- 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 be found in one of the two Arizona Instructional Leagues.
There are two this year, with one being an advanced co-op arrangement. The Dodgers have 19 players on that roster:
Pitchers — Josh Lindblum, Aaron Miller, Tim Sexton, Steve Smith, Cole St. Claire, Josh Wall, Chris Withrow.
Infielders — Steven Caseres, Austin Gallagher, Dee Gordon, Pedro Guerrero, Christian Lara, Jamie Pedroza, Justin Sellers.
Outfielders — Nick Buss, Ramon Jean, Kyle Russell, Alfredo Silverio, Scott VanSlyke.
The regular instructional league roster consists of 45 players, including this year’s first-round pick, Zach Lee; the 2008 first-round pick, Ethan Martin; and the pitcher that everyone in the organization seems to be talking about lately, Rubby De La Rosa.
The Arizona Fall League is designed for players that could be Major Leaguers within the next year. The Dodgers participating in that include Ivan DeJesus Jr., Scott Elbert, Javy Guerra, Jon Link, Justin Miller, Trayvon Robinson, Jerry Sands and Matt Wallach.
- Gurnick also reports that the Dodgers will try to sign Gibbons, Lilly and Barajas within 2 weeks of the season’s end, during that exclusive team negotiating period.
- Mark Reynolds has seen his batting average hover around .200 this year and he could be the next Rob Deer. I have always felt that as hard as he swings and as much as he strikes out, the pitches would soon run him out of the league. I think they are starting to do that. After Clayton Kershaw got done with him last night, he was at .199. Pitiful!
- Joe Garagiola, the D-Backs announcer, said this of Kershaw’s curve-ball: ”It will make broadcasters out of a lot of hitters.”
- You all moaned about losing Tony Abreu last year. Well he’s hitting .248 with a .263 OB% WOW! What a steal! ;)
- Kelly Johnson is having a nice year in AZ. He’ll be available, but no way he’ll ever hit 25 HR again… unless it’s in Colorado!
- I think the Dodger braintrust believes Kenley Jansen has two ingredients missing with J-Brox: (1) A closers mentality (i.e., the guts of a cat-burglar); and (2) No 7 million dollar contract, which is why JB won’t be a Dodger next year. No way the Dodgers can pay him $7 mil and still field a competitive team.
- I know most of you who have had your minds made up about Frank McCourt won’t want to read the piece in the LA Times by Bill Shaiken wherein LA businessman Steve Soboroff bashes the McCourt bashers. Read it if you will. Here’s an excerpt:
“It is not just uncomfortable to watch public attempts to pour ‘salt in the wounds’ of fellow Angelenos,” the letter read, “it is bad business, bad public policy and not in the best interest of a city whose civic life depends on leaders who demonstrate a willingness and commitment to step up to the plate.”
A Times reporter obtained a copy of the letter on Friday, from a source not affiliated with the newspaper or with McCourt. Sue Horton, the Times’ op-ed editor, said the newspaper had no plans to publish the letter.
The Times reported this month that the Dodgers are $433 million in debt and that at least three parties had rebuffed McCourt last year in efforts for additional financing. In 2004, Fox sold the Dodgers to McCourt for $430 million, in a deal into which he put “not a penny of cash in,” according to his lawyer, Steve Susman.
“He is far from broke,” the letter read. “Despite what some may say, the Dodgers are worth at least $300 million more than all the debt everyone seems so excited about. …
“The naysayers are spreading rumors, lining up to snatch the team at some fire sale. Fox had the fire sale. McCourt has the equity and created real value.”
The letter saluted McCourt for the Dodgers’ on-field performance — four playoff berths in seven seasons of ownership — for spending $150 million on Dodger Stadium renovations, for his decision to move spring training “closer to home,” to the new Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Ariz., and for his “continued commitment to spend among the highest amounts in baseball to field a competitive team.”
The Dodgers opened the season with a player payroll ranked 11th among the 30 major league clubs. On his first day of ownership, McCourt pledged to keep the payroll figure among the top quarter of teams.
The Dodgers have put promised stadium renovations on hold since 2008, including concourse upgrades above field level and a $500-million plan to build a grand entrance plaza with shops and restaurants beyond center field. The team said it deferred the work because financing was not available amid the tightening credit market.
The letter also lauded McCourt for displaying the “spirit of Los Angeles” by purchasing the Los Angeles Marathon and revamping the course so it ran from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean.
In addition, the letter applauded McCourt for expanding the Dodgers’ philanthropic reach into the community through the marathon, the Think Cure anti-cancer initiative, a scholarship program in memory of Jackie Robinson, the construction and renovation of baseball and softball fields throughout Southern California, and a donation that helped preserve baseball and softball programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
“Should Frank McCourt retain his ownership of the Dodgers,” the letter concluded, “he certainly deserves every opportunity to continue making a positive impact on a city in a dire need of strong community leaders.”
Speaking of THE DIVORCE, the parties are meeting again today. Spin it your way!