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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger lead Dodgers’ win | MLB.com

The Dodgers have two pretty, pretty good players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, corey seager, dodgers

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dodgers minor leaguer Jair Jurrjens suspended 80 games after testing positive for exogenous Testoste

Major League Baseball announced on Thursday evening that Dodgers minor league pitcher Jair Jurrjens has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone.

Jurrjens, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers at the end of March after pitching for Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, the right-hander compiled a 4.64 ERA with a 44/18 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2017 at 05:17 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jair jurrjens, peds

Dodgers’ Julio Urias to get shoulder examined; Yasiel Puig appeals MLB punishment for gesture - LA Times

This is not good.

A fitful season for Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias took a concerning turn this week, and now the left-hander is headed back to Los Angeles so team doctor Neal ElAttrache can examine his sore left shoulder.

The triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers placed Urias on the disabled list Wednesday. Urias mentioned to the medical staff that “he wasn’t feeling right” a few days ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. The team shut him down from throwing. When his condition did not approve, Urias was scheduled for his appointment.

“It’s a concern whenever you’re talking about a pitcher’s arm, especially the shoulder,” Roberts said. “But I think with Julio, I think we’ve gotten ahead of it. Hopefully it’s just inflammation where time will allow it to dissipate. But when you’re talking about the elbow or the shoulder, I think there’s some pause.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, injuries, julio urias

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger already has a cool place in MLB history

Four multi-homer games already?! It’s pretty crazy, when you consider some thought Bellinger was going to be a temporary call-up for the Dodgers in late April. Since then, the 21-year-old outfielder has driven in 39 runs, scored 32 and is slashing .261/.335/.630.

That doesn’t quite compare with Judge’s line: .343/.450/.718 with 22 homers and 49 RBIs. But it doesn’t take anything away from Bellinger, either. His impact on the Dodgers has been quite obvious. Just consider this pair of factoids:

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig makes pair of obscene gestures to stands after hitting a home run

Probably expressing his protest over the Cleveland logo!

Not shown there for obvious reasons is that Puig flipped the ol’ bird—two of them actually—toward someone or a group of people in the Progressive Field stands. Yes, two very visible middle fingers toward fans.
The gesture happened on Puig’s trip back to the dugout after crossing home plate. The area is very close to the on-deck circle, so we can probably do the math, right? People are all over Puig in the on-deck circle about how much he “sucks,” he hits a two-run home run and reacquaints himself with them.

Well, that’s gonna move the needle. Puig’s already a polarizing player and many people find that gesture offensive. It was plain as day on TV, and it’s a good bet there were kids in the crowd who got at least a very quick glimpse.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 11:00 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, flipping the bird, indians, obscene, yasiel puig

Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, is getting a name change

Since before the late Dave Niehaus threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the day it opened, the emerald jewel of a stadium in the Sodo district has been known as Safeco Field.

But that will change after the 2018 season.


The Mariners and Safeco Insurance announced Tuesday that the naming-rights agreement for the stadium will not be extended following next season.

“Safeco Insurance has been a great partner of the Mariners dating back to the earliest days of the franchise, including the ballpark naming rights for the last 20 years,” Mariners president Kevin Mather said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Safeco has done over the years to support our organization and look forward to continuing the relationship in the future.”

The agreement between Safeco and the Mariners began in 1998, a year before the stadium opened.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 13, 2017 at 04:57 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, naming rights, stadiums


Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Mariners Will Probably Regret Signing Jean Segura – Off The Bench

This writer is overly pessimistic. Segura looks like an average defensive player. He clearly can hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mariners lock up Jean Segura to long-term deal

SEATTLE—Jean Segura and the Mariners agreed Wednesday to a $70 million, five-year contract covering 2018 to 2022, a deal that brings stability to a shortstop position in flux for more than a decade in Seattle.

Another Angels prospect makes good… somewhere else.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 09, 2017 at 11:47 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extensions, mariners, segura

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Mariners working on multi-year contract extension with shortstop Jean Segura

After years of searching for a productive shortstop since the departure of Alex Rodriguez, the Mariners have found one in Jean Segura and they are working to keep him.

A Major League Baseball source confirmed an initial report from Jon Morosi of the MLB Network that the team is working on signing Segura to a multi-year extension. The two sides are in discussions and no parameters of a possible deal were given from the source….

