Josh Ravin = Perserverance

The age-old saying “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time” – aka: “Murphy’s law” – could have very easily been called “Ravin’s law” – as in 29-year-old Dodgers right-hander Josh Ravin. As most Dodger fans know by now, it was exactly one year ago – almost to the day […]

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NRI’s – The other guys at spring training

It’s done every year by every team in major league baseball – invitations are given to players within the organization who are not currently on the team’s 40-man roster to attend spring training with the hope – however slight – of making the team’s 25-man opening day roster. And while it may not happen often, […]

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Spring Training 2017 Battle Series – The Bullpen Part-three of a three-part series on the battle for several key Dodgers Opening Day roster spots

Last week’s article talked about the starting pitching depth and also predicted the rotation that I thought would come out of spring training. I highly recommend reading that article before this one so you can see who was left out of the starting five and why some of them may end up in this article. […]

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Kershaw sets personal goals for 2017

It came as a surprise to no one that when it was Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw‘s time to speak with the media on Wednesday morning after pitchers and catchers reported that he would draw the biggest crowd. And while the recent new dad (for the second time) was clearly upbeat about spring training and about […]

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Dodgers make Romo signing official

Not that there was ever any doubt but the Dodgers made their acquisition of right-handed reliever Sergio Romo official on Wednesday afternoon, the same day that pitchers and catchers reported for spring training at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. The deal was acknowledged as having been completed on February 6, 2017 but the Dodgers remained […]

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MLB’s new 10-day DL

Tucked away in the latest MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement is an item that may have escaped our notice. This is not to suggest that I have actually read the agreement, which was signed on December 1, 2016 and will expire on December 1, 2021. That item – of considerable significance – is a change from […]

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Rob Manfred’s vision for Major League Baseball

Here’s a question for you. Who has the more difficult job, the President of the United States or the Commissioner of Major League Baseball? I say the ‘Commish’ does. About 50 percent of the people happy with the decisions he makes and about one half who are unhappy. He has a relatively large percentage of […]

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USC-UCLA to square off at Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic University of San Diego to take on University of Michigan in first game of doubleheader

Two of the most storied programs in college baseball will once again meet at Chavez Ravine when UCLA takes on USC in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic on Sunday, March 5, 2017, the Dodgers announced on Monday. In the first game of the Sunday doubleheader, the University of San Diego Toreros of the West […]

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Roster moves looming for Dodgers

With Dodgers pitchers and catchers due to report for spring training on Wednesday morning and position players five days later, the Dodgers will need to trim their current 40-man roster to accommodate recently acquired veteran right-hander Sergio Romo, veteran outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and returning veteran second baseman Chase Utley. And while the one obvious move […]

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MLB – Let’s play T-Ball

Major League Baseball is at it again. That is, kicking the tires on making more changes to the GOG (Grand Old Game). Changes to the game stimulate endless debate among the baseball purists, myself included in that group, and those that want changes in the game for a variety of reasons. Debate is always good […]

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