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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Justified!

Dodgers Clinch
October 2, 2016

If we go back to Spring Training and then through April to mid-September, most comments were that the Dodgers would not win enough games this year.  Except for Kershaw, nearly every pitcher on this staff has been much maligned.  Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson were maligned because they were injured.  Kazmir was maligned because of course he was, as was Maeda for “potential injury issues.” But, when the Dodger signed…

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Scott Kazmir takes the Hill

September 23, 2016

The Brett Anderson experiment panned out yesterday for the Dodgers thanks to the theatrics of Yasmani Grandal.  Another injury riddled pitcher takes the mound tonight in Scott Kazmir as will put his claim on the battle for the Number #4 starter.  The Dodgers will be going for their third win a row and will try to lower their magic number.  Tonight will be a special night indeed. Game time 710…

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Dodgers Rotation Needs Stability

August 23, 2016

The Dodgers pitching rotation has been a merry go round. I want to call the rotation the “Mash Unit” because they always seem to be in the E.R.. The bullpen and hot bats have kept the season afloat. But now as the Dodgers hold a one game lead over the “Hated Ones” in the NL West and embark on their quest to make the postseason pitching is going to be…

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Got Lousy Pitching? Just Hit Plenty of Homers. Dodgers win 18-9

August 22, 2016

Several Dodgers rocked old-timey, striped, high socks for today’s early game. Would the throwback-inspired socks work some Dodger blue magic? Spoiler Alert: You bet they did!  1st inning Chase Utley and Corey Seager singled. Then the butter and eggs man, Adrian Gonzalez blasted a 3-run home run. 3-0 (The following video shows all three of Gonz’s homers for the day) Andrew Toles sac flied for an RBI – on a…

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Morning Dodger Baseball: Kazmir vs. Bailey in Series Finale

Scott Kazmir
August 22, 2016

This is the earliest Dodger game you will watch this year. With a start time of 9:10 AM PST/12:10 PM EST the game will be over before lunch on the west coast. So grab your coffee and wake up early for some Dodger baseball in the morning. It’s a happy morning for the Dodgers as they wake up back in first place. Rookie phenom Julio Urias gave the club something…

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Adrian Gonzalez’s 5 RBIs Power Dodgers to 7-2 Win

August 17, 2016

Sure, the first place Dodgers pounded the Phillies last night, but the boys did not come out of the gates scoring. They didn’t score a run until the fifth inning. Yesterday’s pitcher, Kenta Maeda only gave up one run through five innings, holding the Phillies down long enough for the Dodgers to get on the board. If necessary, would Scott Kazmir be able to do the same tonight? 2nd inning…

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First Place Dodgers put Kazmir on the mound

Scott Kazmir
August 17, 2016

Chase Utley returned to Philadelphia yesterday and cracked the liberty bell in grand style belting a two run dinger followed by a grand slam en route to a 15-5 drubbing of the fightin phils.  The Giants also lost 4-3 to the Pirates which propelled the Dodgers to First place in the NL West by a 1/2 game.  The Dodgers are actually playing 500 ball on the road thanks to the victory….

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Dodgers fall back into second place

August 10, 2016

Fresh off 9-3 homer fest victory over the Phillies last night which put the Dodgers in a virtual deadlock for First place in the NL West with “The Hated Ones.”  The Dodgers this afternoon completed their three game series with the Phillies.  Let’s get straight to the bad news. The Giants won earlier today 1-0 over the Marlins, so the Dodgers had to keep pace to stay atop the Division.  By…

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It’s Moving Day For Dodgers and Giants!

August 10, 2016

The day of reckoning for the Giants has arrived. Today is moving day! This is the day where the Dodgers take over sole possession of first place in the NL West, pushing the sad sack Giants back into second place where they belong. Get comfy Giants; you’re going to be there for the rest of the season. Hopefully. Pack up your troubles San Francisco, because after Tuesday night’s 9-3 Dodger win over…

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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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Ross Stripling and All-Righty Lineup vs. Boston

Ross Stripling
August 6, 2016

Scott Kazmir getting bombed in last night’s 9-0 blowout loss to the Red Sox was about as exciting as watching paint dry. I’m no Nostradamus but it doesn’t take a clairvoyant to figure out that Kazmir was going to get lit up like a Christmas tree. The next guy to get lit up like a Christmas tree will be this afternoon’s starter Ross Stripling who was called up this afternoon after Bud…

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Dodgers Get Knuckle Sandwiched, Lose 9-0

August 5, 2016

The Dodgers opened their home stand against the Boston Red Sox tonight. There was lots of fanfare around the game, as the Sox’s visit to LA brought the farewell tour of Big Papi, David Ortiz. There was a warm welcome and some reunions for Papi before the game. Adrian Gonzalez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, were all Big Papi’s teammates in Boston. BTW – The pitching matchup was Scott…

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