The Dodgers Need a Centerfielder

Assuming Matt Kemp will come back by summer and be healthy, he is going to have to change his style of play.  No longer can he be the guy who runs into walls, steals bases and runs with reckless abandon.  If he wants to stay on the field, he is going to have to change [...]

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The Team That Starts May Not Be The Team That Finishes

Everyone is busy considering who will make the Dodger’s 25 man roster this year, but that may be the wrong question.   Will Figgins win a job?  That’s not the question.  What about Turner and Gordon as a 2B platoon?  Not relevant.  Will Alex Guerrero be anything close to a starter at 2B this year?   Maybe… [...]

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Goodbye Hanley?

I don’t think the question is whether Hanley Ramirez will soon move to 3B (because he won’t).  I think the real question is: “Will Hanley Ramirez be a Dodger next year?” Don Mattingly may have given us a glimpse of what the answer might be in this LA TIMES article by Dylan Hernandez: “There’s going [...]

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What is up with Matt Kemp?

A Guest Blog from Roger Sobin (aka RodgerDodger): Matt Kemp entered baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers via the draft in 2003.  After spending some time in the minor leagues he entered the major leagues in 2006 playing in 52 games for the Dodgers at the age of 21 I believe that from the beginning [...]

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Rants and Raves

You have to root for Chone Figgins after reading Bill Plunketts’s piece in the OC Register. Did you see Clayton Kershaw’s Ping-Pong Charity Event?  http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8010468/v30187131/clayton-kershaws-ping-pong-4-purpose-event I will humbly proclaim that I can beat anyone there… except Clayton!  I have difficulty with lefties.  Especially ones as good as he is.  I can take the rest.  No [...]

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Hanley is Staying at Shortstop… at Least for Now!

The State of the Infield: Hanley Ramirez is happy and healthy and wants to remain a Dodger for the rest of his career.  Oh, and by the way… he’s not moving off of Shortstop!  You can take that to the bank.  Quit talking about him moving to 3B, because it ain’t happening for at least [...]

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Enter the Pirate!

I can’t even spell Erisbel Arruebarruena, let alone pronounce it!  Therefore, I shall now refer to him as “The Pirate” – You know Arrrrr… Can he play? Will he play? Will he make the team? I have no clue! I have no clue if Guerrero will make the team.  Dee Gordon looks like Mr. Universe! [...]

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Help Wanted

I have tried to hang in there, but at the very least, I am going to have to take some time off. I am content to read and not comment. I don’t want to break up this community. Do any of you want to take over as moderator and keep the site going? E-mail me [...]

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Maholm is Just an Insurance Policy

Here’s the long and short of it: The Dodgers don’t know if Josh Beckett will be healthy and they know that Chad Billingsley might not be healthy until May or June (although it could be earlier).  Paul Maholm could benefit from pitching at the Ravine and he usually pitches better at the start of the [...]

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It’s Time For Dodger Baseball

So, today pitchers and catchers report and we don’t have to worry about Ronald Belisario getting a Visa… or even a Mastercard!  But seriously folks… 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 [...]

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Is it Time to Cut Ties With Crawford?

The Dodgers owe Carl Crawford approximately $21.5 million per year for the next four, count ‘em 4 years! YIKES!!!!! That’s $86 million owed to a “soon-to-be 33 year-old, injury prone, fading player”.  You all know how I felt about Carl Crawford when the Dodgers traded for him and now I am certain that he is [...]

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Irrestible Force (Peyton) verses Immovable Object (Seahawks)

The Denver Bronco’s offense is #1 in all of Football while the Seattle Seahawks Defense is also #1.  It used to be that good defense stopped good offense, but that was when you could manhandle receivers – not anymore.  Seattle is a defensive force, but Denver has the offensive force – Peyton Manning… and Colts [...]

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The Bench – What Bench?

OK, let’s talk about the greatest catcher of all time:  Johnny Bench!  Wait… wrong bench.  I meant that we should talk about the Dodgers 2014 Bench. What bench? Exactly! Right about now, I can name just one player who will almost certainly be part of the Dodgers bench in 2014:  Tim FedEX (I can’t spell [...]

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Trolls, Trolls and More Trolls

Well, actually it’s only 3 or 4.  It’s funny that they say we have 10 people who read this site, when they have about 10 people over there who post what seems to be hundreds of times.  I guess I started it by saying that my IQ drops when I read their comments, BUT IT [...]

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The Case For Chone Figgins

From 2004 until 2009, Chone Figgins was one of the top leadoff hitters in baseball while playing for the Angels.  He still has a career .277  BA and a .349 OB% even after three horrible seasons in Seattle. He wouldn’t be the first player to go to Seattle and almost die – witness one Adrian [...]

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Blog Overload!

The past 10 days have been interesting around the Dodger Blogosphere.  Sites have folded, merged and are under new authorship.  Some sites are begging for money to go to Camelback Ranch.  To me, that just seems wrong, but hey, I’m weird like that.  However, to each his own. Some of the stuff I read is [...]

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The Longest Standing Dodger Blog!

On April 4, 2002, on this very site I wrote the first blog post of LaDodgerTalk.com.  It was short and sweet and here it is: It wasn’t a fan who threw that needle on the field last night.  It fell out of Barry Bonds’ ass! Nomar?  It didn’t take long.  Call up Loney and get [...]

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Obviously, I have ranked them from Right to Left!  I’m on the Right, RogerDodger is in the Middle and Badger is on the Left (which is appropriate). Anyway, here’s my take: The Good:  I’m extremely happy that Clayton is staying at least 5 more years!  We have to love that.  My favorite Dodger!  I think [...]

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Tanaka and Kershaw

I would not be surprised if the Dodgers sign Tanaka and trade Kershaw to the Rangers. Darvish? I think the holdup in signing Clayton is that he wants to be in Texas. I hope I am wrong. At least we will have our memories… They don’t make  ‘em like that anymore!

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I don’t believe what I just saw

In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Kirk Gibson, pinch hitting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth inning, with injuries to both legs, hit a two-run walk-off home run off the Oakland Athletics’ Dennis Eckersley that won Game 1 for the Dodgers by a score of 5–4.  We all remember that.  I was the only Dodger fan in the room and [...]

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Mandatory Daily Dodger Reading