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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mariners gain in Wild Card on Cano’s 2 homers | MLB.com

Robinson Cano continued his assault on Astros pitching, edging the Mariners closer in the American League Wild Card chase in the process while pushing Houston closer to elimination.

Cano clubbed two home runs, including a long solo shot down the right-field line off Luke Gregerson in the 11th inning, to send the Mariners to a key, 4-3 win over the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, September 25, 2016

After 67 years of greatness, Vin Scully just wants to be remembered as a good man.

In one week, on the first Sunday of October, Scully will take a short ride along the streets of San Francisco from his hotel to AT&T Park. He will call his final game, between the team for which he rooted as a schoolboy and the team he served with unparalleled distinction.

Neither Los Angeles nor San Francisco had a team when Scully started his remarkable career, describing the feats of Jackie Robinson. When the Dodgers and Giants moved to California, so did Scully.

He courted L.A., on behalf of the new team and the new sport in town. In turn, L.A. embraced him, trusted him and loved him. The most popular and enduring of the Dodgers turned out to be the man behind the microphone.

So, long, Vin.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: September 25, 2016 at 12:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, vin scully

Friday, September 23, 2016

Respect mutual between Vin Scully and umpires | dodgers.com

Froemming retired from field duty at the end of 2007 and will retire from his position with MLB as a special umpiring assistant at the end of this season. Just so happens he’s scheduled to be at the Dodgers’ regular-season finale in San Francisco that doubles as Scully’s final series, so the umpire will have one last chance to say hello—and goodbye—to his old friend.

Asked what message he would deliver to Scully, Froemming made a perfect call.

“You were down the middle, and you were fair,” he said. “An umpire can’t ask for more than that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, vin scully

A new Yasiel Puig giving Los Angeles Dodgers what they’re looking for - Los Angeles - Dodgers Report- ESPN

Since his promotion, after rosters had expanded in September, Puig has been a changed man. He has not been 2013 rookie Puig—not even close—but he has established himself as a possible solution for the lefty issue, and he now looks like he will be of use on a potential playoff roster when a month ago the odds of that happening seemed Powerball-sized.

“I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to just return to the team,” Puig said, when asked if his goal upon his return was to make the playoff roster. “It’s up to them now if they’re going to put me on the playoff roster, but I’m just trying to work hard and trying to get to the end of the season, to the playoffs and give my best for this year and the next.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweets protesters should be treated ‘like animals’

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger fired off controversial tweets Thursday in response to civil unrest in Charlotte, N.C., calling for protesters to be “locked behind bars like animals.”

Clevenger has a private Twitter account, but reporter Jon Humbert of KOMO-TV in Seattle captured screengrabs of the tweets.

The Mariners issued a statement from general manager Jerry Dipoto.

“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account,” the statement read.” While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.

“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yasiel Puig sends Madison Bumgarner “Don’t Look At Me” t-shirt

Funny.

“That don’t make a difference to me, really,” Bumgarner told reporters after hearing about the shirt but before receiving it. “If it were turned around, I’m sure we’d do the same.”

Bumgarner had left the clubhouse immediately after Tuesday’s game, but his gift from Puig still was hanging in his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Madison Bumgarner, Yasiel Puig and another epic bullpen meltdown

The chain of events:

After Puig grounded out to end the seventh, Bumgarner clearly mouthed, “Don’t look at me,” in Puig’s direction a couple times, with an added expletive in there the third time he said it. The camera panned to Puig saying, “What?” Let’s admit it: A fight makes every sporting event a little more entertaining, not just hockey. While this one didn’t see more than some pushing and shoving, it was entertaining to see all the relievers rushing in from the bullpens:

Everyone loves to criticize Puig for not containing his emotions, but what about Bumgarner? He clearly doesn’t like Puig—see this from May of 2014 or this from September of that year—but it’s not fair to criticize Puig for some of his antics and leave Bumgarner untouched just because he’s a good ol’ boy from North Carolina. Bochy removed him after the incident, and maybe he stays in the game if he keeps his cool.

 


Estrada masterful, Osuna shuts the door as Blue Jays fend off Seattle Mariners for crucial win | National Post

The Blue Jays aren’t done yet.

The Blue Jays needed a stopper. On this night, Marco Estrada and Roberto Osuna shared the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mariners

Dodgers beat Giants, cut magic number to 7 | MLB.com

Giants bullpen ruins pitchers duel.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Dodgers’ Best Young Pitcher Is a Pickoff Master

Which takes us to what might be the most unfair thing about Urias: On top of everything else, he leads the league in pickoffs. Last week, Urias — who’s totaled only 72 innings in the majors — notched his sixth big league pickoff of 2016. No other pitcher has five. Urias had five pickoffs this season in Triple-A alone, despite allowing only 40 combined hits, walks, and hit by pitches in 45 frames. And according to data from Baseball Prospectus, he’d also displayed his talent for pickoffs during his first three professional seasons, accumulating at least 16 pickoffs in a combined 222.1 innings across five minor leagues levels from 2013 to 2015.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 03:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias, pickoffs

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yasiel Puig of Los Angeles Dodgers meets with fan who lost tooth via ball toss

So this does happen.

