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Top Prospects and Jon Broxton’s Leash

Top Prospects and Jon Broxton’s Leash

Baseball America has released their annual ranking of Dodger Prospects and here it is: 1. Dee Gordon, ss 2. Zach Lee, rhp 3. Rubby de la Rosa, rhp 4. Chris Withrow, rhp 5. Allen Webster, rhp 6. Jerry Sands, of/1b 7. Scott Elbert, lhp 8. Kenley Jansen, rhp 9. Ethan Martin, rhp 10.Trayvon Robinson, of [...]

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No Bull – This is a Pen

No Bull – This is a Pen

As bad as the Dodgers bullpen was last year, there  is a sound belief that it can be 180 degrees opposite of that  this year.  The fact that they have six solid starters who should pitch deeper into games will alone put less stress on the pen and keep the arms fresher. Quick Question: Which [...]

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The Dodgers Welcome 2011

The Dodgers Welcome 2011

It was season derailed shortly after the All-Star break, but the fact of the matter is that nearly everything that happened to the Dodgers in 2010 (outside of starting pitching) was bad. I don’t predict “career years” every year for Dodger players (no matter how many times you say it), but out of nine starters of the caliber the Dodgers had last year, it should have been expected that 2, 3 or 4 might have good years. They have shown they were capable. If you say you saw this coming, I think you are out of touch with the reality of the situation. They all had off years!

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Question Marks Abound

Question Marks Abound

Cliff Lee stayed true to himself and signed with the Phillies, spurning more money to go to a place he and his family felt comfortable (and it didn’t hurt that they are the odds-on-favorite the be the Pennant Winners in 2011).   So, if you want to argue who has the best starting rotation in baseball, [...]

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Would You?

Would You?

Trade Chad Billingsley and Trayvon Robinson for Carlos Quentin? Trade Jon Broxton and  Ivan DeJesus, Jr.  for Martin Prado? Would you sign Vicente Padilla to be a closer? If the Dodgers did that, this could be the lineup: Furcal  SS Prado  2B Kemp  CF Ethier  RF Quentin  LF Loney  1B Uribe  3B Barajas/Ellis  C Bench: [...]

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Adam is Dunn…

Adam is Dunn…

… as the White Sox have allegedly signed him to a 4-year/$56 mil deal.  Ned was right not to pursue a DH. I predict that the Dodgers will either tender or sign Russell Martin before the deadline. Look for a trade at the winter meetings with DeJesus, Broxton and Loney being the centerpieces. Adrian Beltre [...]

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And wisdom to know the difference.

And wisdom to know the difference.

OK,  I know that this is going to be just like the Jon Broxton thing (“I have an irrational hatred of Broxton because I can see in his eyes”), but I still have to say it:   The object of the Dodgers affection should be Adrian Beltre.  I can see it already:  “Timmons has an [...]

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Donnie Ballgame Deserves A Fair Chance

Donnie Ballgame Deserves A Fair Chance

OK, I have to admit that when it became apparent that Don Mattingley was going to be the new Dodgers manager, I was not happy. I wasn’t happy with the way he had handled the job as Dodgers hitting coach.  I wasn’t happy with what I perceived as a lack of knowledge about the rules [...]

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Bull From The Pen

Bull From The Pen

A strong case could be made that the undoing of the Dodgers’ 2010 season was the bullpen… or lack thereof.  Sure, the hitting in the second half was non-existent, but as a team in NoCal proved, you can win with little hitting , good pitching and a good bullpen. In 2010, Cory Wade was AWOL, [...]

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Prognosticate This

Prognosticate This

So, in Game One of the 2010 World Series, two Cy Young Winners faced off in what figured to be a classic pitcher duel.  But of course, the game ends up being the second highest-scoring game one in World Series History. Nobody, but nobody saw that coming, and if you had taken the “over” on [...]

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The Rats Are Abandoning The Sinking Ship

The Rats Are Abandoning The Sinking Ship

Let me be the first to say it: “The fact that Tim Hallgren is leaving the Dodgers to take a scouting job with the Detroit Tigers proves that the Dodgers are a sinking ship and the rats are abandoning it.“ I know that’s what the McCourt Haters will say next, so I just beat them [...]

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Response to the Lilly Signing

Response to the Lilly Signing

On this blog, Jon Weisman asked yesterday if people were really saying that the Dodgers would not sign any free agents.  Jon, here’s the best example of a tirade against McCourt: McGoo actually made one major draft signing this year–probably as a requirement from Selig’s office to try and stimulate fan interest. Our farm system [...]

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Another Pitcher…

Another Pitcher…

I think that you have to look at it this way: A winning team has to have three pitchers who are at or near the top of their profession. The Dodgers had three this year with Kershaw, Billingsley and Kuroda. As it stands, right now they have two in Kershaw and Billingsley, followed by many question-marks.

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Rants & Raves

Rants & Raves

Tony Jackson of EspnLosAngeles has the latest about Logan White. Will Tim Wallach be on Mattingly’s staff or a manager somewhere else? According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, the Dodgers announced 2011 season-ticket pricing Monday, with nearly 80 percent of stadium seat pricing staying the same or being reduced down for the fourth consecutive season. Boy [...]

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Frankly, You Will Be Surprised

Frankly, You Will Be Surprised

Let me make this clear: I have little inside information. This is just my opinion.  But… I think the Dodgers will make a BIG splash in free agency this offseason! Frank McCourt knows that he needs to regain the fans confidence in order to put more butts in seats and raise the brand value in [...]

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Scrambled Eggs Made Broxton Over Easy?

Scrambled Eggs Made Broxton Over Easy?

According to Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times, “the turning point for Jon Broxton this season was on June 27, when he threw 48 pitches in blowing a four-run lead at home against the New York Yankees.   Broxton recorded the last four outs of a 9-4 victory the previous day.  Broxton went into that June [...]

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The Dodgers Are Building A New Structure

The Dodgers Are Building A New Structure

… to house all the rumors. Here they are: Logan White is being shown the door by the Dodgers. Joe Torre will take a front office position. Ted Lilly is as good as gone. Matt Kemp and James Loney will be traded. The entire coaching staff will be dismissed. Zach Greinke is coming to LA. [...]

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Who Stays, Who Goes?

Who Stays, Who Goes?

Think how different the Dodgers might have been this year without the contracts of Broxton and Sherrill. They could have afforded another big bat or top-of-the-rotation starter. I begged them to trade Brox for two years and Sherrill after last season. Some people think that I am just a “Broxton Hater” and that there is no way that I can tell he is not a guy who thrives under pressure, Think what you want – don’t judge me by what you can do – but I have been saying that Broxton chokes under pressure for three years and that the Dodgers should have traded him.

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Dodgers Notes

Dodgers Notes

Clayton Kershaw had another game where he didn’t walk anyone and look at the results.  9 K’s in 8 string innings.  102 pitches.  He has a 2.91 ERA and is cementing his place as the Dodgers ace. From Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com: Top Dodgers prospects not participating in the Arizona Fall League are likely to [...]

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I Am Don Mattinglys’ Home Boy

I Am Don Mattinglys’ Home Boy

… but I have reservations about him.  However, I am from Missouri, so he’ll have to “show me.” But, it’s a done deal.  Frank and Ned gave their word before the season that Don Mattingly would be the 2011 Dodgers manager and they are being true to their word. Nice!  Keeping your word! Damn!  Keeping [...]

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