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A Snapshot of The Pitching

A Snapshot of The Pitching

By actual count, the Dodgers have 32 pitchers in Spring Training Camp who are vying for 12 spots.  I cannot see any way that Joe Torre decides to go with 13 pitchers.  With the off days and all, I think he will break camp with 12 pitchers.  That means that 20 have to go. There [...]

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Reasons To Believe

Reasons To Believe

Spring Training has broken out at Camelback Ranch and the news is pouring in: According to Ken Gurnick, Dodgers’ Bullpen Coach Ken Howell discovered a flaw in Eric Gagne’s delivery which he is attempting to correct. The former Cy Young Award-winning closer made a quick adjustment and, according to Howell, immediately gained velocity on his [...]

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DODGERS ANNOUNCE TAIWAN TRIP ROSTER

DODGERS ANNOUNCE TAIWAN TRIP ROSTER

Torre, Ramirez and Loney headline team of Dodger players on international goodwill trip PHOENIX – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the expected roster for the upcoming three-game series in Taiwan. Additional players may be added or changed prior to the March 10 departure. The Dodgers will bring 33 players, including 17 with Major League [...]

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Give Me a Fifth!

Give Me a Fifth!

I can see only three of those pitchers making the team, maybe just two. There will be some tough battles this Spring. What do you think?

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Who Is Our Ace?

Who Is Our Ace?

Well, if you ask me… and you didn’t (but I’m going to tell you anyway), it’s Young Clayton.  Maybe it’s a rush job, but maybe it’s not.  Maybe he’s ready.  Not “maybe” – he ISready!   I think it’s likely that Clayton Kershaw will be even better this year.  His ERA might not reflect that, but he [...]

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I Am Not  A Frank McCourt Fan

I Am Not A Frank McCourt Fan

… nor am I a hater.  I see the good he has done as the owner of the Dodgers.  I see the mistakes he has made as well.  However, he seems to have learned each time he makes a mistake.   Overall, the Dodgers are in much better shape than when he took over.  His lifestyle [...]

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Fact and Fiction

Fact and Fiction

It turns out that Ronnie Belisario and I have a lot in common – No I don’t have a DUI, but we both have Visa problems that prevented us from reporting yesterday.  He hasn’t been able to obtain his, and I have to work to pay mine off!  So there you go.  Joe Torre isn’t [...]

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Spring In The Air and In Your Step

Spring In The Air and In Your Step

Baseball seems to put Spring in your step when Spring is in the air.  It’s been a long, cold winter here – I usually enjoy the winter, but my surgeon told me that the first winter would be rough on my hip and it has been a bear.  Stiff, sore and constantly aware of it, [...]

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What Ever Happened to Joe Isuzu?

What Ever Happened to Joe Isuzu?

Written by Ken (“the views expressed herein are not necessarily the opinions of yada, yada, yada” – Legal Disclaimer) Many years ago Joe Isuzu appeared in several commercials, graduated to a sit com, and then slowly faded away. Recently, Joe Torre also graduated from his Big Elow commercials to cameo appearances in several television series. [...]

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Maybe The Dodgers Are Telling The Truth…

Maybe The Dodgers Are Telling The Truth…

Maybe it is business as usual.  Maybe it’s really not “the divorce” that is keeping the Dodgers out of the Free Agent Market. Maybe the Dodger brass has concluded that paying big bucks (in most cases) for Free Agents simply isn’t worth it. The Dodgers sought a CF for a few years and signed Juan [...]

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Cage Match: Joe Torre vs. Orlando Hudson

Cage Match: Joe Torre vs. Orlando Hudson

The benching of Orlando Hudson at the end of the season is something that has been talked about by Dodger fans, at the time and up to now.  For the record, I stated that Hudson should have been the starter in the playoffs.  However, I am going to remind everyone that Joe Torre was closer [...]

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You Paint The House

You Paint The House

If you have a home which is worth $400,000 or $400,000,000 and you are served divorce papers by your spouse,  what do you do?  It’s obvious that a great part of the parties’ net worth is that asset.  Some people are idiots about this – some have even burned-down the house rather than split the [...]

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The Rats Aren’t Jumping Off The Ship

The Rats Aren’t Jumping Off The Ship

LOS ANGELES – The 2009 National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers today announced that their entire Major League coaching staff will return for the 2010 season. Led by manager Joe Torre, the staff has guided the Dodgers to two straight National League West Division titles and two consecutive National League Championship Series. General [...]

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I Believe It’s Business As Usual

I Believe It’s Business As Usual

There is a lot of speculation that the Dodgers will not be able to spend money this Fall and Winter due to divorce proceedings.  I think that is not only unlikely, but also not true.  I think the Dodgers will wheel and deal, make trades and sign Free Agents (where appropriate).  I don’t have time [...]

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What’s On The Horizon?

What’s On The Horizon?

        I have no clue where this “Debacle in the Ravine will take us, but I’d say Jamie does not have the upper hand.   No, I’m not going to speculate on who we will sign and who we won’t or who we should trade.  Today, I just want to do some “farming.”  [...]

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As Your Stomach Turns

As Your Stomach Turns

 Even if I were currently writing this blog every day, I would refuse to cover the McCourt saga.  It’s boring, sickening and just plain sick.   Sure, Frank is probably no saint, but Jamie is a total idiot!  I am not even going to get into it, and this is my final word on the subject until [...]

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A Healthy Dose of Reality

A Healthy Dose of Reality

Blame it all on Joe Torre if you want, but when we score ZERO runs, the likelihood of losing is pretty high.  Blame it on Kuroda if you want.  Blame it on Billingsley or the fact that  we left Jon Garland and Jeff Weaver off the playoff roster.  But, the reality of the situation is [...]

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Lesson Learned?

Lesson Learned?

Never send Honeycutt to the mound without taking out the pitcher.  I felt it coming both times – Kershaw was breezing and midway  through the fifth inning, he lost it.  Flat out lost it!  I mean, even Ray Charles could see it!  He went from being very good to just downright awful.  To me, it [...]

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An Old Dog Learns A New Trick

An Old Dog Learns A New Trick

It’s no secret that Joe Torre likes the veterans and has even been loathe to play youngsters at times.  He has been admired, praised, castigated and reviled for that proclivity.  Therefore it comes as somewhat of a surprise that this announcement was made by Ken Gurnick of www.Dodgers.com: “Dodgers manager Joe Torre planned to skip [...]

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These Dodgers Have Unfinished Business

These Dodgers Have Unfinished Business

In the celebration last night, I sensed that the boys still know this is only one step to get where they want to be.  They have traveled this path before only to have their dreams shattered by a team they might have to play again.  I sensed that, while happy, they will really celebrate when [...]

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