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No-hitter earns Mariners' Iwakuma AL Player of the Week honors

When you throw a no-hitter, everybody notices.It's with little surprise, then, that Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.On August 12, Iwakuma blitzed the visiting Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field, throwing the fifth no-hitter in Mariners history and first since teammate Felix Hernandez's perfect game against the...
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: July 10th, 2015

If you read only one thing….. As we approach the all-star break, the fantasy world and real word shift their attention to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. I remember when I was a kid, there was only one deadline. It came on August 31st. That deadline was only for teams trying to set their playoff roster. I remember one year where Fred Lynn was dealt right after the deadline...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Look to Kenley Jansen to Maintain Form Heading Into All Star Break

Kenley Jansen has been lights out for the Los Angeles Dodgers since returning from the Disabled List, with a 1.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18.2 innings so far in 2015. (Mandatory Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) As the Los Angeles Dodgers stormed out to an early season lead and a chokehold on the National League Western Division, they had two main forces to thank: A lineup...
Via The Sports Journal
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets @ Dodgers July 3, 2015: So Long, Brandon League

Today’s biggest news is actually yesterday’s news, but with the holiday weekend we haven’t had a chance to write about it. Last night Brandon League, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, was designated for assignment. The move is a bit surprising for a few reasons. The first reason: League’s salary. The front office hasn’t shied away from killing sunk costs, which is great...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon League designated for assignment by Dodgers

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Dodgers have announced they have designated right handed pitcher, Brandon League, for assignment. League was in the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal. The Dodgers will pay League $7.5 million this season. League, 32, has been on the DL all season with a shoulder injury. He was out of time on his rehab assignment so they had...
Via Sports-Glory
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers designate reliever Brandon League for assignment

Brandon League’s rehab assignment is over, and likely so are his days as a Dodger. The team designated him for assignment on Thursday. They now have 10 days to trade, waive or release the 32-year-old right-hander. If the Dodgers cannot find a team to take him, they will owe him the remainder of his $22.5 million contract. He is in the final year of his contract. League has not...
Via Fox Sports
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers designate Brandon League for assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated relief pitcher Brandon League for assignment. League was at the end of his rehab assignment when the Dodgers opted to cut ties with the 32-year-old right hander. League had not pitched at the big league level but had appeared in 149 games since joining the team via a trade in the 2012 season. Last season League appeared in 63 games posting...
Via Tireball.com
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 123 – Joc, injury updates, draft recap

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I squeeze in the podcast recording just before the season finale(!) of Game of Thrones. #casualfans Joc Pederson is amazing, and he saved the Dodgers’ proverbial bacon on Sunday with a ridiculous catch. He’s already a 3-win player in his age-23 season, 62 games into said season. He good. The Dodgers had...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Bullpen Holding Back World Series Potiental

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 04: Pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won the game 3-2. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to keep their World Series...
Via The Sports Journal
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Beyond the Fame and Fortune, Baseball Players are Real People

In mid-March, I spent several days in Arizona covering Spring Training for Baseball Essential. In four days, I attended six games, including three as a credentialed member of the media. My second day there, I went into the Dodgers’ locker room at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. It was my first time in a big league locker room, and it was a little bit intimidating. I stumbled through...
Via Baseball Essential
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Around The NL West: Week Of April 13th

The National League West has gone from being ignored on ESPN SportsCenter highlights to being one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. With San Diego’s offseason moves, as well as the blockbuster Dodgers, the defending World Series champs have some work to do to defend their title. Diamondbacks (7-6, .538) Since Yasmany Tomas was called up last week, the Snakes have been...
Via BaySportsNet
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

So How About That Dodger Bullpen

It’s been a week of the new and… well, new Dodger bullpen, and so far, the returns haven’t been generating a ton of confidence. The second game of the season featured Chris Hatcher starting an inning that resulted in three runs. Yesterday featured Chris Hatcher entering an inning that resulted in four runs. Pretty much every second in between has been filled by people screaming...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Add Bullpen Depth In Ryan Webb

Say this for the new front office: They do not mess around. After only three games (and one bullpen implosion), the Dodgers have apparently made a move, sending minor league catcher Chris O’Brien and reliever Ben Rowen to Baltimore for reliever Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward, and a competitive balance pick, No. 74 overall in the upcoming draft, giving the Dodgers four...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins Preview - Throwers

