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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Mets Are Pissed At Yasiel Puig For Admiring His Homer

Puig’s fourth-inning, three-run homer off of Tyler Pill put L.A. up 5-1, and Puig circled the bases in a dilatory 32.1 seconds, the second-longest trot in the majors this season. In defense, he was distracted by exchanging words with Wilmer Flores at first and then Travis d’Arnaud at home….

Flores said he told Puig to “run the bases.” Puig responded, according to Flores, “Fuck you.”

Between innings, Jose Reyes and Yoenis Cespedes spoke to Puig.

“After I talked to Cespedes, he told me, ‘Try to run a little bit faster,’ and tried to give me some advice,” Puig said through a translator. “I don’t look at it that way, but it is what it is.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2017 at 09:31 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mets, unwritten rules of the game, yasiel puig

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger lead Dodgers’ win | MLB.com

The Dodgers have two pretty, pretty good players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, corey seager, dodgers

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dodgers minor leaguer Jair Jurrjens suspended 80 games after testing positive for exogenous Testoste

Major League Baseball announced on Thursday evening that Dodgers minor league pitcher Jair Jurrjens has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone.

Jurrjens, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers at the end of March after pitching for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, the right-hander compiled a 4.64 ERA with a 44/18 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 05:17 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jair jurrjens, peds

Dodgers’ Julio Urias to get shoulder examined; Yasiel Puig appeals MLB punishment for gesture - LA Times

This is not good.

A fitful season for Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias took a concerning turn this week, and now the left-hander is headed back to Los Angeles so team doctor Neal ElAttrache can examine his sore left shoulder.

The triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers placed Urias on the disabled list Wednesday. Urias mentioned to the medical staff that “he wasn’t feeling right” a few days ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The team shut him down from throwing. When his condition did not approve, Urias was scheduled for his appointment.

“It’s a concern whenever you’re talking about a pitcher’s arm, especially the shoulder,” Roberts said. “But I think with Julio, I think we’ve gotten ahead of it. Hopefully it’s just inflammation where time will allow it to dissipate. But when you’re talking about the elbow or the shoulder, I think there’s some pause.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, julio urias

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger already has a cool place in MLB history

Four multi-homer games already?! It’s pretty crazy, when you consider some thought Bellinger was going to be a temporary call-up for the Dodgers in late April. Since then, the 21-year-old outfielder has driven in 39 runs, scored 32 and is slashing .261/.335/.630.

That doesn’t quite compare with Judge’s line: .343/.450/.718 with 22 homers and 49 RBIs. But it doesn’t take anything away from Bellinger, either. His impact on the Dodgers has been quite obvious. Just consider this pair of factoids:

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes pair of obscene gestures to stands after hitting a home run

Probably expressing his protest over the Cleveland logo!

Not shown there for obvious reasons is that Puig flipped the ol’ bird—two of them actually—toward someone or a group of people in the Progressive Field stands. Yes, two very visible middle fingers toward fans.
The gesture happened on Puig’s trip back to the dugout after crossing home plate. The area is very close to the on-deck circle, so we can probably do the math, right? People are all over Puig in the on-deck circle about how much he “sucks,” he hits a two-run home run and reacquaints himself with them.

Well, that’s gonna move the needle. Puig’s already a polarizing player and many people find that gesture offensive. It was plain as day on TV, and it’s a good bet there were kids in the crowd who got at least a very quick glimpse.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 11:00 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, flipping the bird, indians, obscene, yasiel puig

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Dodgers tie MLB record by striking out 26 Brewers

“The Milwaukee Brewers reached a special level of futility in Friday night’s 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming only the third team in Major League Baseball history to strike out 26 times in a single game.”

Kershaw:  7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 14k, no decision.  The Won/Loss Gods are furious ..

Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: June 03, 2017 at 03:35 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, records, strikeouts

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is off to record-setting start – and will get better | FOX Sports

Cody Bellinger possesses that rarest of baseball gifts.

“He has the ability,” Dodgers first base coach George Lombard said, “to make everything look easy.”

Lombard said that the Dodgers’ staff didn’t know Bellinger all that well at the start of spring training. His arm proved better than they expected. He ran better than they expected. And his power . . . it’s doubtful that even Bellinger’s father, former major-league infielder/outfielder Clay Bellinger – expected this.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, notes

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dodgers Alex Wood placed on disabled list | MLB.com

The Dodgers will be without one of their more productive starters after placing Alex Wood on the disabled list Monday.

