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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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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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The Switch Was Flipped

Lots of Dodger fans complained about the teams lackluster Spring Training performance.  Some even said “you can’t just turn it on and off.” Well, they just did!  Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t think the D-Bags are a very good team and I couldn’t be happier about it (apologies to Josh Rawitch). [...]

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Alexander Guerrero Takes The Lead

Of course, there is still a lot of time left in Spring Training, but with his Granny last night Alex Guerrero has the edge at 2B over Dee Gordon.  Rojas has no chance.  Figgins is utility, but Guerrero is now the leader of the pack, with his .294 BA and team-leading 6 RBI.  I still [...]

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Rants & Raves

Lest we forget, Red Patterson is a pitcher who could see some time in LA soon.  Ken Gurnick has a nice piece on a guy we often overlook, who quietly has become a good pitcher. Trayvon Robinson with a HR against his former club?  It’s sad to see haw far his stock has dropped. Look [...]

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Predictions and WAG’s

Alexander Guerrero won’t have any problem acclimating to 2B, but he will have trouble with hitting.  He will open the season in the minors. Matt Kemp will be ready to play by Mid-April. Chad Billingsley will return in May Josh Beckett will be a pleasant surprise… at least the first half of the season. Dan Haren will [...]

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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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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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Why Tanaka Will be a Dodger

Because they have the money.  That’s why. Actually they do, but the biggest reason is that we don’t really know if the Dodgers will be able to re-sign Kershaw.  I mean, they haven’t yet. Tanaka doesn’t cost them draft picks or players – just cash! They have 6 – count ‘em, six solid starters for [...]

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The future is now!

I hope the Dodgers are done in the free agent market and with all trades.  They are set.  It’s not an ideal lineup, but what lineup is?  Those of you who want an All-Star at every position are either Closet Yankee Fans or delusional.  It ain’t happening.  Guggs and Company has money, but they have [...]

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It was a good week…

capped off with a win at Lucas Oil Stadium by the Colts today, after a win on Saturday by my son’s high school team at the same stadium for the 2A State Championship in High School Football.  Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter won 56-6 in a rout, and my freshman son got into the game as 14 [...]

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Is Clayton Kershaw better right now than Sandy Koufax?

I saw this article from SI today by Cliff Corcoran, and had to post it.  In part it said: “There is now another Dodgers lefty who is at the forefront of any discussion about the greatest pitchers in the game today. That man is Clayton Kershaw, who last week won his second NL Cy Young [...]

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Just answer the questions yes or no…

Did Sandy Koufax win one Cy Young Award before he was age 26? Did Sandy Koufax win two Cy Young Awards before he was age 26? It requires a yes or a no. No rhetoric! I just want to put Clayton’s accomplishments in perspective. Congratulations, Cy! (Photo compliments of MLB and the Dodgers) Rants and [...]

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You’ll see it when you believe it!

One rule for signing free agents – Never, Never, Never sign a free agent for whom you have to give up a draft pick… NEVER!  That means no Cano, Choo and others.  No, No, a thousand time no!  No matter how bad you want any of them. Consider trading Puig, but try and swindle the [...]

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It’s time to trade Clayton Kershaw!

Who saw this coming?  But it’s here and the Dodgers have to make a move now.  Clayton is  not an LA guy.  He is a Texan and an honorable man, but the Dodgers are not going to be able to keep him.  Cut bait, make a move. Here’s the deal: The Dodgers trade Clayton Kershaw, [...]

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I have a plan… and it’s a good one… I think

In the beginning, there was the plan, and then came the assumptions and the assumptions were without form and the plan was completely without substance and the darkness was upon the faces of the employees and they spake amongst themselves, saying “It is a crock of $hit and it stinks!” and the employees went unto [...]

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Is there a plan?

Mercifully, for Dodger fans, the World Series is over.  At this juncture, I would be hard-pressed to say that the two teams in the series were not the best two organizations in baseball.    They both took different paths to get there, but both teams have one thing in common: Not many long-term contracts. The Cardinals [...]

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OK people, think up!

How anyone can argue that Saturday Night’s obstruction call was wrong is lost on me.  I guess I haven’t considered “delusional” as a reason.  OK, I’ll let you argue it was a bad call if you want to admit you are delusional.  If not, shut up!  You got beat fair and square… although I have [...]

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