But a report from the Dominican Republic put the deal at 5 years, $70 million with an option for a sixth year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jean segura, mariners

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Dodgers tie MLB record by striking out 26 Brewers

“The Milwaukee Brewers reached a special level of futility in Friday night’s 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, becoming only the third team in Major League Baseball history to strike out 26 times in a single game.”

Kershaw:  7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 14k, no decision.  The Won/Loss Gods are furious ..

Mom makes botox doctors furious Posted: June 03, 2017 at 03:35 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, records, strikeouts

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Felix Hernandez scheduled to begin rehab assignment soon | The Seattle Times

Hernandez, who hasn’t pitched in more than a month, will likely throw a few innings in a simulated game on Friday or Saturday. If that goes well, Hernandez will make at least one minor-league rehab start, although Servais said “most likely two will be the right amount.”

That means Hernandez is about two weeks away from returning to the Mariners’ rotation.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2017 at 11:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: felix hernandez, mariners

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is off to record-setting start – and will get better | FOX Sports

Cody Bellinger possesses that rarest of baseball gifts.

“He has the ability,” Dodgers first base coach George Lombard said, “to make everything look easy.”

Lombard said that the Dodgers’ staff didn’t know Bellinger all that well at the start of spring training. His arm proved better than they expected. He ran better than they expected. And his power . . . it’s doubtful that even Bellinger’s father, former major-league infielder/outfielder Clay Bellinger – expected this.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 01:18 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, notes

Monday, May 29, 2017

Dodgers Alex Wood placed on disabled list | MLB.com

The Dodgers will be without one of their more productive starters after placing Alex Wood on the disabled list Monday.

Wood, who seized a rotation spot with a string of excellent starts this month, is suffering from inflammation in his left SC joint.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: alex wood, dodgers, injuries

Brandon McCarthy expected to make next start | MLB.com

Look like no DL time for now. Will he be able to make it through a whole season in the rotation?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers

Friday, May 26, 2017

Clayton Kershaw dominant, lowers career WHIP under 1

I’m aware that WHIP is a rate stat and it could very well rise above 1 as soon as next start. However:
Kershaw hasn’t had a WHIP above 1 since 2012
His WHIP since 2013 is .854, so he’s gliding at a pace of well below a 1 WHIP right now and has for some time now
If he continues his since 2013 pace, he’ll pass Ed Walsh for second place next start and then Addie Joss for number 1 by the end of the season.
It’s true that Kershaw hasn’t had his decline phase yet, but neither did Addie Joss. There is a great chance that when Kershaw passes Joss’ 2327 IP, (probably 2019) that he’ll have a lower career era than Addie Joss.
All that said, he’ll probably finish his career with a WHIP higher than 1, but it’s still cool to see a guy with over 1800 career innings have a WHIP below 1.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 26, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: addie joss, dodgers, ed walsh, kershaw

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dodgers’ newest pitcher could be outfielder Brett Eibner

The Dodgers manage their roster with a short bench and a surplus of creativity. The player who has pinch-run most often this season is pitcher Ross Stripling.

So it might come as little surprise that the Dodgers are experimenting with outfielder Brett Eibner as a pitcher. He played the outfield and pitched at the University of Arkansas from 2008-10, so he would be working on seven years rest.

“I’m also 25 pounds heavier, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

This isn’t just about a position player saving the bullpen in a blowout. Eibner has thrown several bullpen sessions at Dodger Stadium and at Oklahoma City, working on building arm strength and developing secondary pitches to accompany a fastball he said hit 95 mph in college.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:38 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brett eibner, dodgers

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The man behind Cody Bellinger’s early success with the Dodgers

Meet Cody Bellinger.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 08:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

MLB investigating Dodgers for alleged discrimination in termination of war veteran Nick Francona

Major League Baseball is investigating whether the Los Angeles Dodgers discriminated against Nick Francona, an Afghanistan war veteran and son of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, when his contract was terminated last year, sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo Sports.

