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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Design Room: Top 10 Logos in MLB History.

The Montreal Expos (French: Expos de Montréal) team started in 1969 and never changed their logo.  For almost 40 years the team held on to this awesome mark because it was smart and looked great. Expos de Montreal Baseball. That is the secret behind this logo. Interwoven script pieces all come together to abbreviate the full name of the team. This logo is a little dated looking, but I can imagine this being modernized and still looking amazing without significant change. That is how you know this is a good logo. The line work is smooth, it is creative and clever and I commend the designer for coming up with a mark that doesn’t rely on a baseball to remind the viewer that it is a team logo. This is easily one of the smartest logos in baseball history.

I literally went, “Oh wow,” when I read this bit. I’d never understood this about the Expos logo.


Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers

Fascinating look into Puig’s journey from Cuba to the Dodgers:

In a no-tell motel on Isla Mujeres, eight miles off the coast of Cancún, Yasiel Puig’s escape had come to a halt. Confined to a corner room at the end of a shabby horseshoe-shaped courtyard, he could only wait and hope, for his value to be appraised, his freedom to be bought. There was nothing personal about it, no loved one vowing to pay any price, only the calculus of a crude business. What was this gladiator-size man, with the Popeye forearms and the XXL chest, actually worth—to the people bankrolling his defection from Cuba, to the smugglers now holding him in Mexico, to the agents and scouts who would determine the U.S. market for his talents, to the baseball team that might ultimately write the check?

For close to a year Puig had been trying to force an answer, to extract himself from Fidel Castro’s state-run sports machine, which paid him $17 a month, and sneak across the tropics to a mythical north, where even benchwarmers lived like kings. Two, three, four times, maybe more, he had risked everything and fled, only to be detained by the Cuban authorities or intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard—each failure making the next attempt more urgent. Finally, in June 2012, the 21-year-old outfielder left his home in Cienfuegos, on Cuba’s southern shore, and set off by car for the northern province of Matanzas, just 90 miles from Florida. He was traveling with three companions: a boxer, a pinup girl, and a Santeria priest, the latter of whom blessed their expedition with a splash of rum and a sprinkle of chicken blood.

Fear is Moses Taylor's Bacon Bits Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, dodgers, long reads

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Le Batard: It’s difficult for us to understand Puig’s lack of understanding.

I found the anecdotes about the other players particularly interesting.

Blastin Posted: April 13, 2014 at 04:42 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Monday, April 07, 2014

Weisman: Where are the Matt Kemp doubters tonight?

The Ghost of Matt Kemp…no more. He looks lively!

The tweets and comments you would see ridiculing Matt Kemp over the past year and a half were predictable, given the wave of negativity that can flourish online, but still plenty vexing.

Kemp would get torched for not being productive enough, regardless of how healthy he was. He would get torched for struggling to stay healthy at all.

His track record, seemingly, was worth nothing. The “What have you done for me lately?” gang never had it so good.

Tonight’s two home runs, two rousingly authoritative home runs in the Dodgers’ 6-2 romp over the Giants (recapped by Earl Bloom for MLB.com) don’t ensure that Kemp will regain his near-MVP form over the long haul. But it does put a spotlight on how silly it was for anyone to give up on him.

...Maybe Kemp doesn’t want to sit on the bench. Maybe he doesn’t express that feeling well 100 percent of the time. Should that, or the injuries, have meant that he should be tossed aside like garbage?

Kemp had earned some rope, some patience, some faith, more than some people were willing to give him.

It was just one game of two homers tonight. It was just one series with 10 total bases, a walk and a 1.242 OPS. No one knows how many games he will play this year. But I bet more than a few people who doubted him are thinking twice now.

Repoz Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:57 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, April 04, 2014

A’s-Mariners game postponed — tarp was left off infield

It just became official. Tonight’s A’s-Mariners game was called off because the field at the Coliseum is unplayable.

It’s an embarrassing situation all around, and the fans who showed up booed — and had every right to do so — when the PA man announced the cancelation at about 15 minutes after the 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch.

