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Saturday, April 30, 2016

An oral history of Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series home run

La Russa:

“So here’s what I thought. I thought, Gibby, he’s hittin’ on one leg. … My thought was, lookit, he’s hurting, I wanted to bring the outfield in because I didn’t think he could hit the ball out of the infield. So I was just trying to protect [against] the bloop. … So I was worried he was going to hit a ground ball through a hole or hit a blooper. So [pitching coach Dave] Duncan says, ‘You know, Steve Sax is on deck. And Eck’ll walk through him like he’s water.’ I said, ‘Hey, who’s the manager? We’re gonna pitch to him.’ ”

Crystal:

“So Duncan asked the same question I did.”

La Russa:

“Dunc didn’t ask it. He said, ‘Walk Gibson.’ I said, ‘I’m making the decisions here.’ And as we walked off the field, he says, ‘Dumb ass.’ “


Monday, April 25, 2016

Yasiel Puig crashed a high school prom after game in Colorado

Only to be thrown out by that stuffy Dean! I’LL GET YOU PUIG!

Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig had a little time to kill on Saturday night after Kenta Maeda and company made short work of the Colorado Rockies. So he decided he would surprise some Denver area high school students by crashing their prom party.

True story.

Puig shocked the students from Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colo.— which is a suburb of Denver — a little before midnight. He even posed for pictures with the students to commemorate the occasion, which will someday validate some prom stories that no one else would believe otherwise.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hijinks ensue, yasiel puig

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes incredible throw | MLB.com

Too bad he missed the cutoff man.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, great throw, yasiel puig

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Brinson: Actual story about Madison Bumgarner told by national treasure Vin Scully last night on the Dodgers broadcast

Scully alternately tells a wonderful story about Madison Bumgarner and his wife, Allie, and calls a Howie Kendrick plate appearance.


Dodgers’ Hernandez pounds Bumgarner in win | MLB.com

This was a very good day for Kiki Hernandez.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kiki hernandez

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Chip Hale upset with Rick Honeycutt | MLB.com

He was probably offended by their new uniforms.

D-backs manager Chip Hale wasn’t sure what Rick Honeycutt was yelling towards the Arizona dugout after Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning, but the very fact that the Dodgers’ pitching coach was doing so angered Hale.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It’s official: Vin Scully Avenue is now a city street - The Orange County Register

FYI, Vin Scully is a long-time lurker on BBTF so, if you show him some love, he might read it.

Thanks for all the fond memories, Mr. Scully!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, vin scully

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Kenta Maeda hits a home run, pitches Dodgers to 7-0 victory over Padres - LA Times

This is a pretty good first game. Of course, it was against the Padres.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenta maeda

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Chi Trib: Rosenthal: Look at what Dodgers fans don’t see on TV

The problem is SportsNet LA, which made its debut in 2014, remains unavailable across wide swaths of the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable launched the channel with a 25-year rights deal said to be worth about $8.35 billion. But to recoup the money it’s obligated to pay the Dodgers, it has pressed carriers for huge fees that would be costly to sports fans and nonsports fans alike.

So Dodgers telecasts are available in roughly 1.8 million L.A.-area households, mostly Time Warner Cable’s own subscribers, while the Los Angeles Times reports about 3 million homes in the metropolitan area are left in the lurch.

This can’t be good in the long term.

Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: April 06, 2016 at 06:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Monday, April 04, 2016

Dodgers’ Joc Pederson aims to make baseball a contact sport again after second-half struggles last year - LA Times

He looked out of sync in the most of the games I watched him this spring.

In the winter, Pederson sought to shave the extraneous movement from his swing. In the spring, he huddled with new hitting coach Turner Ward to sharpen his daily routine. This coming summer will determine whether he can learn how to counter the pitchers who solved him last season.

“I made some adjustments, and I like where I’m at,” Pederson said.

A survey of rival talent evaluators who saw Pederson this spring raised doubt. He hit .288 in 21 exhibition games, but struck out in 40% of his at-bats. Scouts continue to question his ability to adapt. A lack of deftness in that area doomed him last season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How the Dodgers’ $8.3B TV deal turned into an unmitigated disaster

Because Time Warner promised the Dodgers such an exorbitant sum, it wanted $4.90 per month from other providers for the right to broadcast SportsNet LA – an extra Abe that neither DirecTV nor any of their cable brethren were willing to charge their customers. So Dodgers games existed only for Time Warner customers, and the rest of the Los Angeles area was faced with a choice no company wants to foist on its consumers: get it illegally or don’t get it at all.

This is the consequence of sporting avarice, of teams valuing their TV rights above all and either ignoring or simply not understanding the changing landscape of content and how it was bound to turn this deal into a lemon. The Dodgers are still getting their money, and it’s enough that they’ve yet to shift their disappointment toward Time Warner for not fulfilling its end of the deal. Time Warner is taking a reported $100 million-a-year bath, which prompted it to cut the monthly asking price this week to a more reasonable $3.50 a month – a number at which DirecTV and others continue to balk.

