-year old Northwest Cabarrus High School (Concord, NC)  shortstop will take batting practice with Manager Don Mattingly, tour Dodger Stadium and be introduced to the crowd prior to Saturday afternoon’s game against the New York Mets. Seager, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder, batted .519 with […]

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Former Dodger Kenny Lofton spent considerable time working with Dee Gordon on his base running during the 2013 season.
(Photo credit - Ron Cervenka)

Gordon Receives Personal Tutoring from one of the Game’s Best

Several years ago there was a very clever (and funny) DHL  television commercial that made light of former MLB veteran center fielder Kenny Lofton being traded so often that nobody, not even DHL, knew exactly where to ship his gear to next. And even though Lofton never actually appeared in the commercial (except in a […]

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The Hole

The Dodgers recent fall from grace has affected differed people in different ways in the blogging world. Some folks have vanished into the woodwork, what I call the “Thumper mentality” (you remember Thumper – that cute little rabbit in Bambi?). Thumper said “If you can’t say something nice… don’t say nothing at all.” Rather than […]

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It’s Time for Stan Kasten & Ned Colletti to Pull the Trigger

Talk is cheap. It’s easy for new Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten to say that he and the rest of the new Guggenheim Baseball Management Group want to build a championship Dodger team and that they have the resources (money) to do so, but it’s an entirely different matter to actually go out and do it. […]

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Hopefully sooner than later, the Dodgers pendulum will begin to swing in the other direction. (Photo credit - prayitno's Photostream)

Swing Time

Having lived in Southern California my entire life, I have visited nearly all of its popular attractions a number of times. Granted, I don’t get to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm (except for an occasional chicken dinner) or Magic Mountain nearly as often as I did when I was a young, and now only do so when […]

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Mickey Hatcher exchanges pleasantries with Don Mattingly before a spring training game in 2011. Is there anyone who didn't expect Hatch to return to the Dodgers after his Pujols-induced firing from the Angels last month? (Photo by Jon SooHoo).

Tell Me You Didn’t See This One Coming – Dodgers Hire Mickey Hatcher

The Dodgers have announced that former big league infielder/outfielder and well-respected hitting coach Mickey Hatcher has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement. “Mickey’s been a World Series champion both as a player and coach,” said Colletti. “His baseball experience, legendary passion for the game and tremendous […]

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Quakes third baseman C.J. Retherford tees off for a 1st inning home run and went 5 for 5 on an otherwise dismal night. Retherford has been the Quakes hottest hitter over the past month and figures to have a major role in the Quakes quest for the Cal League South second half title.

Down on the Farm – Quakes Drop First Half Title Game to Mavericks

In spite of early solo home runs by C.J. Retherford and Leon Landry, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes fell to the High Desert Mavericks 8-5 on Monday night in a one-game playoff to determine the winners of the first half of the Cal League’s South Division. Although the Quakes came out swinging and managed five runs […]

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Objects In the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Don’t look now, but the Diamondbacks are within striking distance.  With the recent tailspin of the Dodgers, few have noticed an interesting development in the National League West.  The Arizona Diamondbacks are a mere 5 games out of first place.  In the last six games, Arizona has gained five on the Dodgers. So as we all focus […]

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Quakes center fielder Leon Landry continued his hot hitting with this bases-clearing 3-run double off of the wall  in the 4th inning of Sunday's heartbreaking loss to the Bakersfield Blaze. Landry missed hitting a grand slam by two feet.

Down on the Farm – Quakes Face Must-Win Game Tonight

To say that Sunday afternoon’s 14-9 loss to the first half Cal League North champion Bakersfield Blaze was a morale buster would be a gross understatement. The Quakes entered the top of the 9th with a 9-5 lead in front of the home crowd and appeared headed for a 4-game split with Ken Griffey Sr.’s squad. But […]

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Dee Gordon scores after a throwing error by Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Gordon was involved in all three Dodger scoring plays in their 3-1 win of the Angels on Saturday. (Photo by Juan Ocampo)

Game Changer

You hear it all the time…”Game Changer.” It seems to be the catch phrase of the new millennium in professional sports, especially in the MLB. You hear it associated with guys like Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, and more recently with super rookie phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. You’ve even heard it with a few Dodger […]

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