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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dodgers Rumors: All signs pointing to J.T. Realmuto being a Dodger

...Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has become a popular candidate for Dodger fans to get excited over. Realmuto reportedly wants out of Miami and the Dodgers have space for him now behind the plate.

These Dodgers rumors have now picked up steam with MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported on Tuesday that the Dodgers are the most interested team in the Miami Marlins catcher. No longer is this something to merely get excited about but an actual possibility that the front office could make come into realization.

If such a trade happens, where does Grandal sign?

Nasty Nate Posted: November 14, 2018 at 12:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Document prepared for potential investors says Dodgers plan on staying under luxury tax threshold - Los Angeles Times

More info in the article.

Under the projections prepared for potential investors, the Dodgers would spend $185 million in 2019 and 2020, $191 million in 2021 and $196 million in 2022.

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The Dodgers’ payroll projections are not binding. One high-ranking team official called the figures a “forecast,” and another said he would be “shocked” if the player payroll did not top $200 million next season.

The luxury tax would be assessed on any team that spends $206 million in 2019, $208 million in 2020, and $210 million in 2021. The 2022 threshold has not been set.

...

The document was prepared before the 2017 postseason, when the Dodgers generated additional revenue by advancing to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

For the 2017 season, the Dodgers paid $290 million to cover payroll and the luxury tax.

Nonetheless, in their 2018 payroll, the Dodgers hit the $195 million targeted in the document, enabling them to avoid paying a luxury tax for the first time in Guggenheim’s six full seasons of ownership. The Dodgers lost at least $100 million in each of the first four full seasons under Guggenheim, including a $200-million loss in 2015, according to the document.

The document showed potential investors how management intended to reverse the team’s financial course, including by reducing payroll below the level of those first full seasons. The projections call for the Dodgers’ revenues to increase from $591 million in 2019 to $695 million in 2022.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 11:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Which free agents might fit with the Dodgers? – Dodger Thoughts

The Dodgers have been in the playoffs the last six years, including the World Series the last two. The last thing they need to do is to change what they are doing to placate crazed fans who lack perspective.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, November 02, 2018

Clayton Kershaw contract news

Clayton Kershaw reached a three-year, $93 million contract extension with no opt-outs with the Dodgers on Friday shortly before he was eligible to end his current deal, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Dodgers have become baseball’s version of the 1990s Buffalo Bills

“The makeup of the teams is even similar. The Bills were loaded with stars and future Hall of Famers in quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and defensive end Bruce Smith. Is that much different than the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner?”

Lest we forget Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo bills, dodgers

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title – Orange County Register

Just listened to Bill Plunkett on with the Mad Dog. Dodgers fans are lucky neither of these two guys are running the Dodgers.

My favorite part of the interview was Russo asking, “Will the Dodgers, upstairs in their front office, will they recalculate a little bit, realizing that this interchangeable two-team match-up approach may not necessarily be the best way to go if you want to win the whole thing? Will this loss make them look at that?”

Plunkett replied, “I doubt it. I’ll put this gently. There is a certain arrogance about that front office. They do believe that they have, that they know more than anyone else, just by a hair. They don’t lord it over them or anything, but they think they have figured out the right way to go about this, and I don’t think they are going to deviate from it. I honestly don’t. I think they’ll look at this year and they will say, ‘Ya, know, we almost did it again, even though we lost our best player, one of our two best players, Cory Seager for the year in May. Even though we started the season without Justin Turner, our other best player, for the first forty games. Overcame injuries that had the entire starting rotation on the DL at one point. Ah, ya know, put things together and overcome other stuff along the way.’ I think they will look at it that way and say the plan is not the problem. That it just didn’t work out this year for those other reasons.”

“Yeah, that’s a stupid approach,” was just the beginning of Russo’s response where he also suggested a 22-YO front-office employee, who rides his bicycle to the park without socks, was responsible for Kiki batting third, which was another of the Mad Dog bones that he couldn’t let go.

Honestly, the conversation made my head hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


Time running out for Dodgers after another World Series loss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Major League Baseball’s World Series trophy was lifted triumphantly at Dodger Stadium for the second straight year on Sunday, but again the home team failed to get their hands on it.

Boston blasted their way to a 4-1 best-of-seven series victory this time around, while last year it was the Houston Astros breaking Los Angeles’ hearts in a Game 7 decider.

Dodgers’ losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw told reporters that the experience of losing out to Houston last year did not make defeat any easier to swallow on Sunday.

Wonder what Jerry Ragovoy thinks of this sentiment….

QLE Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, the agony of defeat

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Dave Roberts ripped for pulling Rich Hill in Game 4, but turns out he had a good reason for it

The problem with such second-guessing from parties not in the know is they are, um, not in the know. After the game, Roberts provided the context:

“Before the top of the seventh was going on, it was a long sixth for us,” Roberts said. “I had a conversation with Rich, and we talked about it. He said, ‘Keep an eye on me. I’m going to give it everything I have. Let’s go hitter to hitter and just keep an eye on me.’ So right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out there.”

Essentially, it sounds like Hill was letting Roberts know his tank was nearly empty.

The post-game second-guessing was immediate and fierce, but if a pitcher tells his manager something like what Hill appears to have said to Roberts, then the manager has to make a move. Alexander and Madson and Jansen didn’t do their jobs, but that’s on those pitchers, not on Dave Roberts.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 28, 2018 at 02:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, rich hill, world series

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Dodgers Are One Win Away From Triggering The Super Sports Equinox In LA

The city is only one Dodgers win from making another kind of history: The super sports equinox. If the Dodgers win just one of the next two games at home and force a Game 5, teams representing the city in all four major North American sports will be playing on the same day. And although World Series titles come and go, the super equinox has only happened once before in all of sports history — and LA’s super equinox would come with all its teams at home, which has never happened before.

