Home plate umpire Mike Winters allegedly criticized A.J. Ellis’ framing ability

Friday night, A.J. Ellis and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers were ejected for arguing balls and strikes in St. Louis. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Ellis became furious when home plate and crew chief Mike Winters criticized his framing ability. “Their job is to call balls and strikes,” Ellis said. “It’s not their job to be a catching coach behind...
Via Baseball Essential
18 minutes ago  |  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...
Via Dodgers Digest
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw Looking Past Slow Start

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, right, and catcher A.J. Ellis wait while the umpires discuss a call during the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) The sports cliche “there are plenty of games left to play” is one coaches and players love to spew at the...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodger newcomer Bolsinger doesn't like Cardinals

After being knocked out the playoffs two straight years by the Cardinals, the Dodgers may feel a bit more intensity when playing in St. Louis this weekend. Earlier this year, Yasiel Puig called them the team’s biggest rival, not the Giants. One Dodger newcomer this year will be particularly eager to beat the Cardinals. Per MLB.com, Friday starter Mike Bolsinger explained:"I grew...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braves @ Dodgers May 27, 2015: Unpacking the Juan Uribe Trade

The trade that didn’t really seem to make sense is now official, and it still doesn’t make a ton of sense. Braves Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles 2B Peterson CF Pederson CF Maybin SS Rollins 1B Freeman 2B Kendrick RF Markakis 1B Gonzalez 3B Uribe 3B Turner ...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres @ Dodgers May 23, 2015: Hot Catcher Talk

Hey, let’s talk about catchers! Padres Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles 1B Solarte CF Pederson 3B Spangenberg SS Rollins RF Kemp 2B Kendrick LF Upton 1B Gonzalez CF Venable 3B Turner 2B Gyorko LF Ethier SS Middlebrooks RF Van Slyke...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Grandal placed on concussion DL

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday and called up Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as A.J. Ellis' backup. Grandal, who came to the Dodgers from San Diego in December in the Matt Kemp trade, was taken out of Friday night's 2-1 victory over the Padres after four innings for precautionary...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants 4, Dodgers 0: Baseball is pain

When I wrote the game thread yesterday, I might have been a bit presumptuous in asking for a win in San Francisco. When Mike wrote today’s thread, I thought he was well within reason to ask for a run. Alas, that seemed too big a task for baseball’s best offense, or something. Here we are the end of this 3-game series in San Francisco, and the Dodgers didn’t score a run. Zero...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Giants May 21, 2015: Maybe Score A Run

The last few days have been bad, and not good. Maybe now’s the time to make that slightly less excruciating. Dodgers Giants 12:45 p.m. San Francisco CF Pederson LF Aoki SS Hernandez 2B Duffy 2B Kendrick CF Pagan 1B Gonzalez C Posey 3B Turner RF Pence RF ...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite Kershaw’s Struggles, Dodgers Still Rolling

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, front, heads to the dugout as he is pulled from the mound by manager Don Mattingly, back right, while catcher A.J. Ellis looks on against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Denver. The Dodgers won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The Dodgers have been red hot over the past week...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Worry About A.J. Ellis Just Yet

As Clayton Kershaw had another outing that wasn’t quite up to his usual standards yesterday — and while I know no one wants to hear “BABIP,” realize that like four of those Rockies hits traveled something like a combined 100 feet — a lot of the conversation seemed to turn to A.J. Ellis, who has had himself an absolutely brutal month as he attempts to prove that an awful...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

D-Backs @ Dodgers May 3, 2015: The Best Offense In Baseball

So here’s the thing about the Dodger offense: Jimmy Rollins has been awful, and A.J. Ellis has been awful, and Yasmani Grandal  & Juan Uribe have started slowly, and Yasiel Puig & Carl Crawford have both been injured. And yet: Wow, is this group killing it. D-Backs Dodgers 1:10 p.m. Los Angeles LF Inciarte CF Pederson...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Balls flying out of Dodger Stadium and Petco Park this year

Last Sunday, Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis said, “I haven't seen the ball fly at Dodger Stadium like it is this year.”After this Saturday’s game, in which the Dodgers and the Padres combined for seven home runs, Padre outfielder Justin Upton said, “I've never seen the ball fly out of Petco like I did tonight.”The two ballparks are typically thought of as pitchers’ parks with...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Giants April 23, 2015: Mike Bolsinger, To Avoid Being Swept

