Found March 24, 2012 on Feelin' Kinda Blue:
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Friday there are three groups left in the Dodgers' ownership race: the Magic Johsnon/Stan Kasten group, the Steve Cohen/Patrick Soon-Shiong group St. Louis Rams' owner Stan Kroenke.The Cohen group emerged as the favorite on Sunday when Soon-Shiong decided to join Cohen in his attempt to purchase the team.The dates remain unchanged, as this should all be settled by April 6 at the latest. From Shaikin's article:"Major League Baseball owners are expected to vote on the three remaining bidders early next week. Final negotiations then would take place with Frank McCourt and Blackstone Advisory Partners, the investment bank brokering the sale.McCourt has agreed to identify a winning bidder by April 1, although he has until April 6 to present a sale agreement to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court."The Dodgers are expected to sell for a record price -- somewhere north of $1.5 billion -- but the parking lots and Dodger Stadium itsel...

Ellis taking advantage of opportunity

A.J. Ellis walked into Manager Don Mattingly's office at the end of last season to tell him something. "I want to let you know I want to be your opening-day catcher," Ellis said. The 30-year-old career minor leaguer, who is on the verge of fulfilling his goal, recalled his conversation with Mattingly after the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians in...

Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Notes: Lilly Iffy, Sellers 60%, Hawksworth Setback

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Kemp homers, drives in four; Dodgers top White Sox

Matt Kemp homered among his three hits and had four RBIs and Dee Gordon also had three hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Chicago White Sox 17-4 Friday. The game was played in Tucson to raise money for the fund set up to honor Christina-Taylor Green, the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green. Christina was one of the victims of the shooting Jan. 8, 2011, in which former Arizona...

Speedy Dee Gordon spurs Dodgers to win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Cruz is impressing the Dodgers with his many skills. Dee Gordon's speed is amazing to all. Gordon led off the game with a bunt single and scored a run and Cruz hit a two-run triple as Los Angeles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday. "He's interesting," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Cruz. "Again, we've talked about...

Who’s More Popular in L.A. Now: The Dodgers or The Galaxy?

Who’s more popular in the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S. now, the Dodgers or the Galaxy? Sounds like a silly question, maybe laughable-years ago, but now, it may not be as obvious as some people would think. Yes, the Dodgers have seating for more than 50,000 per for 81 home games, while the Galaxy only seat just over 20,000 for a possible 20 home games. And the...

Troncoso designated for Belisario, Lindblom competes for final spot, Hairston worries Mattingly

Ramon Troncoso was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers to make room for Ronald Belisario, who has to serve his suspension while on the 40-man roster. The Dodgers are off on Thursday, but they did make one roster move. Ronald Belisario, who was on the restricted list all of last season, was reinstated, and to

Indians edged by speedy Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Luis Cruz is impressing the Dodgers with his many skills. Dee Gordon's speed is amazing to all. Gordon led off the game with a bunt single and scored a run and Cruz hit a two-run triple as Los Angeles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday. "He's interesting," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Cruz. "Again, we've talked about...

Harang on chemistry

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Torre returns to job as EVP of MLB

Joe Torre has returned to the job of Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations less than three months after he resigned the post to join a group trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement in a release Friday. Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-10, then retired and joined MLB in February 2011 as a top aide...

Bidding war for Dodgers down to three groups

The bidding war for the Los Angeles Dodgers is reportedly down to three, according to the Los Angeles Times, and a winner will be announced next week.Groups, lead by billionaires Steven Cohen and Patrick Soon-Shiong, NBA Hall of Famer Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Stan Kasten, and by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, are the final three candidates to claim the popular franchise...

Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 Season Preview: Center Field

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Things are Funner When You Have Great Friends.

The generosity of the blogging community never ceases to amaze me. I spotted a nice, numbered (353/599) card of one Clayton Kershaw over at Things are Funner Here., and proceeded to leave a comment saying I'd be interested in working out a deal for it. It slipped my mind thereafter, and I would have entirely forgotten about it. I would have, had it not arrived at my doorstep...

Dodgers 5, Indians 4

Dee Gordon had two hits and scored a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Saturday Gordon led off the first with a bunt single. He was timed racing down the first base line in 3.79 seconds. A time of 4.0 seconds is considered very fast. Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano gave up six hits and two runs in five innings. He had five strikeouts. Cleveland starter...

Dodgers ownership candidates down to 3 + MLB, Fox Sports, Jamie McCourt object

The amount of bidders in the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership saga was recently cut to three, setting up a showdown that is set to be resolved on April 1st. The three finalists: a group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and Los Angeles billionaire and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong; a group led by Magic Johnson and

Padres could serve as consolation prize

The ownership turmoil began with a divorce. The payroll shrank by tens of millions of dollars. Then wealthy, powerful people came together and booted someone from their fraternity. No, this isn't about the Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt. We're talking about the other National League franchise in Southern California. The San Diego Padres will never be as popular or...
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