Dozier Deal Not Happening: Brock Stewart, Really?

January 13, 2017

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

January 9, 2017

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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Go After Dozier

January 4, 2017

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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Could Andrew Toles Bat Lead-off in 2017?

Andrew Toles
January 3, 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

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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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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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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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 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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Should The Dodgers Go After Andrew McCutchen?

Andrew McCutchen
December 1, 2016

The Pirates are rumored to be shopping franchise center fielder Andrew McCutchen. The question I am asking is if the Dodgers should be in on these trade discussions? Should the Dodgers go after McCutchen? With the free agent market nearly barren for position players and impact right handed bats, the Dodgers may have to get creative via trades to find that type of slugger, especially if they do not resign…

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Baseball Hot Stove: Why This Phrase is Used And What it Means

November 29, 2016

(Here’s some interesting history and tidbits on the origins of the term Hot Stove.) Baseball Hot stove is an interesting term which is often used to refer to the activities that happen off season or between seasons. When this term is used, it brings up images of baseball fans gathering around a hot stove to chatter during the winter season. This is often a convenient means of catching up with…

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