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Ellis channels former champion teammates in adapting to bench role

After working his way up to becoming a starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, A.J. Ellis has been relegated to a bench role this season, which has presented him with a new challenge. With persistence and hard work, Ellis became the Dodgers' starting backstop at age 31 in 2012, a post he held until this season after Los Angeles' new management acquired Yasmani Grandal from...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

The case for keeping Austin Barnes around when A.J. Ellis returns

A.J. Ellis is due back from the disabled list on Tuesday. Yay-J! That likely means the end Austin Barnes on the 25-man roster for the time being. But it shouldn’t be. Getting Ellis back will be nice, as he’s pretty much all you could want or expect out of a 34-year-old backup catcher (some more framing would be nice, but so would a lot of things). With Justin Turner out because...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 0: 3 hours of life you’re never getting back

Don Mattingly and A.J. Ellis (A.J. ELLIS!!!) got ejected from tonight’s game for arguing balls and strikes, which summarizes how erratic the zone was today. How much did it matter? Probably not much, as the Dodgers offense was limited to seven baserunners and got shutout by the trio of John Lackey, Kevin Siegrist, and Trevor Rosenthal. Mike Bolsinger came back to reality...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers player review: A.J. Ellis

In my first installment of player reviews for the Los Angeles Dodgers, I will be looking at catcher A.J. Ellis. In his third full season as the starting catcher of the Dodgers, Ellis had his worst offensive season of his career. The 33 year old catcher showed a lot of wear and tear throughout the season, only appearing in 93 games behind the plate for the Dodgers. Looking at the...
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jermaine Jones delivers 'first kick' for Dodgers

Your browser does not support iframes.U.S. men's soccer star Jermaine Jones was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Friday night's Los Angeles Dodgers game against San Diego. After throwing the pitch (which was actually not bad), Brian Wilson presented Jones with a soccer ball to give Jones a chance to showcase his real talent.Jones lined up to kick the ball towards...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Injury Update: A.J. Ellis heading to DL with ankle sprain

According to Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register, A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ankle. He hurt himself while celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter on Sunday.A.J. Ellis severely sprained his right ankle during the no-hitter celebration yesterday.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 26, 2014 #481635495 / gettyimages...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers' A.J. Ellis set to return today

The Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Miami Marlins last night by the score of 6-5. The win improved the Dodgers to 21-19, third in the National League West. Matt Kemp and Drew Butera each had two runs scored for the Dodgers. Butera, who has been filling in for A.J. Ellis behind the plate, is batting .234 with two home runs and six RBI. Ellis is due to return tonight following a...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s How A.J. Ellis Got Injured

When we learned yesterday that A.J. Ellis had injured his left knee, requiring surgery today, the question was inevitably: How? Ellis played a full game on Saturday, and taking a seat on Sunday didn’t seem out of the ordinary, since he’d played every inning of the season to that point. Now, Ellis was involved in a close play at the plate on Saturday, getting called out (and...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Ellis to have surgery on left knee for meniscus tear, what now?

In a reveal that seemingly came out of nowhere, the Dodgers official Twitter broke news that A.J. Ellis would be undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for a meniscus tear. He also underwent in operation for a meniscus tear in the same knee back in October of 2012. #Dodgers catcher AJ Ellis is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for a meniscus tear...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers need A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz to improve pitch-framing

Pitch framing is all the rage these days, thanks to advanced statistics and guys like Ben Lindbergh (Baseball Prospectus) and Jeff Sullivan (FanGraphs).I remember being taught a little about the art whilst playing baseball growing up. It's not as easy as some may think, but it's something that should be learned and catchers should at least attempt to improve as their careers progress...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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