Found April 25, 2013 on
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One of the peculiar things in professional sports is the pay structure involved. Most other businesses have established pay schedules or rules of thumb that govern what we get paid. In professional sports (particularly baseball) a player can be Hall of Fame worthy, but his pay early in his career will be paltry. Suddenly, he enters arbitration and it skyrockets. The key for fans and fantasy players alike is not to adjust their expectations after a player gets his huge pay day.
Enter Matt Kemp. Kemp began an eight year 160 million dollar deal this past season following what should have been a MVP campaign in 2011 (sorry Ryan Braun fans). The temptation is to take his huge contract and his 2011 season and assume that Matt Kemp has arrived as a superstar. The problem is that the numbers don’t necessarily back that up.
For those that have been following the hold and fold series, you know that we use past numbers (read: not 2013) to determine whether a slumping player is really just slum...
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Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday night.
Billingsley, originally injured last August, is expected to be sidelined for a year but could start physical therapy in seven to 10 days, according to the LA Times.
Team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the 90-minute procedure.
In his only two starts of the 2013...
Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed starting pitcher Zack Greinke underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone in his non-throwing arm earlier this month. Greinke has recovered to the point where he'll be able to resume throwing early next week, according to Will Carroll of Bleacher Report.
Greinke is scheduled to throw early next week. Yes, you read that right.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez hopes to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week, according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times.
Hanley Ramirez hopes to go on a minor league rehabilitation assignment next week. Expects to play 3 games.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 24, 2013
Ramirez told reporters that he expects to spend three...
The Los Angeles Dodgers rotation received a big blow today as it was announced that starting pitcher Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John Surgery ending his season.
Near the end of last season there was a decision to be made whether Billinsgley would have Tommy John Surgery. The other option was getting prp (platelet-rich plasma) injections that could possibly prevent the need...
I came to watch the Titanic sink. And then I realized, oops, it's barely out of port.
The Dodgers indeed could wind up an epic fail. On Tuesday alone, they lost right-hander Chad Billingsley to Tommy John surgery and saw ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw do the unthinkable -- issue a two-out, bases-empty walk to a reliever making his first major league plate appearance, leading...
The “This Is SportsCenter” advertisements seem to be the only thing that ESPN churns out year after year and they are still fantastic. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw didn’t have to work too hard to create this one, but it is still one of the funnier and more creative ads that I have seen them make recently.
Juan Uribe's perfect day at the plate, with three walks and capped off by the game-winning RBI, earn the Dodgers a series victory against the Mets.
Jesmuel Valentin makes his 2013 debut and walks, Zach Lee struggles and Scott Van Slyke goes yard once again.
Brandon League really hasn't endeared himself to fans or those who questioned the 3-year, $22.5 million contract he signed this winter with the Dodgers.
He's currently worse than replacement level (-0.1 WAR) and not exactly inspiring confidence in his late-inning appearances. It's curious as to why that is.
League has always had a good fastball, in terms of velocity...
Lots of bacon getting saved tonight. Holy cow
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 25, 2013
Of course, Brandon League latter blew the save, so there’s that.
Andre Ethier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers, boosted by a sharp outing from Hyun-Jin Ryu, defeated the New York Mets 3-2 Thursday.
After Ryu and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner each threw seven impressive innings and left with the score 1-all, the Dodgers won a game decided by the bullpens.
Nick Punto opened the ninth with a double off Scott...
Only recently has the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense started coming around, though not soon enough to provide much support for Josh Beckett in any of his outings.
Los Angeles seeks a fourth victory in its last five tries Friday night in the opener of a three-game set against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, who have won nine of the last 11 meetings.
Since being acquired in a blockbuster...
I hate games like this.
When Jon Niese was hit in the ankle in the third inning by Mark Ellis and had to leave the game on Tuesday, with Clayton Kershaw on the other side, I was thinking, "well, this game is shot to hell, so I'll save my angst for what the Rangers do against the Panthers, or better yet I'll save my angst for a double dose of explosion on Thursday...