Yasiel Puig has met with the Los Angeles Dodgers fan whose front tooth was knocked out when the outfielder tossed a ball into the stands at Yankee Stadium as a souvenir.

Alyssa Gerharter also came away with a busted lip from Puig’s throw, which followed the final out of a Dodgers win Monday night in the opener of a three-game set in the Bronx.

Puig made amends with Gerharter and tweeted a photo of the meeting Wednesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Mariners win eighth in a row, besting Angels 2-1 in another fine pitching performance | The Seattle Times

The Mariners will not die.

“We were just focusing on the one game,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “When we got on the plane and we were thinking — just keep winning series and winning series. Then you win the first couple of games and you think, ‘Why not sweep it?’ That’s been our attitude. Everybody’s doing their part.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Mariners pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. credits Taijuan Walker’s success to embracing mechanical changes | The Seattle Times

“At that point, he decided it was time to make some adjustments and changes,” Stottlemyre said.

The following day the two were out early before the game, playing catch and working on the changes that features a different leg kick and more hip turn to help him use his legs more and drive down the slope of the mound. It’s been a daily routine since then. They’ve spent hours together going over the changes. They were inseparable on the field, in the weight room and in front the video monitors.

“These are drastic,” Stottlemyre said. “These are not easy. It’s the tail end of the season on a club that’s possibly in a pennant run and to go out and try to recreate a delivery is not easy to do. It’s a testament to the work that he did – the dry work, the video work, watching other guys do it. He’s been relentless with the work and in our bullpens just trying to put it all together. I’m so proud of him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, taijuan walker

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vin Scully Will Not Call Dodgers Playoff Games

Getcher Vin Scully fix in the regular season. After that, there aint no more.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, giants, radio, vin scully

For Brewers, Dodgers, clock hasn’t run out on Ryan Braun-Yasiel Puig trade

Braun and Puig were about 20 minutes from being traded to the Dodgers two weeks ago, according to several executives with direct knowledge of their trade talks, but the teams ran out of time at the Aug. 31 trade deadline.

The executives spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the talks.

Braun was being traded to the Dodgers, who would pay the entire $76 million in his contract, for outfielder Yasiel Puig, injured veteran pitcher Brandon McCarthy and prospects.

Negotiations lasted all the way to the 11:59 p.m. ET waivers trade deadline on Aug. 31. Officials vowed to revisit the talks again this winter.

The clubs even worked out the major stumbling blocks of the deal so that it would have been a virtual money wash this season. McCarthy and Puig are earning a combined $16.5 million while Braun is being paid $19 million.

The deal was so close, with just one last prospect being negotiated, that Braun was advised to stay around until the deadline expired. Several of his teammates even stayed with him in the clubhouse, prepared to say their goodbyes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2016 at 04:22 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, ryan braun, yasiel puig

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Andre Ethier makes long-awaited 2016 debut with Dodgers - The Orange County Register

Just short of six months after suffering a spiral fracture in his right tibia when he fouled a ball off his right shin during a spring exhibition game, Ethier was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut 141 games into the season.

“It was a long summer,” Ethier said. “Those guys (on the medical staff) did a good job. Glad to be back. Ready to contribute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, clayton kershaw, dodgers, injuries

Rich Hill pulled out after seven perfect innings in Dodgers’ win over Marlins - LA Times

I get Hill’s anger but, with his injury history, I can’t blame Roberts.

The suffering stretched across the face of Dave Roberts. His eyes brimmed red. His stomach roiled with discontent. He had never before experienced a win that felt like a loss, not until Saturday’s 5-0 Dodgers victory over the Miami Marlins, when he made a decision that protected Rich Hill’s health, incited Hill’s rage and invited heartache into the manager’s office.

“I’m going to lose sleep tonight,” Roberts said. “And I probably should.”
...
Unlike Stripling, Hill is not a rookie. He turned 36 this spring. But the Dodgers view him as a vital asset for October. Hill missed six weeks earlier this summer because of the blisters on his index finger. As Saturday stretched into the final innings, Roberts noted, Hill experienced “heat” that left the area “tender.”

Hill would downplay the severity of the blister after the game, but Roberts chose to anger his pitcher rather than subject him to an injury risk.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rich hill

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw returns with short outing | SI.com

He must actually be human after all.

