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Monday, May 04, 2015

Two Dudes Smooch On Dodgers’ Kiss Cam, To Hearty Applause

Its Koufax and Drysdale, not Adam and Steve!

Back in 2000, two women were kicked out of Dodger Stadium for kissing. The team and the world have changed since then. Between innings of Saturday’s game, the stadium’s Kiss Cam team found two men, not as a joke, but a couple. (It’s at the 0:28 mark.)

It’s cool that this wasn’t the still-prevalent homophobic gag of forcing two platonic male friends to awkwardly recoil at the thought of kissing another dude. It’s also cool that the reaction from the crowd was a genuine cheer. Reader Steven, who was in the ballpark (but didn’t film this video), says he was “proud of the loud, enthusiastic response from the crowd. Not one person around me groaned or made derogatory remarks, and seemed genuinely pleased with the moment.”

The Dodgers have held LGBT nights in recent years, and while it’s great to publicly announce that everyone’s welcome, there’s nothing quite like being normalized by dorky in-stadium entertainment to make everyone feel included.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gay rights, kiss cam


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Joc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times

Another Dodger Rookie of the Year?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:31 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joc pederson

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Suitors for Cole Hamels starting to line up

“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone, particularly left-handed, better than him,” Amaro says. “Debate it all you want, from the sabermetrics to scout evaluations, but he is as good as there is going to be out there.

“No respect to the guy out there in Los Angeles (Clayton Kershaw) or to Felix (Hernandez), but he was as good as any pitcher in baseball the second half of last season. If you match up his numbers from late May to the end of the season, he’s as good as it gets. And he tends to be a better pitcher late in the season.”

Spoken like a true salesman, and a GM who thinks he has a Ferrari Testarossa sitting in the showroom and isn’t about to sell it at a Ford Fiesta price.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 06:42 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cardinals, cole hamels, dodgers, philles, red sox

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement. Well-known patients include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Brandon McCarthy out for the year with torn UCL

Nick Johnson thinks Brandon McCarthy is injury-prone.

Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got bad news with the results of his MRI on Monday. The right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and is out for the season.

The club placed McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He is still talking though his options with doctors, but it seems unavoidable that Tommy John surgery in in McCarthy’s future.

“It certainly looks one direction and I don’t want to be one of those guys who plays the string out for a few months only to kind of waste everybody’s time, myself included,” McCarthy said. “If we need to get it done, we’ll get it done.”

The return timetable if McCarthy has surgery is 14-15 months, essentially putting him out until the 2016 All-Star break.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, tommy john surgery, ucl

Alex Guerrero is forcing the issue with Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report - ESPN

“When a guy’s swinging the bat, you’re going to find playing time for him,” Mattingly said. “That’s just the way this game is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers, juan uribe

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Friday, April 24, 2015

Alex Guerrero in Dodgers lineup for series finale vs. Giants - LA Times

The Dodgers need to find a way to ride out Guerrero’s hot streak, even if the thought irritates Mattingly.

Asked if he considered making Guerrero the starting third baseman and Uribe his late-inning defensive replacement, Mattingly mentioned Turner again.

“Where does J.T. fit in your plan?” Mattingly snapped. “Does he not play? Should he not start and then somebody come in for him? I know the people are chanting for Alex right now, but there’s other guys too that probably have swung the bat better. J.T. hits .340 last year, leads the league in hitting, basically. Now, because he’s not the flavor of the day, we start talking about somebody else. That’s where we can’t get involved with what happened over a 10-day period. We have to make decisions based on long term and what we see and project, but also with the fact that things change. Not discounting Alex, but you still have a full roster we know we’ll use over the course of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to Cloak Your DNS to watch the Dodgers on MLB.TV

The most subversive thing I’ve ever read in the LA Times.  Columnist Chris Erskine gives detailed instructions on how to mask your DNS to watch Dodger games on MLB.TV, avoiding antiquated blackout rules and telling Time Warner cable to…..well, who needs them anymore?

pthomas Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mlbtv, television

Julio Lugo charged with kidnapping, gun posession

Former Devil Rays infielder Julio Lugo (2003-2006) has been charged in court with kidnapping, according to multiple reports out of the Dominican Republic.

