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Monday, April 16, 2018

Clayton Kershaw strikes out 12 in Dodgers’ 7-2 victory over Diamondbacks | LA Times

That the Dodgers reported for work in last place in the National League West for the first time in three years did not particularly worry the men in uniform. It was April, after all. They would win one of these days, and Clayton Kershaw would be their pitcher on this day.

“If there’s anyone you want to take the mound in a game like this, it’s Clayton,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

A game like this? Three consecutive losses overall, five consecutive losses to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and maybe the manager really was branding the 14th game of a 162-game schedule as a must-win.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 16, 2018 at 01:19 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Dodgers have no answer for pitcher Patrick Corbin in 3-0 loss to the Diamondbacks | LAT

The Dodgers have played seven games this season. They have scored one run or fewer in four.

The lineup longs for the return of All-Star third baseman Justin Turner as he recuperates from a fractured wrist. The malaise extends from Chris Taylor (.574 on-base plus slugging percentage) at the top of the lineup to Corey Seager (.414 OPS) and Puig (.476 OPS) in the middle to Logan Forsythe (.291 OPS) at the bottom.

After Kenley Jansen blew a save on Monday, the offense scored only one run during the final two games of this three-day pounding.


Tuesday, April 03, 2018

This 10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Chase Utley Met in 2006 Is Now His Teammate

Must have gotten some dust in my eye.

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eddieot Posted: April 03, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Daniel Vogelbach caps spring with home run

Will this spring’s Cinderella story turn into a pumpkin tomorrow?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2018 at 03:15 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel vogelbach, mariners

Smelly liquid floods area of field at Dodger Stadium, ending the Angels-Dodgers game

If Vin Scully had only waited a couple of more years to retire…  hearing him describe this would have been priceless.

Andere Richtingen Posted: March 28, 2018 at 01:03 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner suffers broken left wrist | ESPN

Justin Turner has a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch during Los Angeles’ 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Turner was struck by a pitch from right-hander Kendall Graveman in the first inning.

“I was hoping obviously the X-rays would be negative, but there’s a small non-displaced fracture,’’ Turner said. “We’ll just play it by ear, see how it goes.’‘

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: March 20, 2018 at 01:15 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injury, justin turner

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani faces Clayton Kershaw

Sorry, this isn’t smack talk.

“I could care less now,” Kershaw said when asked if he was excited to face Ohtani. “He didn’t pick us. Good luck to him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2018 at 10:24 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers

When Winter Never Ends

Great read.

DAY 1: FEB. 4, 2018

“There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord.”
—Musashi Miyamoto (circa 1584-1645), samurai and artist

Ichiro Suzuki steps out of the cold into the small restaurant that serves him dinner most nights. It’s winter in Kobe, Japan, where he once played professional baseball and where he comes during the offseason to train. His wife, Yumiko, is back home in Seattle. He is here alone, free from the untidy bits of domestic life that might break his focus. Every day, he works out in a professional stadium he rents, and then he usually comes to this restaurant, which feels like a country inn transported to the city. It’s tucked away on the fifth floor of a downtown building and accessible by a tiny elevator. Someone on the staff meets Ichiro at the back door so he can slip in unseen. Someone else rushes to take his coat, and Ichiro sits at a small bar with his back to the rest of the diners. Two friends join him. Inside the warm and glowing room, the chef slips on his traditional coat as he greets Ichiro in mock surprise.

“Thanks for coming again,” says the chef, wearing Miami Marlins shorts.

“You guys made me wait outside,” Ichiro jokes.

Ichiro is a meticulous man, held in orbit by patterns and attention to detail. This place specializes in beef tongue, slicing it thin by hand and serving it raw alongside hot cast-iron skillets. They do one thing perfectly, which appeals to Ichiro. Tonight he’s got dark jeans rolled up to the calf, each leg even, and a gray T-shirt under a white button-down with a skinny tie. His hair looks darker than in some recent photos, maybe the lighting, maybe a dye job. Either way, not even a 44-year-old future Hall of Famer is immune from the insecurities and diminishments that come with time. This winter is the most insecure and diminished he’s been.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 07, 2018 at 01:32 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro, longform, mariners

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Clayton Kershaw’s Next Contract | FanGraphs Baseball

He’s been great. His back problems the last couple of years could scare the Dodgers enough to keep them from offering him a seven-year deal. Would Kershaw agree to language which protects the Dodgers while choosing to not push them to the very top of the market?

Whether Kershaw and the Dodgers work out an extension before he opts out or he pulls the trigger, hits the open market, and signs a new deal, it’s reasonable to assume that his new pact will be a seven-year one. Not only did he (and agent J.D. Smart) go to that length before, but so have CC Sabathia (2009-15), Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander (both 2013-19), Masahiro Tanaka (2014-20), Max Scherzer (2015-21), David Price (2016-22), and Stephen Strasburg (2017-23). That’s eight out of the 10 largest contracts ever handed out to pitchers, with the six-year deals of Jon Lester (2015-20) and Zack Greinke (2016-21) representing the exceptions.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 09:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Let’s hope this is not the last year of Clayton Kershaw in a Dodgers uniform

How will his back hold up this season?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chase Utley’s Role Continues Changing

Plus he gives a great World Series parade speech.

