Posted March 28, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Matt Kemp
TEAMS: Los Angeles Dodgers
National Baseball Expert Frankie Piliere previews the Dodgers right here. Piliere discusses Matt Kemp and his expectations for LA in 2012. Find out his predictions in this video straight from Dodgers spring training in Arizona.

Javy Guerra provides stability in Dodgers' bullpen

PEORIA, Ariz. As a minor leaguer, Javy Guerra was used to watching opening-day ceremonies on television. In a little more than a week, he'll be part of one. "I don't think I've ever been more excited for the start of a season," Guerra said. Guerra, 26, is the Dodgers' closer. Around this time last year, he was on his way to double-A Chattanooga. He made...

Los Angeles Dodgers: Second chances…and a questionable third

The optimism coming from the Dodgers spring training complex is starting to border on the obnoxious. Mark Ellis may start 2012 with double seconds - he will start at second base and bat second in the line-up. True, the off season provided a jolt of adrenaline as Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award, star outfielder Matt Kemp signed the richest contract in National League history...

What Two Billion Dollars Will Buy

Los Angeles Dodgers fans and all baseball fans are sighing with relief that the team has new owners (subject to league approval which is still pending). No one will be sad to see the Frank McCourt era come to an end. Unfortunately, that dandy dandelion will still end up smelling like a rose as Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC won the ownership sweepstakes with a whopping sale price...

Padres 6, Dodgers 5

Matt Kemp is getting comfortable with his swing at just the right time. The runner-up to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for NL MVP last season, Kemp doubled and had two RBIs as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-5 to a split squad of San Diego Padres on Tuesday. ''I feel great,'' Kemp said. ''We're getting to that point where you have to start concentrating...

Jose Canseco offers to play for Los Angeles Dodgers for free

    Yesterday we found out a group of investors that includes NBA legend Magic Johnson won the bid to purchase Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers. With the news came expected congratulatory remarks directed towards Johnson, many to his Twitter account. Former major league player Jose Canseco was among those who reached out to [...]

Rivera has big day in Dodgers' loss to Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Juan Rivera homered, doubled and singled for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to a split squad of San Diego Padres. Rivera hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and an RBI double during a three-run seventh against Micah Owings. Matt Kemp doubled and drove in two runs for the Dodgers and Andre Ethier had two hits, including an RBI triple....

Andrew Zimbalist Says What We’re All Thinking

In this article about the Dodgers sale (which raises some of the same questions I’m having about the price), Andrew Zimbalist says this about Frank McCourt: “It’s problematic,” Zimbalist said. “He was looking for some kind of ongoing income stream and he got it. Here’s a guy who borrowed practically all the money to buy the team for $430 million and now he’s selling...

Dodgers 4, White Sox 3

Dodgers leadoff man Dee Gordon stole two more bases and Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Monday. The Dodgers trailed 3-2 when Gordon led off the sixth inning with a bunt single, swiped second, continued to third on a throwing error by the catcher and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Hairston Jr. Gordon has 10 steals in spring training. Jerry Sands hit an RBI single...

Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 Season Preview: Starting Pitcher

Clayton Kershaw What more can I say about Clayton Kershaw other than that he has perhaps the brightest future of any player in baseball – and has already had more success than most -  and all at just 24 years of age? Entering 2011, Kershaw was coming off of two 4+ WAR seasons (4.1, 4.7),

Magic Johnson’s group wins Dodgers bidding for $2 billion, Frank McCourt profits

Dodgers fans rejoiced Tuesday night when it was revealed the ownership group fronted by Magic Johnson won the bidding to purchase the team. Their $2 billion winning bid blew away any previous amount paid for a North American sports franchise. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross paid $1.1 billion for his franchise in 2009 while the next highest amount for an MLB team was $845 million for...

Dodgers sale has NFL owners drooling

They might not know a curve ball from a curl pattern, but NFL owners were understandably excited Wednesday by the news from Major League Baseball. Owners hustled to waiting limousines at around noon, as the NFL concluded its annual meetings, but many paused to seek out reporters to confirm the news that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been sold for a shade over $2 billion to a group...

2012 season preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

After a year of tumult with the status of the Dodgers ownership, the team finally has ownership in place in the Stan Kasten/Magic Johnson group. With that issue settled, all of the focus can turn to the on-field product, where the Dodgers return NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and NL MVP runner-up Matt Kemp. Put those two on any team, with any supporting cast, and you've at...

Magic Johnson's Ownership Group Wins Auction for Dodgers, Jose Canseco Already Looking for Job

Magic Johnson spent much of his NBA career making others around him better. Los Angeles Dodgers fans are hoping that the Hall of Famer can do the same thing for their baseball team as part of the franchise's new ownership group. Johnson and the rest of his ownership group won an auction to purchase the Dodgers on Tuesday night for a little more than $2 billion. The historic deal...

Report: MLB approves Dodgers finalists

Major League Baseball owners have unanimously approved the three remaining groups bidding to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt, setting up a final private auction for the bankrupt team. A person familiar with the call, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made, said the vote took place during a teleconference Tuesday. McCourt and his advisers...

Economists think Magic Johnson’s group overpaid for the Dodgers, but should fans care?

As the excitement from getting out from under Frank McCourt‘s reign dies down a bit, we’ll have to start analyzing exactly what the hell just happened, both good and bad. Well, in an effort to do exactly that, Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles talked to economists about the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers
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