Beyond his surviving Friday night’s outing, the big question is how Kershaw will feel Saturday as he recovers and builds towards not only Wednesday’s start but also the three more beyond that prior to the end of the regular season. He returns to a playoff race that looks vastly different than when he went down. Without him, the Dodgers improbably posted the league’s second-best record, going 38–24 while swinging the NL West race by 13 games, from eight behind the Giants (who went 25–37 in the interim, including 17–32 since the All-Star break) to five ahead. Via the Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds, the Dodgers entered Friday with a 99.6% chance at making the playoffs, including a 92.5% chance of winning the division.

(BTW, si.com, if you’d stop autoplaying video ads, maybe I’d link to you more often. )

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Friday, September 09, 2016

Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault - BaseballAmerica.com

Hector Olivera, the former Dodgers and Braves prospect, was found guilty on Thursday of misdemeanor domestic assault stemming from an incident at an Arlington, Va., hotel in April. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Eighty of those days were suspended, however, meaning he will serve just 10 days before being released.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, hector olivera, padres

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Dodgers hit 5 home runs off Zack Greinke | MLB.com

odger Stadium had a healthy serving of boos reserved for Zack Greinke in his first start there since leaving for Arizona via free agency in the offseason. However, it was his former teammates who offered an even ruder welcome in a 10-2 Dodgers win on Monday night.

The Dodgers hit five homers off Greinke, a career high for the right-hander. Adrian Gonzalez got it started in the fourth with a two-run shot on a numbers-high fastball. Before the inning, Greinke had thrown three shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just a single.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2016 at 06:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, zach greinke

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw makes rehab start | MLB.com

With the playoffs fast approaching, Clayton Kershaw (herniated disk) pitched in a baseball game for the first time since June 26 as he began a rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Whether the ace is ready to return to the Majors has yet to be decided, though Kershaw did say he thinks he will pitch in the next four or five days as long as his back presents no problems while he cools down.
“We’re still ironing some stuff out,” Kershaw said. “At this point, it’s more of a pitch count deal, making sure that I can contribute and not just go out there. It helps that it’s September. We got a lot of guys in the bullpen. We’re still working kinks out, but we’ll see.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Sources: Dodgers expressed interest in bringing back Zack Greinke | FOX Sports

How about a story about a team “thinking” about contacting another team about a player?

It’s not going to happen, not yet and maybe not ever. But the Dodgers expressed interest in trading for the Diamondbacks right-hander before Wednesday night’s deadline for players to become eligible for postseason rosters, according to major-league sources.

The discussions were not substantive and did not advance, sources said. The Dodgers, however, could revisit their continuing interest in Greinke this offseason; clearly, they still covet a pitcher who had a 2.30 ERA for them from 2013 to ‘15.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, zack greinke

With a Little Help from His Friends: The Story Behind Baseball Announcer Vin Scully’s Stories | VICE Sports

Instead of an on-air partner, Scully relies on two silent men in the booth beside him: stage manager Boyd Robertson, and camera operator Rob Menschel, who also occasionally directs. Robertson and Menschel have worked with Scully on Dodger broadcasts since 1989. When the three of them are together, the booth has the feel of a family business—respect and professionalism underlined with nonverbal communication and easy humor. Facing home plate in the Dodger Stadium press box, Scully sits on the left side of the booth, Robertson beside him in the middle, and Menschel behind the camera to the right.

“His job description and my job description have nothing to do with what we actually do,” Menschel told VICE Sports before a recent home game. Rather, he and Robertson have evolved into a single organ devoted to supporting Scully through his broadcasts. They arrive at the park before he does and prepare the booth for his arrival. They are his research team, his partners, and his stand-ins for the listeners he is addressing at home. They are also his friends.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, dodgers, vin scully

Dodgers come from six down to stun Rockies | MLB.com

With a furious late rally, the Dodgers stormed to a remarkable 10-8 Coors Field win over the Rockies on Wednesday night on Andrew Toles’ grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning of the nightcap, avoiding sweeps of the doubleheader and the three-game series.

After falling behind, 8-2, the Dodgers scored three runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth off Adam Ottavino. Toles’ slam was his third homer of the season and the win left the Dodgers with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Giants in the National League West. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 40th save.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2016 at 05:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, dodgers

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Clayton Kershaw and Cross-Era Comparisons – The Hardball Times

Koufax and Kershaw are pretty, pretty good.

Definitive or not, though, it’s pretty clear Kershaw’s career is already at least comparable to one of the most revered pitchers in baseball history. Even if Kershaw were to walk away from the game today, his legacy already would be secure. Instead, once he returns to the mound, Dodgers fans finally will get a glimpse at the answer to the question that’s been burning in their hearts for the last 50 years: What if Sandy Koufax had more time?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2016 at 08:55 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, sandy koufax

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