Before 2015, there had only been 14 sports equinoxes ever, since it was difficult to find a Sunday or Monday (when NFL teams would be playing) late enough in the year to catch the start of the NBA season but early enough to overlap the end of the World Series.
But it’s been getting more and more common with the advent of things like Thursday Night Football and an earlier start to the NBA schedule. Since 2015, there has been a sports equinox every single year, with the potential for two in 2018. We’ve already seen one this year — back on Thursday, Oct. 18, when Game 5 of the ALCS coincided with Broncos-Cardinals, plus 12 other NBA and NHL games.

Seems like all of the sports are expanding their schedules. MLB with the later World Series due to playoff expansion, NFL has a Thursday game every week now (plus quite a few early Sunday games in London), NBA started their season 2 weeks earlier the past few years. NHL probably did something, but nobody noticed.

Greg Pope Posted: October 26, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: 4 major sports, clippers, dodgers, ducks, kings, rams

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman hasn’t let Hollywood go to his head or a bigger payroll change his winning formula

LOS ANGELES — Four years in, he still doesn’t show any signs of going Hollywood.

Clearly hasn’t upgraded from Gap chic to designer threads. Isn’t hobnobbing with the TV and movie stars who come to see his team, or at least to be seen. Still puts the job first and hours in, colleagues saying his claims of reduced intensity and increased maturity are a relative subject.

But the most impressive, and probably most important, thing that hasn’t changed about Andrew Friedman as he moved from heading baseball ops for the Rays to the Dodgers?

Mind you, why would celebrities hob-nob with a general manager? Do they really hang out that much with the people holding the equivalent roles in their actual fields?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general manager, hollywood

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got burned by sticking with Ryan Madson again

A manager can make the right move and still lose. The Dodgers aren’t losing because of Dave Roberts. They are losing because their players aren’t playing as well as the Red Sox players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

Dodgers’ Julio Urias: Expected to return as starter next year

Something to watch for concerning next season.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Red Sox victory in Game 1 of World Series is a long strategic nightmare for the Dodgers

Tom Boswell used to be one of my favorites.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The 2018 Dodgers Are the Most Positionally Fluid Team of All Time - The Ringer

How can you pass a good César Tovar reference?

It wasn’t uncommon for teams to carry super-utility types in the decade or two preceding the DH. The highest single-season Flex Scores of all time belong to César Tovar, who posted totals of 115 and 130, respectively, for the 1967 and 1968 Twins. Tovar’s versatility was so prized (and unprecedented) that he received MVP votes for five consecutive seasons from 1967 to 1971, and he hit well over that span, particularly for a player who could, and did, play every defensive position. But in the post-Tovar era, the super-utility player languished, notwithstanding the odd Bill Almon, José Oquendo, or Tony Phillips. In recent years, though, baseball has welcomed “a new, potent generation of super-utility players,” as Rob Neyer notes in his new book, Power Ball. That’s partly because Joe Maddon and his super-utility toy in Tampa Bay and Chicago, Ben Zobrist, have helped open teams’ eyes to the value of versatility—not just among good-glove, no-hit players, but among all-around stars such as Zobrist, Kris Bryant, and Bellinger. “Maddon obviously wasn’t the only manager who saw the value in a super-utility player,” Neyer writes. “But he might have been the first since [Tony] La Russa to make a real habit of them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2018 at 02:50 PM | 9 comment(s)
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World Series preview: Dodgers vs. Red Sox is more than 100 years in the making

Two of Major League Baseball’s most famous franchises meet in a World Series that we haven’t seen in the last 100 years — the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

It’s Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale, Yasiel Puig vs. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger vs. J.D. Martinez, Justin Turner’s beard vs. Craig Kimbrel’s beard and Manny Machado vs. all of Boston if he keeps his villain act up.

It’s a team looking to win its first World Series in exactly 30 years vs. a team trying to win its fourth in 15 years. It’s baseball’s third-highest payroll this season vs. its highest payroll — that’s $228 million for the Red Sox, according to Spotrac, and $199 million for the Dodgers.

For those of us who have thoughts concerning the World Series that do not seem appropriate for the Omnichatter, here’s as good a threat as any to have a discussion.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, preview, red sox, world series

Sunday, October 21, 2018


Mookie Betts to second base? Alex Cora isn’t ruling it out | Boston.com

What have reporters done? Overreacted, of course.

“You’re going to see Mookie taking ground balls at second,” Cora said. “But he’s doing that the whole season, so do not overreact. That’s part of his preparation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Dodgers advance to World Series with 5-1 victory over Brewers in Game 7 of NLCS - Los Angeles Times

“We haven’t had ‘easy’ in the playbook all year,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “So for it to come down this way shouldn’t be surprising. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the talent in this room won out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox | MLB.com

It will be TITANIC!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Brewers win NLCS Game 6 vs. Dodgers

Bullpenning on parade.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

Friday, October 19, 2018

Yes, David Price and Clayton Kershaw can win big October games

Ballplayers have the ability to control the narrative with their play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, david price, dodgers, red sox

Thursday, October 18, 2018

MLB playoffs 2018: Brewers used a fake starter, Dodgers used Clayton Kershaw - SBNation.com

This was a cheap simulation league maneuver. There is no rule against it. Maybe there should be.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2018 at 09:47 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, nlcs

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Manny Machado not worth the trouble for the Yankees

Are Manny’s actions really costing him money?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, manny machado

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