Francona, 31, told MLB in a letter he believed the Dodgers gradually pushed him out of his job as assistant director of player development following his decision to seek an assessment at Home Base, a Boston-area organization dedicated to helping veterans treat so-called invisible wounds of war. MLB’s Department of Investigations launched an inquiry into the matter, during which the Dodgers denied that Francona’s service served as motivation for the end of his employment in March 2016. The investigation is expected to be completed within a week, according to sources.

It followed months of private negotiations during which the Dodgers said they conducted their own investigation and offered a pair of settlements — the first in June 2016 for $40,000 and the second in November 2016 for $150,000. Francona rejected both and has not taken legal action.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2017 at 01:38 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, investigation, terry francona

Monday, May 08, 2017

In-Market Streaming Of Mariners, Astros, Pirates, And Rockies Games Arrives Via ROOT Sports

Fans of the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Colorado Rockies can now watching games in-market as the AT-&T Sports Network-owned ROOT SPORTS family of regoinal sports networks announced today that digital streaming is now available. The deal that was announced in March, along with NESN airing Red Sox games, hit a technical snag with authentication services had the networks targeting May as the roll-out, and today, that came to fruition.

The deal between ROOT Sports and MLB Advanced Media will come with no additional cost to authenticated pay TV subscribers of ROOT SPORTS distribution partners.

All games on the networks will be made available to distributors’ authenticated customers and MLBAM will authenticate ROOT SPORTS viewers on MLB.com, team websites and MLB At Bat, as ROOT SPORTS continues to develop a platform of their own to deliver the games to viewers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 04:39 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, mariners, pirates, rockies, root sports, streaming

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dodgers hit 3 straight homers in walk-off win | MLB.com

Turned on the game just in time to see this. Then I fell asleep on the couch.

Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Hector Neris to spark an incredible 6-5 comeback victory over the Phillies. Puig got things going, crushing a 3-2 fastball to left field to cut the lead to two. Bellinger hit a first-pitch splitter off the right-field foul pole to make it a one-run game. Turner then smoked a 0-1 fastball to left field to tie the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mariners’ James Paxton rising to ace status | MLB.com

Giddy up!

How overpowering has Paxton been? Coming into the game, his average four-seamer velocity of 95.8 mph ranked third out of the 56 pitchers in MLB with at least 150 four-seamers thrown, behind only right-handers Luis Severino of the Yankees and Gerrit Cole of the Pirates. He was even better Wednesday, averaging 96.2 mph with a high of 98.1, according to Statcast™.

Paxton relied on the four-seamer more heavily, throwing it for 74 of his 103 pitches (72 percent), compared with his average of 61 percent in his first four starts.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners, statcast

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield

With Joc Pederson on the disabled list and the team’s outfield production stalled, the Dodgers have decided to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The team needs to clear a spot on its 40-man roster to make room for Bellinger, a 21-year-old who was rated the No. 7 prospect in the sport before the season by Baseball America.

Bellinger can play first base, but he is expected to aid the team’s outfield upon his debut. He will likely rotate between left field and center field against right-handed pitchers.

Bellinger was hitting .343 with five home runs and a 1.055 on-base plus slugging percentage in 18 games for triple-A Oklahoma City.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2017 at 05:14 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dodgers’ quartet of pitching prospects can bring the heat – Orange County Register

White said he pitched about 20 innings as a high schooler in San Jose. He went undrafted after his senior year, was barely recruited by colleges, and didn’t have much of a choice when he chose to attend Santa Clara University. He’s still thrown fewer than 200 innings in his life, by his own estimate.

By contrast, Buehler was a 14th-round draft pick out of Henry Clay High in Lexington, Ky., in 2012. He chose not to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and attend Vanderbilt University instead. Two years later, Buehler was a College World Series champion and a big-name prospect.

Santana was primarily a shortstop until he turned 18. His $170,000 signing bonus didn’t tab him as a marquee name, but after becoming a pitcher he shot through the Dodgers’ system quicker than many of his peers.

And then there’s Alvarez, who left Cuba at age 18. By the time he turned 21 in March, he was already married with a young daughter. (They were in Rancho Cucamonga, Alvarez said, when he pitched Monday in Lancaster.) He’s already used his $16 million signing bonus to purchase four cars: a Lamborghini, a Porsche, an Audi S8 and a Chevy Tahoe. It seems the rest of his life is merely trying to keep pace with his fastball.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, prospects

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