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Friday, July 03, 2015

Say hey, baseball: The Dodgers don’t care about your dumb spending limits - SBNation.com

The Dodgers had a budget of $2,020,300 to spend, the fourth-lowest in the game. On Thursday alone, they signed two players who would have busted that budget by themselves, and a third who would have come close: Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez signed for $16 million, while Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito agreed to bonuses of $2.6 million and $2 million, respectively. What’s even better about all this is that the Dodgers signed nine players total, but we don’t yet know the bonuses for four of them. Oh, and there are 11 months left in this signing period: the Dodgers are already $20 million over budget, and guaranteed to go higher than that. And that doesn’t count the 100 percent tax on their spending that they’ll owe. Yup, the Dodgers casually dropped over $40 million yesterday, from a starting point of just over $2 million.

You have to appreciate the audacity of it all, though, especially since Los Angeles used a portion of their allotted budget to trade for other players yesterday as well. The $2,020,300 allowed for them is actually broken into smaller chunks, which can be dealt to other teams. So, since the Dodgers were over budget anyway and there is no extra penalty for being even further over, they sent more than half of their assigned budget elsewhere to teams trying to follow the rules. One wonders if the owners who were trying to cut spending/hoard their money regret their lack of foresight right about now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2015 at 10:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, international players

Monday, June 29, 2015

This is Vin Scully’s 66th season broadcasting Dodgers games. Really.

He’s seasoned enough that he fields one question before it’s asked: “If anybody asks me about longevity, I would say I have my mother’s genes, and she lived to be 97. So that’s the only idea. I mean, I don’t have any secrets like, ‘Well, I’ve lived this long because I eat tapioca every day.’ No.” He’s seasoned enough that he once played center field in a Fordham-Yale game during which George Herbert Walker Bush, who turned 91 this month, played the opposing first base. “Mr. President,” Scully once said to Bush during a golf round, “as long as you’re in the White House, remember, you can say anything you want about your baseball career, but remember the day that we played each other, we both went 0 for 3.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, dodgers

Mattingly challenges Puig to adjust to pitchers

I don’t know what Mattingly is on about.  Puig had a 159 OPS+ in year 1, 143 last year, 141 so far this year.  His K-rate has improved every year (16.5% in this year’s small sample), the walk rate is high.  OK, he probably won’t see that first-year HR rate again but in the article, Mattingly says he’s not a HR hitter anyway.  Puig’s 1200 PA into his career and if pitchers haven’t found the solution yet ...

Walt Davis Posted: June 29, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly, yasiel puig

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Brett Anderson Pitches Dodgers Past Slumping Marlins 7-1 - The New York Times

Brett Anderson has made 15 starts without exploding!

Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed only one fly ball in seven innings Friday night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, who lost their fifth straight game.

Giancarlo Stanton may be hurt, though.

Stanton winced as he swung and missed for strike three in the ninth. He said he hurt his hand earlier in the game, and the injury progressively became more painful.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chris Perez suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.

Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:28 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, chris perez, dodgers, drugs, indians, marijuana, suspensions

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lookout Landing: Mariners reassign Howard Johnson, name Edgar Martinez hitting coach

The greatest hitter in franchise history is now charged with turning around the team’s struggling offense.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dodgers pitcher complains about heat at Rangers’ park; is lack of roof a problem?

Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson doesn’t like the Texas heat.

“No clue why you would ever want to pitch for the Rangers,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “The climate is beyond awful.” …

The lack of a retractable roof at Globe Life Park is the one big issue that could force the Rangers to seek out a new home, whether in Arlington or elsewhere.

The Dallas Morning News spins the pitcher’s comment toward the factor that may make the Arlington ballpark “obsolete” after just 20 years: no AC. 

Oddly enough, it was a very mild couple of nights here for the Dodgers series, seasonably quite cool.  These guys oughta try a day game in August.

BDC Posted: June 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hades, rangers, stadium renovations, weather

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FBI probe of Cardinals makes it fair to question series with Dodgers - LA Times

So, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in two sports.

Just call them the New England Cardinals … or maybe the St. Louis Patriots … or maybe just call them phonies in the wake of a New York Times report that they are being investigated by the FBI for hacking computer networks and stealing information about the Houston Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

September 9, 1965: ‘A million butterflies’ and one perfect game for Sandy Koufax | SABR

Includes a link to Vin Scully’s call of the last three outs.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history, no hitters, sandy koufax

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bryce Harper a future Yankee? Dodgers may have something to say about that - LA Times

He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 07:56 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, dodgers, nationals, yankees

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Myth and reality about the Dodger bullpen « Dodger Insider

The bullpen was the Dodgers’ biggest problem last year? Why hasn’t anything been done about that?

Actually, quite a bit has been done. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Dodger bullpen threw 498 innings. Pitchers who threw 236 of those innings — 47 percent — are not with the team in 2015.

OK, but the bullpen is still a huge Achilles heel. Why isn’t it any better?

Actually, it is better. Even before Friday’s game (2 1/3 innings, two unearned runs, three hits, no walks, five strikeouts), the 2015 Dodger bullpen had outperformed last year’s.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dodger Dogged: How Don Mattingly Has Shaken Off the Critics and Embraced the Challenge of Managing in L.A. «

Jonah Keri looks at Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2015 at 11:30 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don mattingly

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Skunks nest found in Cardinals dugout at Dodger Stadium

Four skunks, reportedly two adults and two children, were trapped by Dodger Stadium workers under a photographer’s well inside of the visitor’s dugout Friday night. After a “skunk whisperer” (who identified as a bee wrangler) and local animal control failed to wrangle the critters away, it was decided to leave them trapped in the dugout during the game, and to capture them afterward using fresh salmon as bait. Not the canned stuff. And not Tim Salmon, either.