Apparently, the tarp was left off the field overnight, and the rain soaked the field. The grounds crew has worked on the dirt for hours, especially where the shortstop and second baseman play.

theboyqueen Posted: April 04, 2014 at 11:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mariners, oakland coliseum

Tardy Yasiel Puig scratched from Dodgers’ home opener

He doesn’t feel tardy…

Yasiel Puig was scratched from the starting lineup after arriving late for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener on Friday.

The rest of the team was already on the field stretching before batting practice while Puig was getting dressed in the clubhouse. He had been slated to start in right field for the afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants.

Instead, Matt Kemp replaced Puig after manager Don Mattingly had earlier said Kemp wouldn’t start. Kemp came off the disabled list on Friday, and according to Mattingly, Kemp was upset when initially told that he wasn’t in the lineup…

Mattingly didn’t speak with reporters after the lineup change was posted Friday.

The District Attorney Posted: April 04, 2014 at 05:52 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Time Warner Cable says talks with DirecTV for Dodgers channel are over

With more than 1.2 million subscribers in Los Angeles, DirecTV has an almost 30% share of the market. Not having DirecTV on board is a big blow to the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable, which launched the channel in February.
No other major area distributors have been signed by Time Warner Cable, but Witmer said negotations with them are ongoing. About 70% of the market is without access to Dodgers games.
DirecTV has previously indicated that the price Time Warner Cable is seeking for the Dodgers is excessive and that it wants to sell SportsNet LA on an individual or a la carte basis.
Time Warner Cable has countered that its price is reasonable and that no regional sports networks, including those owned by DirecTV, are offered a la carte.

Time Warner throws down the gauntlet. With sole possession of Dodger games do they win the market or lose big money on their contract?

Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: April 04, 2014 at 02:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, March 28, 2014

Craig Calcaterra: On journalists with access to the clubhouse vs. journalists who don’t.

A positive, constructive meeting in which Puig came away saying all the right things about wanting to be a better player and a good teammate and a manager saying that it’s all good and that everyone is heading in the right direction. No teammates, on the record or off, are saying they have continuing problems with Puig. It’s a sourced and reported story of a team nipping a problem in the bud.

But this all happened on Tuesday. Before Bill Plaschke wrote a column in which Puig was a cancer and all of the same things about Puig being receptive and Mattingly saying there are no issues between the team and Puig were spun as things that were negative and not to be believed. Likewise, my Twitter correspondents — the ones who told me that I must listen to and believe the people who live in and report from that clubhouse rather than think I know better — were essentially dismissive of it too. No, Puig’s a jerk, they say. He’s bad news for that team.

Why is it that all of us have to believe what the reporters and people on the team have to say and the reporters themselves do not? And why do those folks get to assert their superior authority — I’ve been there, I know, you haven’t, you don’t! — and totally dismiss the actual statements of the principals involved? It’s almost as if it’s someone besides me “telling people how it is” without any basis for doing so.

In any event: until someone wants to actually report and explain what they assert is so obvious — Yasiel Puig is a big a-hole who is hated by his teammates and that dynamic has harmed the Dodgers — I’m going to choose to believe what Don Mattingly and the Dodgers say about the situation. And here’s what they’re saying about the situation:

“It was good for everybody. Donnie just wanted to squash this, and it did,” one veteran, who asked not to be named, told ESPN.com.

Puig said he understood his teammates “wanted to help me get better” and encouraged them to approach him directly anytime they had something to say to him.

“Puig’s a good kid. He just didn’t come up through the system like we all did,” a veteran teammate said.

Afterward, Mattingly addressed the media and said of Puig, “We’re good. I’ve got no issues with Yasiel.”

I assume this will be dismissed by the Plaschkes and Joneses of the world as mere PR, spin, etc. Which, sure, happens a lot. But if it is, tell us why it is. Report something which gives us a reason to believe that everyone here is lying and that, in reality, Puig is still a malignant force who is going to bring the Dodgers down. Don’t merely assert it and expect us to believe you.

Tripon Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, media

Thursday, March 27, 2014

ESPNLA: Dodgers, Yasiel Puig clear air

Yasiel Puig is always going to be a story. The Los Angeles Dodgers just don’t want him to be the only story anyone ever talks about on a team with World Series aspirations.

