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Sunday, October 15, 2017

With bat flips and fly balls, Yasiel Puig puts on a swaggering Game 1 show | Plaschke

He ran out of the dugout during introductions with his tongue wagging playfully out of his mouth. He took off his cap to reveal lightning bolts shaved into his haircut.

Then, a couple of hours later, with a bat flip and a chest thump and roars that made Dodger Stadium literally shake, the Yasiel Puig Show officially began.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 15, 2017 at 12:52 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, nlcs, yasiel puig

Charlie Culberson learns of grandmother’s death, then delivers in big way to Dodgers’ win - LA Times

Said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: “I looked at it just like everyone looked at it and, as the rule states, he was in violation.”

The debate hit home for Culberson, who came up with Posey in the Giants’ minor league system. The alternative to the rule, Culberson said, would be to let him run over the catcher in trying to dislodge the ball, with all the injury risk that entails for both parties.

“It’s a run,” Culberson said. “Our lives, and our health, is a little more important.”

Life meant just a little more to Culberson on Saturday. He called the day “bittersweet” and said he had dedicated the game, and the rest of the postseason, to the woman he had fondly called his grandmother.

“I play for my family,” he said. “I played for her today. Choked up a few times today thinking about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dodgers leave Corey Seager off NLCS roster due to back injury

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series on Saturday, and in a stunning development, star shortstop Corey Seager is not on it.

Seager was held out of the team’s workouts the past two days at Dodger Stadium because of an ailing back, an injury manager Dave Roberts said Seager suffered while sliding into third base during Game 3 of Los Angeles’ sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Dodgers are dominant in sweep of Diamondbacks - LA Times

Yes they were.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Sunday, October 08, 2017

This Yasiel Puig at-bat had everything from a batter’s box dance to a bat flip | MLB.com

More personality and enjoyment of success is not a bad thing. Flip ‘em if you can.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Once the broom, Arizona Diamondbacks in danger of getting swept

My preseason wager is in real danger.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, playoffs

Dodgers have learned, ‘you don’t ever want to disappoint Chase’

“At this point, I get it,” Utley said. “I hear jokes pretty much on a daily basis. We’ll be watching an old game from the ‘80s and guys will say, ‘Hey Chase, are you playing in that game?’ I take it in stride, but I can dish it back for sure—especially to guys that I’m in better shape than.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers

Thursday, October 05, 2017

LAT: Reconstructing the Dodgers’ 2016 Game 5 NLDS Win Over Washington

An essay by Andy McCullough that many say is very good.

As Kershaw loosened up in the bullpen, a phone rang inside Friedman’s suite. It was a member of the training staff. “Kersh is going to see if he can get loose,” the trainer said. “And there was nothing we could do to stop him.”

 

Bote Man Posted: October 05, 2017 at 03:23 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kershaw, nationals, nlcs

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Statcast: Bellinger nabs Myers | MLB.com

Wow!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 10:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, video

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts keeps Yasiel Puig on bench after baserunning blunder - LA Times

After a season filled with positive press, a crack in the narrative is exposed.

“When I put a player in the lineup, every situation, every pitch, every out is important,” he said. “It’s important that I guys I write in the lineup, I can trust them. So that’s all I’m going to say about it.”

Puig took off for second base with two outs in the ninth inning but was thrown out when he didn’t slide, saying he felt something in his left ankle as he neared the base. Roberts said Puig was not treated by the trainers for any injury.

The manager said it wasn’t the first issue he has had with Puig.

“There’s been some things that I kept notes of,” Roberts said.

Roberts said before Sunday’s game that he hadn’t spoken to Puig about the mistake before indicating that his actions delivered the message he wanted to send.

“He’s not in the lineup. So whatever message he gets from it, I’m putting the guys out that I feel gives us the best chance to win today,” the manager said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 06:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bellinger blasts Giants, Dodgers clinch NL West

“You know, I could play Otani every day,” he said, with a faint smile. “Oh, I’d put him out there. Trust me.”

The Giants will make every effort this winter to court Shohei Otani, a generational talent from Japan who conjures comparisons to Babe Ruth with his 102 mph fastball and his ability to turn them around at the plate.

Maybe next year the Giants will have Otani on their side. Maybe they will have Giancarlo Stanton’s chiseled form in the middle of their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, shohei otani

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger sets NL rookie home-run record with 39th

Bellinger breaks the NL rookie home run record in the same game the Dodgers clinch their 5th straight division title. And he’s still got 8 games left to pad the record.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 23, 2017 at 01:35 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, home runs, rookie of the year

Friday, September 22, 2017

Robinson Cano hits 300th home run | MLB.com

Moms dig the long ball.

Robinson Cano became the third second baseman in Major League history to hit 300 home runs in his career when he launched a solo shot off Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the ninth inning in Thursday’s 4-2 loss at Safeco Field.

Cano had a special fan in attendance as his mom, Claribel, had flown in from the Dominican Republic earlier this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, milestones, robinson cano

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Raul Mondesi, former Yankees outfielder, sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption while mayor of San Cristobal

Former Yankees outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday for corruption he took part in while mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic.

Mondesi, who was mayor of San Cristobal from 2010 to 2016, was also fined 60 million pesos for the corruption, according to a report.

That’s $1,257,336.00 in US Dollars.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dodgers’ Corey Seager out of lineup Monday | MLB.com

“I think there’s a little bit of preservation, understanding where his arm is at,” said Roberts. “I don’t think it’s 100 percent. I think he’s doing a little guarding and protecting. He knows when to let it go and when not to. But I think it’s clear that he’s doing some protecting. He’s not showing the arm strength he has had because he’s trying to manage it.”

Roberts said Seager wants to play through the pain rather than sit. Although the club has not discussed specifics of what Seager is facing in the offseason, Roberts said an injection in the elbow is not an option and rest does not necessarily help. The medical staff, Roberts said, considers Seager’s condition “playable, but the more you stress something, obviously there’s more potential for pain.

“He’s going to have to have it looked at, but our medical staff is on top of it. For us to feel he can play a premium position and make the throws needed and not put himself in immediate jeopardy or even jeopardy down the road, all signs say he can manage it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Allowed a Grand Slam | FanGraphs Baseball

Thanks to the magic go MLB.TV I had four games going last night. This result was a little shocking.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger has 3 RBIs vs. Giants | MLB.com

Dodgers can’t stop winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Giants send Dodgers to 11th straight loss | MLB.com

The Dodgers keep losing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

High odds against Dodgers, Indians streaks | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:17 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Dodgers Look Beyond Terrible Right Now | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron gets out the shovel.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Mark Reynolds’ grand slam give Rockies a sweep | MLB.com

Dodgers still can’t win.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rockies send Dodgers to 9th straight loss | MLB.com

Dodgers STILL CAN’T WIN!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Rockies hand Dodgers eighth straight loss | MLB.com

Dodgers still can’t win.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2017 at 01:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Friday, September 08, 2017

Dodgers’ Walker Buehler solid in debut | MLB.com

The next big thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 11:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

Rockies’ Arenado hits homer off Kershaw | MLB.com

Dodgers can’t win. Even Kershaw is getting shelled.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

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