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The Kershawshank Redemption

The Dodgers are going for broke tonight as they have scrapped the Ricky Nalosco idea and  will have Clayton Kershaw start the game.  It’s in LA, the Dodgers have momentum and I’m sure Zach Greinke is at the ready too. The Dodgers are rolling the dice and going for the victory tonight.  It will be [...]

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Ready or Not…

Ready or Not…

A little over a week ago, I predicted that this would be the opening day roster: 1. Loney – 1B 2. Uribe – 2B, SS, 3B 3. Furcal – SS 4. Carroll – 2B, SS, 3B 5. Ethier – RF 6. Kemp – CF 7. Thames – LF, 1B 8. Barajas – C 9. Navarro [...]

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The roster shapes up

The roster shapes up

With a little over a week to go in Spring Training, a few things have shaped up and other things are taking shape.  Here’s what I see: With Casey Blake on the DL to begin the season, I think that Aaron Miles Miles has made the team.  The only question is:  WHO ELSE? Hector Gimenez [...]

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Third-Baseman Jerry Sands?

Third-Baseman Jerry Sands?

When Jerry Sands gets sent to AAA this year (and he will), he will become the everyday 3B there and will surface later this season as the Dodgers new third baseman.  He has the arm, he has the bat, he has the athleticism to be a third-baseman.  He just needs the experience.  That’s my opinion. [...]

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That’s More Like It

That’s More Like It

The herd is starting to thin.  Out of five pitchers used by the Dodgers against the Rangers yesterday, four of them will probably be included on the opening day roster (yes, I’m including Mahay).  No matter what anyone says, Ryan Theriot showed that he had value because he netted Blake Hawksworth, who is appearing more-and-more [...]

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Blind, Crippled & Crazy

Blind, Crippled & Crazy

I could have called it The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, or maybe The Good, The Fat and The Ugly would have been more appropriate. Casey Blake, Jay Gibbons and Juan Uribe are all suffering from some sort of physical malady.  I’ll leave it to you to decide who’s who… I considered having that [...]

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

That is a phrase from a Latin poem which happens to be at least a couple of years old. It simply means “seize the day“. The Dodgers evened their Spring record at 2-2 and while it’s early, it’s noteworthy that some players did seize the day and some didn’t. The Seizers: Jamie Hoffman who went [...]

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Maybe Bill James Is a Genius

Maybe Bill James Is a Genius

… and he probably is, because he is the KING of saying that past performance is an indicator or future performance. Here’s the thing though, just because a player had a bad year “last” year doesn’t mean he’ll have another bad season.  A better indicator (I believe) is to look at a player’s career average [...]

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The Old Bull & The Young Bull

The Old Bull & The Young Bull

There’s an old story about an old bull and a young bull.  The old bull and the young bull were standing at the top of the hill overlooking a paddock of many gorgeous young heifers. The young bull said, “Let’s charge down the hill, knock over that fence and service one of those heifers each”. [...]

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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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The Lone Voice In The Wilderness

The Lone Voice In The Wilderness

I guess it is me against the world on this one, but as long as Frank McCourt is owner of the Dodgers, I am on his side.  I don’t know Frank McCourt and I probably wouldn’t like him if I did.  I have shook his hand and that is about it.  He doesn’t know me [...]

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Make A New Plan, Stan

Make A New Plan, Stan

It pains me greatly to say this.  I never raise the white flag, but Ned tried and it was too little, too late.   Podsednik, Theriot, Lilly and Dotel arrived at the fort after the troops had already been massacred. This year is done.  It’s time to hop on the Bus Gus, we don’t need [...]

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Top Ten Things Wrong With The Dodgers

Top Ten Things Wrong With The Dodgers

I will preface what I am about to say, by stating that the Dodgers are capable of reeling off a 15 game winning streak! Jon Broxton can be a great closer, but he just lacks the “C” in closer, which makes him a loser.  According to some pin-headed bloggers (Jon Weisman not included), I have [...]

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The Second Half Outlook

The Second Half Outlook

Jared Massey and I were both at Blogger Night in LA on Monday Night and during the six plus hours at Dodger Stadium we gained a lot of insight into the 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers.  So, here is some of what we have learned: Ned Colletti spoke with us for nearly an hour and was [...]

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Would You?

Would You?

Want an Ace? Would you trade Manny Ramirez, James McDonald and Chris Withrow for Cliff Lee? Let’s not stop there.  Seattle sucks.  Their re-building is dead. How about Manny Ramirez, James McDonald, Vicente Padilla, Dee Gordon, Chris Withrow,  Casey Blake, Xavier Paul and Jon Broxton for Cliff Lee and Ichiro Suzuki? Eight for two! Then [...]

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Escape From The Outhouse – On the Way to the Penthouse

Escape From The Outhouse – On the Way to the Penthouse

Earth time – 5/18/2010, 9:00 AM EDT – After winning 8 straight games, and going 13-3 in their last 16 games, the Dodgers are long gone from the “outhouse” (currently occupied by the vastly overrated D’Backs – I told you in Spring Training that they would be horrid), and just 2.0 games from the Penthouse. [...]

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The Hottest Team in Baseball

The Hottest Team in Baseball

I was obviously wrong when I said that Joe Torre had lost this team and Rick Honeycutt couldn’t coach anymore.  My deepest apologies to them both – NOW DON’T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN! (smile) Team ERA is now 4.53 as the Dodgers leapfrogged the Nats to take the 11th spot.  They need to get to [...]

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Green Not On Team… Allegedly

Green Not On Team… Allegedly

From multiple unsubstantiated sources it comes that Nick Green will not make the team.  That leaves a few choices and it’s easy for me to pick one. The choices are: Chin-lung Hu Xavier Paul Russ Ortiz AJ Ellis So, I would pick…. Doug Mientkiewicz! Tommy said it’s OK!

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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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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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