So before the latest controversy with Puig had a chance to mushroom, manager Don Mattingly called a team meeting Tuesday to clear the air, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.

A source described Puig as “very open” during the meeting and receptive to what was said.

“I asked them to please keep helping me,” Puig told ESPN. “Specifically with baserunning and hitting my cutoff man. I want them to help me with everything they can.”

The meeting previously was described as being between the second-year outfielder and the manager, but Mattingly wanted the entire team to have a forum to address the subject in-house, rather than have frustrations boil over or leak out through the media. Veterans Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe were the most vocal players during the meeting, sources said.

“It was good for everybody. Donnie just wanted to squash this, and it did,” one veteran, who asked not to be named, told ESPN.

Puig said he understood his teammates “wanted to help me get better” and encouraged them to approach him directly anytime they had something to say to him.

“Puig’s a good kid. He just didn’t come up through the system like we all did,” a veteran teammate said.

Afterward, Mattingly addressed the media and said of Puig, “We’re good. I’ve got no issues with Yasiel.”

 

 

Tripon Posted: March 27, 2014 at 12:59 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Mariners release Randy Wolf under weird circumstances - SBNation.com

I am listening to MLB Radio on Sirius (which I really like, BTW) and they were talking about this issue. The host was worked up about the way Seattle handled the situation. I don’t get it. They are working within the CBA. As you might expect, Wolf wanted the rest of his contract guaranteed. The Mariners weren’t prepared to do that. The Mariners offered a bridge contract. He didn’t like it. They cut him, which they could have done without the 45-day offer. Had Wolf pitched better in the spring, does anyone really think the Mariners wouldn’t have held onto him?

Seattle insisted that Wolf sign a 45-day waiver, the 37-year-old southpaw told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, as a condition of breaking camp with the team. Wolf refused to oblige because he felt the deal he signed with the team last month was fair on its own. He explained to Dutton:

“I principally objected to that because we negotiated in good faith in February on a very team-friendly contract.”

The team cut Wolf as a result of his refusal to agree to the waiver, which would have allowed the Mariners to release him within 45 days of the start of the regular season without being on the hook for his full salary, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. The arrangement is something rarely talked about but fairly common in MLB, according to former MLB pitcher and current Fox Sports analyst C.J. Nitkowski, who also posted a good explanation of the waiver on Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:54 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, randy wolf

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jonah Keri: 2014 AL West Preview

This article is pretty much what it sounds like. Keri goes over each team, additions and subtractions, and projections. It makes me fondly remember the days of team season previews on baseball primer.

Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: March 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Opening Series leaves a lasting impression

Mainly a puff piece, but I figure we should have some sort of place to discuss it in retrospect and discuss future possibilities for non-WBC MLB international ventures.

...
This trip is over now, but MLB’s international adventures will continue. The details and itineraries of the next excursions have yet to be mapped out. There’s a whole world out there, and much of it is as intrigued by baseball as it is in Taiwan or China or Japan or, as it turns out, Down Under.

So cheers, Australia, and no worries. Major League Baseball will be back.

Gamingboy Posted: March 23, 2014 at 02:25 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, diamondbacks, dodgers, international

Saxon: Mattingly is running out patience with Puig

Much like Puig running out of the baseline or whatever the hell that was at 3B.

Puig batted .122 in spring training. At times, he seemed unfocused. In one drill, the Dodgers practiced calling for pop-ups. How rudimentary is that? Each of the veterans, including Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier took it seriously, dutifully calling for the ball and waving others off.

When it came to Puig’s turn, he jokingly turned in circles in right field and let the ball land in the grass behind him. You would imagine a 10-year veteran might not appreciate that kind of behavior from a player entering his first full season.

Now, only two games into the 2014 season, we see a little more faith erode. Before Sunday’s game, Mattingly playfully compared Puig to the boy who cried wolf, saying he never knows when he is actually hurt because he grabs a different body part every time he strikes out.

