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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Take off the Handcuffs!

November 27, 2016

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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Let’s Make a New Plan, Stan!

November 11, 2016

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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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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All Arms on Deck For Game 5

October 13, 2016

Legacies are on the line today during the crucial game 5 of the NLDS between the Nationals and the Dodgers. One team will be moving on to face the Cubs in the NLCS and one team will go fishing. The Nationals have and Dodgers have been snake bitten in the NLDS.  One team will shed that label and one will have to answer a lot of questions. Rich Hill 0-1…

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A Yasmani Grand(al) Slam Lifts Dodgers Over The Rockies 7-4

September 22, 2016

After an emotional series, the Dodgers sent the fading Giants down south, beaten and limping, to face the Padres. Tonight they welcomed the “meh” Rockies. Could the boys in blue keep up the fire necessary to close out the run to the NL West title? 1st inning A perfect inning for Brett Anderson. 2nd inning The Rockies drew first blood, scoring 3 fast runs on 4 singles. Dodgers Yasmani Grandal…

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Rich Hill is Going To Allow a Run At Some Point

September 15, 2016

Odds are that Rich Hill is going to allow a run at some point. Until then it’s a lot of fun watching him pitch. Could we possibly have another situation where he’s pulled from another no-hitter or perfect game? Speaking of pulled, the Dodgers pulled out a tough rain soaked 2-0 win over the Yankees on Wednesday evening to take two out of three in the Bronx. Clayton Kershaw looked like the…

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Rumble in the Bronx

September 14, 2016

The Los Angeles Dodgers struggled once again against lefties yesterday and followed it up with a predictable 3-0 loss.  The Dodgers had their right handed line-up against the New York Yankees C.C. Sabathia who turned into the Sabathia of old against the boys in blue. The Dodgers hoped to rebound in the rubber match with Clayton Kershaw taking the mound. This was a matinee affair with Michael Pineda on the mound for the Bronx Bombers….

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The Return of Kershaw

September 9, 2016

The much anticipated return of Clayton Kershaw happened as the Los Angeles Dodgers started Game 1 of this ten game road trip against Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins. This road trip will span three cities in ten days. Kershaw was making his first appearance since June 26th. Kershaw came into the game 11-3 with a 1.89 ERA. The Dodgers were riding a five game winning streak. Jose Fernandez came…

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What it All Boils Down to…

Dodgers Flag
August 8, 2016

Like it or not, I’m back (at least for a day)!  For the record, I may or may not re-start LA Dodger Talk.com.  Also, for the record, I have absolutely no problem with anyone disagreeing with me.  Just back it up.  I was going to explain this to you, but Dodgerpatch already said it best: Mark gets impatient with repetitive foolishness, as do I. You don’t hesitate to repeat endlessly…

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The Yasiel Puig Conundrum

August 3, 2016

  The mercurial Yasiel Puig was demoted to the minors yesterday after the Dodgers unsuccessful attempts to trade him. We all know the narrative, he splashed in the scene a few years back with the moniker “The Wild Horse.” His attitude left a lot to be desired and his OPS during the last few seasons has sunk like the Titanic. A story was reported that he stormed off when hearing…

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Dave Roberts is Making a Big Mistake Sitting Joc Pederson Tonight

May 9, 2016

The Los Angeles Dodgers are opening an important four-game series against the New York Mets tonight. It’s the first time the two clubs will face each other since the Mets defeated Don Mattingly‘s Dodgers in last year’s NLCS. They may be new-manager Dave Roberts‘ Dodgers now, but his first lineup against the Mets is taking a page out of Mattingly’s playbook. Roberts is starting almost all right handers against LH…

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Dodgers Add Outfield Depth With Two Prospects From Cleveland

April 11, 2016

The battered and depleted Los Angeles Dodgers need some help to bolster an outfield that was once considered top-heavy, with too many players to choose from. Andre Ethier, Alexander Guerrero and Carl Crawford all sit on the disabled list.  Scott Van Slyke injured himself during the disastrous weekend series in San Francisco, and is now listed as day-to-day. Some kind of help had to come from somewhere, and that’s where…

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More Annoying Injuries For The Dodgers

Brett Anderson
March 26, 2016

This has been a miserable spring for the Dodgers, and it keeps getting worse. The reason for the misery has been a slew of injuries. Now the Dodgers have three more injured players to add to the growing list. The severity of these injuries is yet to be determined. Outfielder Yasiel Puig is reported to have left hamstring tightness and was a late scratch from Saturday’s game against the White Sox. Apparently…

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The Dodger Defense Has Disappeared

Adrian Gonzalez
March 25, 2016

The Dodgers have been having a pretty miserable spring. They just lost Andre Ethier for three months because of a fractured tibia after he fouled a ball off of his shin. Ethier is just one of numerous injuries, most are to the pitching staff. Corey Seager has a strained knee ligament, and we’re probably stuck watching Brandon Beachy pitch for the first few weeks of the season. As a matter of fact…

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Dodgers Drop Seventh Straight Cactus League Game

Alex Wood
March 23, 2016

I didn’t expect for the Dodgers to come out guns blazing on Tuesday night after hearing the depressing news of Andre Ethier’s fractured tibia. However the club looked demoralized as they dropped their seventh straight Cactus League game losing to the Royals 3-1 at Surprise Stadium. Boy do the boys in Blue have the blues. It was another lackluster outing from Alex Wood, who allowed three earned runs on six…

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