Because the reality of content today is quite simple: You can get almost anything you want a la carte. And that is a powerful, emboldening truth bulldozing traditional cable companies’ business plans. Around 24 percent of Americans don’t have cable or satellite, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, and that includes 15 percent that are so-called cord cutters. The demographics on them, in particular, are frightening for baseball.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2016 at 05:16 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cord-cutting, directv, dodgers, television

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dodgers await injury update on Yasmani Grandal - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

The Dodgers catcher suggested that his soreness is the result of overcompensating in other areas as he returns from offseason shoulder surgery, portraying it as nothing out of the ordinary.

“Now we haven’t been swinging as much so we’re taking it slow,” Grandal said. “We will be in the game on Thursday. I’m scheduled to play Thursday. We will be smart about it.”

President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman also downplayed the potential severity of an injury.

“It’s just something that’s nagging, so I don’t think it’s something that’s going to linger or affect the regular season,” Friedman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasmani grandal

Dodgers’ focus on future could waste Clayton Kershaw’s best years - LA Times

What a shame. We might not ever see him in the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dodgers Andre Ethier has fractured tibia | MLB.com

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a right tibia fracture and will be sidelined 10-14 weeks.

Ethier suffered the injury fouling a pitch off his leg on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 05:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers, injuries

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Dodgers Digest / 2016 Dodgers prospects: Best Tools

Dodgers Digest breaks down the best prospect tools.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2016 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Teams with the Most Dead Money

Almost all of the Los Angeles Angels money is going to the Texas Rangers so they can pay Josh Hamilton after the unusual falling out between the Hamilton and the Angels organization. The team is also paying a portion of Erick Aybar‘s salary with the Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers have spread their money out among many players. Hector Olivera with the Braves, Michael Morse for the Pirates, Matt Kemp for the Padres are all receiving some money from the Dodgers this season. In addition, the Dodgers are also paying Erisbel Arrabarruena, who is still with the organization, but appears to have been a big international acquisition for little payoff as he has been outrighted off the roster.

Of the amount above, about one-quarter of the money is still with the team, like Arrabarruena, and potentially could still pan out, although removing a player from the 40-man roster is generally a pretty good indication about the level of confidence a team has in that player’s future. The biggest expenditure in this manner goes to Allen Craig, who is set to make $9 million this season and another $11 million in 2017 with a $1 million buyout for a $13 million option for the 2018 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, josh hamilton

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cody Bellinger having hot start to spring | dodgers.com

I’ve a few Dodgers games this spring. Bellinger has looked good. What hasn’t been good is the announcers mentioning his father in just about EVERY AB. In one game, they mentioned his father in all three AB.

We get it. Please stop.

“I get that question a lot,” said Bellinger, the son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger, the assistant coach when Cody went to the Little League World Series and now a fireman in nearby Gilbert.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Dodgers pitcher Zach Lee in position to seize fifth rotation spot - LA Times

This isn’t a ringing endorsement.

“I don’t think he has one wipeout pitch that might wow you,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “But when his command is good, when he’s down in the zone and working the cutter, the change and the sinker, changing eye levels with the fastball up, there’s some things he can do. … When Zach’s right, he gets major league hitters out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, zach lee

Friday, March 04, 2016

Analysis: Dodgers’ gamble on pricey pitchers is a dream deferred due to a slew of injuries - The Orange County Register

Some patience is in order.

“You never want to tap into that depth this early. But this is sort of the benefit of having that sort of depth,” Zaidi said. “As soon as something like this happens, you hope you can backfill and create some more options for yourself. But we’re also in the position where we have a lot of options and don’t have to do that.”

Much of that depth is young and talented, but also unproven and largely untested, even in the minors. Nineteen-year-old Julio Urias (the top-ranked left-handed prospect in baseball), for example, has never thrown more than 87 2/3 innings in a season as the Dodgers have closely controlled his pitch and inning counts through his first three seasons in the minors. Jose De Leon broke the 100-inning mark for the first time last season and has yet to pitch at the Triple-A level. Nor has Ross Stripling, who sat out all of 2014 and most of 2015 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson to have tests on back - LA Times

Anderson and Ryu already having issues.

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers

Friday, February 19, 2016


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year Major League veteran Raul Ibanez have been named special assistants to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department.

The Dodgers announced Tuesday that in their roles, Maddux and Ibanez will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development and working with the club’s players, both at the Major League and Minor League levels.

The Dodgers are going to have to rent out a convention center for their front office meetings… Two great additions though IMHO.

eddieot Posted: February 02, 2016 at 10:13 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, January 29, 2016

Dodgers re-sign Howie Kendrick | MLB.com

The Dodgers have a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2016 at 09:55 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agents, howie kendrick

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dodgers, Yaisel Sierra agree to 6-year deal

The deal, which is either six or seven years for around $30 million is fairly remarkable. At first glance, it seems to resemble the deal that the Dodgers agreed to with Kenta Maeda. That being said, no incentives have been announced yet. At the very least, the deal’s annual average value is worth $4.3 million. Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman could be finding the next market inefficiency, and found a new way to flex the Dodgers’ wealth-muscle.

Most recently, Sierra spent 2012-2014 with Sabuesos de Holguín—more commonly just Holguín—of the Cuban National League. In the 199.2 innings pitched with them, Sierra allowed seven home runs, and struck out 159 batters. However, Sierra’s issues seem to stem from walks. In the same time frame, Sierra allowed 119 batters to reach base on balls.

The 25-year old pitcher didn’t make a single start in his last season, but appeared in 36 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 02:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, dodgers, yasiel sierra

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