After the game, a 7-5 Dodgers win that Puig left in the ninth, there was nothing playful about Mattingly’s tone.

“Shoulder yesterday, back today, so I’m not sure if they’re going to get him tests or get him to the MRI Monday or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe,” Mattingly said sarcastically. “I’m not quite sure what we’ll do. We may not do anything. I’m not sure.”

After Puig’s first base-running gaffe Sunday, Mattingly slapped him on the back when he came off the field. After the second, he didn’t.

It seems pretty clear where this is going. Players with Puig’s volatile personality are a lot easier to like when they’re batting .517 than they are when they’re batting .122. These early months will dictate how the Dodgers handle Puig going forward.

The diva act will be tolerated as long as it rests on top of a sturdy batting average.

Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Bud Selig: ‘Faith’ in Dodgers TV deal

Time Warner has only 32 percent of the Los Angeles market. MLB Network, which broadcast the Dodgers’ two Australian games to the rest of the United States, is blacked out in the Los Angeles market.

“I have faith that the parties will work this out,” commissioner Bud Selig at a news conference in Australia before the Dodgers took on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bitter Calculus Instructor Posted: March 23, 2014 at 01:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, March 21, 2014

OMNICHATTER for Opening Series Games in Australia

4:00 AM- Dodgers (Kershaw) “at” Diamondbacks (Miley)

10 PM-Dodgers (Ryu) “at” Diamondbacks (Cahill)

Both games on MLB Network and also, I believe, the local RSNs.


(All times Eastern)

Gamingboy Posted: March 21, 2014 at 03:31 PM | 172 comment(s)
  Beats: australia, diamondbacks, dodgers, omnichatter

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LA Times: Andre Ethier irritated by questions about Sydney playing surface

It just wouldn’t be spring without a grumpy ‘Dre.

SYDNEY, Australia—As much as bombastic Dodgers President Stan Kasten tries to convince people otherwise, it’s clear not all of his players like the idea of starting their season on the other side of the world.


Working out at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday turned the usually affable Andre Ethier into the moody Andre Ethier of years past. Without the slightest trace of a smile, a clearly irritated Ethier sarcastically recited the company line.

“Glad to be here,” Ethier said. “Fun trip. This is a good time. Great for baseball. Good for Australia. Happy to be here, guys.”


Friday, March 14, 2014

Seattle Mariners option Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma

Jesus Wash.ed.

Designated hitter/first baseman Jesus Montero, the one-time cornerstone for the rebuilding project that is the Seattle Mariners, will not be with the big-league club when the 2014 season begins in April after he was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

Montero put up decent numbers during the exhibition season, batting .310 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI in 29 at-bats, which helped to partially salvage a spring training that started in disastrous fashion.

In Febrary, Montero showed up to the M’s training complex in Peoria, Ariz., overweight and out of shape for the second year in a row, offering no excuses when he told The Seattle Times, “After winter ball, all I did was eat.” This came after last season’s 50-game suspension stemming from the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the wake of the MLB’s Biogenesis scandal.

A former blue-chip catching prospect with the New York Yankees, Seattle acquired Montero in a blockbuster trade that sent starting pitcher Michael Pineda to New York before the 2012 season.

Repoz Posted: March 14, 2014 at 08:15 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dee Gordon reminds some of Maury Wills and that’s good for Dodgers - latimes.com

Maury Wills or Lenny Faedo?

Baseball-Reference’s Similar Batters through 25:
1. Lenny Faedo (976)
2. Angel Sanchez (974)
3. Jim Brideweser (970)
4. Doc Marshall (968)
5. Roxey Roach (965)
6. Ed Montague (962)
7. Harry Decker (961)
8. Ed Rowen (961)
9. Wilson Delgado (958)
10. Ed Busch (958)

Edit: Link fixed. Sorry. JF

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2014 at 03:27 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, dodgers, don mattingly, maury wills

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Madden: As Robinson Cano asks Mariners for help, it’s like Alex Rodriguez in Texas all over again

Doesn’t Madden know that the Mariners finished 2nd in HR’s…and that his Yogi Yorgesson record needs flipping?

