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Just how improbable was Ozzie Smith’s 1985 NLCS walk off homer?

One of the most famous hits in baseball history came in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS. The Dodgers and Cardinals were knotted at two at Busch Stadium, and the winner of the game would take a 3-2 series lead. The improbable happened in the bottom of the ninth – Ozzie Smith hit a walk off homer off of Tom Niedenfuer, who came on in relief of Fernando Valenzuela. That season, Niedenfuer...
Via Bloguin Best
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Just how improbable was Ozzie Smith’s 1985 NLCS walk off homer?

One of the most famous hits in baseball history came in Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS. The Dodgers and Cardinals were knotted at two at Busch Stadium, and the winner of the game would take a 3-2 series lead. The improbable happened in the bottom of the ninth – Ozzie Smith hit a walk off homer off of Tom Niedenfuer, who came on in relief of Fernando Valenzuela. That season, Niedenfuer...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A with Lake County Captains pitching coach Rigo Beltran

Originally born in Mexico, Rigo Beltran moved to the San Diego area at about six years old and it was there that his baseball dream started. He grew up with “Fernando Mania” as he idolized Fernando Valenzuela when he pitched for the Dodgers in the 1980s and found some success himself as a pitcher pitching 16 seasons in pro baseball from 1991-2006 before retiring to become a coach...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners’ Felix Hernandez – The Top Pitcher No One Is Talking About

In the past several days, many quality pitchers have been mentioned in local and national media. With today being July 31st and teams getting their best-last-chance at a blockbuster trade, it stands to reason that arguably the most important position would be a big-time trade asset that people would want to talk about. Many names keep popping up. Would a team turn down a trade for...
Via Oregon Sports News
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching up with Rigo Beltran

Originally born in Mexico, Rigo Beltran moved to the San Diego area at about 6 years old and it was there that his baseball dream started. He grew up with "Fernando Mania" as he idolized Fernando Valenzuela when he pitched for the Dodgers in the 1980s and found some success himself as a pitcher for 16 seasons in pro baseball from 1991-2006 before retiring to become a coach...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

This Week in Phillies’ History- May 11-18

There has been an awful lot of Phillies baseball that has been played since 1883- close to 20,000 games in fact. A lot can happen in 20,000 games, including broken records, quirky plays, once-in-a-lifetime performances and a tons of other historical gems that often go forgotten. In order to remember those days that shaped the history of the organization, here is the first of our...
Via Phillies Nation
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Lyons, Eric Collins out as Dodgers broadcasters

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers do not plan to bring Steve Lyons and Eric Collins back to their broadcast team next year. Lyons had worked on the Dodgers' television broadcasts for nine years, most recently as an analyst on road games and on pregame and postgame shows. Collins, with the Dodgers for five years, had served as the play-by-play voice on televised games outside California...
Via Fox Sports West
October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Fernando Valenzuela throw out first pitch with Mike Brito as the ump

Just as this photo says... It was very VER cool to see Fernando "pitch" at Dodger Stadium last night... Here is what I was able to capture on my phone: Not to mention, Mike Brito in his panama hat?! sweet addition. Oh, and you can hear Vin calling Gibby's bomb at the end haha. It's not easy to try and record these precious...
Via The True Blue Crew
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Fernando Valenzuela throw out first pitch with Mike Brito as the umo

Just as this photo says... It was very VER cool to see Fernando "pitch" at Dodger Stadium last night... Here is what I was able to capture on my phone: Not to mention, Mike Brito in his panama hat?! sweet addition. Oh, and you can hear Vin calling Gibby's bomb at the end haha.
Via The True Blue Crew
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Puigmania Continues in South Beach

I don't remember Fernando Valenzuela having this much fun. Not long after their loss against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers hit the skies and made their way to Miami to take on the Marlins.  But, before they turned in for the night, Dodgers stars Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and, yes, Yasiel Puig spent a night out on the town. And, naturally...
Via Hall of Very Good
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers Now Favorites to Win National League Pennant After Surprising Turnaround

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the preseason favorites to win the National League pennant along with the Washington Nationals, but both teams were vastly disappointing through mid-June. The difference now is that the Nationals remain a major bust, but the Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball and have jumped to the front of the pack of Bovada’s NL pennant odds at 5/2. Atlanta...
Via NESN.com
August 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The 1981 postseason, if there was no split-division titles

Because of the baseball player’s strike, the 1981 season was interrupted, and in doing so, resulted in a postseason which was different than any other in the history of MLB. In fact, since 1968, it was the first time where the postseason did not exist in the same format. Fans of baseball now could relate to the postseason of 1981, as for the first time ever, there were divisional...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Phenom Puig breaks four-day merchandise record for Dodgers