Lugo last professionally played baseball for los Leones del Escogido, and last played stateside for the Braves in 2011.

Lugo’s arrest warrant was issued in the cities of La Romana and Santo Domingo for kidnapping and the posession of fire arms. According to the paper, Lugo and four men held their hostage and his girlfriend at gunpoint, demanding money that had allegedly been invested in a business venture.

A rough translation of the article includes how Lugo had, “always been willing to talk about it, assuring him that the money invested in the company, as well as that of other investors, was sure.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, guns, julio lugo, kidnapping, legal, rays, red sox

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dodgers A.J. Ellis, Yasmani Grandal caught up in framing a pitch for strikes

[A.J.] Ellis has ranked among the worst framers (catchers who get fewer strike calls than they should as measured by, again, Pitch f/x) in the majors the past few seasons. That put him in an uncomfortable situation this past winter with the Dodgers’ front office now in the hands of a coterie of highly sophisticated, analytically inclined decision-makers who believe strongly in the value of the pitch-framing metrics.

“I’ll be honest – I was motivated by the realization that that aspect of catching was becoming highly valued by this new wave of analytical front-office types,” said Ellis, who spent time during the off-season working to improve his pitch-framing skills with Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel. “And I knew that deficiency in the long run could affect my future employment.” ...

They have a very smart group of people upstairs. [Ellis said] They can isolate it… when they explained that to us in spring training, ran us through the process and laid it out for us, it strengthened my understanding of it and my commitment to what they’re doing – because they’re doing it the right way. It got me on board, is what I’m saying.” ...

Yasmani Grandal was already on board – without really knowing it.

Grandal does not have a reputation as a good defensive catcher. But he ranks very high as a pitch framer and that was a big factor in the Dodgers’ desire to acquire him from the San Diego Padres this winter…

Bad news for Ellis, though. While there are techniques that can improve the way a catcher receives the ball, pitch framing appears to be an innate skill that you either have or you don’t.

“The really interesting thing about framing for me is – it is pretty much one of, if not the, most persistent skills in baseball,” [GM Farhan] Zaidi said. “A batting average will fluctuate, a pitcher’s ERA will fluctuate way more than this metric of catcher framing will fluctuate… Obviously, Yasmani is working with an entirely different set of pitchers. He was a top-five framer last year. He’s a top-five framer now.”



Friday, April 17, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 17, 1915:

The Brooklyn club will celebrate tomorrow its twenty-fifth birthday, as it was on April 18, 1890, that the Dodgers played their first game in the National League, losing to Boston by a score of 15 to 9. This was a bad start, but the Brooklynites copped the pennant their first year out.

The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers: April 18th’s Birthday Team.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, history

Dodgers outfield adjusts to the information age - LA Times

Yasiel Puig is taking the game more seriously.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, dodgers, joc pederson, yasiel puig

Bryan Stow tosses first pitch for San Jose Giants home opener

SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: April 17, 2015 at 02:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, minor leagues, san jose

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DODGERS USE FINANCIAL MIGHT TO PUT MONETARY VALUE ON DRAFT PICK

let’s just recognize the Dodgers paid $2.75 million (Webb’s salary) for the pick. You might say they were also getting Webb as a reliever and Ward as minor-league catching depth, but Webb was released by the Dodgers on Monday, even after accepting his assignment to Triple-A. It was an odd situation, as Webb was a somewhat competent reliever, but the Dodgers’ front office felt it was content with its reliever depth in the high minors.