Utley’s upside is the “clubhouse presence” he brings, as has been widely reported since he first showed up in LA in mid-2015. As a should-be Hall of Famer, Utley possesses “gravitas and dedication that rubs off on his teammates,” which might be expected of a 39-year-old with his 16-year resume. Six trips to the All-Star Game and a World Series ring are highlights on his reel. With those days gone, his role will likely revolve making contributions in a capacity similar to the one he was considered for with the Phillies earlier in the offseason.

eddieot Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:49 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dear chase, dodgers, veteran presence

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Matt Kemp excited to be back with Dodgers

It’s all made up! Will he make it to the Opening Day roster?

“People make up things,” Kemp said. “If you ask the guys in this clubhouse I played with, I’ve never been a troublemaker. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t think the guys I played with have ever had a problem with me. People can make up what they want to think.

“If I have one regret from my first time here, it’s that I resisted moving to left field. You live and learn. It’s good to be back here. I got a whole new outlook on life. I’m having fun. I’m going to ride this thing until the wheels fall off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bearing the Glory: The Tragedy of Jackie Robinson’s 1949 MVP Award

Here’s a story about Jackie Robinson that you may not have heard. It seems a small thing, a footnote in this man’s monumental life and legacy. But it’s telling, so it’s worth telling.

gehrig97 Posted: February 11, 2018 at 05:46 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jackie robinson, mvp, race in baseball

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Yasiel Puig fired by his agent over a reported behavioral issue

This doesn’t bode well for Puig.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2018 at 07:45 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mariners to revive a classic

At their annual preseason luncheon Thursday, the Mariners announced their promotional schedule for the 2018 season. The most notable date? June 30, or Turn Ahead the Clock Day 2.0.

PepTech, Bane of Epistemological Foundations Posted: January 25, 2018 at 06:45 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, promotions, uniforms

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Why Adrian Gonzalez can bother the Mets’ clubhouse | New York Post

“You don’t want somebody saying and talking the things he talks about if he’s not being productive, because he will have an opinion on most everything,” Valentine said. “That bugs some people, but it never bugged me. That’s what you’re getting into, and I think it’s well worth a half-a-million bucks. It’s a heck of a little gamble.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2018 at 07:16 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian gonzalez, dodgers, mets

Friday, January 05, 2018

Dodgers Grab Zach Britton Lite in Three-Team Deal | FanGraphs Baseball

You don’t see three-ways much any more.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2018 at 08:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, royals, trades, white sox

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dominican cops assaulted, robbed me: Jean Segura

“The [police] stopped me with rifles, hit me, threw me to the ground and take away my belongings, smash my car like we’re delinquents,” Segura said, as translated from Spanish into English.

“Today it’s me, tomorrow may be another player more. I’m a father with two kids and a wife and if those officials shot at me again then they wonder why we leave our country — They entered my SUV and left it a mess.”

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 01:34 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dominican republic, mariners

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dodgers are in even better position to get Bryce Harper after Matt Kemp trade

Jeff Passan digs into the CBT.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, cbt, dodgers, economics

A $300-million team? Don’t expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again - LA Times

I’m still surprised the union agreed to this provision.

The 110th page of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement explains why: Any team with a payroll that exceeds the designated “second surcharge threshold” will not only pay a heavy monetary fine, but will also have its top pick in the amateur draft moved back 10 places.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Braves send Matt Kemp to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, more major-leaguers | CBS Sports

Atlanta Braves
✔ @Braves

The #Braves & Dodgers completed a five-player trade today in which the Braves have acquired pitchers Brandon McCarthy & Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez & cash considerations in exchange for OF Matt Kemp. Details:

11:40 AM - Dec 16, 2017


Monday, December 11, 2017

After losing out on Shohei Ohtani, here’s who Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners could target next | The Seattle Times

“If history tells you anything, it’s that there’s always more activity when we all get together,” he said. “In this particular case because it has been a slow to develop market, I think there will be a flurry of action because there has been so little to this point. My guess as we get closer to this weekend, history tells us, that as teams start to make their way toward the winter meetings that there tends to be an uptick in the activity. I’d be surprised if that wouldn’t be the case this year as well.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2017 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mariners Acquire Gordon As Marlins Pick Up Trio Of Prospects | BaseballAmerica.com

Mariners acquire:

Dee Gordon, 2B/CF

Age: 29

A two-time all-star with the Dodgers and Marlins, Gordon will move to the outfield for the first time in his eight-year big league career in 2018. Gordon’s plus speed, which helped him to a major league-best 60 stolen bases last season, should help ease the transition, however. As long as Gordon proves he is capable of playing an average centerfield, his bat should help the Mariners immediately. Last season, the Mariners’ primary centerfielder was Jarrod Dyson, who hit .251/.324/.350 in 111 games––all numbers in which Gordon should be able to match, and surpass, with a repeat of his offensive production from a year ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2017 at 07:55 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, mariners, marlins, trades

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Miller: Giancarlo Stanton a Dodger? Unlikely and unnecessary – Orange County Register

Let’s be honest, the whole process is a complete mystery. Here we are debating the merits of adding a $295-million slugger, trying to determine how much – if at all – such a move would improve the Dodgers.

Meanwhile, there’s no arguing that this team’s batting order became decidedly more whole this summer when $535,000 Chris Taylor was moved to the leadoff spot.

Ridiculous? Sure, but if baseball made sense, there’d never be a day when Derek Jeter would be leading the Marlins and Alex Rodriguez’s girlfriend would be campaigning for Rodriguez to lead the Yankees.

And, if trading for Giancarlo Stanton were that easy, there’d be no excuse for missing the chance, especially for the Dodgers.

But this is one juicy, belt-high fastball they should let pass. There’s a reason players rarely are signed for 10 years or more. Unless Stanton is going to opt out, the Dodgers shouldn’t opt in.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giancarlo stanton, marlins

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