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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, Intermittently Stable Genius 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

Friday, November 24, 2017

The fault in Dipoto’s (prospective) stars - Lookout Landing

Dipoto is chasing a closing window.

Which brings us back to today, and the recent trade of Juan Then (17-year-old 2016 international signee) and JP Sears (21-year-old drafted in 2017) for Nick Rumbelow (26 years old, 15 2⁄3 innings of major league experiences). In an article in the Seattle Times, prior to this trade, Dipoto said, in discussing his moves over the last season “‘We got younger and we didn’t get younger at the A level. We got younger at the big-league level.’” It’s true; Dipoto has gone out of his way to acquire players who are major-league ready and all around 26 years old. Prior to his takeover, the M’s had one of the oldest rosters in the league, so this strategy is good in a vacuum, but has unfortunately been executed at the expense of young talent. I worry about what these moves say about Dipoto’s priorities, and I worry about what these moves say about the priorities of the organization overall but, most importantly, I worry about what these moves say about the Front Office’s confidence in their own systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, November 13, 2017

OTP 13 November 2017: Politics, race now touching every sport

Like legions of Giants fans who hate the Los Angeles Dodgers, Le rooted for the Houston Astros to beat them in the World Series. But he changed his mind, swallowed hard and began cheering for the Dodgers after Yuri Gurriel, a Cuban-born Astro, hit a home run against Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish then was caught on camera pulling the corners of his eyes with his fingers in a racist gesture.

“I couldn’t really be OK with them winning any longer,” Le said of the Astros.

With Gurriel’s gesture, yet another major sporting event in the United States came to be viewed through a prism of race, politics or both.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: November 13, 2017 at 08:05 AM | 2202 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency.
...
In his 12 major league seasons — all with the Dodgers — he made two All-Star teams and batted .285 with 162 home runs. His 303 doubles rank second to Willie Davis in the franchise’s Los Angeles history.

Drafted by Oakland, but acquired for the low, low price of one Milton Bradley!!!


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series | MLB.com

Congratulations to the Houston Astros organization and the team’s fans. You did it!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 114 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Monday, October 30, 2017

OTP 30 October 2017: Yuli Gurriel’s offensive gesture unleashes World Series debate about racism and political correctness

The episode, caught on video and repeated endlessly on television and social media, opened up a new heated conversation about race and identity in professional sports, which has already been grappling with NFL players taking knees during the national anthem.

Many found Gurriel’s antics as juvenile and insulting as they were sadly familiar.

“It just felt like, ‘Man, again?’ Like, we’re so used to this,” Jason Chu, a Chinese American rapper based in Los Angeles. “People don’t even pause. They think that this is acceptable, socially, to target Asian Americans in this way, or Asians in general.”

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 30, 2017 at 07:48 AM | 1917 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, politics, world series

Astros on verge of title after beating Dodgers in epic Game 5 | Houston Chronicle

In a back-and-forth battle between two heavyweights, the Astros overcame three deficits and countless momentum swings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 13-12. The final Minute Maid Park crowd of the season was treated to a game that was all sorts of crazy and ultimately left the American League champions merely one win away from their first championship.

That. Was. Awesome.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 30, 2017 at 03:48 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, game 5, world series

Friday, October 27, 2017

Turner Ward helping Yasiel Puig succeed | MLB.com

Puig isn’t new and improved. He’s just better than he was, and he can thank Ward for the change of pace. The timing is perfect. The Dodgers and Astros split the first two games of the World Series presented by YouTube TV in Los Angeles, and now the Series shifts to Houston for three games starting Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2017 at 06:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Game 2 filled with crazy moments | MLB.com

I thought it was over when Jansen came in the game. I was wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2017 at 08:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Bombs Away: Astros Escape World Series Game 2 With Dramatic Extra-Innings Win | SI

What a night. In one of the craziest World Series games you’ll ever see, the Astros rallied in the ninth, took a two-run lead in the 10th, gave it up in the bottom-half of the frame, then rallied again with a George Springer two-run homer in the 11th and almost blew it again before finally finishing off the Dodgers, 7–6, in World Series Game 2. It goes down as Houston’s first-ever win in the Fall Classic, evening up the series as it moves to Minute Maid Park for the next three.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 26, 2017 at 02:50 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, world series

Wednesday, October 25, 2017



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