What the Dodgers clearly valued was the draft pick.
...
Andrew Ball at Beyond the Boxscore attempted to analyze the value of picks in the 2013 MLB Draft. For picks No. 61-100, he came to a value of $2.58 million on it — not far off from the original $2.75 million of Webb’s salary. When you factor in the slot amount, it looks like a bit of an overpay. But, if the Dodgers intend to apply that extra money gained to draft and sign a player who is looking for an over-slot bonus at Nos. 24 (1st-round pick) or 35 (supplemental 1st-rounder for Hanley Ramirez), it might have even more value than it does on the surface.

So there you go. The 74th pick of the draft sold for $2.75m.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers


Robothal: diamondbacks had nothing to do with fan covering up

Surprised this didnt get linked as well…......actually not surprised

shoewizard Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Phils prospect Valentin suspended following domestic arrest

Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday.

“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we take this very seriously as does the Commissioner’s office.”

Valentin, 20, is a second baseman from Puerto Rico. The Phillies acquired him in August from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. Valentin is the son of former major-league infielder Jose Valentin. He was a first-round pick of the Dodgers (No. 51 overall) in 2012 and was slated to open the season with the Single A Clearwater Threshers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, domestic abuse, jesmuel valentin, phillies, suspension

Friday, April 10, 2015

The tragic extent of Monique and Milton Bradley’s violent relationship

Victim said her husband grabbed her right hand and pushed her hand against her mouth, causing her to hit herself…. Victim said her husband grabbed her cellphone from a bedroom table and threw it towards the wall. Victim said her cellphone broke into several parts…. Victim said she followed him into the hallway. Victim said her husband turned around and used his right forearm and pushed her against the wall. Victim stated his forearm was against her throat and she was having a difficult time breathing…. Victim said her husband went around the house and picked up all the cellphones, house phones, her car keys and credit cards and left.

MIKE SNAKENBORG: She was upset and crying…. She indicated to me that she was pregnant…. She had a small cut on the inside of her lip that was bleeding.5

MILTON BRADLEY: She had a busted lip…. She was threatening, “Oh, I’m going to call the police” ... and I’m like, “I’m not staying here because I didn’t do nothing.”

HARLAND BRAUN: Did you ever throw the phone at a wall or anything like that?

MILTON BRADLEY: I never threw the phone.5

MICHELLE LIM: Has [Mr. Bradley prevented you from calling the police] in the past?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: He’ll take my cellphone and the house phones, and when he doesn’t do that he says, “Call the police. You’ll be dead by the time they get here anyway.“5

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office ... declined to press charges in the July 11 incident because of “insufficient evidence.” [Prosecutors’ documents] read: “Victim was interviewed a [second] time and changed her stories.” —L.A. Times

MICHELLE LIM: What kind of things would he yell at you?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: Tell me I was stupid, I was a #####, a whore, slut, idiot.5

Milton Bradley is the Dodgers’ nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award ... which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team. —Dodgers.com


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Dodgers acquire reliever Ryan Webb

The Dodgers also got Ward and a competitive-balance draft pick, No. 74 overall, in exchange for pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O’Brien. That pick, which falls between the second and third rounds, has a slot value of $827,000, according to Baseball America.

So it looks like the Orioles gave up the 74th pick so they could save $2.75m on Webb’s salary. Rowen was a pre-arb player released by the Rangers in December. O’Brien’s upside is a potential future third string catcher. Brian Ward is organizational filler at best.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, orioles

Hyun-jin Ryu rapped about credit cards in a Korean commercial

Opa Hyun-jin Style?

Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu is a big star in his native Korea, which is why he stars in goofy commercials like this one.

Last fall, Ryu starred in an ad for ramen that also featured a fake Clayton Kershaw. Now he’s rapping to promote credit cards for a Korean bank. His outfit is spot-on and the Mission Impossible theme makes for a pretty good beat.

Ryu is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He’ll be back soon enough, but it’s nice to know that he has a potential career as a K-pop star waiting for him when his career is over.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 12:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commercials, dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, korean, rapping

Monday, April 06, 2015

Dodgers set MLB record payroll at $270M; average is $4.2M

That is one extremely poorly worded headline.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

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