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Pirates, Loons, Dee and Elbert

Pirates, Loons, Dee and Elbert
  • The Great Lakes Loons were the last Dodger team to be eliminated from the playoffs, losing to the Ft. Wayne Tin Caps last night 4-3 in 10
    Minor League Pitcher of The Year

    Minor League Pitcher of The Year

    innings.  Dee Gordon was 1-5 with a stolen base, Kyle Russell was 1-2 with a BB and an RBI, Silverio hit a HR and Aaron Miller pitched a stellar 6 innings, allowing just 1 run and 1 hit.  It was all for naught as the Loons closer, Cole St. Clair blew the save in the 8th and lost the game in the 10th.  It was a good year for the Loons.

  • It’s nice to play a minor league team for a change.  The Pirates are AAA, at best!
  • Great article on our Dynamic Duo (Kemp & Ethier) by mlb.coms Doug Miller.
  • Jon Garland has been a nice pickup hasn’t he?
  • Andre is going to get 30 HR it appears!
  • O-Dog is playing like a guy who gets $10,000 for every at bat!
  • Can Russ Martin get his BA to .270 by the end of the year?  He’s hot, as is Loney.
  • We just play different with Casey Blake in the lineup.
  • Andy LaRoche went 2-3 against his former mates and is hitting a paltry .248.
  • A Press Release from the Dodgers:


LOS ANGELES– The Los Angeles Dodgers today named left-hander Scott Elbert and shortstop Dee Gordon as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.  General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement. 

The 24-year-old Elbert went 4-4 with a 3.84 ERA in a combined 20 games (18 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque.  In 96.0 innings, Elbert struck out 125 batters and walked only 44.  He was selected to the Southern League All-Star Game after going 2-3 with 87 strikeouts and a 3.90 ERA (27 ER/62.1 IP) in 12 games (11 starts), but did not appear in the game because of his promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 22. He is currently in his fourth stint with the Dodgers, and is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 relief appearances for Los Angeles. 

Elbert entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect according to Baseball America, which rated his curveball as the best among Dodgers prospects.

In six minor league seasons, Elbert is 29-23 with 541 strikeouts in 462.0 innings and a 3.27 ERA in 113 games (84 starts). He was selected in the first round (17th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Seneca (Missouri) High School.

The 21-year-old Gordon was named Midwest League Prospect of the Year and league Co-MVP with teammate Kyle Russell after leading the league with 73 steals (22 more than his closest challenger) and 12 triples, and ranking second in the league with 162 hits and 96 runs.  His numbers also rank second in steals, tied for eighth in triples, 11th in hits, and 15th in runs among all full-season minor league players.  He was selected as a starter for the Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star Game, going 1-for-2 with a steal, and also named as the shortstop on the league’s post season All-Star Team.

Gordon won the Dodger Pride Award for June, batting .347 (34-for-98) with 14 steals and 22 runs in 24 games and had a season-long 16-game hitting streak in the month.

The fourth-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft hit .301 with three home runs and 35 RBI in 131 games to help lead Great Lakes to its first playoff appearance in the club’s three-year history.  The Florida native entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America. The publication also ranked him as the fastest baserunner, best athlete, and best defensive infielder in the Dodgers’ minor league system. Gordon is the son of pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon.

In two minor league seasons, Gordon has a .311 batting average with 91 steals, 5 homers and 62 RBI.

Both Elbert and Gordon will be honored in a pregame ceremony during the final home series of the season, when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies from October 2-4.  Representatives from each of the Dodgers’ minor league partners will be on hand for the ceremony.

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21 Responses to “Pirates, Loons, Dee and Elbert”

  1. Badger says:

    OK, Gordon is going to be 22 next year. It will time for him to do what he does against men, not kids. If he is successful at AA, then he could get a call up late next year. Elbert has been around a long time and is actually a Major League experienced pitcher.

    LaRoche is healthy and now has a full year of experience under his belt. I look for better things from him next year. He knows what he needs to do now. And yes, we are better without Belliard at third base.

    Well, we beat a team we are supposed to beat. We had better do this in a pennant drive. No time to let up, in fact it’s time to turn it up.

    We have a realistic magic number. I think I read it was 11.