Wood, who seized a rotation spot with a string of excellent starts this month, is suffering from inflammation in his left SC joint.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex wood, dodgers, injuries

Brandon McCarthy expected to make next start | MLB.com

Look like no DL time for now. Will he be able to make it through a whole season in the rotation?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers

Friday, May 26, 2017

Clayton Kershaw dominant, lowers career WHIP under 1

I’m aware that WHIP is a rate stat and it could very well rise above 1 as soon as next start. However:
Kershaw hasn’t had a WHIP above 1 since 2012
His WHIP since 2013 is .854, so he’s gliding at a pace of well below a 1 WHIP right now and has for some time now
If he continues his since 2013 pace, he’ll pass Ed Walsh for second place next start and then Addie Joss for number 1 by the end of the season.
It’s true that Kershaw hasn’t had his decline phase yet, but neither did Addie Joss. There is a great chance that when Kershaw passes Joss’ 2327 IP, (probably 2019) that he’ll have a lower career era than Addie Joss.
All that said, he’ll probably finish his career with a WHIP higher than 1, but it’s still cool to see a guy with over 1800 career innings have a WHIP below 1.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 26, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: addie joss, dodgers, ed walsh, kershaw

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dodgers’ newest pitcher could be outfielder Brett Eibner

The Dodgers manage their roster with a short bench and a surplus of creativity. The player who has pinch-run most often this season is pitcher Ross Stripling.

So it might come as little surprise that the Dodgers are experimenting with outfielder Brett Eibner as a pitcher. He played the outfield and pitched at the University of Arkansas from 2008-10, so he would be working on seven years rest.

“I’m also 25 pounds heavier, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

This isn’t just about a position player saving the bullpen in a blowout. Eibner has thrown several bullpen sessions at Dodger Stadium and at Oklahoma City, working on building arm strength and developing secondary pitches to accompany a fastball he said hit 95 mph in college.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:38 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brett eibner, dodgers

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The man behind Cody Bellinger’s early success with the Dodgers

Meet Cody Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MLB investigating Dodgers for alleged discrimination in termination of war veteran Nick Francona

Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Los Angeles Dodgers discriminated against Nick Francona, an Afghanistan war veteran and son of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, when his contract was terminated last year, sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo Sports.

Francona, 31, told MLB in a letter he believed the Dodgers gradually pushed him out of his job as assistant director of player development following his decision to seek an assessment at Home Base, a Boston-area organization dedicated to helping veterans treat so-called invisible wounds of war. MLB’s Department of Investigations launched an inquiry into the matter, during which the Dodgers denied that Francona’s service served as motivation for the end of his employment in March 2016. The investigation is expected to be completed within a week, according to sources.

It followed months of private negotiations during which the Dodgers said they conducted their own investigation and offered a pair of settlements — the first in June 2016 for $40,000 and the second in November 2016 for $150,000. Francona rejected both and has not taken legal action.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, investigation, terry francona

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dodgers hit 3 straight homers in walk-off win | MLB.com

Turned on the game just in time to see this. Then I fell asleep on the couch.

Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Hector Neris to spark an incredible 6-5 comeback victory over the Phillies. Puig got things going, crushing a 3-2 fastball to left field to cut the lead to two. Bellinger hit a first-pitch splitter off the right-field foul pole to make it a one-run game. Turner then smoked a 0-1 fastball to left field to tie the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield

With Joc Pederson on the disabled list and the team’s outfield production stalled, the Dodgers have decided to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team needs to clear a spot on its 40-man roster to make room for Bellinger, a 21-year-old who was rated the No. 7 prospect in the sport before the season by Baseball America.

Bellinger can play first base, but he is expected to aid the team’s outfield upon his debut. He will likely rotate between left field and center field against right-handed pitchers.

Bellinger was hitting .343 with five home runs and a 1.055 on-base plus slugging percentage in 18 games for triple-A Oklahoma City.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dodgers’ quartet of pitching prospects can bring the heat – Orange County Register

White said he pitched about 20 innings as a high schooler in San Jose. He went undrafted after his senior year, was barely recruited by colleges, and didn’t have much of a choice when he chose to attend Santa Clara University. He’s still thrown fewer than 200 innings in his life, by his own estimate.

By contrast, Buehler was a 14th-round draft pick out of Henry Clay High in Lexington, Ky., in 2012. He chose not to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and attend Vanderbilt University instead. Two years later, Buehler was a College World Series champion and a big-name prospect.

Santana was primarily a shortstop until he turned 18. His $170,000 signing bonus didn’t tab him as a marquee name, but after becoming a pitcher he shot through the Dodgers’ system quicker than many of his peers.

And then there’s Alvarez, who left Cuba at age 18. By the time he turned 21 in March, he was already married with a young daughter. (They were in Rancho Cucamonga, Alvarez said, when he pitched Monday in Lancaster.) He’s already used his $16 million signing bonus to purchase four cars: a Lamborghini, a Porsche, an Audi S8 and a Chevy Tahoe. It seems the rest of his life is merely trying to keep pace with his fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dodgers trying to connect with next generation of fans despite lack of TV exposure

For the fourth consecutive year, the cable company that markets the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA channel has been unable to sell it to any other major cable or satellite provider in the Los Angeles area. The Dodgers got a record $8.35 billion in their 25-year cable deal, but there is no end in sight to the blackout.

