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World Series or Train Wreck?

On February 8th, I wrote this: This season has the potential for a World Series title or a train wreck!  Last season was magical in the fact that they won like 45 out of 50 games in one stretch (or some crazy number – I’m not looking it up).   Don’t expect that again.  There are [...]

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Alexander Guerrero Blasts Off – Literally!

Alex Guerrero made his AAA debut for the Dodgers after battling injuries since his signing, and it appears that if he can stay healthy, he just might be a player…. and that’s an understatement! He had 4 at bats with 3 hits, including a double and a HR and he collected 3 RBI’s.  Not a [...]

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My Long Term Plan

HAPPY 51st BIRTHDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE!   Manny Pacquiao won on her birthday so she is a happy camper.  Last night’s win was another nice one, but so far all we really know is that we can beat the Arizona Diamondchumps like rented mules.  Now, if you know anything about me, it’s that I [...]

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Who are you and what did you do with Yasiel Puig?

Then there is this from Dylan Hernandez of THE LA TIMES: For what it’s worth, Yasiel Puig said he is listening. To his teammates. To his coaches. Even players on other teams. Over the last week, the Dodgers‘ problem child made it a point to speak with Albert Pujols of the Angels during the Freeway [...]

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble…

I really like the idea of putting Clayton Kershaw on the DL to “protect himself from himself.”  Limit his innings and let him be fresh at the end.  Good idea! I know a lot of you think it is so barbaric to fight in baseball, and someone even said: “Charging the mound is stupid. Retaliating [...]

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The Switch Was Flipped

Lots of Dodger fans complained about the teams lackluster Spring Training performance.  Some even said “you can’t just turn it on and off.” Well, they just did!  Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t think the D-Bags are a very good team and I couldn’t be happier about it (apologies to Josh Rawitch). [...]

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What a Messed Up Spring…

This Spring Sucked and Spring Training Sucked too! I mean how screwed up has this been?  Hardly any Spring Training!  The Dodgers and D-Backs have really gotten ripped.  maybe it will end up being a good thing, but I don’t know. Quas, e-mail me! Mercer beats Duke?  Who saw that coming?  Coach K… are you [...]

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This is Not the Right Mix

The Dodgers are a talented team, but they have some issues – issues that I believe will be addressed before the season is over. For example, they really don’t have a quality Center-fielder, but they do have Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson – lefties all! Matt Kemp can be a valuable offensive player [...]

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Pecota Loves the Dodgers

Of course, you all know that I put as much validity into PECOTA as you do in believing that I am a writer!  Here’s who PECOTA says will be the TOP 15 players.  Noticeably absent is Hanley Ramirez.  As is Yasiel Puig. I stole the following data from The Flagrant Fan, since I don’t subscribe [...]

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Lay off Ross Stripling

It seems that the Dodgers’ blogosphere is all up in arms about Ross Stripling’s elbow.  “OMG, he should have told someone.”  “Why did he not just stop?” The people who ask these questions have obviously never played professionally or maybe even at an amateur level.  If you quit something every time you felt a twinge, [...]

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Predictions and WAG’s

Alexander Guerrero won’t have any problem acclimating to 2B, but he will have trouble with hitting.  He will open the season in the minors. Matt Kemp will be ready to play by Mid-April. Chad Billingsley will return in May Josh Beckett will be a pleasant surprise… at least the first half of the season. Dan Haren will [...]

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85 to 105

I can see a scenario where the Dodgers win 105 games this year and I can see where they could win 85 games.  This is a hard team to predict.  Here’s why – consider this: Dee Gordon could be the starting 2B or back at AAA; Alex Guerrero could be the starting 2B or in [...]

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Goodbye Hanley?

I don’t think the question is whether Hanley Ramirez will soon move to 3B (because he won’t).  I think the real question is: “Will Hanley Ramirez be a Dodger next year?” Don Mattingly may have given us a glimpse of what the answer might be in this LA TIMES article by Dylan Hernandez: “There’s going [...]

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What is up with Matt Kemp?

A Guest Blog from Roger Sobin (aka RodgerDodger): Matt Kemp entered baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers via the draft in 2003.  After spending some time in the minor leagues he entered the major leagues in 2006 playing in 52 games for the Dodgers at the age of 21 I believe that from the beginning [...]

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Rants and Raves

You have to root for Chone Figgins after reading Bill Plunketts’s piece in the OC Register. Did you see Clayton Kershaw’s Ping-Pong Charity Event?  http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8010468/v30187131/clayton-kershaws-ping-pong-4-purpose-event I will humbly proclaim that I can beat anyone there… except Clayton!  I have difficulty with lefties.  Especially ones as good as he is.  I can take the rest.  No [...]

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The future is now!

I hope the Dodgers are done in the free agent market and with all trades.  They are set.  It’s not an ideal lineup, but what lineup is?  Those of you who want an All-Star at every position are either Closet Yankee Fans or delusional.  It ain’t happening.  Guggs and Company has money, but they have [...]

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It was a good week…

capped off with a win at Lucas Oil Stadium by the Colts today, after a win on Saturday by my son’s high school team at the same stadium for the 2A State Championship in High School Football.  Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter won 56-6 in a rout, and my freshman son got into the game as 14 [...]

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Put on your seat belts and let’s go outside the box… way outside!

When I first tell you this, you will want to vomit!  I guarantee it, because that’s what happened to me when I first thought of it. So, without further ado, I am just going to spit (vomit) it out: The Dodgers trade  Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, Dee Gordon, Zach Lee, Ross Stripling (I hate to [...]

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It’s time to trade Clayton Kershaw!

Who saw this coming?  But it’s here and the Dodgers have to make a move now.  Clayton is  not an LA guy.  He is a Texan and an honorable man, but the Dodgers are not going to be able to keep him.  Cut bait, make a move. Here’s the deal: The Dodgers trade Clayton Kershaw, [...]

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I have a plan… and it’s a good one… I think

In the beginning, there was the plan, and then came the assumptions and the assumptions were without form and the plan was completely without substance and the darkness was upon the faces of the employees and they spake amongst themselves, saying “It is a crock of $hit and it stinks!” and the employees went unto [...]

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