The roster games continue: As expected, Chris Heisey‘s stay on the active roster was for all of one game, as he’s been optioned back to Triple-A to make room for today’s starter, Mike Bolsinger. Since Xavier Cedeno is expected to be added to the roster when the team gets to San Diego, Bolsinger’s time in the big leagues might not last for more a few hours or so. It’s good...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis leaves game with hand injury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has left the game against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning with a right hand injury. With the game tied at 2 Wednesday night, Buster Posey hit a one-out single against Chris Hatcher, who then plunked Justin Maxwell. The ball came off Maxwell then hit Ellis' mask before landing hard on his right hand. Athletic trainer Stan...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies @ Dodgers April 19, 2015: Puig isn’t Back Anymore

Rockies Dodgers 1:10 p.m. Los Angeles, Ca. CF Blackmon SS Rollins RF Gonzalez 3B Turner SS Tulowitzki 1B Gonzalez 1B Morneau 2B Kendrick 3B Arenado RF Ethier LF Dickerson LF Van Slyke C McKenry CF Pederson 2B Descalso C...
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April 19, 2015  |  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
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

A.J. Ellis Has Legs, Hit A Homer

You can file this under “things that are ultimately meaningless but nice to see anyway,” A.J. Ellis hit a homer against Milwaukee yesterday. In and of itself, that’s maybe not that memorable. Alex Guerrero hit a homer too. O’Koyea Dickson has two. Darnell Sweeney and Kyle Jensen also have dingers. Hitting homers in Arizona, well, it’s just not unheard of. Dodgers @Indians...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis welcomes adding Yasmani Grandal

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) A starting catcher for three straight seasons, A.J. Ellis said he's glad the Los Angeles Dodgers added Yasmani Grandal, even though he plays the same position. ''It's good,'' Ellis said. ''In all honesty, I don't need a title as a starting catcher, or backup catcher. I just want to be a World Series-winning catcher.'' When the Dodgers acquired Grandal on Dec...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: benches

It was actually pretty difficult to rank the ten best benches in baseball. When you’re dealing with so many moving parts and uncertain job situations, there are plenty situations that are always changing and not settled. So yes, these are very objective and subject to change at a moment’s notice – but aren’t all rankings? 1. Dodgers. If the Dodgers somehow dump Andre Ethier’s...
Via The Outside Corner
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Avoid Arbitration Entirely, Because Dodgers

Like the Dodgers were really going to go to arbitration, right? In the days after coming to terms on one-year deals with A.J. Ellis and Chris Heisey, the Dodgers have now done the same with Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, and Juan Nicasio. Each get raises, because that’s how arbitration works, no matter how you think it actually works or should work. Jansen went from $4.3 million...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Heisey Gets Paid Actual American Dollars

Hooray, content to knock the Jamey Wright review off the front page! As expected, not all of the Dodger arbitration cases were going to make it to the actual arbitrator, and after A.J. Ellis‘ agreement, we now have news of another, Chris Heisey: Chris heisey, dodgers settle at $2.16M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 16, 2015 Heisey, 30, made $1.76 million last year, so...
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January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner among four to file for arbitration

It went somewhat unnoticed on Tuesday, but the Dodgers had four players file for arbitration, sans A.J. Ellis, who agreed to a $4.25 million contract for 2015. Chris Heisey, Kenley Jansen, Juan Nicasio and Justin Turner all filed for arbitration on the deadline day after failing to reach agreements with the Dodgers. Now, this doesn’t mean they’re actually going to arbitration...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

A.J. Ellis, Dodgers Agree to One-year, $4.25 Million Deal

A.J. Ellis and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.25 million, according to Jon Heyman. aj ellis settles on 2015 deal with dodgers for $4.25M — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 13, 2015 Ellis, 33, is expected to split time behind the plate with Yasmani Grandal, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a trade involving Matt Kemp. Ellis earned...
Via Baseball Essential
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers avoid arbitration with A.J. Ellis, Marlins sign Nick Masset

The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis signing the backstop to a one-year deal worth $4.25 million. Ellis was arbitration eligible for the second time this winter after hitting .191/.323/.254 with three home runs and 25 RBI across 93 games last season. It is a high price to pay for a backup catch the caliber of Ellis but the Dodgers are able and willing to...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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