“They’re pushing all the right buttons, but that TV contract has just been a killer,” Wagner said. “It’s hurt the team. It didn’t hurt them financially.

“It’s one thing to take care of 45,000 or 50,000 people a night. But, with how well they play and with all the improvements they have made, not to have the exposure to your product on television in a market of 20 million people? Every one of their games should be on TV.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, tng, tv contracts

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Quakes’ Buehler fans final eight batters | MiLB.com News

Of course, this might say more about their opponent.

Buehler, Wes Helsabeck, Dean Kremer and Shea Spitzbarth (1-0) combined for a season-high 20 strikeouts.

“It was exciting to watch. We have a very talented staff and we’ve got a lot of guys who throw the ball well. I hope we can do that again and I wouldn’t be surprised if we did,” Buehler added. “It was a special night, especially the way Helsabeck finished it with six strikeouts.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nothing to worry about as Clayton Kershaw dominates again - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

Clayton Kershaw just keeps on pitching well.

“I said it before, but it’s not a lot of fun to face guys you know and consider a friend,” Kershaw said. “We did a really good job against him tonight. We really battled, made him throw a lot of pitches, didn’t give him many easy outs tonight. We kind of broke it open there with a few big hits with runners in scoring position, so hats off to our guys tonight. They really battled well against him.”

They were enemies for one night, but Kershaw and Greinke are close friends. Three years as teammates, while operating as two of baseball’s best pitchers, forged the bond. Their kids are close in age. Their wives are friends.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LAT: A closer look at Rich Hill and his blisters

The blisters a pitcher gets are much more painful. They start deep below the surface of the skin, usually between the nail bed and the skin surrounding it. It will begin to radiate heat as the area (further below the surface of the skin than blisters we get) fills with fluid. Continue to pitch and the fluid erupts to the surface, taking a lot of skin with it and causing a lot of bleeding. So the pitcher is left with a hole in his skin next to his nail, and the hole exudes pus and blood.

Pitchers can’t just slap a Band-Aid on it and go out and pitch, because they can’t have anything on their fingers while pitching. It’s against the rules. And when you have a hole in your finger that’s oozing pus and blood, you don’t really want to grip a ball 100 times and throw it as hard as you can, especially when you throw as many curveballs as Hill does. Imagine the pain from the worst ingrown toenail you have had, double it, and you will have a sense of what it is like.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 12, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gross stuff, rich hill

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Forgotten Rivalry: The Reds and Dodgers Battle for Supremacy of the 70s

“As far as talent goes, I’ll take Reds-Dodgers in the ‘70s over any version of Yankees-Red Sox, Cubs-Cardinals, or Dodgers-Giants.”

—————-

It was only one game, but it was a game that showed the world what it was like to have three of the greatest everyday players of all time, all in their primes, in one lineup, at the same time. Comb through baseball history and try to find a team that ever had three such players - you won’t. Secretariat may have moved “like a tremendous machine,” as the track announcer at the Belmont Stakes would famously call three weeks later. But he could have just as easily been describing The Big Red Machine.

—————-

But even against the backdrop of the era, the Dodgers’ starting pitching was pretty extraordinary. Around the league, 200-plus inning workloads were typically limited to the front line pitchers. Most teams had two or three such starters, and divided the workload at the back end of the rotation among several others. But four of the Dodgers’ five 1973 starters – Don Sutton, Andy Messersmith, Claude Osteen, and Tommy John - topped the 200 inning mark. The only one who didn’t, Downing, finished with 193.

gehrig97 Posted: April 10, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: bench, big red machine, dodgers, garvey, morgan, reds, rose, sutton

Friday, April 07, 2017

How Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi became one of the most coveted minds in baseball - LA Times

A great feature on Farhan Zaidi.

“You get one ‘Friday Night Lights’ ending, and you get 29 ‘Sopranos’ endings,” Zaidi said. “The lights just go out, and you don’t know what happened.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, farhan zaidi, general managers

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Pedro Guerrero, feared Dodgers slugger, reportedly ‘fighting for his life’

Pedro Guerrero, whose big bat powered many of the Dodgers’ best teams in the 1980s, was hospitalized Monday in the Dominican Republic. Initial reports offered conflicting information about Guerrero’s current state.

Miami-based journalist Antonio Puesan reported that Guerrero has died. Three other reports indicated Guerrero is alive, but in failing health. ESPN’s Renato Bermudez reported that Guerrero suffered a heart attack, while ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reported that Guerrero suffered a stroke. Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z101 wrote on his Twitter account that Guerrero is brain dead.

A spokesperson for the Dodgers had no information about Guerrero’s condition Monday night.

Guerrero, 60, played 15 seasons in the major leagues. As a Dodger from 1978-88, he made three All-Star teams and finished in the top four in National League MVP voting three times.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2017 at 01:03 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, pedro guerrero

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