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Dodgers betting Grandal's struggles in San Diego will pay off in L.A.

  The Padres’ top three starting pitchers preferred throwing to other catchers, so what happens if the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Co. also sour on Yasmani Grandal? The question is not unreasonable, considering Grandal’s fall from grace with the Padres and the strong relationships that the Dodgers’ A.J. Ellis maintains with Kershaw and the team’s other pitchers...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasmani Grandal May Want To Put the ‘Catch’ In Catcher

Yasmani Grandal is here for two reasons. One is that he can hit, and that he’s likely to hit better than ever in 2015. (And lest you think that this is me showing some bias, do remember that I wrote for ESPN about how he was a breakout candidate back in November, when he was still with the Padres.) The second thing is that he’s a pretty well-regarded pitch framer, which is important...
Via Dodgers Digest
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t fret about Yasmani Grandal from the right side

GLENDALE, Ariz. — If you just look at the stat line, you’d think Yasmani Grandal was a poor right-handed hitter. For his career, he owns a .225/.335/.379 line, and just five of his 24 career home runs have come from the right side. But Grandal said on Dodger Talk that he thinks he has more power from the right side. It makes sense, as most switch-hitters begin hitting right...
Via Dodgers Digest
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Position-by-position outlook at the Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s back. Baseball season is back. Pitchers and catchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers report for spring training next Thursday, Feb. 19. The rest of the team reports the following Wednesday, Feb. 25, and their first workout as a full team is the next day. After a busy  off-season full of change, fans of the Dodgers are looking forward to seeing their new acquisitions in action...
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Yasmani Grandal could make trading Matt Kemp palatable

I’m not going to lie: I am quite happy the Dodgers’ primary catcher is Yasmani Grandal. I’ve been on him for about a year, and with Andrew Friedman’s front office being all about pitch framing, a match was natural. I don’t like the fact the Dodgers had to trade Matt Kemp to get him, but here we are. Let’s look at just what the Dodgers have in Grandal. Here’s what I...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: Yasmani Grandal wants out of San Diego

The San Diego Padres are not going to make the playoffs this season. They were sellers at the trade deadline, and even though they are third in the National League West, they currently sit 13.5 games out of first place with a 59-69 record. Not everyone is happy to be playing with San Diego right now, including catcher Yasmani Grandal.Grandal and his agents will ask the Padres for...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Baby gets shaken around while dad scrambles for home run ball (video/GIF)

Your browser does not support iframes. It should go without saying that no souvenir baseball is worth possibly hurting one’s child, let alone a traumatic brain injury in an infant. But some folks will never learn, as evidenced by this guy diving into a battle for a ball hit for a three-run homer off the […] The post Baby gets shaken around while dad scrambles for home run ball...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres' Yasmani Grandal could play on Opening Day

There is good news for the San Diego Padres and catcher Yasmani Grandal. After believing that Grandal would have to start the season on the disabled list, the Padres could possibly see him on the Opening Day roster. Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Grandal has recovered so well from his August surgery that he expects to play on Opening Day, which for the Padres...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres' catcher Yasmani Grandal to start season on DL, result of collision

San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal's 2013 season ended on July 6 when Anthony Rendon of Washington slid hard into him at home plate. Grandal suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. He had surgery on August 6 to repair the tendons.Initial reports had Grandal needing nine months to recover, scheduling his rehab in May, 2014, and pushing his season debut to approximately...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers should look at the Padres' Yasmani Grandal to upgrade at catcher

I love A.J. Ellis. He's a good baseball player, a great interview and an even better person. There's no "but" here. Ellis is solid.The fact of the matter is, he wore down pretty noticeably last season. I saw a game at the beginning of September in which he looked sluggish behind the dish. He allowed just six passed balls in 2013 (down from 11 in 2012), but was also "charged" with...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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