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World Series or Train Wreck?

On February 8th, I wrote this: This season has the potential for a World Series title or a train wreck!  Last season was magical in the fact that they won like 45 out of 50 games in one stretch (or some crazy number – I’m not looking it up).   Don’t expect that again.  There are [...]

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The Legend That is Yasiel Puig

Running through crocodile-infested swamps to evade Cuban hit squads, swimming in the ocean to escape Cuba, being held hostage by Black Market Smugglers or Mexican Drug Lords, a daring raid by a shady Miami criminal… ‘er businessman, clutch home-runs, RPG missile-like throws to gun down runners, dope-fiend moves on the bases, incredible running and sliding [...]

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Count Your Blessings

I’m counting mine today  after my 14 year-old son was involved in a horrific car crash yesterday.  The SUV he was in spun, flipped and barrel-rolled.  He was able to get out of an open window and while we spent 6 hours in the emergency room last night, he was the only one who walked [...]

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Do Dodgers Have Another Puig and Kershaw on Their Hands?

As you undoubtedly know by now, Alex Guerrero continues to play like a man among boys!  In his second game at AAA he was 3-3 with another HR and 2 more RBI’s.  He did prove to be mortal by making a throwing error, but what’s not to like?  Some of you have said that he [...]

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Alexander Guerrero Blasts Off – Literally!

Alex Guerrero made his AAA debut for the Dodgers after battling injuries since his signing, and it appears that if he can stay healthy, he just might be a player…. and that’s an understatement! He had 4 at bats with 3 hits, including a double and a HR and he collected 3 RBI’s.  Not a [...]

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My Long Term Plan

HAPPY 51st BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE!   Manny Pacquiao won on her birthday so she is a happy camper.  Last night’s win was another nice one, but so far all we really know is that we can beat the Arizona Diamondchumps like rented mules.  Now, if you know anything about me, it’s that I [...]

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That’s more like it…

When your #3 and #4 hitters go 6 for 8, you generally have a pretty good chance of winning, especially if your starter and bullpen give up only two hits and you also happen to be playing a very bad team!  Sorry D-Bag fans, but you don’t have much this year.  Couldn’t happen to nicer [...]

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Carpe Diem

The other day I was listening to a local sports talk show here in Indy.  About half the fans here are Cubs fans and the other half are Reds fans.  I guess that’s a natural choice because Indy is halfway between Chicago and Cincinnati, and even though Indianapolis more than twice the size of Cincinnati, [...]

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Maybe the Dodgers Should Think Trade

Matt Wieters is a catcher I have always liked.  I know his numbers have declined somewhat and stat geeks may tear this idea up, but see – I don’t really care, now, do I? Matt is a stud.  He has power and I am betting that in the NL and playing 125-130 games a year, [...]

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7 Out of 5 People Hate Math!

And I hate stats that people try and use to prove some obscure point about something that is not even worth knowing. Some bloggers write this stuff like we must be blind and read Braille because what is sometimes written flies in the face of the “eye test.” I won’t elaborate, but take it for [...]

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Who are you and what did you do with Yasiel Puig?

Then there is this from Dylan Hernandez of THE LA TIMES: For what it’s worth, Yasiel Puig said he is listening. To his teammates. To his coaches. Even players on other teams. Over the last week, the Dodgers‘ problem child made it a point to speak with Albert Pujols of the Angels during the Freeway [...]

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So, it has Come Down to This

So Clayton Kershaw will be out a month?  It wouldn’t be unusual for a pitcher to pitch through this kind of muscle strain, but in this case, it is a very wise move.  The Dodgers have big aspirations and they need a fresh Kershaw in the playoffs. Brian Wilson has not looked right this Spring [...]

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The Real Story

There’s nothing wrong with Clayton Kershaw.  The Dodgers just want to keep him fresh for the end of the season. The Dodgers are very worried about Brian Wilson. Matt Kemp is completely healthy and has apparently bought into playing with less recklessness. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are lighter and in better shape than ever [...]

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Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers

What scares me is that Brandon League and Brian Wilson are toast.  I know it’s early, but I felt what Brian Wilson accomplished last year was “smoke and mirrors” induced (I know someone will produce some statistics that say otherwise, but he was flat-out lucky at times), and I was against re-signing him… especially at [...]

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble…

I really like the idea of putting Clayton Kershaw on the DL to “protect himself from himself.”  Limit his innings and let him be fresh at the end.  Good idea! I know a lot of you think it is so barbaric to fight in baseball, and someone even said: “Charging the mound is stupid. Retaliating [...]

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I Hate to Bring This Up…

… but when you hit one of ours, we will hit one of yours.  The Dodgers need to develop a reputation of a team you don’t mess with. When Adrian Gonzalez got hit after Hanley homered in the third inning, A-Gon should have charged the mound.   My policy is that if you hit me, even [...]

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Please Do Not Feed the Trolls

According to Wikepedia, in Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional [...]

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Memo to Ned:

If Brandon League makes the team and Chris Withrow gets demoted, it sends the team the message that what you make is more important than what you do… and that’s a damn shame (if it happens).   Think about it hard, Ned.  Swallow your pride and think about it some more! <Shortest post ever – most [...]

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Trolls and fiction

Yesterday, a troll visited LA Dodger Talk to say all sorts of ridiculous things because I dared say something they didn’t like about Yasiel Puig.  Then a writer from the same site feels compelled to disagree with my take – which is certainly his prerogative.  I just find it curious that he disagrees with my [...]

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Yasiel Puig IS a BIG Problem!

I didn’t say that he was unfixable, but I am tired of the excuses.  To fix a problem, you have to acknowledge there is a problem and a lot of you don’t.  You try to make excuses because he is so talented and he brought so much excitement to the team last year. Remember, I [...]

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