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Forget about Robinson Cano and David Price

If Stan Kasten is smart (and I am not certain how smart he is) he won’t even consider free agents like Robinson Cano or David Price and here’s why: The Dodgers currently have nearly $170,000,000 in Guaranteed Contracts to their players for 2014 and that does not include the $25 million they will have to [...]

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Dodger Baseball Fans Rolling Discussion

Let’s talk Dodger baseball.

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What if the Dodgers are Done?

I mean “done… for now.” By “done” I mean “done acquiring players.” Maybe it is good to be done, because it’s quite likely that any signing or trade would mean overpaying at this juncture. But, if the Dodgers are indeed “done” then what can we expect? I have been working on a “Best Case – [...]

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The Most Important Thing

Who is the most important acquisition for the Dodgers over the winter?  Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com has the answer and wrote a mouthful in these two sentences: One of the key acquisitions could prove to be a non-player.  After dismissing Dave Hansen, they are looking for a new hitting coach that can get through to [...]

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2013 Wish List

OK, I am going to try and put away my doubts about this team and since the Dodgers allegedly have “deep pockets,” I am going to make a few suggestions.  Read them at your own peril.  I have a “wish list” of players that I think the Dodgers would do well to acquire: Sign Zach [...]

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No Team Has More Potential – No Team Has More Questions (25 at least)!

Champs or Chumps.  The 2013 version of the Dodgers could win 105 games or lose 85 games.  Which team will show up?  There are lots of questions (at least 25).  Here’s a few: Will Carl Crawford be able to come back and be the player he was 4-5 years ago or will be be the [...]

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Let’s talk about next year

This year is just too depressing: Kershaw possibly until Mid-May 2013; Billingsley facing TJ and out all of 2013; Lilly and Elbert facing surgery; Adrian Gonzalez doing a James Loney impersonation; Matt Kemp obviously broken down; Juan Uribe weighing the bench down… and good at it; and Josh Beckett is the Dodgers’ ace? YIKES – [...]

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DODGERS REINSTATE SCOTT ELBERT FROM THE DISABLED LIST; OPTION ELIAN HERRERA

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated left-handed reliever Scott Elbert from the disabled list and optioned infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera to Triple-A Albuquerque. Herrera appeared in just two games during his six-day recall, going 1-for-3 at the plate. Elbert had been on the disabled list since July 26 with left elbow inflammation and [...]

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Swallowed by the Cracks and Failed by the Pen

Some games, you have to win with pitching.  The Dodgers didn’t do that last night.  Chris Capuano continued to pitch extremely well… well enough to win.  Maybe Donnie should have kept him in, but it’s easy to second guess.  At any rate, he brought in Belisario who allowed both runners to score, preventing Capuano from [...]

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Rant and Rave Friday

Joe Blanton is making a case not to be re-signed by the Dodgers.  Someone will give him a 3-year deal.  It won’t be the Dodgers who have RDLR and Allen Webster and John Ely and others at the the ready.  Blanton will probably pitch some good games for the Dodgers down the stretch (just not [...]

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One Mis Step for Melky, One Giant Step for the Dodgers

Losing Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension for being as big of a cheater as Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds does not automatically hand the NL West title to the Dodgers… but it doesn’t hurt.  He is arguably their best player this year.  When are these guys going to learn they will get caught if [...]

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Still Crying Over Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis is hitting third for the White Sox and has raised his batting average to .249.  He hit the game winning homerun last night and scored two runs, but the Dodgers weren’t interested.  They were stupid then and they are stupider now.  Here’s the deal:  my son-in-law is a Red Sox fan and he [...]

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Rant & Rave Sunday

Hiroki Kuroda is 4-6 with a 3.82 ERA for the Yankees and has given up 70 hits in 68 innings with a 1.35 WHIP.  Aaron Harang is 4-3 with a 3.90 ERA for the Dodgers and has given up 63 hits in 64 innings with a 1.35 WHIP.   Chris Capuano is 7-2 with a 2.50 [...]

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The Secret is to Keep Calm and Have a Plan

Calm down everyone.  This is a better team than last year and last year the Dodgers were one of the TOP 5 teams after the All-Star break.  Yes, I know that the Dodgers were just whipped like rented mules.  They had never lost three in a row this year, until the day before yesterday – [...]

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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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Rant & Rave Tuesday

I guess we have a new closer – Elbert is an animal!  If James Loney can hit just a little, he’ll save a lot of games at 1B. One of the main reasons the Dodgers are doing as well as they are is the infield defense.  Even with Gordon’s errors, the defense has been outstanding. [...]

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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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Log Jam in the Bullpen

With Ronald Belisario due back May 4th and with no options left, the Dodgers will have to activate him or lose him.  Then, we have Mr. Coffey who can come off the DL on Sunday.  Shawn Tolleston is waiting in the wing and Michael Antoini and Nate Eovaldi are  already on the roster.  Then you [...]

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Rank & Rave Sunday

I have about 20 minutes before my flight to LA leaves, so I’ll check in and talk about our favorite topic – the Dodgers! Dee Gordon finally had a decent game – 3 for 4.  This could be the start of a streak for him. James with his first HR – he has actually been [...]

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