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Bumgarner uses KC’s youthful aggressiveness against themselves

Every year we watch with great anticipation the Mexican representative in the Little League World Series. Almost all of the representatives from Mexico over recent years come from the traditional strongholds of baseball along the northern border or the Pacific Coast. They bring a distinct batting philosophy to the plate and it involves Mexican “baseball […]

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Friedman emphatic about having ‘robust farm system’

When Dodgers newly appointed President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman met with the media for the first time last Friday morning, he didn’t have answers to many of the questions posed to him. Although Friedman did say that current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would manage the team in 2015, he dodged the question as to who, if […]

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Could Andrew Friedman be Corey Seager’s ticket to the big leagues?

During his nine years as general manager of the Dodgers we learned something about Ned Colletti that is as sure as the day is long – he rarely promoted a top prospect to the big club until they had several years in the minors. Sure, there have been a few exceptions – guys like Clayton Kershaw, […]

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Who will be the Dodgers ‘Fall Guy?’

It is as inevitable as death and taxes – when a team fails to achieve their goal of making it to the World Series, somebody has to take the fall for it. If it’s not the manager himself (or general manager), it is usually one (or more) of his coaches. Should a team’s shortcomings be […]

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Dodgers trade tradition for practicality in Triple-A move to Oklahoma City

I was surprised but pleased when I learned the Dodgers had moved their AAA farm team from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City. On the one side was the long tradition in Albuquerque first with the Dukes and later with the Isotopes. Dissolving the relationship with the city of Albuquerque after a 44 year affiliation perhaps was […]

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Adrian Gonzalez quietly spoke the loudest at Friedman press conference

If you weren’t paying attention you wouldn’t have even noticed he was there – until he spoke. Towards the end of Andrew Friedman’s introductory press conference on Friday morning at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen interrupted reporters questions by saying “You have a question over here.” With that, Dodgers first […]

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Arizona Fall League – MLB’s ‘Pace of Game’ testing grounds

On Thursday night I was surprised to learn that MLB.com was live streaming some of the games from the Arizona Fall League. With several young Dodger prospects playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs I naturally was pleased to be able to pick up that game. I did so just in time to see top prospect […]

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Matheny’s second bad decision far worse than his first – except for Dodger fans

When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny chose his own ace Adam Wainwright to start the 2014 All-Star Game over Dodgers ace and defending Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw, everybody knew it was the wrong decision, perhaps even Matheny himself. But that didn’t prevent the third-year Cardinals manager from starting his own guy saying that Wainwright “deserved it” […]

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Dodgers Foundation to dedicate two new Dreamfields

On Saturday morning the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and Security Benefit will dedicate its 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park. The Dreamfield dedication will be attended by Dodger Alumni League members Billy Ashley, Al Downing, Al […]

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Matt Kemp receives punishment for telling the truth

As children we were taught to never lie and to always tell the truth, no matter how bad the situation was. We were told the amazing anecdotal story of George Washington chopping down his father’s beloved cherry tree and not being punished after telling his father: “I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little […]

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