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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Friday, April 24, 2015

Alex Guerrero in Dodgers lineup for series finale vs. Giants - LA Times

The Dodgers need to find a way to ride out Guerrero’s hot streak, even if the thought irritates Mattingly.

Asked if he considered making Guerrero the starting third baseman and Uribe his late-inning defensive replacement, Mattingly mentioned Turner again.

“Where does J.T. fit in your plan?” Mattingly snapped. “Does he not play? Should he not start and then somebody come in for him? I know the people are chanting for Alex right now, but there’s other guys too that probably have swung the bat better. J.T. hits .340 last year, leads the league in hitting, basically. Now, because he’s not the flavor of the day, we start talking about somebody else. That’s where we can’t get involved with what happened over a 10-day period. We have to make decisions based on long term and what we see and project, but also with the fact that things change. Not discounting Alex, but you still have a full roster we know we’ll use over the course of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 08:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to Cloak Your DNS to watch the Dodgers on MLB.TV

The most subversive thing I’ve ever read in the LA Times.  Columnist Chris Erskine gives detailed instructions on how to mask your DNS to watch Dodger games on MLB.TV, avoiding antiquated blackout rules and telling Time Warner cable to…..well, who needs them anymore?

pthomas Posted: April 23, 2015 at 04:39 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, mlbtv, television

Julio Lugo charged with kidnapping, gun posession

Former Devil Rays infielder Julio Lugo (2003-2006) has been charged in court with kidnapping, according to multiple reports out of the Dominican Republic.

Lugo last professionally played baseball for los Leones del Escogido, and last played stateside for the Braves in 2011.

Lugo’s arrest warrant was issued in the cities of La Romana and Santo Domingo for kidnapping and the posession of fire arms. According to the paper, Lugo and four men held their hostage and his girlfriend at gunpoint, demanding money that had allegedly been invested in a business venture.

A rough translation of the article includes how Lugo had, “always been willing to talk about it, assuring him that the money invested in the company, as well as that of other investors, was sure.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, guns, julio lugo, kidnapping, legal, rays, red sox

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dodgers A.J. Ellis, Yasmani Grandal caught up in framing a pitch for strikes

[A.J.] Ellis has ranked among the worst framers (catchers who get fewer strike calls than they should as measured by, again, Pitch f/x) in the majors the past few seasons. That put him in an uncomfortable situation this past winter with the Dodgers’ front office now in the hands of a coterie of highly sophisticated, analytically inclined decision-makers who believe strongly in the value of the pitch-framing metrics.

“I’ll be honest – I was motivated by the realization that that aspect of catching was becoming highly valued by this new wave of analytical front-office types,” said Ellis, who spent time during the off-season working to improve his pitch-framing skills with Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel. “And I knew that deficiency in the long run could affect my future employment.” ...

They have a very smart group of people upstairs. [Ellis said] They can isolate it… when they explained that to us in spring training, ran us through the process and laid it out for us, it strengthened my understanding of it and my commitment to what they’re doing – because they’re doing it the right way. It got me on board, is what I’m saying.” ...

Yasmani Grandal was already on board – without really knowing it.

Grandal does not have a reputation as a good defensive catcher. But he ranks very high as a pitch framer and that was a big factor in the Dodgers’ desire to acquire him from the San Diego Padres this winter…

Bad news for Ellis, though. While there are techniques that can improve the way a catcher receives the ball, pitch framing appears to be an innate skill that you either have or you don’t.

“The really interesting thing about framing for me is – it is pretty much one of, if not the, most persistent skills in baseball,” [GM Farhan] Zaidi said. “A batting average will fluctuate, a pitcher’s ERA will fluctuate way more than this metric of catcher framing will fluctuate… Obviously, Yasmani is working with an entirely different set of pitchers. He was a top-five framer last year. He’s a top-five framer now.”



Friday, April 17, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-17-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, April 17, 1915:

The Brooklyn club will celebrate tomorrow its twenty-fifth birthday, as it was on April 18, 1890, that the Dodgers played their first game in the National League, losing to Boston by a score of 15 to 9. This was a bad start, but the Brooklynites copped the pennant their first year out.

The Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers: April 18th’s Birthday Team.

Corey Klübermensch (Dan Lee) Posted: April 17, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dugout, history

Dodgers outfield adjusts to the information age - LA Times

Yasiel Puig is taking the game more seriously.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, dodgers, joc pederson, yasiel puig

Bryan Stow tosses first pitch for San Jose Giants home opener

SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: April 17, 2015 at 02:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, minor leagues, san jose

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DODGERS USE FINANCIAL MIGHT TO PUT MONETARY VALUE ON DRAFT PICK

let’s just recognize the Dodgers paid $2.75 million (Webb’s salary) for the pick. You might say they were also getting Webb as a reliever and Ward as minor-league catching depth, but Webb was released by the Dodgers on Monday, even after accepting his assignment to Triple-A. It was an odd situation, as Webb was a somewhat competent reliever, but the Dodgers’ front office felt it was content with its reliever depth in the high minors.

