Posted October 22, 2012 on
Japanese high school pitcher Shohei Otani is skipping the NPB for MLB and the Dodgers should make signing him a top priority.

Shohei Otani elects for free agency, Dodgers a possible destination

Get used to the name Shohei Otani, folks. You'll be hearing it for a long time. The Japanese right-hander today announced he will pursue a career in Major League Baseball. What makes this situation different is he's just 18 years old. Usually, Japanese players are bound to play for the Nippon Professional Baseball League until their mid-to-late-20s, so to get a player...

Shohei Otani, Japanese high school phenom pitcher, opts for career in MLB + Dodgers status

Shohei Otani, the fire-balling high school Japanese pitching phenom, has opted for a career in the MLB, according to the Associated Press. Otani, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who has thrown a fastball between 99 and 100 mph, has been scouted by several major league teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The 18-year-old Otani said “I think I will start in the minor...

Trade With Collector's Crack: Old-School Kershaw, Chrome-y Wright, and Lots o' Ginter.

I completed my sixth trade with Mark from Collector's Crack. You can check out the first here, second here, third here, fourth here, and fifth here. Mark inquired about two cards from my box of 2012 Allen & Ginter, and he sent along a pair of nice cards for a couple of player collections as well as some Ginter help in return.First up, a new Clayton Kershaw, which is always...

Carl Crawford's Five-Bedroom Wellesley Mansion With Indoor Batting Cage On the Market for $2,990,000 (Photos)

Carl Crawford not only left this town with a sour taste in its mouth, he also left a pretty impressive abode that can no be yours for a hefty sack of greenbacks. Crawford's Wellesley mansion is on the market just under $3 million, according to The home, located in a gated street, boasts five bedroom and sox full bathrooms. Not to mention a barbershop, a game room...

Nick Punto Attends Game 6 of NLCS as Spectator, Cheers on Ex-Cardinals Teammates (Photos)

This time last year, Nick Punto was helping the Cardinals win the National League Championship Series en route to their World Series victory. One year later, he's back at the NLCS –– but solely as a spectator. Since the Dodgers failed to make the postseason, Punto decided to snag tickets to Game 6 at AT&T Park and cheer on his former St. Louis teammates...

Dodgers need to steer clear of the A-Rod, Yankees' mess

I never thought I'd be writing about Alex Rodriguez on this blog. I never thought the media would ramp up such ridiculous rumors. OK, I lied about that last part. The fact is, the Dodgers showed their financial strength this season with a flurry of acquisitions and ungodly amounts of money being added to the payroll. I guess it makes sense for the media to assume Los Angeles...

Who wants Carl Crawford’s $2.9 million Boston home?

Mariners hire Hansen as new hitting coach

The Seattle Mariners announced Dave Hansen as their new hitting coach on Monday, the Seattle Times reported. Hansen, who was fired as the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, is a former Mariners infielder. He was the only coach on the Dodgers' Don Mattingly-led staff who was not kept. Hansen, 43, replaces Chris Chambliss, who was let go at the end of the season. The Mariners...
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