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Review of the Dodgers Finances

Review of the Dodgers Finances

On April 7, 2010 Forbes announced their annual MLB Team Valuations.  As we all assumed, the NY Yankees are the most valuable team for the 13th strait season. Not only did Forbes announce their estimated values for each of the 30 MLB teams, but also their estimated Operating Income, Total Revenues, and Debt to Value [...]

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The Ace of Diamonds

The Ace of Diamonds

Two weeks into the season and many questions still exist.  Did the Dodgers pitching staff actually spend the last two weeks in a simulated extended spring training? The following lists the pitching staff’s ACE Meter scores (A concept that I introduced here last year): Pitcher Name ACE Meter Score Ace Meter Grade Significant Problem(s) Kuroda [...]

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April Fools Day may just last all of April

April Fools Day may just last all of April

Little did we know that when Joe Torre played the “We are sending you to AAA” April Fools Day joke on young Blake Dewitt,that jokes would continue to be played during the entire month of April 2010 by management and fans alike. Padilla is the Opening Day pitcher – haha Kuroda is just a #4 [...]

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Heimlich Anyone?

Heimlich Anyone?

Choke, choke, choke that next at bat Stress, stress, stress and if you choke your next at bat Tell St. Torre at the Dugout Gate That you hate to make him wait But you just gotta choke during another at bat Choking is the emotional obstruction of the flow of ability from the brain to [...]

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Are The Dodgers In Danger?

Are The Dodgers In Danger?

Miscellaneous MLB Team Financial Information 2007 –  2011 Basic Agreement is 241 pages long and expires on Dec. 11, 2011. - http://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/pdf/cba_english.pdf Although many of the provisions relate to the players, some provisions relate to the financial operations of the teams.  One such provision relates to the level of debt that a team is allowed to [...]

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More On Stats

More On Stats

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the lowest cumulative team ERA (3.54) of any of the current 30 MLB teams based upon their seasons from 1884 through 2009.  I am hopeful that Ned  will make the appropriate roster decisions next week and that the 2010 Dodger pitching staff will have an ERA under 4.00 for the [...]

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Ken’s Dodger Prospect Report

Ken’s Dodger Prospect Report

Periodically the Dodger management lets us know implicitly which of the young players are possible or probable future major league players. Two of themethods are (1) the players sent to the Arizona Fall League, and (2) the players invited to the Dodger Development Program. In my opinion the players sent to AFL and not invited [...]

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Opening Day Roster Initial Prediction for 2010

Opening Day Roster Initial Prediction for 2010

Starting Pitching ($22,800,000): Kershaw (He will pitch great but with a losing record) $425K Billingsley (He will figure “IT” out this year) $3,850,000 Padilla (Will surprise us this year) $5,025,000 Kuroda (50% probability of injury) $13,000,000 Stults (Will continue to pitch very erratically until Torre gives up on him) $500K Relievers ($11,550,000): Broxton (Will have [...]

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The Big Chill

The Big Chill

For those of you that have complained about the Dodgers opening the season in Pittsburg, think again.  During part of World War II, all of the MLB teams were required to abandon the Grapefruit League and the warming air of the Southwest, and hold spring training in cities located above the Mason-Dixon Line.  Six of [...]

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The Lawsuit

The Lawsuit

Despite the wishes of many I have decided to write an in depth article about THE “Lawsuit”. From time to time lawsuits with significant and/or minor issues are filed between baseball team owners, or between fans and their favorite team. Some of these lawsuits will affect one local team and others will affect all of [...]

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Baseball in Los Angeles with a Wealthy Owner

Baseball in Los Angeles with a Wealthy Owner

Twenty- six miles across the sea Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me Santa Catalina, the island of spring training, spring training, spring training, spring training Some of the best baseball ever played in Los Angeles was due to the efforts of a man and his wife who spent money on their team and its facilities [...]

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What Ever Happened to Joe Isuzu?

What Ever Happened to Joe Isuzu?

Written by Ken (“the views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinions of yada, yada, yada” – Legal Disclaimer) Many years ago Joe Isuzu appeared in several commercials, graduated to a sit com, and then slowly faded away. Recently, Joe Torre also graduated from his Big Elow commercials to cameo appearances in several television series. [...]

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WANNBE A GM –  OR A GM WANNABE (THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX)

WANNBE A GM – OR A GM WANNABE (THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX)

The Dodger roster is finally coming together and now the discussions are changing from where is the rest of the team to why did they sign these slugs.  For the 2010 season the Dodger management, more than ever, must attempt to simultaneously win the NL West, delay the major league start dates of the future [...]

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The State Of The Dodger Union

The State Of The Dodger Union

There have been many seasons where the Dodger fans wondered whether they would have a winning season.  There have been times when the fans were frustrated and angry. They do not understand why the owners have been unwilling or unable to sign better players.  They are tired of the bitterness and petty bickering between Beans [...]

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More On Hitting – Thank You Kindly Pass Me By

More On Hitting – Thank You Kindly Pass Me By

There is much debate among baseball professionals and fans regarding the benefit of taking multiple pitches during an at bat in order to drive up the pitch count of the starting pitcher and to see more types of pitches in order to be more productive later in the game.  However, it is well know that [...]

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Kim Ng is the Daisy

Kim Ng is the Daisy

As Kim prepares her quantitative, qualitative, objective, subjective, player’s analysis, with more information than even a Boras Player’s Information Memorandum, you know that the players and their agents do not want the arbitrator to hear all of the negative information that Ng will present on behalf of the Dodger’s in their attempt to turn the player’s anticipated gold strike into mere pyrite.

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Fade to Blue…

Fade to Blue…

During the last season I constantly harped upon the idea that the Dodgers should rest their position players more often so that they would be rested for the playoffs.  The following tables show the overall trends of the Dodgers, Phillies and Yankees on a monthly basis for 2009.     Dodgers Phillies Yankees Won-Loss   [...]

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