Dodger Stadium settles in for winter

By Cassandra Lane The baseball park can hold close to 60,000 bodies, but it is eerily empty in the days after the Dodgers lose out on a chance to advance to the World Series race for the first time in 28 years. Another race is going on in the country — one of the bitterest […]
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13 minutes ago

Stewart wins award as top starting pitcher in minors

Brock Stewart, recently named the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, has won the award from Minor League Baseball — the MiLBY — as its top starting pitcher. Stewart, whom we’ve chronicled throughout the year, was the subject of a new feature by Tyler Maun of — Jon Weisman
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15 minutes ago

Alex Verdugo Enjoying Arizona Fall League Despite Fatigue

While the 2016 season ended for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and many players are resting and/or taking vacations...
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1 hour ago

Dodgers absolutely must retain Kenley Jansen

Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Kenley Jansen. That is the extent of elite closers (apologies to Jason Grilli and Wade Davis) who may be free agents this winter. The list of viable candidates within the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization to replace Jansen is even shorter. In fact, it doesn’t exist. All of this is to say the Dodgers absolutely must open the checkbook for Jansen...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 hours ago

Dodgers' Justin Turner a finalist for Gold Glove Award

LOS ANGELES - Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been named one of three finalists for the National League Gold Glove Award at his position. Turner joins Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies as...
Via The OC Register
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Justin Turner Named Finalist For Gold Glove Award

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was one of three finalists at his position for a Rawlings Gold Glove...
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3 hours ago

Dodgers might have to choose between Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner

The two most significant free agents the Dodgers have are Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. Rich Hill is a close third, but as I laid out yesterday, the Dodgers have a lot of starting pitching options. What the Dodgers don’t have is another elite-tier reliever or another All-Star caliber third baseman. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to see a scenario in which the Dodgers might...
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7 hours ago

Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen Named To Sporting News 2016 NL All-Star Team

As end-of-the-season MLB awards are beginning to come out, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and closer...
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14 hours ago

Josh Reddick spends a day at Disney during offseason

If you’re not one of the 50 players occupying a Major League Roster during the World Series, the time off can (I’m guessing) be a drag. Not even a week after his team bowed out of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, Josh Reddick is already off-seasoning like a champ. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder (along with Oakland A’s third baseman Ryon Healy) hit Disneyland...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

With the Dodgers out, I still have a Cub in the fight

Your favorite team loses in the postseason, but you don’t want to stop watching baseball. So you pick a team from one of the leftovers — and that team is definitely not the one that beat your team. Yet I root for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Not because of […]
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18 hours ago

Column: The Dodgers must bring back Justin Turner

It’s safe to assume that when evaluating a team’s soon-to-be free agent and whether that team should retain said player, they look at a couple extra factors. How the player fits in with the clubhouse, how the fans react to him, and whether there are in-house options to replace him probably weigh a little heavier when making a decision like that. Obviously, risk-reward, injury...
Via Today's Knuckleball
21 hours ago

Dodgers Roster: Outlining the Biggest Holes for 2017

(Photo Credit: Even though the World Series has only just begun and the peak of the Hot Stove season is still weeks away, many fans of the Dodgers are already chattering about potential areas of improvement, most specifically alterations to the nucleus of the 40-man roster. Yesterday, we mentioned briefly the overwhelming amount of positivity and enthusiasm expressed...
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1 day ago

What are the Dodgers going to do about their starting pitching?

It’s hard to keep up with all the roster moves the Dodgers made in 2016. In fact, it’s hard to keep up with all the moves Andrew Friedman haw made since he took over, period. Still, when I wrote about resetting the 40-man roster, I noticed something: The Dodgers have an inordinate amount of starting pitching. Of course, that doesn’t mean it was all good starting pitching, and...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago

Looking at the 8 (or 9) 2017 arbitration-eligible Dodgers

MLB Trade Rumors has turned into a pretty solid baseball reference — provided you know how to use it. In a yearly series, MLBTR released its projected arbitration salaries for arb-eligible players. Matt Swartz does a great job with this feature every year and quite accurate. This year, the Dodgers have eight — and potentially nine — arb-eligible players. There are four players...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago

Friedman: No back surgery expected for Clayton Kershaw

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to need back surgery for the herniated disk that sidelined the Dodgers ace for 2 + months during the season. That's according to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who says Kershaw feels good and that he doesn't anticipate surgery being necessary for the left-hander. Kershaw returned in early September, but never publicly...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers and Kershaw dismissed short of World Series again

LOS ANGELES (AP) A rested Clayton Kershaw couldn't save the Los Angeles Dodgers' season one more time, leaving them a long winter to think about falling short of the World Series again. The Dodgers blew a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead against the Chicago Cubs and lost 5-0 behind Kershaw in Game 6 on Saturday. They dropped the final three games of the series, getting outscored...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw struggles; Dodgers search for 1st title since 1988

CHICAGO (AP) So much for Clayton Kershaw's playoff renaissance. The ace flopped at a big moment - again. Kershaw's checkered postseason resume took another hit in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, finishing off the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs beat up the three-time Cy Young Award winner and took advantage of Los Angeles' shaky defense on their way to a 5...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kyle Schwarber not ruled out for World Series

Kyle Schwarber was supposed to be out for the season, but it appears that there’s a faint glimmer of hope he may yet contribute if the Chicago Cubs can make it to the World Series. According to Sahadev Sharma of the Athletic, the Cubs are sending Schwarber to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday, where he will play in a competitive game for the first time...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday’s Cubs game drew twice the local rating of Bears-Packers

The 2016 Cubs are really the holy grail of sports story. They’re a dominant team with big-name stars and exciting role players, plus an eccentric manager, a celebrity GM and, oh yeah, a little curse or something like that. Well, Chicago is certainly paying attention. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Thursday’s Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 5 drew an average local TV rating...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

With Game 6 looming, Kershaw not defined by inaccurate image

Clayton Kershaw is not sweating the small stuff.It is both an odd, yet typical response headed into such a pivotal game as Saturday’s Game 6 of the National League Championship Series is. But it is one that should be at the very least expected from the Dodgers ace lefty, as he has been here before.When asked about potential excitement for himself headed into Saturday’s potentially...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” Kershaw admitted in...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Miller: Dodgers' Joe Blanton on the wrong side of another game-altering home run

LOS ANGELES – So now the Dodgers’ fate falls into the left hand of Clayton Kershaw, and there are certainly worse places to be if you’re playing baseball. In fact, the Dodgers might be in the greatest position of all-time for a club facing...
Via The OC Register
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez on pic of controversial call: ‘Somehow this is an out’

Adrian Gonzalez feels his Los Angeles Dodgers were cheated out of much more than just a run Wednesday night, and he took to Twitter after the game to express his frustrations. Gonzalez was trying to score on a two-out single in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS, but he was called out at home plate. Replays appeared to show that he beat the tag, but the call was upheld by Major...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez complains about controversial play on Twitter

The Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to victory in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, but Adrian Gonzalez believes that he scored the first run of the game. In what was a controversial ruling, Gonzalez was thrown out at home in the bottom of the second inning after Andrew Toles came through with a single to right. Gonzalez was ruled out, but the play was challenged...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo borrows teammate’s bat, breaks out of slump

Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell were virtually invisible in the MLB playoffs entering Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers, but that changed in a big way. Both players homered in the game, which was basically a must-win with the possibility of facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 5. Rizzo was in a 2-for-26 slump heading into the game, but he may have found what was previously...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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