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Happy Birthday, Walter Alston!

Today is a very special day for the Dodgers – it’s Walter Alston‘s birthday. At 23 years, Alston is the longest-tenured Dodgers manager (a record which will probably never be broken), and is the third-longest tenured of any manager, right behind John McGraw and Connie Mack. They just don’t make ’em like ol’ Smokey anymore. As the story goes for many of the great managers from the days gone by,…

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Should The Dodgers Go After Andrew McCutchen?

The Pirates are rumored to be shopping franchise center fielder Andrew McCutchen. The question I am asking is if the Dodgers should be in on these trade discussions? Should the Dodgers go after McCutchen? With the free agent market nearly barren for position players and impact right handed bats, the Dodgers may have to get creative via trades to find that type of slugger, especially if they do not resign…

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Baseball Hot Stove: Why This Phrase is Used And What it Means

(Here’s some interesting history and tidbits on the origins of the term Hot Stove.) Baseball Hot stove is an interesting term which is often used to refer to the activities that happen off season or between seasons. When this term is used, it brings up images of baseball fans gathering around a hot stove to chatter during the winter season. This is often a convenient means of catching up with…

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Stan Kasten Denies Dodger Debt

Is anyone surprised that the Dodgers are in massive debt? I know Mark has been decrying over the “trade” hamstringing the Dodgers financially for years. However it’s not just the trade that has done that, its wild ineffective spending that predates the Andrew Friedman era. Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti, and the Guggenheim people have thrown money around like a rapper in a hip-hop video for years and it seems it…

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Take off the Handcuffs!

Common Sense is Uncommon!  Sadly… When Andrew Friedman was hired by Stan Kasten and Guggenheim it was his mandate to grow the farm and build a winner from within. Kasten said  “Oh, and you have to keep Mattingly for a year.”  The year before, the front office signed Kemp and Ethier to silly contracts and consummated THE TRADE! OK, I’ll play along… maybe THE TRADE did put “butts in seats.”   I just…

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on September 1, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Dodgers defeated the Pirates 6-4.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Top 5 Moments of 2016-Kenley Jansen Breaks Dodger Save Record

It may have been a blip on the calendar to some of you, but on June 20, 2016 Right handed super closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 162nd career save to overtake Eric Gagne and become the Dodger’s all-time franchise save leader. It was so much more than a blip as it marked the peak of an incredible career and talent. Jansen went from a Mendoza line hitting catcher in the minor…

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Happy Thanksgiving Dodger Fam!

I know it’s been a bit slow over here over the last couple of weeks. However the hot stove is in a stand still until the owners and players agree upon a new collective bargaining agreement. The old CBA is due to expire on December 1st. So until that happens there is very little activity. The winter meetings are scheduled from December 4-8, and it would seem unlikely for a…

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Snail Pace Hot Stove and other Tidbits

The hot stove has started and predictably the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. We all know that Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents. I feel with each passing day another team can get in there and take them away just like with Zack Greinke. Baseball can be a fluid sport and next season a new team could rise up. The Cleveland Indians rose up this…

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The Dodgers Have To Do More in 2017

It’s hard to judge the Dodger’s 2016 season as a success or a failure. The 2016 season was a roller coaster ride of frustrating and heroic moments all rolled into one. There were ups, and there were downs, and there were moments of accomplishments. Unfortunately the moments of frustration probably outweighed the moments of achievement. The season ended with the Dodgers unable to win the pennant again. This time they…

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Vin Scully to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Vin Scully, the beloved former broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama on November 22. From the official White House press release: “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant…

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Dave Roberts Wins NL Manager of The Year

The baseball writers association of America has announced that Dodger’s manager Dave Roberts has won the National League manager of the year award. Roberts received 16 first place votes and 108 total votes. The first year skipper edged out second place finisher Joe Maddon who got 8 first place votes and 80 votes overall. Rounding out the top five was Washington manager and former Dodger player Dusty Baker. The veteran…

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The Dodgers Have a Huge Hole To Fill at Second Base, and It Better Not Be With Kike Hernandez

The Dodgers recently dealt veteran second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Phillies for former minor league farmhand Darnell Sweeney and part time slugger Darin Ruf. Kendrick was acquired in 2014 for pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. Kendrick spent just two years in Dodger blue. That means the trade of Dee Gordon was not only a disaster, but pointless as well. Despite getting nothing of value in return for Gordon (Chris Hatcher,…

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Aug 23, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) and third baseman Justin Turner (10) celebrate their 9-5 win over the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

And The Dance Begins: Jansen, Turner Just Say No To Dodgers

The Dodgers just missed the 2016 World Series, but you would be hard pressed to find someone who would argue that was because of Justin Turner or Kenley Jansen. In fact, the boys in blue advanced as far as they did because of the work that Jansen and Turner put in this past season. The Dodgers extended mediocre qualifying offers to the two (one year, with less than 10% raises),…

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Dodgers Trade Howie Kendrick To Phillies For Nothing of Value

In a somewhat unsurprising move the Dodgers have traded second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick to the Phillies in exchange for a minor leaguer, and a part time first baseman. The two players acquired in the deal are right handed hitter Darin Ruf, and former Dodger farmhand Darnell Sweeney. The veteran Kendrick was reportedly unhappy about his usage during last season.  That’s not unexpected since the Dodgers played him in left field for…

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Let’s Make a New Plan, Stan!

You don’t need to be coy, Roy… When Guggenheim Partners took over the Dodgers on April 30, 2012, Stan Kasten took over as team President and at the end of August, 2012 the Dodgers completed the largest trade in franchise history, acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a nine-player trade in which they took on more than a quarter of a billion dollars in salary. Magic Johnson…

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