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Dodgers Focus on Free agent Discussions During Exclusivity Period

The Dodgers may have waived their 2014 option on Mark Ellis and lefty Chris Capuano but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be negotiating with both players for a reduced role of some kind. The team has exclusive negotiation rights through Monday to try and sign both players (along with the 10 other free agents from last season’s roster) and would likely be interested in each...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Training Notes: February 19

Tuesday, February 19, 2013: Full-Squad Workout #4  BACK AT IT:Today, the Dodgers held their fourth full-squad workout of 2013 as Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu faced hitters for the first time during live batting practice. Matt Palmer, Steve Ames, Juan Abreu, Aaron Harang, Ronald Belisario, Peter Moylan and Josh Wall also faced hitters, while Javy Guerra threw a traditional bullpen...
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February 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers Roll the Dice on Non-Roster Pitchers

Probably one of my favorite Spring Training activities is watching the non-roster invitees try and have a magical breakthrough and make the major league team. While always a long-shot, it’s fascinating to see who is extended an invitation and how the competition progresses. Ken Gurnick over at MLB.com has a great look at state of the Dodgers’ the NRI pitching competition as Mattingly...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Training Notes: February 18

Will be getting these up on a daily basis moving forward (straight from the Dodgers’ PR department): INTO THE SWING OF THINGS:On the third day of full-squad workouts, left-hander Clayton Kershaw threw a live batting practice session, facing teammates Carl Crawford, Luis Cruz, Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe. In addition to...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote for a Dodgers Fan to Join the MLB Fan Cave

So as you may know, there are three, yes THREE, proud Dodger fans that are trying to get into to MLB Fan Cave, and dammit, we owe it to Major League Baseball fans everywhere to get these guys in there! Representing LA in the final 52 are Mark Fabrick from Los Angeles, Jeremy Dorn from Walnut Creek, CA and Thomas Roberts from Huntington Beach, CA. Voting is taking place online until...
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February 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitchers and Catchers Report to Camelback Ranch on February 12

Spring Training officially opens for the Dodgers this week with pitchers and catchers reporting to Camelback Ranch on Tuesday, and man, am I excited!  The first workout kicks off on Wednesday, position players report on Friday and the first full-squad workout takes place on Saturday. Also of note, Don Mattingly will be giving his first media address of the season on Tuesday, with...
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February 10, 2013  |  1 Comment

A Primer on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Why it’s the Hot Treatment with Pro Athletes

So as I was listening to the first part of the game tonight, I heard Vin mention that Chad Billingsley is having a form of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to help his ailing elbow.  I happen to know a little about PRP, as I’m set to undergo the procedure myself in just under two weeks.  Important note: I am NOT a doctor…this is a layman’s assessment of PRP for the purposes...
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September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Blockbuster! Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett, Puto and (of course) Vin Scully

Wow, what a weekend to be a Dodgers fan, huh?  And what a weekend I chose to be up in my family’s remote cabin, away from most technology.  But I couldn’t resist logging in and sharing a few thoughts on this weekend’s developments. First up, like all Dodger fans, I’m beyond thrilled that Vin is returning for his 63rd season.  It’s a remarkable accomplishment, and something...
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August 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodgers Roll Out Kasten and Colletti at 5th Annual Blogger Night

Friday night at Dodger Stadium was pretty special, as the Dodgers hosted the 5th Annual Blogger Night, inviting a wide range of Dodger blogs to experience the game from a luxury box while getting a chance to hear from a few special guests. Blogger Night had a few of the old stalwarts in attendance, including Craig from True Blue LA, a few of the “new Sons” from Sons of Steve...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss

5th Annual Dodgers Blogger Night…Tonight!

Yup, it’s back and Alex and I will be on hand for the festivities. We’ll be catching the game from Ned Colletti’s suite, and hearing from Ned and Stan Kasten (among other special guests) during the course of the game. This event has really become one of the highlights of the season, primarily due to the way the Dodgers embrace social media and the true openness by their executives...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Pacific Northwest Dodger Fans Share Their LA Stories

What a day.  What a series.  For Dodger fans up in the Pacific Northwest, this weekend road trip was a rare chance for LA fans to see their favorite team in action.  Remember, the next closest city that LA plays in regularly is San Francisco, and that’s nearly a two hour plane flight from Seattle. Today’s game had a totally different feel to it than yesterday’s game.  Perhaps...
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June 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodger Fans Make Mariners Series Special

While I could talk about how the Dodgers won today’s game against the Mariners 8-3 (Kershaw striking out 12 in seven innings; Hairston driving in a career-high five runs), today’s game was notable for a different reason. I’ve been to Dodger road games before, but today’s game was different in a really special way: the fans.  Maybe it was because this was the Dodgers first...
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June 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Seattle Shocker: Mariners No-Hit Dodgers

Being a Dodger fan and blogger living in Seattle, I catch a fair amount of Mariners games at Safeco Field.  I know what kind of a pitcher’s park it is, especially on a cool evening like last night.  But there was no way anyone could expect what happened to actually take place. 37 year-old Kevin Millwood was throwing smoke, with complete command of his fastball through six innings...
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June 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Old Friend Alert: Trayvon Robinson

