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Clayton Kershaw isn’t the pitcher he once was

… and that’s good.  He’s obviously pitching more to contact now.  He can still blow it by the hitters when he wants to, but for the most part he’s pitching deeper into games by using fewer pitches to record outs. I see two things about this: It will obviously extend his career; and He will [...]

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OK, I just have to say it!

I will be 60 years old in November (I just look young) and for 51 of those years I have been a LA Dodger fan as well as a huge baseball fan.  I have seen a lot of really good players, like Mantle, Musial, Mays, Clemente, Kaline, Killebrew, Yastremski, Aaron, Bonds (puke) and many others. [...]

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Think about it people!

Games like yesterday build character!  They also give a team confidence.  Hanley Ramirez for MVP? Chase Utley will cost the Dodgers something like Zach Lee, Dee Gordon and Joc Pederson.  Utley will be 35 this year, so I can’t see him being a factor next year.  He’s a DH in the AL for a couple [...]

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I am not confident in this team…

But, with six wins in a row, I am hopeful.  A week ago, the Dodgers were 12 games under .500.  Now it’s six and I am hopeful. Just not confident!  If they can reel off another six, maybe I’ll get that confidence back. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are the leaders of this team, but [...]

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It’s a start… isn’t it?

Three is a row.  WOW!  I can’t remember that for a while.  Toronto turned around their horrible season by running off eleven wins in a row.  Certainly the Dodgers are just as capable of the same thing, but can they do it?  They are going to have to start to hit much better than they [...]

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It’s may be time to sell

The Dodgers had a nice win last night, but unless they can run off about 12 in a row, it appears very unlikely they will make the playoffs.  Skunks don’t shed their white stripe overnight and the Dodgers aren’t likely to suddenly become clutch overnight.  As the sun sets on the Dodgers chances to get [...]

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David Always Beats Goliath!

I find it ironic that when I look at the baseball standings today and I see the San Diego O’Malleys in second place in the NL West with a 38-36 record, just 2.5 games behind Arizona.  By the way, did I mention that they have  a $68 Million dollar payroll? Contrast that with the Los [...]

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How stupid can you get?

Juan Uribe has 117 AB”s and is OPSing .778.  Luis Cruz has 111 AB’s and is OPSing .365.  So, Cruz is in the lineup today.  How stupid can you get? Clayton Kershaw is more dominant than ever, now that he is pitching to contact.  He has a 1.84 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, and yet he [...]

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Donnie is Outta’ his League

… in more ways than one, but the instant League he is out of is Brandon who is no longer the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers (that’s assuming that Donnie has at least a modicum of common sense left).  This one is on Ned Colletti, who was laughed at when he signed League to [...]

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One in a row

I’ll take it.  I haven’t given up or given in – I just think a change is needed.  The sooner they make it, the quicker to a win streak, but I hope we add another one today. Clayton’s interview on FOX was awesome.  He’s a great kid. Off to the Indy 500. Just win baby!

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Worse than even I imagined

I have always been a positive person.  Each year I have faced the season with optimism and have always felt that the Boys of Summer were full of promise every Spring.  It was not hard for me to see a silver lining in seasons of doubt.  I was frequently accused of having my eyes clouded [...]

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Kershaw vs. Koufax and Ryu too

Wow, I was evidently branded as a heretic by some of the old-timers on this board who questioned my sanity for saying that Clayton Kershaw would become the greatest Dodgers pitcher of all time and questioning whether Ryu was a #3. Let’s address the Kershaw-Koufax comparison.  Let me start by asking you if you all [...]

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Kershaw, Greinke and Who is #3?

Aaron Harang is gone (thankfully).  Ted Lilly will likely never be what he once was (maybe a #4, but now he’s a # 8).  That leave Capuano and Ryu as part of the Dodgers rotation, but I see them as #4 and #5 starters (you pick the order).  It also leave the Dodgers without a [...]

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Random Thoughts and Other Stuff

I want to propose a trade: Don Mattingly for Mike Scioscia.  I think it has only happened one other time in Major League History.  In 1960 Cleveland traded Joe Gordon to the Tigers for Jimmy Dykes.  That’s the only one I could find.  The Dodgers need a fresh start.  The Angels need a fresh start [...]

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I Tried to Warn You!

For the record, I hate people who say “I told you so” but on February 18, 2013, I wrote a column called Anybody Can Overpay.  In that column, I wrote: At a time when most Dodger fans are overjoyed and elated at the Dodgers’ prospects, I find myself very underwhelmed, even sad.  By all accounts [...]

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Christopher George Clayton Kershaw (1949 – 2013)

I am not going to jump to any conclusions about Clayton’s relationship with his father.  I can certainly see the physical resemblance however.  Whenever parents are divorced, it presents challenges to the children and I am sure this was no different.  Who was his dad?  What was their relationship like?  We all want to know, [...]

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The Big Dodger in the Sky

Whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Wicca, Taoist and any other religion, you already know about the Big Dodger in the Sky.  How do you know that he is real?  Tommy Lasorda told us so.  That’s all you need to know. What else you need to know is that he is not happy [...]

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DODGERS PLACE CLAYTON KERSHAW ON BEREAVEMENT LIST; REINSTATE HANLEY RAMIREZ FROM THE DL

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the bereavement list and reinstated shortstop Hanley Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list. Ramirez played a combined 12.0 innings at shortstop, while going 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI at the plate in two rehab games this weekend for Single-A [...]

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Rant & Rave Sunday

This is not Dodger baseball.  No clutch hitting, bad pitching, buying players, no run game -with all the injuries piling up you know that the Big Dodger in the Sky has turned his back on these chumps.  We have to return to the Dodger way of playing baseball.  Give the money back! Matt Magill may [...]

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Dodgers Minor League Stock Market

Trending up: Chris Withrow - Lights out in the pen Zach Lee – Had his first bad outing last night Chris Reed – May be starting to get the hanger of being a starting pitcher Joc Pederson – On fire after a slow start Alex Castellanos – Looks like he should be platooning with Ethier in [...]

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