I really don't want to do this.  The Twins' pitching has been horrible for years, and even though it might be a little bit better it's still bad and it's also boring.  I guess just dive right in?  Yeah ok.Opening day starter Phil Hughes should be the ace.  The Twins signed him prior to last season on the cheap, hoping he'd be a better pitcher getting out of Yankee Stadium and...
Via Down with Goldy
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Say A Prayer for The Remnants Of That 2014 Dodger Bullpen

Remember last year? When the Dodgers had “too many closers” and an overwhelming amount of veteran presence and all that, in what was the most expensive bullpen ever assembled? And then, for the most part, it was awful? The new front office cut most of those guys loose. For the ones who found a home this winter, the last few days have been a bloodbath: Poor Paul Maholm, cut from...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Who is David Huff and why is he going to break camp with the Dodgers?

When the Dodgers signed David Huff to a minor-league deal, not a lot was expected. He was a journeyman relief pitcher with some success in the majors, but not a lot of it. Dodgers (ss) @ Giants Scottsdale, Ariz. CF Pederson 1B Turner RF Puig C Grandal LF Ethier 3B Guerrero SS Hernandez 2B Barney P...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon League Helps Clear Up The 40-Man Roster Crunch

So earlier today, I noted that the Dodgers would need to find some 40-man spots for Hector Olivera and (probably) Sergio Santos. Giants @Dodgers Glendale, Ariz. SS Rollins RF Puig DH Gonzalez 2B Kendrick LF Crawford 3B Uribe CF Pederson C Ellis P Greinke I focused on Darwin Barney, but, well...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Changes Are Coming To The 40-Man Roster

Whenever it is that Hector Olivera‘s paperwork gets finalized, he’s going to need to be added to the 40-man roster. Assuming that at least one recipient of a minor league deal makes the team on Opening Day — probably Sergio Santos, particularly with Kenley Jansen, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Brandon League all likely to start the year on the disabled list — he’s also going to need...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitchers You Don’t Care About Are Getting Hurt

Dodger pitchers are getting injured every single second. In the time it took me to write that, four more Dodger pitchers got hurt. It’s a fact! That’s just science. ESPN’s Mark Saxon has more: Every day that goes by, the chances of the Dodgers trading for a starting pitcher seem to increase. Injuries are forcing the issue. On Friday morning, the team announced that Hyun-Jin...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cain Flashes Perfection During First Spring Start

Perfection. It is something that all pitchers strive for, but rarely accomplish. San Francisco right-handed pitcher Matt Cain is one of the few that is able to say he has tasted perfection, tossing a perfecto on June 13, 2012. After an injury plagued 2014 season, a simple start in his Cactus League debut may be nearly as sweet. Cain, who underwent season-ending elbow surgery on...
Via Baseball Essential
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodger Pitchers and the Low Strike Zone

The drop in offense in MLB is a wide topic of discussion. Across baseball, teams scored an average of 4.07 runs per game in 2014, the lowest level since 1981. While some don’t necessarily mind the decline (myself included), new commissioner Rob Manfred seems to be interested in increasing offense to make baseball appealing to a larger audience. This started out poorly, as Manfred...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: A team without a weakness?

Just recently the 2015 PECOTA projections were released, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to not only be juggernauts of the National League, but all of Major League Baseball. PECOTA predicts they will win 97 games, the most of any team in baseball and six games better than the second-best team (the Washington Nationals). Someone mentioned to me on Twitter how crazy it is...
Via Batting Leadoff
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 30-21

Ahh, the Top 30. There prospects are now legitimate, and some have even already debuted in the major leagues. For the Top 30, I’ve included Overall Future Potential grades and risks. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he’s basically a sure thing to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55 high,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Sign Submariner Ben Rowen, A Name Worth Remembering

When I saw Baseball America‘s Matt Eddy tweet that the Dodgers had signed pitcher Ben Rowen and infielder Jarek Cunningham to minor league deals, my first reaction was “who?” followed quickly by “ha, ‘Jarek’ sure is a name.” With no inclination to worry about either, I quickly moved on. But then I started thinking that I knew Rowen’s name for some reason, and after...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Brandon League

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 63 63.0 13.9% 9.9% 2.57 3.40 4.09 0.1 What Happened In 2014: Wasn’t worth his contract, but surprisingly useful (with a few issues). After 2013, Brandon League looked like a complete disaster. When he signed his contract, it was an accepted fact that it was too much money, but nobody expected him to post a 5.30 ERA and a 4.93 FIP either. Dodger...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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