With the Dodgers arriving in Seattle for a weekend series, The Seattle Times conducted an online chat for fans with former Dodger minor leaguer, and current AAA center fielder for the Tacoma Rainiers, Trayvon Robinson. There are a few questions about the Dodgers that will be of interest for readers of this blog (for one, Trayvon considers the Dodgers more strict as an organization...
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June 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodgers Celebrate “The Infield” on Tuesday Night

Now this is a bobblehead I can get behind!  Cey, Russell, Lopes and Garvey.  When I was growing up as a young Dodger fan, these were the first players I really started to get to know.  When Lopes was traded, I was shocked – it never occured to me that the Dodgers would break up this group. Anyway, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, the Dodgers are honoring all four...
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May 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Dollar Dodger Dogs Tonight!

While Memorial Day is certainly about remembering those who have given their lives in the service of our country, it’s also the unofficial start of summer….and there’s no better way to celebrate a long weekend than watching the Dodgers whoop up on the Milwaukee Brewers, right?  Plus, $1 Dodger Dogs are back for the game!  Mmm….Dodger Dogs.  Game time is 5:10 p.m.,, people...
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May 28, 2012  |  Discuss

New Dodgers Owner Bobby Patton Seems Like a Regular Guy

Yesterday the CBS affiliate in Dallas had a great story on Bobby Patton, one of the five partners of Guggenheim Baseball Management that now own the Dodgers. The piece has some detail on Patton’s life in Fort Worth, Texas, but what really comes through is that he seems like a regular family guy who loves his sports teams (he’s a lifelong Rangers fan, loves the Texas Longhorns...
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May 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Dodger Kids Come Through with Series Sweep Against the Cards

Despite an up and down pitching performance by Chad Billingsley (mostly down), the Dodgers managed to squeak by the Cardinals io6-5 in the Sunday evening nightcap on ESPN in thrilling fashion. The big moment in the game came in the bottom of the seventh, when 25 year-old rookie outfielder Scott Van Slyke powered a three run home run to left field to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead. The...
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May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Kemp, Uribe Move to the DL; Sands, Herrera Head to LA

The injury bug continues to hit the Dodgers this past week, with Matt Kemp going on the DL with a strained left hamstring and Juan Uribe also going down with a left wrist injury that seems to be nagging him from last season. The result is a bunch of newcomers for LA.  In place of Kemp, the Dodgers brought up leftfielder Jerry Sands, who in 2011 over 61 games in LA batted .253...
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May 15, 2012  |  Discuss

IT’S OVER!

Finally.  After all the pain, suffering and frustration caused by the McCourt Ownership Era, Dodger fans are finally free. When the official statement came over at 10:48 a.m., it was simple and to the point: The Los Angeles Dodgers, Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) and Frank McCourt today announced the completion of the sale of the Dodgers to GBM for $2 billion. As...
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May 02, 2012  |  Discuss

An Epic Night at Dodger Stadium

Last night at Dodger Stadium was simply epic.  I don’t want to make too big a deal about it as it’s only late-April, but it just felt like a special night, didn’t it?  A top flight pitching matchup in Kershaw and Strasburg, a pre-game ceremony honoring Drysdale and Wills, and the major league debut of phenom-in-the-making, Bryce Harper.  All that led to a pumped up crowd...
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April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobblehead Mania Kicks off at Chavez Ravine Tonight!

The arrival of Spring doesn’t just mean the start of the MLB season, it means the return of bobblehead mania!  Tonight’s bobblehead giveaway looks particularly cool: Don Drysdale and Maury Wills, honoring the 1962 Cy Young Winner and the Most Valuable Player. Plus, Drew Drysdale (Don’s daughter) will perform the national anthem and Maury Wills and members of the Drysdale family...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

What Should Magic and Stan Do in First Move as Dodgers Owners?

As hard as it is to believe, this is the last weekend of baseball at Chavez Ravine in the Frank McCourt era.  Just drink that in for a moment. Ahhh.  It feels good, doesn’t it? Bill Shaikin at the LA Times reports that the sale is set to close on schedule this Monday, meaning the Dodgers should take the field on Monday night under the ownership of the guys from Guggenheim Baseball...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

The “Other Side” of Dodgers’ Closer Javy Guerra?

So today I was scrolling through the “People You May Know” section of LinkedIn when one interesting name popped up: Javy Guerra.  Now I’m linked with a few current and former members of the Dodgers front office, so it was no surprise to see a familiar name pop up (after all, that’s how LinkedIn works), but I was surprised that the Dodgers’ closer has a public profile on...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Kemp Ties Club Home Run Record for April in Dodgers Loss

First the good news: Matt Kemp continued his amazing April with his 10th home run in the first month of the season, typing Gary Sheffield’s club record from April 2000. Sure, Kemp has made a few questionable decisions this season (he had a couple of base running and fielding issues last night), but the guy has been lights out at the plate and generally in the field, driving in...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss
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