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

Chase Utley
December 31, 2016

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

Charlie Culberson
December 27, 2016

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

December 23, 2016

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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Could Kike Become The Most Punch-less Dodger Ever?

Kike Hernandez
December 23, 2016

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

December 21, 2016

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?

December 19, 2016

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

December 17, 2016

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

Justin Turner-10
December 15, 2016

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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JT and a Wedding Kept Kenley Jansen in Dodger Blue

December 12, 2016

The Dodgers’ nation let out a huge sigh of relief as the news spread that Kenley Jansen had agreed to stay a Dodger for the next five years (with an opt out clause after three years) for the nice, round figure of $80 million. What made him turn down more lucrative offers in places where the outfield grass might seem greener? I believe Kenley was influenced – and Dodger fans…

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Breaking: Kenley Jansen Remains in Dodger Blue

December 12, 2016

In news breaking across the wires, the Los Angeles Dodgers have retained Kenley Jansen, to the tune of five years and $80 million. He has an option to leave after three years. Over the past couple of weeks rumors have had Jansen and the Dodgers far apart as he weighed very attractive financial offers from the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. There was even speculation he would reunite with…

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Derrel Thomas, From the Penthouse to the Basement, and Back Again

December 11, 2016

Derrel Thomas experienced the heights of what baseball can offer as a number one draft pick, and reached the pinnacle when his Dodgers won the 1981 World Series. After his baseball career Thomas seemingly lost everything when he was implicated in a drug sting. I briefly met Thomas yesterday, and I’m happy to say, he has come full circle to once again represent the Dodgers with class and his warm…

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Remember That It’s Not Your Money

Kenley Jansen
December 9, 2016

The annual winter meetings came and went, ending on Thursday afternoon. All 30 MLB clubs were present to make deals and discuss trades as is the customary tradition every year around this time. Each team looks to the winter meetings as a way to upgrade their rosters. The winter meetings are not the end all or be all of the hot stove offseason, but it’s normally where the majority of…

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Check Mate

Stan Kasten
December 7, 2016

I get so annoyed with hearing that the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. Yet no moves get made. Then you hear about other teams in on players and those deals get done. Then I hear soundbites of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts saying the winter meetings are slow for him. Andrew Friedman says things like he thinks the winter meetings will be slow. Tell that to the…

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Dodgers Lock Rich Hill In For Three Years

December 5, 2016

The Dodgers and pitcher Rich Hill have agreed to terms. The southpaw will wear Dodger Blue for the next three years, and the team will pay Hill the big green to the amount of $48 million smackeroos. Here’s how it breaks down: He’ll receive an upfront signing bonus of $2 million. 2017: $12 million 2018: $16 million 2019: $18 million The contract is backloaded, so Hill must remain healthy if he…

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Dodgers Reportedly Nearing Agreement With Rich Hill, And it Makes Sense

Rich Hill
December 3, 2016

Reports are surfacing that the Dodgers are close to reaching an agreement with right handed starter Rich Hill. The Dodgers acquired Hill at the trade deadline this season from the Oakland A’s along with Josh Reddick for three top prospects, Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, and Jharel Cotton. While Reddick was pretty bad, Hill was pretty good. In 6 starts for the Dodgers he was 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA and…

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Dodgers Show Tenderness To Non-Tenders (Except Poor Louis Coleman)

Charlie Culberson
December 3, 2016

The Dodgers showed some touching tenderness to three non-tender candidates on Friday morning. The club announced they have signed contract extensions with outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke, infielder Charlie Culberson and right handed pitcher Chris Hatcher. Van Slyke had an injury riddled 2016, appearing in only 52 games and garnering just 113 plate appearances. He batted only .225 and hit just one home run while posting a .606 OPS. Historically…

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