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Camelback Ranch – Game Recap – May 26, 2010

Camelback Ranch – Game Recap – May 26, 2010

The Dodgers lost to the Kansas City Royals today 8-4.  I truly believe that many of the players are focused upon Opening Day and are just bored with what is going on.  The coaches are just going through the motions, the writers are just going through the motions, so why not the players as well?  [...]

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The Roster is Shaping Up

The Roster is Shaping Up

  Now that Ronnie Belliard has weighed in at 208 and is guaranteed a spot, the roster begins to take shape.  There are only a few spots left and it will be interesting who goes where. Here’s what I think the roster is shaping up as (it could change in the next 3 or 4 [...]

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More On Stats

More On Stats

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the lowest cumulative team ERA (3.54) of any of the current 30 MLB teams based upon their seasons from 1884 through 2009.  I am hopeful that Ned  will make the appropriate roster decisions next week and that the 2010 Dodger pitching staff will have an ERA under 4.00 for the [...]

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Camelback Ranch – March 23rd – AM

Camelback Ranch – March 23rd – AM

Today is an off day, but if everything goes right, I will have photos and the inside story of the Camelback Ranch Minor League Complex.  It should be pretty cool and I think you will be amazed at the facility. A LOT WHEN ON YESTERDAY – Charlie Haeger pitched 5 or 7 strong innings against [...]

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Camelback Ranch – March 21st

Camelback Ranch – March 21st

Well, we are settled in at Camelback Ranch.  I sat next to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLa, Tony Jackson of Espn/LA and Jim Peltz of The LA Times – at least there were three good writers in that group.  I feel like on of those “Which one doesn’t belong” kid’s games. “Which one doesn’t belong?  Jackson, [...]

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Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

Arguments can be made who should hit where, but I do think Joe Torre has a definite plan of hitting Kemp right behind Furcal (who has looked re-juvenated this Spring) and ahead of Ethier with Manny at Cleanup.  This is all subject to change, but that lineup followed by Loney and Blake would give excellent [...]

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Opening Day Roster Initial Prediction for 2010

Opening Day Roster Initial Prediction for 2010

Starting Pitching ($22,800,000): Kershaw (He will pitch great but with a losing record) $425K Billingsley (He will figure “IT” out this year) $3,850,000 Padilla (Will surprise us this year) $5,025,000 Kuroda (50% probability of injury) $13,000,000 Stults (Will continue to pitch very erratically until Torre gives up on him) $500K Relievers ($11,550,000): Broxton (Will have [...]

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What To Expect

What To Expect

Just a laundry list of a few things I expect to see this year (actually my wish list along with predictions): A healthy Rafael Furcal who is 100% physically and (most importantly) mentally (it takes a while to recover mentally from a surgery) regains his form and is again one of the elite short stops [...]

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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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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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Just The Facts

Just The Facts

Lawrence Delevingne, a writer at  The Business Insider, sent me this link to his article The Nastiest Billionaire Divorce Ever: Jamie And Frank McCourt.  It deals with the facts and not the rampant speculation that some of you state as facts.  It’s a worthwhile read, if you want to know all the players in this process. [...]

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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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This Is Big!

This Is Big!

My sources tell me that Manny Ramirez checked into Camelback Ranch one day BEFORE the pitchers and catchers were to report.  For whatever you think about Manny Ramirez, he is a hard worker and his early arrival (way early) bodes well for the Dodgers upcoming season.  Without saying a word, he is making a statement: [...]

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I’m Out Until February 20th

I’m Out Until February 20th

Pitchers and Catchers report on February 2o, 2010 and the first workout is February 21, 2010, so I am going to take a few days off.  I’ll be back on the 20th or 21st.  I’ll leave you with a few things to cuss and discuss: Is it possible that the Combination of Reed Johnson and [...]

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What Do We Know?

What Do We Know?

It pains me a great deal when fans berate players - ”He’s a bum.”  “He’s worthless.”  “He can’t play.”   What do we know?  As it turns out, not much.   I will say that anyone who plays at the major league level is so far advanced over anyone else that it’s like comparing my writing ability to Jon [...]

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Do We Really Need This?

Do We Really Need This?

Tony Jackson of ESPN.LosAngeles and Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times are both reporting of the Dodgers interest in several players for the 4th outfield spot.  I suppose  there are reasons to consider Gross, Anderson and maybe even Johnson, but Brian Giles?  He became irrelevant a couple of years ago.  The problem is that none [...]

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The Truth, The Whole Truth

The Truth, The Whole Truth

… and nothing but the truth!  That’s why you come here, because I am going to tell you the truth.  God knows it’s not because I’m a writer.  At any rate, let’s consider the following and see if what is happening is true or false. True or False:  Ned Colletti, Frank McCourt and Dennis Mannion have [...]

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The Forest or The Trees?

The Forest or The Trees?

Some people are saying that the Dodgers are a .500 team (when I say “some people” I don’t mean “informed baseball people”), which I think is just plain delusional.  I think sometimes Dodger fans fail to take into consideration that change is inevitable, and often, it is good.  Will everything be OK?  Seth Godin summed [...]

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More On Hitting – Thank You Kindly Pass Me By

More On Hitting – Thank You Kindly Pass Me By

There is much debate among baseball professionals and fans regarding the benefit of taking multiple pitches during an at bat in order to drive up the pitch count of the starting pitcher and to see more types of pitches in order to be more productive later in the game.  However, it is well know that [...]

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July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010

Los Angeles – In what has to be somewhat of a surprise, the Dodgers made two major announcements today.  The first announcement has to do with the divorce proceedings of Frank and Jamie McCourt who agreed to a continuance of their May hearing: The McCourt’s announced that they have resolved their personal issues and that [...]

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