The Dodgers sold more Yasiel Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period - more than even Manny Ramirez, Fernando Valenzuela or Hideo Nomo, according to a team spokesperson.
Via FOXSports.com
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Puig's Dodgers gear sets four-day selling record

Yasiel Puig is not only breaking records on the field, but also in the team store. The Dodgers sold more Puig-related merchandise from Thursday to Sunday than they had ever sold of any player over a four-day period -- more than even Manny Ramirez, Fernando Valenzuela or Hideo Nomo, according to a team spokesperson. The team sold approximately 3,000 units of Puig-related merchandise...
Via Fox Sports West
June 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Fernandomania: 2 Questions

Is Fernandomania overrated?  Did the Los Angeles Dodgers and Manager Tommy Lasorda ruin Fernando Valenzuela’s career in his first eight starts? Let’s take a look at the 1981 season game log data. Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA W(1-0) 9.00 5 0 0 2 5 0 0 0.00 W(2-0) 9.00 4 1 1 2 10 0 0 0.50 W(3-0) 9.00 5...
Via 60ft6in
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Playing With Legos

One of the best infographic artists has an amazing book out there called Flip Flop Fly Ball. We have talked with and about Craig Robinson in this space before.  This time, we bring your attention to a recent project that Craig undertook – building famous baseball players out of Legos. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know we are supposed to talk about Royals and Cardinals baseball...
Via i70baseball
February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers Fan Jeremy Dorn an MLB Fan Cave Finalist

The 2013 MLB Fan Cave contest is well under way for its third season. Last month, Major League Baseball revealed it’s list of the top 50 candidates out of the tens of thousands of submissions. Every team has at least one representative, but this isn’t about them. This is about the Dodgers, their fans and more importantly their fanatics. This is about having a Dodger fan represent...
Via Dodgers Rumors
February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Six Dodgers to participate in WBC

LOS ANGELES Major League Baseball today announced the six provisional rosters for participating Baseball Federations in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Six Dodgers are among the events provisional participants Ronald Belisario (Venezuela), Luis Cruz (Mexico), Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico), Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), Nick Punto (Italy) and Paco Rodriguez (Spain). Additionally...
Via Fox Sports West
January 17, 2013  |  Discuss

For My Grandfather, Who Taught Me About Love And Baseball

My grandparents moved to Puerto Rico when I was three years old.  After they moved to San Juan, I would only see them for a few weeks at a time when my parents and I would visit them during my summer vacation from school.  Because those trips would coincide with the middle of baseball season, my grandfather would always want to talk to me about baseball. When I was eight years...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Notes, With Video of Five Notable Screwballs

Table of ContentsHere’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.1. Video: Five Notable Screwballs2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game3. Today’s Complete ScheduleVideo: Five Notable ScrewballsRegarding What Happened YesterdayYesterday, both White Sox left-hander and Rangers right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama — i.e. the only two pitchers to’ve thrown a screwball in...
Via Fangraphs
September 27, 2012  |  Discuss

This Date in Pirates History: September 4

     On a slow day for Pittsburgh Pirates history, we have two players born on this date and one very minor trade, though it involved a player with an interesting career. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a strong major league debut for a Pirates pitcher from the 1982 season. The Trade On this date in 1954, the Pirates traded first baseman Jack Phillips to the Chicago...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Opportunity not knocking for Dodgers

On Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium, the only bobbling witnessed was that of Los Angeles' grasp on the National League West race. With a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, the Dodgers dropped their second game in a row to open the three-game series against their fellow divisional contenders and for the second consecutive homestand have...
Via Fox Sports West
August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Opportunity not knocking for Dodgers

On Fernando Valenzuela Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium, the only bobbling witnessed was that of Los Angeles' grasp on the National League West race. With a 4-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night, the Dodgers dropped their second game in a row to open the three-game series against their fellow divisional contenders and for the second consecutive homestand have...
Via Fox Sports West
August 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Mark Whicker: Tommy John and Frank Jobe Revolutionized Baseball

His career is dwarfed by his incision."It's the ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction while using the Palmaris longus tendon," Tommy John said. "That's why they call it Tommy John surgery."That is why teenage pitchers, with scarred elbows, should have attended Pasadena Central Library on Sunday and offered thanks.They could have learned the operation...
Via Hall of Very Good
July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Honor Los Angeles Angels Manager With Bobblehead

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium, which, at this point, is the third-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball behind Wrigley Field and, of course, Fenway Park. To celebrate, the Los Angeles Dodgers are harkening back throughout their history in California, including special events, giveaways and merchandise. Even the Beach Boys showed up to opening day to sing the...
Via NESN.com
June 12, 2012  |  Discuss
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