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

January 15, 2017

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

January 14, 2017

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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Old Friend Manny Ramirez Signs to Play Ball in Japan

January 10, 2017

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

January 5, 2017

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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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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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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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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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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Happy Birthday, Walter Alston!

December 1, 2016

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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Vin Scully to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

November 16, 2016

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

November 14, 2016

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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Corey Seager Begins His Awards Season With Two Wins

November 10, 2016

Everyone in the Dodgers Nation knew Corey Seager was an outstanding rookie – It turns out all of his peers in the National League thought so as well. Yesterday Seager was named the winner of the 2016 Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie. This award is voted on and presented by the players themselves. It’s one thing to have the sportswriters to give an award, but it’s absolutely…

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Howie Kendrick says, “Trade Me”. I say, “Trade Him!”

November 9, 2016

In case you missed it because you were paying attention to the biggest presidential election of our time, there was Howie Kendrick news yesterday. Ken Rosenthal dropped the blue bombshell the Dodgers were looking to move Kendrick, possibly to the Angels or Phillies. According to Rosenthal’s  sources, Kendrick has been grumbling about his diminished role with the Dodgers at the close of 2016. Kendrick was certainly versatile for the team…

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Dodgers Dominate NL Awards Lists – Seager, Roberts, Maeda Top 3’s

November 7, 2016

In breaking news tonight, the Dodgers Nation has three big reasons to celebrate. Three members of the team sit prominently among the top three leaders in three postseason awards categories. Manager Dave Roberts has been named as a top three finalist in the running for NL Manager of the Year. The other finalists are Dusty Baker (Nationals) and Joe Maddon (Cubs). Roberts did not have an easy rookie year managing…

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