What is interesting is Cano’s sudden discovery that the team he chose to cast his lot with is not very good. It is the exact same scenario to what his idol and adviser Alex Rodriguez discovered his first year in Texas in 2001 after signing his then-record $252 million deal with the Rangers. Back then, Tom Hicks, the idiot Texas owner who gave A-Rod more than $100 million more than any other team was offering, promised him he would have input in all his team’s player personnel decisions. As such, A-Rod was in on all the calls with the scouts during his time in Texas and, like Cano last week, would frequently make his recommendations to Hicks. He was also an instantly privileged player who, unlike any of his teammates, could act like the general manager. It was shortly after the All-Star break in 2001 when A-Rod started referring to the Rangers as “24 kids and me.” Still, it took him three years to negotiate his own trade out of Texas, first to the Red Sox (which the players union rejected) and finally to the Yankees.

“Why is Cano complaining about the Seattle lineup now?” a baseball official asked the other day. “Did he just wake up and realize he signed with a (crappy) team? This season is on him now. He knows he won’t be pitched to. He knows he’s not going to be able to put up the kind of numbers he’s used to.”

He also knows he’s probably going to finish last. Another baseball person familiar with Cano’s and Rodriguez’s relationship said we shouldn’t be at all surprised that Cano is already following the same pattern in Seattle as A-Rod’s in Texas.

“Cano followed A-Rod around in New York and looked at him as a role model,” the person said. “It was A-Rod who convinced him he was a franchise-type player and that’s what he’s being paid as. The problem is, he’s a franchise player in numbers only. He’s not the type of leader as, say, a (Albert) Pujols or even a (Derek) Jeter, as far as being exceptional. A player who can take over a team, who the fans pay money to see. Seattle’s going to quickly realize that. For now, though, they’ve created a monster, just as Texas did with A-Rod.”

If the Mariners do indeed finish last again, in all probability GM Jack Zduriencik will be fired. Then it’ll be up to the new GM to accommodate Cano’s inevitable “trade me” demands, as A-Rod did in Texas after three years.

Repoz Posted: March 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, yankees

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Sports orthopaedic pioneer and Dodger physician Dr. Frank Jobe passes away

Dr. Frank Jobe, who has served the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization for the past 50 years and who was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine, died this morning in Santa Monica at the age of 88, his family announced.

Jobe is survived by his wife, Beverly, four sons-Christopher, Meredith, Cameron and Blair-their spouses and eight grandchildren.

“Frank Jobe is a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word,” said Dodger President Stan Kasten. “His dedication and professionalism in not only helping the Dodgers, but athletes around the world is unparalleled.  He was a medical giant and pioneer and many athletes in the past and the future can always thank Frank for finding a way to continue their careers.”

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Frank Jobe, a great gentleman whose work in Baseball revolutionized sports medicine,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan “Bud” Selig. “Since 1974, his groundbreaking Tommy John surgery has revitalized countless careers, especially those of our pitchers. His wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for a half-century, but all of our Clubs.

“Dr. Jobe’s expertise, as well as his enthusiasm to mentor his peers, made the National Pastime stronger. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Dr. Jobe’s family, friends, Dodger colleagues and the many admirers of his pioneering spirit throughout our game.”

“Baseball lost a great man and Tommy John lost a great friend,” said former Dodger Tommy John. “There are a lot of pitchers in baseball who should celebrate his life and what he did for the game of baseball. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Beverly and the entire family. He’s going to be missed.”

Jobe, who began his association with the Dodgers in 1964, when he joined his mentor, the late Dr. Robert Kerlan, made medical history in 1974 when he performed what is now termed “Tommy John surgery.” Jobe took over the full-time care of the Dodgers in 1968 and was named a Special Advisor to the Chairman of the team seven years ago.

Thanks to FG.

Repoz Posted: March 06, 2014 at 11:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, history

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Heyman: Cano offers ideas to aid Mariners in quest to round out roster

Robbie the Reboot.

The Seattle Mariners made some big improvements this winter but appear to have left themselves with some obvious holes as well. The biggest enhancement, of course, was signing superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, who brings the middle-of-the-order impact bat the team craved, and also maybe just a few more opinions and a little more assertiveness than is recalled from his many years in New York.

