Archive | September, 2010

Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Year

Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Year

DODGERS NAME RIGHT-HANDER RUBBY DE LA ROSA AND INFIELDER/OUTFIELDER JERRY SANDS AS THE BRANCH RICKEY MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today named right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and infielder/outfielder Jerry Sands as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively.  General [...]

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A Brand New Kemp?

A Brand New Kemp?

Well, at least he’s talking like he’s finally extracted his dome from his posterior.  Of all the position players on the Dodgers, perhaps no one personifies “under- achievement” more than Matt Kemp.  On what was supposed to be his “superstar year” in which most fantasy leagues rated him TOP 3 in the outfield, Matt Kemp [...]

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Why Joe Torre is Irrelevant

Why Joe Torre is Irrelevant

Tony Jackson reported that this was what Joe Torre said when asked if Kenley Jansen could close next year: “Next year, I don’t think so,” Torre said. “He certainly has a lot to learn, so it would be tough for him to take the ball and simply run with it. There is no substitute for [...]

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All You Need To Know About The McCourt Trial

All You Need To Know About The McCourt Trial

From Josh Fisher at www.DodgerDivorce.com : As Judge Gordon has 90 days from tomorrow to issue a decision, I am not going to guess as to the outcome prior to hearing the closing arguments, except to say: each party very much knows it might lose. And each party very much knows that the litigation in McCourt [...]

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Two Reasons Broxton Has To Go

Two Reasons Broxton Has To Go

So, if he’s hurt, he has to go and if he’s not, he has to go. The common denominator – he has to go! Maybe he can get it together somewhere else. He’s a good dude. I have no issues with him personally, but baseball is a bottom-line business, and the bottom -line is the Dodgers cannot afford to keep him based upon “hope.” My only fear is that no-one will take him for 7 mil. I will say this: If the Dodgers have to give him away, they will be better for it. Imagine what they could have gotten for Sherrill and Broxton in the offseason. Maybe J-Brox can end up in his home state. That just might be the ticket.

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Who Stays, Who Goes?

Who Stays, Who Goes?

Think how different the Dodgers might have been this year without the contracts of Broxton and Sherrill. They could have afforded another big bat or top-of-the-rotation starter. I begged them to trade Brox for two years and Sherrill after last season. Some people think that I am just a “Broxton Hater” and that there is no way that I can tell he is not a guy who thrives under pressure, Think what you want – don’t judge me by what you can do – but I have been saying that Broxton chokes under pressure for three years and that the Dodgers should have traded him.

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Dodgers Notes

Dodgers Notes

Clayton Kershaw had another game where he didn’t walk anyone and look at the results.  9 K’s in 8 string innings.  102 pitches.  He has a 2.91 ERA and is cementing his place as the Dodgers ace. From Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com: Top Dodgers prospects not participating in the Arizona Fall League are likely to [...]

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CARROLL WINS FIFTH ANNUAL  ROY CAMPANELLA AWARD

CARROLL WINS FIFTH ANNUAL ROY CAMPANELLA AWARD

Infielder voted “Most Inspirational Dodger” by his teammates and coaches LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that infielder Jamey Carroll was named the winner of the fifth annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. [...]

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I Am Don Mattinglys’ Home Boy

I Am Don Mattinglys’ Home Boy

… but I have reservations about him.  However, I am from Missouri, so he’ll have to “show me.” But, it’s a done deal.  Frank and Ned gave their word before the season that Don Mattingly would be the 2011 Dodgers manager and they are being true to their word. Nice!  Keeping your word! Damn!  Keeping [...]

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Why We Should All Be Rooting For Frank McCourt

Why We Should All Be Rooting For Frank McCourt

The Appeal could drag on for years to the Appellate Level, Circuit Level, and as bent as these two spouses are towards each other, they could ask for a Writ of Certiorari to the US Supreme Court. That would be extreme, but is there anything about this case that makes you think the parties are not extreme? How long would that take? If it went all the way, it could take 4-7 years.

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The Leader The Dodgers Need

The Leader The Dodgers Need

Of all the glaring weaknesses this year on the Dodgers (and there were many), the biggest weakness was the total lack of a clubhouse leader.  They Dodgers did not have a guy who could lead the calvary in a charge over the hill.  James Loney isn’t that guy.  Matt Kemp sure isn’t that guy.  Andre Ethier [...]

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Donnie Ballgame

Donnie Ballgame

You all know I was not in favor of  Don Mattingly to be the manager of the Dodgers, but the deed is done and I am on board.  After all, he is an Indiana Boy and maybe that will get me some special treatment.  Yeah, Right!  I will give him my full support (but if [...]

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MATTINGLY TO MANAGE DODGERS IN 2011

MATTINGLY TO MANAGE DODGERS IN 2011

Torre steps aside as the fifth-winningest manager in Major League history LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that former American League MVP Don Mattingly has been named the Dodger manager for the 2011 season and that Joe Torre has stepped aside from the position. Mattingly becomes the ninth manager in Los Angeles [...]

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Frankly, The Courts in Session…

Frankly, The Courts in Session…

Peter O’Malley did his fair share to make the Dodgers irrelevent in his day and you need to remember that the “good old days weren’t always good, and tomorrow’s not as bad as it seems.” (Billy Joel).

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The Kershawshank Redemption – First CG

The Kershawshank Redemption – First CG

The Dodgers are 15th in Batting Average (.235) and tied for last in Runs Scored with the Mets at 183. That’s an average of less than 3.3 Runs Per Game. That is a total breakdown and it is worse than pitiful! It is unacceptable and heads must roll! Torre, Mattingly and Pentland must face the Guillotine!

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My Two Cents

My Two Cents

If you are a Dodger fan, these are truly the “dog days.”  Even a ten game winning streak would bring a Yawn. I like Logan White.  I really do.  But I don’t know if he’s “GM Material.”  And, maybe he knows that too.  Just my opinion, but I think this is the job he is [...]

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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Most Rants – Few Raves… First the Raves: Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly – that would be a nice rotation 1-4, but the last two are most likely out of the picture.  Raves to Kershaw and Billingley.  Clayton has shown that he can be the Ace and Bills has righted his ship [...]

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If You Can’t Teach Your Son To Hit…

If You Can’t Teach Your Son To Hit…

how is the blazes can you manage a major league team? If you are a failure as a hitting coach, how can you manage a major league team? If you can’t fill out a lineup card and have the hitters bat in that order, how can you manage a major league team? If you don’t [...]

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It’s Time for Dodger Fans to Accessorize

It’s Time for Dodger Fans to Accessorize

Joe Torre lost this team sometime after the All-Star Break, and now they are just mailing it in, waiting for the season to end. Pictured to the right is the latest accessory for all Dodger fans. Some of you will undoubtedly blame this on the McCourt Court Fiasco, but I remember a Marlin team winning [...]

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Report From The Fort

Report From The Fort

Ft. Wayne, Indiana –  Allen Webster is a work in progress, but he was impressive, except for a monster home run by Padres prospect Everett Williams.  By my count, Webster threw 113 pitches in his 5 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 7.  He walked 6, which is uncharacteristic because he [...]

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