  2. DRomo says:

    Do not speak ill of Andy!
    “Andy LaRoche went 2-3 against his former mates and is hitting a paltry .248. ”
    He just hasn’t gotten a chance yet!

    The Magic # is 10!! It is close. When was the last time we won the division in back to back years?

    It think it works in our favor having this schedule (sub .500 teams to close the season). It is like having BP for 2 weeks and having an occasional Lincecum or tough pitcher to face. Lets hope the bats stay hot.

  3. Blue Haze says:

    Magic number is 14 for the NL West Title and 10 games for Wild Card Wienner.

  4. Kay in L.A. says:

    It is nice to be finally talking Magic Number, encouraging that Wolf is on the mound tonight, that Rockies seem to be tumbling downhill. The long, hot season is in the home stretch. Turn it up, is right.

    Sobering news about Swayze; he fought that thing so hard.
    I hate it too and am sad to hear it came so close to you, our genial host, Mark.

    Badger, how are you post-flood? I really love that area where you live.

    I like Casey Blake, he’s a trooper. I do not like that he got hit last night, Andre the night before. This gets old.

    Our top RBI producers are Ethier, Kemp, Loney and Blake, in that order. Thanks guys, for 345 runs thus far…. Thus far!!!

  5. Badger says:

    Thanks for asking Kay. I am dug out for the most part. Still some dirt in the basement, but I just laid a yard of gravel in the drainage ditch that now exists on my property. I should be good to go. Sedona is a special place. It was voted the most beautiful city in the U.S. not long ago. I live in a National Park.

    If the pitching can hold up, I think this team matches up well against anybody, and that includes the Yankees. Of course, the real Manny has to show up for us to win it all.

  6. Bill Russell says:

    Wow, sorry to hear that your flooding CB. Hope everything is OK.

    Well tomorrow is Manny bobblehead part 2. I’m taking the day off, loading my daughter in the car and heading out to the park. I agree with Romo that this batting practice is just what the Doctor ordered towards the end of the year. Hopefully Joe can start resting players soon so we can head into the post season fresh and healthy. Let’s get the win tonight and reduce the magic number.
    Go Blue

  7. Badger says:

    Thanks Bill. Yeah, we are fine. An area near uptown Sedona, by Oak Creek, got hammered though. It’s a real mess. Nothing seen like this around here since the early 70′s.

    I too would like to clinch a little early to give some guys some much needed rest. Not too early, but about 4 days off would be good.

    In the mean time, leave us continue to pound the ball.

  8. Mark Timmons says:

    Tonight’s Lineup:

    Furcal, SS

    Martin, C

    Ethier, RF

    Manny, LF

    Kemp, CF

    Blake, 3B

    Loretta, 1B

    Hudson, 2B

    Wolf, P

  9. Badger says:

    Loetta huh?

    Well, he could sure use the at bats. A .220 hitter no power PH off the bench doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

    Say, when does Thome get to play? Against the Pierats, I would let him play 1b for a few innings. What could it hurt? I could play there and probably do ok, I am sure Thome could as well.

  10. Mr.Mike says:

    Mark Loretta sucks, signed James Loney :O

  11. Illini Dodger says:

    I can’t tell whether Duke is that good or the d’s are in pathetic mode again.


  12. Illini Dodger says:

    Somebody needs to step up real quick.

  13. Illini Dodger says:

    Manny continues to disappoint. Matt steps up big! Go Blue!!

  14. Badger says:

    This Hanrahan kid is throwing 96 mph.

    That name sounds familiar.

  15. Illini Dodger says:

    McDonald has been amazing 2night!

  16. Illini Dodger says:

    O-dog choked.

  17. Illini Dodger says:


  18. Blue Haze says:

    They are going to have to name a soft-serve ice cream cone at the park after Andre Ethier, aren’t they Mark Timmons?

  19. ClemsonRamsDodgersMatt says:

    Anyone else ticked that this game was NOT carried on MLB extra innings?

  20. DRomo says:


    Too bad I fell asleep and missed it!

    I know Pujols will win the MVP because everybody loves that phony, but I hope Andre is at least mentioned in that conversation. Where would the Dodgers be without him this year?

  21. Illini Dodger says:

    I watched it on Is MLB extrai innings on cable and DirectTV?


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