Looks like the road woes followed them home.


Thursday, June 04, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
...

That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked second-to-last in the AL. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Seattle reporters Trumbo will split time between designated hitter and a corner outfield spot.

The idea that he would be moved wasn’t a total shock to Trumbo.

“You start to hear things and whatnot,” he said. “You do your best to block it out. If there’s rumors of things happening, then there’s probably some ounce of truth to some of it at least.”

Nuño also filled an obvious need for the Mariners, who lost starter James Paxton to a finger injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The team also has been without right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma since late April. Nuño said he was told he’d be in the Seattle rotation, a welcome development for him after he was unable to crack the starting five in Arizona this year.

....

Arizona also acquired Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero. Reinheimer is an infielder without much of an offensive track record, although Stewart said top scout Mike Russell believes the 22-year-old could be “a front-line shortstop.”

The real get could be Guerrero, a 21-year-old outfielder and the nephew of former big-league great Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero was rated the No. 7 prospect in the Mariners’ system before the trade, and although he’s started slowly in his first taste of Double-A

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

McClendon confident, but can Mariners really turn it around? | FOX Sports

McClendon’s managing isn’t making Cano hit .249/.291/.337.

“Because of the expectations on this club, you’d think the world was coming to an end,” McClendon said. “We’ll be fine. I’ve got a good club. You can tell everyone the world is not coming to an end.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: lloyd mcclendon, mariners

Monday, June 01, 2015

Dodgers’ class of ‘68 tops list of 10 best Drafts

Los Angeles signed six future All-Stars in 1968 who would combine for 23 All-Star Game appearances, both Draft records. Washburn (Kan.) University outfielder Davey Lopes was a second-rounder in the January secondary phase, while California high school first baseman Bill Buckner (second), University of Houston outfielder/defensive back Tom Paciorek (fifth) and Alabama prep right-hander Doyle Alexander (ninth) were part of the regular June Draft. The cherry on top was a pair of college third basemen in the June secondary phase: Michigan State’s Steve Garvey (first) and Washington State’s Ron Cey (third).

University of Michigan left-hander Geoff Zahn (fifth, January secondary), Connecticut high school outfielder Bobby Valentine (No. 5 overall, June) and University of the Pacific outfielder Joe Ferguson (eighth, June) also enjoyed lengthy careers. The Dodgers inked a total of 11 future big leaguers who combined for a total of 235.6 Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference version), another record.

The Dodgers not only had the best Draft of all time in 1968, but they don’t even have a legitimate challenger for that title. Boston’s 1983 Draft (see below) was the only effort that comes within 50 WAR of the Dodgers’.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:26 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, draft, indians, red sox, royals, tigers

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hey, LA: Why the trade? | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal explains why the Dodgers made the Uribe deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 28, 2015 at 09:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Vintage Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers over Braves - LA Times

The reports of the death of Clayton Kershaw’s stuff have been greatly exaggerated.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Charter Communications to offer Dodgers TV channel - LA Times

Charter Communications plans to soon begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California, breaking the year-long impasse that has prevented thousands of baseball fans from watching their favorite team on TV.

“We are going to get the Dodgers on,” Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said Tuesday morning in an interview with the L.A. Times.

“We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen,” Rutledge said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, television

Braves, Dodgers To Swap Callaspo, Uribe In Six-Player Deal - MLB Trade Rumors

Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner’s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alberto callaspo, braves, dodgers, juan uribe, trade

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Callaspo-for-Uribe trade falls through | www.ajc.com

He had a right to do it. That doesn’t mean he was right to do it.

A proposed multi-player trade centered around veteran infielders Alberto Callaspo of the Braves and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers fell through Tuesday morning and was not expected to be revived.

The deal died when Callaspo exercised his right to reject the trade, a person with the proposal said, confirming a FoxSports.com report. Callaspo, as a free agent who signed last winter, can’t be traded without written consent until after June 15.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 03:41 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers

Notes: Teams should trade for Hamels now, while he’s hot | FOX Sports

Not exactly a buy low scenario.

Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.

Get him now, get him while he’s hot.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mariners notebook: Cano looks back to 2008 struggles in effort to keep even keel as current slump deepens | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

It’s bad enough to pay a huge contract to a free agent. It really sucks when that guy doesn’t produce like you hope, which, of course, happens most of the time.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano

Seattle Mariners Catcher Mike Zunino Interview

From what I have seen, the hardest thing for Mike Zunino is making consistent contact.

Professional baseball’s starting catchers kneel for nine innings, day after day, for upwards of 120 games a season. They are struck by foul balls, hit with bats during backswings and — even with rule changes to lessen the chances of home plate collisions — occasionally run over by large men sprinting at full speed. In conclusion, it’s really hard work. We wanted to know what it was like to experience all of this, to be the guy who takes a beating for a living, so we caught up with seven of the best catchers in the game. Today’s subject: Mike Zunino of the Seattle Mariners.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mike zunino

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