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Los Angeles Dodgers
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Continuing from this morning's season preview of the Dodgers...
Are the Dodgers really as good as their payroll suggests?
With a payroll of over $213 million, without counting the posting fee for Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers believe they have bought themselves a true World Series contender. The rest of the baseball world seems to believe that too because, well, how could a team that spent that much not be a championship caliber club?
But don't let the stacks of cash blind you, there is a possibility that the Dodgers aren't really that good. After all, there is a big difference between spending smart and spending because you can and when you dig deep, it seems that the Dodgers might fall into the latter category.
One of the more derided signings of the off-season was the three-year, $22.5 million contract they gave to Brandon League, who is hardly considered to be an elite closer and may, in fact, not be the best reliever on the team even. That is just one ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched at Camelback Ranch on Sunday -- the last day of my spring training trip. I was lucky enough to see him on that day.
While it started off rough, he ended up throwing a gem (by spring training standards).
Ryu gave up a run on three hits in the first inning, with little help from his defense. Luckily for Ryu, Adrian Gonzalez hit a 3-run home run in the first...
The legend of Yasiel Puig continues to grow, and speculation that he will start with the year with the Dodgers went from 0% just a week ago to … something non-0% recently, though the long-term question remains where he’ll end up playing for the team even if he does live up to the hype.
Sure, Carl Crawford is out for a week or two (or a month) and he could get injured again, but...
Javy Guerra has been optioned to AAA after a rough Spring in which he dealt with injury and has been limited to just a couple of appearances in-game. The Dodgers have a stacked pen and with Guerra’s injuries and struggles at times last year he was going to have to excel during Spring Training in order to secure a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Tony Gwynn, Jr. has also been assigned...
As news broke this morning of Hanley Ramirez's injury (out at least eight weeks), the reality of Juan Uribe remaining with the club became a virtual lock.
Manager Don Mattingly already said Luis Cruz would take over at shortstop for Ramirez, which makes a little sense, I suppose. But I'd rather see Dee Gordon take it and have Cruz remain at third base.
Dodgers designated hitter third baseman first baseman? shortstop Hanley Ramirez jammed his right thumb while diving for a groundball in the World Baseball Classic and he’ll get an MRI today at the Camelback Ranch.
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His manager and general manager give differing takes on the severity of it.
“I don’t think it’s bad,” Dominican coach Alfredo...
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
The nightmare has already begun for the Dodgers with the news that Hanley Ramirez will miss eight weeks after...
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a torn ligament in his thumb and will miss the next two months of action. His blow not only impacts the Dodgers, but fantasy owners as well at a position that is often times hard to find top tier talent at. For his fantasy baseball ranking, I knocked him down from the second ranked shortstop to number 11 and he now has...
TUCSON, AZ The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs wore their traditional blue and white uniforms as they played an exhibition game, won by Los Angeles, 5-4, with a crowd of over 11,000 in attendance.
The mood, however, was colored Green and the real winners were the memory of a little girl who had her life taken away in a most brutal and senseless fashion, and the city of Tucson...
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) and talk about the recent injury issues and one prospect who's dominating.
This is another abbreviated episode. We'll return to a full show for episode 30.
Hanley Ramirez is out for at least eight weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb. That's going to hurt the offense, but could improve...
With a rebuilt roster and a payroll soaring well beyond the $200 million mark, the Dodgers are loaded up to either make a World Series run or become one of the biggest high payroll busts in history. Which will it be?
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2013 Burning Question (1:30 PM)
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I find it fascinating that few bring up the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers when talking about the series of Dodgers teams that lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. The Dodgers won the NL Pennant in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956, losing to the Yankees in 5 of the 6 World Series. When those Dodgers teams are talked about, much is said about Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson,...
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) and I give a brief recap of our spring training trip. Don't worry, we'll have a more in-depth recap later this week or next Tuesday.
I got to see Hyun-Jin Ryu pitch in person. Aside from his shaky first inning, he was nails. It was his best performance of the spring.
We also talk about Carl ...