Tag Archive | "Frank McCourt"

Parting Shots

No longer junkyard dogs.  That title was taken by the Cards and Red Sox. I told you months ago that Clayton Kershaw would get a contract around $300 million and most of you said I was crazy.  How do you like me now after this report from ESPN? The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton [...]

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Rant & Rave Saturday

“One assistant GM proposes that the Rays could trade David Price to the Dodgers for Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Julio Urias and Chris Withrow, Peter Gammons writes. That would give the Rays two very good hitting prospects in Seager and Pederson, a very young arm in Urias, and a big-league reliever in Withrow. MLB.com ranks [...]

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Six-Step Blueprint for a World Championship

By virtue of an incredible 40+ game stretch, the Dodgers are soundly entrenched in first place in the NL West and it is not likely (barring major injury) that any team can catch them.  However, the real work has just started.  Now, Stan & Ned and Company go to work on the Blueprint for a [...]

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I refuse to use the D word!

I told you that I would not write about such a deplorable team as the D_______ until they made changes and I meant it.  Instead, I will tell you about the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pirates who just dominated the D________. On the team are four (4) former D_________, namely: Ivan DeJesus [...]

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The Los Angeles Guggenheims

I have been doing this blog for more than eleven years.  If you have followed it, you should know that every Spring I predicted the Dodgers would win the World Series.  Spring was a time for optimism – a time when hope sprang eternal.  I predicted that every year, because I voted with my heart.  [...]

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Quit Making Excuses

I am getting weary of hearing that the Dodger team is riddled with injuries and if they had all of their regulars things would be different.  Let me remind you of a few things: The Yankees have Michael Pineda (certainly the equal of Chad Billingsley), Joba Chamberlin, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, starting shortstop Derek Jeter, [...]

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Go Big or Stay Home From the Winter Meetings

Fearless Predictions: The Dodgers will sign Zach Greinke this week to a 6 year/$150 million done deal! This team is built for the next 3-5 years as it sits.  Drafting and other smart moves will restore the farm system, but A-Gone, Crawford, Ramirez, Kemp and others are in their prime.  The Dodgers need players now [...]

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Why I Supported Frank McCourt

Most of the time, some of you say I am a “Dodger Homer”, some of you say that I only see things through “blue” glasses.  Now, however, I am a pariah because I said that I was proud of the Giants.  I guess you want it both ways.  I’m a Dodger homer but shouldn’t be [...]

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Time of death: August 25, 2012

August 25th was a day of great celebration.  The Dodgers had done the UN-imaginable and traded James Loney, Ivan DeJesus,  Allen Webster, Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa for Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and (Gasp) Adrian Gonzalez!  There was much joy in  LA that night.  Print the tickets was the mantra.  After [...]

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What to do… NOW!

Uribe, Hairston, Kennedy, Loney, Gwynn, Treanor, Herrera, Gordon, Abreu and DeJesus are all the same player.  Yes, they are the same player in that all have 2 HR or less and most have a slugging percentage of below .400.   The Dodgers can’t win with that many “Punch and Judy” hitters on the roster.  They just [...]

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Can’t You Just Enjoy the Ride?

In the Spring of 2011, I predicted that the Dodgers would win the NL West – that didn’t happen and since then many fans have really been down on the Dodgers, some even predicting last place finishes in 2011 and 2012.   I have no doubt that some of your judgement was clouded by your immense [...]

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Kemp to the DL Was the Right Move

Matt Kemp didn’t want to do it, but happily the Dodgers training staff erred on the side of caution and didn’t want Kemp’s Grade 1 Strain become a Grade 3.  This will force him to rest, because I think Matt only knows one way to play – flat out!  It will also give Scott Van [...]

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The Future of the Ravine

When Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers, we knew he did it with OPM.   That’s “Other People’s Money.” We knew Frank was highly leveraged.  Frank was criticized for that, but had he and Jamie taken a “reasonable” amount of money as salary instead of nearly $200 million, he might still be the owner and looking pretty [...]

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It’s Not The Heat, It’s The Humidity

By now, you all should know that Clayton Kershaw doesn’t pitch well at Coors’ Field.  His ERA is 5.85 there.  Not so impressive. In case you haven’t heard, Vin Scully calls Clayton’s curveball “public enemy number one.”  However, in Coors it is called “Little Sisters’ of the Poor.” As impressive as Kershaw is, a guy [...]

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Gordon is in Beast-Mode!

403 foot HR by Dee Gordon?  He has evidently been eating his Wheaties.  What a Beast!  Let’s just hope he doesn’t start trying to do that…. I don’t put too much stock in the fact that Lindblom and Jansen got rocked a little last night – Hey, it’s Coors and you just don’t get much [...]

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SALE OF LOS ANGELES DODGERS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 – The Los Angeles Dodgers, Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) and Frank McCourt today announced the completion of the sale of the Dodgers to GBM for $2 billion. As previously reported, the Dodgers’ new ownership includes Mark Walter as control person, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Stan Kasten as CEO of [...]

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Let’s Make A New Plan, Stan

You don’t need to be Coy, Roy, just listen to me.  Hop on the bus, Gus.  You don’t need to discuss much.  Just drop off the key, Lee and get yourself free. Well, I guess that could be meant for Stan Kasten, but I’m sure Stan has a few plans of his own (“what should [...]

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Rant & Rave Monday

You laughed (some of you even mocked me) at me when I said Chris Capuano would win 20 games, but here he is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA.  Maybe he won’t win 20 games, but would you rather have him or Hiroki Kuroda?  Nuff said!  Chris Capuano is showing that he just might be a [...]

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You Can’t Win ‘em All

But you can expect it… can’t you?  A few observations from last night’s game: I hate to dis’ Juan Uribe, but when you go 0-4 a day after going 4-4, it makes me believe that it was pure, blind, unabashed, unadulterated luck.  I’m just sayin’… The ball Matt Kemp tried to catch in the 9th [...]

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Dodger Fans are Restless and so is MLB

During the Dodgers’ sale process,  Frank McCourt said that he was selling the team and the Stadium, but not the parking lots.  Everyone and I mean EVERYONE said that the sale HAD to include the parking lots and that Frank McCourt just needed to leave town ASAP.  Then we heard that Guggs and Company bought [...]

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