What the Dodgers clearly valued was the draft pick.
...
Andrew Ball at Beyond the Boxscore attempted to analyze the value of picks in the 2013 MLB Draft. For picks No. 61-100, he came to a value of $2.58 million on it — not far off from the original $2.75 million of Webb’s salary. When you factor in the slot amount, it looks like a bit of an overpay. But, if the Dodgers intend to apply that extra money gained to draft and sign a player who is looking for an over-slot bonus at Nos. 24 (1st-round pick) or 35 (supplemental 1st-rounder for Hanley Ramirez), it might have even more value than it does on the surface.

So there you go. The 74th pick of the draft sold for $2.75m.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers


Robothal: diamondbacks had nothing to do with fan covering up

Surprised this didnt get linked as well…......actually not surprised

shoewizard Posted: April 16, 2015 at 05:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Phils prospect Valentin suspended following domestic arrest

Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday.

“He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major League Baseball stepped in and suspended him indefinitely. We support the action and policies of the Commissioner’s office. As an organization we’re getting the young man some help, but we take this very seriously as does the Commissioner’s office.”

Valentin, 20, is a second baseman from Puerto Rico. The Phillies acquired him in August from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. Valentin is the son of former major-league infielder Jose Valentin. He was a first-round pick of the Dodgers (No. 51 overall) in 2012 and was slated to open the season with the Single A Clearwater Threshers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, domestic abuse, jesmuel valentin, phillies, suspension

Friday, April 10, 2015

The tragic extent of Monique and Milton Bradley’s violent relationship

Victim said her husband grabbed her right hand and pushed her hand against her mouth, causing her to hit herself…. Victim said her husband grabbed her cellphone from a bedroom table and threw it towards the wall. Victim said her cellphone broke into several parts…. Victim said she followed him into the hallway. Victim said her husband turned around and used his right forearm and pushed her against the wall. Victim stated his forearm was against her throat and she was having a difficult time breathing…. Victim said her husband went around the house and picked up all the cellphones, house phones, her car keys and credit cards and left.

MIKE SNAKENBORG: She was upset and crying…. She indicated to me that she was pregnant…. She had a small cut on the inside of her lip that was bleeding.5

MILTON BRADLEY: She had a busted lip…. She was threatening, “Oh, I’m going to call the police” ... and I’m like, “I’m not staying here because I didn’t do nothing.”

HARLAND BRAUN: Did you ever throw the phone at a wall or anything like that?

MILTON BRADLEY: I never threw the phone.5

MICHELLE LIM: Has [Mr. Bradley prevented you from calling the police] in the past?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: He’ll take my cellphone and the house phones, and when he doesn’t do that he says, “Call the police. You’ll be dead by the time they get here anyway.“5

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office ... declined to press charges in the July 11 incident because of “insufficient evidence.” [Prosecutors’ documents] read: “Victim was interviewed a [second] time and changed her stories.” —L.A. Times

MICHELLE LIM: What kind of things would he yell at you?

MONIQUE BRADLEY: Tell me I was stupid, I was a #####, a whore, slut, idiot.5

Milton Bradley is the Dodgers’ nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award ... which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team. —Dodgers.com


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Dodgers acquire reliever Ryan Webb

The Dodgers also got Ward and a competitive-balance draft pick, No. 74 overall, in exchange for pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O’Brien. That pick, which falls between the second and third rounds, has a slot value of $827,000, according to Baseball America.

So it looks like the Orioles gave up the 74th pick so they could save $2.75m on Webb’s salary. Rowen was a pre-arb player released by the Rangers in December. O’Brien’s upside is a potential future third string catcher. Brian Ward is organizational filler at best.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:01 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, orioles

Mariners fan uses popcorn bucket to catch a foul ball

If you aren’t the type who brings a glove to the game, you’re going to come away with a sore hand or two. Well, unless you’re this inventive Mariners fan.

This fan ... no, this hero ... finds a way to make it work. He didn’t bring his glove to the game because he’s not 12, but he still gets the job done in the Mariners’ 2-0 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night. While he seems to have lost a significant amount of popcorn, it’s worth the parties future generations will throw in his honor.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:36 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fatass, jesus montero, mariners

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Hyun-jin Ryu rapped about credit cards in a Korean commercial

Opa Hyun-jin Style?

Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu is a big star in his native Korea, which is why he stars in goofy commercials like this one.

Last fall, Ryu starred in an ad for ramen that also featured a fake Clayton Kershaw. Now he’s rapping to promote credit cards for a Korean bank. His outfit is spot-on and the Mission Impossible theme makes for a pretty good beat.

