Old Friends Eric Gagne, Russell Martin Join Team Canada in World Baseball Classic

No sooner did we all hear about old friend Manny Ramirez returning to the diamond, when we got the news that another former, beloved Dodger is also heeding the come back call. Eric Gagne is planning to pitch for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Yesterday Sportsnet baseball columnist Shi Davidi reported the news, and I for one, am quite excited to see what Monsieur Gagne, now 41…

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Bellinger, Alvarez, De Leon Top Dodgers Prospects List

Baseball America released its Top Ten lists for baseball prospects yesterday, and here’s how BA ranked the Dodgers’ Top Ten Prospects: Cody Bellinger 1st base/OF Yadier Alvarez RHP Jose De Leon RHP Alex Verdugo OF Willie Calhoun 2nd base Andrew Toles OF Yusniel Diaz OF  Brock Stewart RHP Gavin Lux SS Austin Barnes C/2nd base The fruits of the Dodgers’ labor and selfish hoarding of prospects in their farm leagues…

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Dozier Deal Not Happening: Brock Stewart, Really?

We’re about two weeks away from the Dodger fan fest in which I eat way too many Dodger dogs and can’t find my car, and only about 5 weeks from the start of spring training. Once again the PR generated rumor mill is in full force with the Dodgers reportedly in on every player yet they never make a move. The Dodgers finally announced the signings of closer Kenley Jansen,…

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Old Friend Manny Ramirez Signs to Play Ball in Japan

Once the baseball bug gets inside of you, it never leaves. For some, who have achieved the pinnacle of success in the game, they never stop loving the roar of the crowd, the camaraderie of the locker rooms, and perhaps, dreaming of a return to the top. Former Dodger, Manny Ramirez, at the splendid age of 44, has signed to put on the cleats once again and play baseball in…

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Dodgers Adding Another Cuban: Is Jose Miguel Fernandez The Next Alexander Guerrero?

Perhaps that’s going a little far, after this Cuban second baseman is rated much higher than Guerrero was. Still the similarities are there. Jesse Sanchez is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing agreement with Cuban second baseman Jose Miguel Fernandez. The 28-year old infielder officially left Cuba in 2015 and was granted free agent status. The Dodgers signing unknown Cubans is nothing new to any of us. The Dodgers have…

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The Next Dodgers Question: Can Hyun-Jin Ryu Come Back?

After pitching in just one game over the past two seasons, many figured Hyun-Jin Ryu to be washed up and finished in the major leagues. According to Ryu’s agency, A-Spec Corp, he is continuing his rehab, and expecting to be ready for Spring Training 2017. Ryu is heading out to the island of Okinawa this week, to begin specialized training with Jang Min-Jae, a former teammate from his playing days…

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Go After Dozier

The Dodgers have taken care of most of their needs heading into next season. They surprised the heck out of me when they resigned Rich Hill, Justin Turner, and Kenley Jansen. They still need to sort out the outfield mess, get a bullpen arm, maybe add a dominant starter, and fill an opening at second base. They could resign Joe Blanton and keep the outfield as is with Andrew Toles,…

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Andrew Toles

Could Andrew Toles Bat Lead-off in 2017?

Andrew Toles was bagging groceries before the Dodgers reached out to him at the end of the 2015 season. The 24-year old outfielder had been jettisoned from the major leagues by the Tampa Bay Rays in March of 2015. The Dodgers signed him in September of that year as Andrew Friedman was familiar with the Georgia native after watching him play for his former club. Toles made his MLB debut…

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Top 5 Dodger Moments: Chase Utley and Dodgers Rally To Force NLDS Game 5

The 2016 season was filled with thrilling comebacks, rallies, decimating injuries and incredibly exciting moments. Even though the Dodgers fell short of their ultimate goal of ending this nasty now going on 29-year World Series drought, the season was a memorable one. One of the most memorable moments of the 2016 Dodgers season was the 5-game National league Division playoff series against the Washington Nationals. The series was a back…

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Charlie Culberson

Top 5 Dodger Moments of 2016: Charlie Culberson’s Division Clinching Blast

When the Dodgers acquired slick fielding infielder Charlie Culberson from the free agent pool last winter, we all laughed a little. The 27-year old former Rockie was entering his fourth MLB season. Culberson had garnered 23 plate appearances for the Giants in 2012 before spending the next two seasons with Colorado. He was just the type of player that Andrew Friedman and his sidekick Farhan Zaidi loved. Culberson was cheap,…

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Here are the Very Interesting Details of Justin Turner’s New Contract

We’ve heard about it for a while, and today the details of Justin Turner‘s new contract hit the wires. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers have awarded Turner four years and $64 million dollars. Here’s how it all breaks down: $4M signing bonus $12M in 2017 $11M in 2018 $18M in 2019 $19M in 2020 Turner will receive $1M each time (if) he’s traded, and he’s giving…

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Kike Hernandez

Could Kike Become The Most Punch-less Dodger Ever?

Far be it from me to bring up something negative during the cheery holiday season, with Christmas just a week away and all. I still have to get this down on record before spring training camp breaks in February. With all of the “talks” and keep in mind that’s all they are at this point, of the Dodgers acquiring second baseman Brian Dozier from the Twins, I have to wonder…

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DODGERS ANNOUNCE 2017 MINOR LEAGUE COACHING STAFFS

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the coaching staffs for their minor league affiliates for the 2017 season: Triple-A Oklahoma City                                                     Season(s) with Dodger Organization Manager – Bill Haselman                                                                                                        4th Pitching Coach – Matt Herges                                                                                                  7th Hitting Coach – Shawn Wooten                                                                                                4th 4th Coach – Luis Matos                                                                                                           3rd Double-A Tulsa Manager – Ryan Garko                                                                                                           2nd Pitching Coach – Bill Simas                                                                                                     7th…

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Is Don Mattingly Trying to Build the “Dodgers East” in Miami?

In case you haven’t noticed, the Miami Marlins, led on the field by former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, have a bad case of “L.A. creep”, and are quietly transforming into the Dodgers East. When Mattingly and the Dodgers parted ways, one of the first things he tried to do was bring his L.A. coaching staff along with him to Florida. I get that. Plenty of relocating managers try to coax…

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Uncharted Territory

A few years ago, some of you were saying that Arte Moreno was going to own LA after his signings of  Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. What the Angels did is actually the antithesis of how you build a winner.  Two bad contracts have hamstrung them.  I believe that when Friedman came to LA he wanted to blow it up like Theo did in Chi-town. That’s every baseball President’s dream. Alas, Kasten…

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Common Sense Prevails in Dodger Land

Common sense finally prevailed within the Dodger’s front office as the club reportedly put the finishing touches on the 4-year 64 million dollar agreement with third baseman Justin Turner. The completion of Turner’s deal means that the Dodgers have signed all 3 of their top free agents, Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill, and Justin Turner. This is a huge change of strategy for the Dodger brain trust. Head of baseball operations Andrew Friedman…

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