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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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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The Dodgers Have To Do More in 2017

November 21, 2016

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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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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Dodgers Need Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill And a Little Luck To Win NLCS

October 21, 2016

The Dodgers were historically pathetic on Thursday evening after their 8-4 loss to the Cubs in game 5 of the NLCS. The Dodgers lost game 4 by a 10-2 score, meaning they were outscored 18-6 in games 4 and 5. During perhaps the most important games of the season the Dodgers went out like meek little girls instead of paper tigers. Lackluster performances from starting pitchers Julio Urias, and Kenta Maeda put…

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The Dodgers Win the Pennant Because Adrian Gonzalez

October 18, 2016

No matter what else happens, Adrian Gonzalez has already become the first and the largest reason the Dodgers will win the NLCS and take the pennant. Sorry, Cubbies. Just as Kirk Gibson arose in 1988, Adrian Gonzalez has taken the 2016 reins, and is showing the Dodgers and their fans that the Cubs can be beat, and this is the team to do it. The venerable Vin Scully called Gonzalez “the…

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How Dave Roberts Could Have Won Game 1 And Can Win All The Others

October 16, 2016

It was a simple solution. Manager Dave Roberts should have started Andrew Toles in left field. In fact, Toles should be starting every game until he shows he shouldn’t be out there. Because if there is one place that Andrew Toles belongs in a Dodgers playoff game, it aint the bench. Ever since Toles joined the team, he’s been showing flashes of baseball brilliance. At the very least, he has proven to…

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Clayton Kershaw Turned in an Orel Hershiser Effort To Get The Dodgers To The NLCS

Clayton Kershaw
October 14, 2016

The thrilling and emotionally draining 5-game National League Division Series ended in incredible victory for the Dodgers after their 4-3 win over the Nationals on Thursday night. The game ended up becoming one of the greatest in postseason history and the Dodgers were on the winning end of it. The amazing seventh inning rally from the Dodgers put them ahead by a 4-1 score. Joc Pederson’s solo home run that…

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You Want to Honor Vin Scully? Let LA Watch Him on Free TV

August 31, 2016

The Dodgers just announced “Vin Scully Weekend”, which will be held Sept. 23-25 at Dodger Stadium. Over that weekend the Dodgers will pay tribute to the man who has been the golden voice of summer in Los Angeles for 67 years. But here’s the rub. Scully hasn’t really been heard by everyone for 67 years. That’s because the Dodgers’ television broadcasts have been blacked out to more than half of…

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Colin Kaepernick, Jackie Robinson and Me

August 29, 2016

I wasn’t going to get involved in the Colin Kaepernick controversy at all. I had my reasons. The first is, I don’t care that much about the 49s or what happens in preseason football. Secondly, tossing your two-cents into a nation-wide social media battle is not the best way to make friends, and you may end up losing some. Third, I was pretty sure Kaepernick’s hill wasn’t the one I wanted to plant…

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I Don’t Know What To Do About Josh Reddick

August 27, 2016

First of all, a lot has happened since I checked in, things naturally get overwhelming, life moves in mysterious ways but I am ready for writing to be fun again, and thanks to this space I am fully ready for that to be the case again. Since we’re on the topic of ‘fun things’ maybe it’s time to talk about Josh Reddick one more time. Expectations for the left handed hitter rose…

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The Case Against Josh Reddick (batting clean up)

August 19, 2016

Time and time again Josh Reddick came up with runners in scoring position in last night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. In a pattern that has become increasingly frustrating for participants and spectators alike, Reddick flopped. The Dodgers didn’t lose the game because of that, but let’s be clear about something: Reddick’s failings at the plate made it much more difficult for the team to win. I’ve mentioned my feelings…

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Yasiel Puig Posts Videos, Dodgers’ World Explodes

August 9, 2016

Do you remember the firestorm surrounding Yasiel Puig the day the Dodgers flew to Colorado and he was not on the plane? It turned out to be a false firestorm, but it burned white-hot on the net and social media. In case you missed that incident, some reporter “broke the story” that Puig “stormed off” from the airport after being denied entrance to the team’s plane. That all turned out…

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The Top Five Moments Of The Dodgers’ 2016 Season

July 12, 2016

It’s the All-Star break. While others argue over whether this is truly the halfway point of the season, let’s take a quick look at the Top 5 Moments from the Dodgers’ wild, wacky, and sometimes winning, first half of the season. 1 The Opening Weekend  pounding of the San Diego Padres. Just like any home-grown, die-hard, dipped in Dodger Blue fan, I always believe on Opening Day that my team…

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On Smart Sabermetrics and Stupid Lineups

June 16, 2016

The machinations behind the Dodgers daily line ups absolutely baffle me. Let’s use yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks as an example. On one hand, the Dodgers made a smart move by dropping Adrian Gonzalez down to fifth in the batting order. I’ve called for that for the past few weeks. We all know Agone has been one of the premier clean up men in his career, but let’s keep it…

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