Cano, by all accounts, is thoroughly enjoying his first days inside a lively new clubhouse with new teammates, and his characteristically broad smile seems to confirm that from his position at the head of the beautified clubhouse here. But Cano looks around and sees those very real issues and wonders if there could be a move or two more coming from the Mariners.

...“I’m not going to lie. We need an extra bat, especially a right-handed bat,” Cano told CBSSports.com. “We have many left-handed hitters. We need at least one more righty. You don’t want to face a lefty pitcher with a lineup of seven left-handed hitters.”

Zduriencik doesn’t necessarily disagree. How can he? Not after the Mariners posted an MLB-low .657 OPS vs. left-handers last year, then added two more lefty hitters in Cano and Logan Morrison as two of its three main offensive pieces while losing the righty-swinging Michael Morse and switch-hitting Kendrys Morales.

“We are a little lefthanded, and we know it,” Zduriencik said.

...But ultimately, Cano also doesn’t want to make waves, or add to any angst around camp over the injured pitchers.

“If it was up to me, we’d have Santana, (Nelson) Cruz and Ubaldo (Jimenez), too,” Cano said. “That’s really more for the front office.”

Repoz Posted: March 02, 2014 at 08:58 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dwyre: Chone Figgins is back and might just catch on with the Dodgers

NL pennant is secure!

It has come to this for Figgins. His talent and history in the game will no longer carry him. He has to make the team by performing, starting with that first pitch Wednesday.

He knows it. There is no sulking, no hint of entitlement. The quiet, hustling personality that made him so popular in Anaheim has not changed. His perspective has.

On Jan. 15, he worked out in his hometown of Tampa, Fla., for officials of most of the major league teams. When he finished — “It was like a high school workout. I ran two 60s, threw from home, from shortstop, third, from the outfield” — he told all of them, “What you saw in Seattle is past. Go back, tell your bosses you have a player who played in the big leagues and can still play.”

The Dodgers called the next day.

Greg Franklin Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, mariners, marlins

Larry King to Host ‘At Bat’ Show For the Dodgers Network

Hello…Manuel, no longer in Chavez Ravine…you’re on the air!

Larry King bleeds blue for his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers and even celebrated his 80th birthday at the stadium last November.

Now, the lifelong fan will become one of the faces of the team as he hosts Larry King at Bat, a new series premiering March 18 at 7 p.m for the SportsNet LA channel, which launched today.

A season ticket holder and a fan since the Dodgers played in Brooklyn (they moved to L.A. in 1957, which shows what a dedicated supporter he is), King plans to combine his decades of broadcast experience with his love of the game by interviewing celebrities, baseball legends and beloved Dodger luminaries.

“I have been a Dodger fan all my life. I am happy to be a part of SportsNet LA, the new 24/7 Dodgers television network,” said King at a news conference Tuesday.

“With my love of sports and my interviewing skills, I think it will be a happy combo. I am looking forward to a great year!”

Repoz Posted: February 26, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Zack Greinke not fan of Australia games

Coorey sez…Thaks, Zakary!

Opening their season in Australia more than a week ahead of 28 other teams is causing the Los Angeles Dodgers some headaches, particularly when they try to line up their pitching.

Zack Greinke, who likely would pitch the second of two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground against the Arizona Diamondbacks, is far from enthused at the prospect.

“I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it,” Greinke told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “There just isn’t any excitement to it. I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it.”

...The Australian games are to be played on March 22 and 23. Because the Dodgers break camp on March 16, they’ll play roughly 10 to 15 fewer Cactus League games than in a typical spring. For the starting pitchers, that means two or three fewer starts to get ready, followed by extra rest after their season-opening starter.

Greinke said he’s willing to pitch in Australia and understands why those games were scheduled.

“It’s a baseball thing. It’s an ownership thing, spreading stuff around,” Greinke said. “That’s what it’s for and it’s for the greater good of baseball.”

Repoz Posted: February 23, 2014 at 12:42 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

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