Ryu is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He’ll be back soon enough, but it’s nice to know that he has a potential career as a K-pop star waiting for him when his career is over.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 12:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: commercials, dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, korean, rapping

Monday, April 06, 2015

Dodgers set MLB record payroll at $270M; average is $4.2M

That is one extremely poorly worded headline.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, April 03, 2015

New Balance signs Robinson Cano

Cavanaugh estimates that 300 major league players will wear New Balance cleats this season. It has come at a cost for the company that for so long proudly shunned endorsements—though a relatively cheap one, compared with other sports.

On Thursday, the brand announced that it has added Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano to an endorsement roster that already includes Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

“Robby wanted to be the face of a brand, and New Balance will enable him to be that,” said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, which represents Cano. Yormark said Cano, who has more endorsements now than he did while playing in New York, also liked the fact that the company committed to working with him on his lifestyle business. It also will support his foundation by outfitting students at Cano’s RC22 Dream School in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: business, mariners, robinson cano

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.

These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.

Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher

You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!”—American League outfielder

Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“C.J. Wilson. He’s into racing cars, he travels everywhere. and he’s [married to] a supermodel.”—American League outfielder

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.”—American League pitcher

“Didn’t Madison Bumgarner bus down his cattle for spring training? And he bought his wife a baby bull as a wedding gift. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to watch that?”—American League pitcher

“Wade Miley. It’d be like Duck Dynasty.”—American League pitcher

 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 AL West Preview

I enjoy these previews but it’s hard to see how every team will hit the “over” on their projections.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: al west, angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Posnanski: A Baseball Story

Then there was Bobby Bragan, who would confess that he was willing to give up his career to make this stand. In later years, he explained: He saw blacks as inferior to whites. He did not know how to tell his family and friends that he was playing baseball with a black person. He did not see this as hateful or even objectionable; it was simply his view of the world. Bragan asked to be traded.

The Dodgers didn’t need him. He was a backup catcher who was only good for a few dozen at-bats. He was popular in the clubhouse, and he was one of those players who makes the season more enjoyable for everyone. Such players are not exactly disposable. But they certainly are not essential. There seemed no reason for Rickey to deal with Bragan’s mutiny.

Branch Rickey was many things, some of them admirable, some of them less so. But, above all, he was shrewd. And that day, he saw something in Bobby Bragan that Bragan did not see in himself.

“If Jackie Robinson can play the position better than another player,” Rickey said after summoning Bragan, “then regardless of the color of his skin Jackie Robinson is going to play. You understand that Bobby?”

“Yes sir,” Bragan said.

“And how do you feel about this?”

“If it’s all the same with you, Mr. Rickey, I’d like to be traded to another team,” Bragan said.

And then, Bragan would remember, Branch Rickey leaned back. Maybe he puffed on his cigar. Maybe he didn’t. He asked Bobby Bragan a question.

“If we call Jackie Robinson up,” Rickey asked, “will you change the way you play for me?”

And here, at last, Bobby Bragan was forced to confront what kind of man he was.

“No sir,” Bragan said. “I’d still play my best.”

That was what Rickey wanted and needed to hear. He dismissed Bragan and made a note in his mind: Bobby Bragan would be OK. Bobby Bragan had it in him to change.

Of course, Bragan didn’t think so. He went into the season bitter. But he began to watch Robinson from a distance. There wasn’t an overnight conversion.”I learned,” Bragan would say. “Not fast. But I learned.” The more he watched Robinson, the more he felt — despite himself — something like grudging respect. The guy could play ball; Bragan thought he was the Dodgers’ best player more or less from his first day. Robinson kept his head down. He did not try to engage teammates in conversation. He ignored the persistent taunts from the crowds and the opposing benches. Bragan at fired avoid Robinson on the train, but soon he found himself drawn as if magnetized. He would sit two rows away. He would sit one row away.

And then he sat next to Jackie Robinson. They didn’t talk much, and they didn’t talk about anything, in particular — just baseball stuff. Something about a pitcher. Something about a play. Maybe Bragan told a little joke. Maybe Robinson smiled. Maybe Bragan — again, in spite of himself — felt good that he could break Robinson’s hard exterior.

Then, they would sit next to each other again on the train. And again. Robinson joined a card game Bragan was playing. Few things can connect people quite like playing cards. Bragan would find himself sitting next to Robinson in the dugout, and they would talk, and when Bragan heard his family and friends and others discount Jackie Robinson, heard them call him less than a man, Bragan found dissent welling up inside him. “Wait a minute,” he would think. “You don’t know him.” And, to his surprise, he found himself saying that out loud.


Mariners Prospect Victor Sanchez Dies - BaseballAmerica.com

Victor Sanchez has passed away.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, prospects

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