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Interview with Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger

After a breakout season with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2015, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers was ranked as the number-seven prospect in the team’s farm system. Even after the breakout season, Bellinger set out on a mission to improve his body and nutritional health. Bellinger’s agents at the Ballengee Group put together a “detailed eating/nutrition”...
Via Baseball Essential
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Signing Howie Kendrick the latest move in the Dodgers’ winter of depth

The Dodgers have opted to go for depth rather than flash this offseason, building a roster that can compete in the NL West and hopefully withstand the rigors of a full season instead of spending big on a name. It’s a calculated strategy that the Dodgers hope will give them one of the strongest all-around teams in the league. That strategy was on full display when Los Angeles brought...
Via The Outside Corner
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yimi Garcia’s Hidden Regression

Yimi Garcia is an extremely interesting pitcher. As a result, we write about him a lot. Early last year, he looked like one of the very best relievers in baseball. He has the highest spin rate on his fastball (despite having below-average fastball movement). As the bullpen is currently constructed, he will be slotted in as a high-leverage reliever, as well he should be. However...
Via Dodgers Digest
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kendrick and Dodgers finalize $20 million, 2-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers finalized their $20 million, two-year contract with free-agent Howie Kendrick on Thursday, bringing back the second baseman in part because of his willingness to play multiple positions. Kendrick had turned down a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the team in November. That rejection left the Dodgers as the only club that could sign the...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Searching for the 2016 Dodgers’ leadoff hitter

With Howie Kendrick back (almost), the Dodgers’ roster is pretty well set, aside from your multiple-time-a-year Andre Ethier and/or Carl Crawford trade rumor. There is a question about the lineup, though: Who’s going to hit leadoff? It’s an interesting question. There isn’t a clear-cut leadoff hitter on the roster right now. Joc Pederson is the prototype for a leadoff guy...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to Front Office

Hall-of-Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and former All-Star outfielder Raul Ibanez are joining the Los Angeles Dodgers as special assistants to the Baseball Operations department, the team announced on Tuesday. Their role, according to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, will be “to assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development, and working with the club’s...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers add three prospects, one vet to NRI list

The Dodgers initially announced there would be 16 players who would be at camp via the non-roster invite. I recapped that last week. Now, they’ve added four more. Brandon Beachy, who was re-signed to a major-league deal on Jan. 6. Apparently, he was (quietly) placed on waivers and made it through. The Dodgers outrighted him to Triple-A Oklahoma City and gave him an invite. Basically...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox could be landing spot for Andre Ethier

The White Sox sought to upgrade their outfield this offseason but missed out on their targets. Now the team is exploring the trade market with Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier being one target. While the White Sox want an outfielder the Dodgers find themselves wanting to get rid of one. Ethier and Carl Crawford are both available via trade since the Dodgers have what can only be...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Los Angeles Dodgers Won the Offseason

After a disappointing end to the season, Dodger fans wanted the front office to make moves that would push them from their usual first round exit from the playoffs to World Series champions. The team with the highest payroll in Major League Baseball by an astounding amount, still has not won a World Series in this century. The abrupt ending resulted in the firing of manager Don...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig is Down to 7 Percent Body Fat, Might be the Most Shredded Dude in Baseball

Yasiel Puig was jacked from the moment he joined the MLB. Then he got even more jacked, adding roughly 25 pounds of (mostly) muscle to his frame over his first two MLB seasons. Although an outfielder being built like a superhero sounds great in theory, the Los Angeles Dodgers believe Puig was a bit too jacked in 2015. According to a recent article from ESPN, the organization believed...
Via Stack
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig reportedly down to seven percent body fat

Whatever concerns the Dodgers may have had about Yasiel Puig’s physical condition appear to have been resolved. The Dodgers held their annual FanFest event Saturday at Dodger Stadium, and Puig was one of the topics of conversation. Team president Andrew Friedman told the press that the Cuban outfielder “looks great.” “He looks great,” Friedman said via the LA Times...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles street to be renamed after Vin Scully

Since 1950, Vin Scully has helped put the Dodgers on the map…so it seems fitting that Los Angeles is returning the favor. Friday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue in recognition of the longtime broadcaster. To show their support, new skipper Dave Roberts, pitcher Clayton Kershaw and a host of other Dodgers (past and present...
Via Hall of Very Good
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Kershaw: Greinke was the 'best pitcher in the game' in 2015

If Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw had a vote for the 2015 NL Cy Young Award, it wouldn't have gone to Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.Supporting Vin Scully on Friday as the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to name a road near Dodger Stadium after the legendary broadcaster, Kershaw reflected on Greinke's terrific season last year and gave his reaction to losing...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully may get Dodger Stadium street named after him

In an honor that would be long overdue, the Los Angeles Dodgers may finally honor Vin Scully by naming a street after him. The street that takes fans up through the Dodger Stadium parking gates is currently called Elysian Park Avenue, but some in the city are pressing to rename the street Vin Scully Avenue. “There’s no better way to recognize such an iconic Dodger as Hall of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles City Councilman wants to rename street for Vin Scully

As we all know, outgoing Los Angeles Dodgers voice Vin Scully is an American treasure. With 2016 being his final and 66th year in the broadcast booth, there’s a proposal to rename a stretch of Elysian Park Avenue as Vin Scully Avenue. This isn’t the first time there’s been a proposal to rename a street in Scully’s honor. In 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wanted to...
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers outright pitcher Brandon Beachy to Triple-A

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have outrighted pitcher Brandon Beachy to their Triple-A roster although the right-hander is still expected at spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 29-year-old pitcher was 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in two appearances with the Dodgers last year. Beachy made those two shaky starts after missing most of the 2013 season and all of 2014 while recovering...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers top prospect Julio Urias' reaction to high expectations

Los Angeles Dodgers 19-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias has been under the spotlight since the Dodgers signed him at age 16, and now expectations are higher than ever as the lefty nears a jump to the majors.Urias is ranked at or near the top of various prospect lists, and was recently named the best left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline.While high...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Trade Andre Ethier before it’s too late

The Los Angeles Dodgers once again find themselves in a difficult position when it comes to their overcrowded outfield. Which means the trade rumors will be back at the forefront of Dodgers news, starting with veteran Andre Ethier. Ethier is coming off a very productive season putting up a .294/.366/.486 line, with 14 home runs, 20 doubles and 53 RBIs in 395 plate appearances. With...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Worst Clayton Kershaw Pitches of 2015

The search for utopia is futile one. For humans to truly appreciate happiness, we must always be reminded of our sadness. If happiness were a constant, it would become no longer desirable. A world without imperfections is a world impure. And so to truly appreciate Clayton Kershaw is more than to simply watch a glorious seven-minute YouTube highlight video of Vin Scully calling every...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel calls for more minority coaches

    It has been nearly 70 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and the late Hall of Famer’s widow is still trying to advocate for more changes to be made in the sport in the name of racial equality. In a recent Q&A about a two-part PBS documentary called “Jackie Robinson” that will air in April, Rachel Robinson raised concerns...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully to receive lifetime achievement award

2016 will be Vin Scully’s final year behind the microphone for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the LA Sports Council is honoring him in a unique way on February 25th. Scully will receive the council’s first ever lifetime achievement award for his work with the Dodgers over the past six decades. “I can’t think of a person more deserving of this recognition,” said Sports...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy shares great story about failed bean ball

Brandon McCarthy recently participated in a Q&A for “The Players’ Tribune” in which the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher shared a phenomenal story about how he tried to intentionally drill a batter during a game … and missed. McCarthy was asked a question about whether hit-batsman generally stems from a deliberate action by the pitcher or if more often than not it’s a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig fight video finally surfaces

Yasiel Puig got into a bar fight the night before Thanksgiving, and now video has surfaced showing exactly what went down. Spoiler alert: It’s not as bad as was initially reported, backing up what Jon Heyman reported earlier on Friday. Here is the video obtained by TMZ, showing Puig landing what appears to be the first punch in a scrum that can hardly be considered a crazy bar...
Via Sportsnaut
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers are having a disastrous offseason

MLB offseasons generally aren’t “won” or “lost” in the span of a few weeks to close out the year. Hell, the Nationals “won” the offseason last winter when they signed Max Scherzer on January 21st. But make no mistake about it – what’s gone on, or hasn’t gone on, in Los Angeles this offseason has been a complete disaster for the Dodgers. Here’s a full list of...
Via The Comeback
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Former teammate calls Yasiel Puig 'worst person' in the game

It has become fairly public knowledge that there have been bad vibes swirling around the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse for some time now. And the offseason doesn't appear to be simmering any of that ill will toward outfielder Yasiel Puig.In a recent piece by Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, it would appear that Puig hasn't done much over his tenure in L.A. to endure himself to his...
Via Yardbarker
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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