Los Angeles Dodgers Newsbeat
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Yasiel Puig threw batting practice for the Texas Rangers on Tuesday—but not the MLB squad ... the Texas Rangers of Northeast Los Angeles Little League.
The story is pretty awesome ... the team of 8-year-olds were getting ready for their usual 5pm practice when Yasiel unexpectedly dropped by the little league fields at Elysian Park, right next to Dodger Stadium, and asked if he could hang out.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Dodgers fired bench coach Trey Hillman and advance scout Wade Taylor, sources say.
The pair are seen as two of manager Don Mattingly’s closest friends with the team.
While the firings came only one day after Mattingly expressed unhappiness with managing as a lame duck this past season (and potentially next season), it’s quite possible that the timing could be coincidence. In any case, it is clear that the Dodgers weren’t the happiest of qualifiers for the NL Championship Series.
They carried a “World Series or bust” mentality and came up two games short. It’s been reported here and elsewhere they’ve intended to bring Mattingly back, but that hasn’t been made official yet and his comments suggesting how “tough” and “frustrating” this year was are believed to have taken Dodgers powers by surprise.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton Kershaw essentially a lifetime contract in the range of $300 million—“an A-Rod deal”—earlier this season, according to a source with knowledge of its scope and structure.
The two sides were unable to finish negotiations, sources say, because Kershaw was initially uncertain about committing to a deal so encompassing, and about having contract talks during the season.
But the negotiations progressed enough that there is confidence among some with knowledge of the talks that a long-term deal—perhaps more conservative in length than the massive contract initially proposed by the Dodgers—will be concluded this winter, with a significant portion of money being devoted to a charity of Kershaw’s choosing.
ST. LOUIS—Why were Dodgers president Stan Kasten and MLB executive Joe Torre in a heated conversation during batting practice before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series?
It probably has something to do with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and umpires, according to a baseball source.
Puig has enraged the crew, which believes he is showing up umpires at home plate. It nearly came to a head in Game 5 when Puig was called out on strikes by plate umpire Ted Barrett and stood in the batter’s box, left hand on hip, staring at Barrett. Earlier in the at-bat, Puig said something to Barrett, who came out from behind the plate, brushed off the plate and apparently said something to Puig.
Apparently, this crew, which Torre oversees, feels that Puig has crossed the line. It’s not known if Puig has been fined, but apparently word was sent from MLB offices to the Dodgers’ clubhouse that disrespecting the umpires with displays at home plate won’t be tolerated, especially by Puig.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wait, don’t you go to Disneyland when you WIN the World Series? Self-righteousness was never so self-defeating.
“Yet here, where Clydesdales still trot the field, the Cardinals are trying to preserve tradition.
The Dodgers are a personal affront to the Cardinals’ value system, and they’re going to do everything in their power to assure that style isn’t celebrated in the World Series.”
“The Cardinals’ mission is clear:
Beat the Dodgers, and send them back to Disneyland, where their escapades can be appreciated.
The Cardinals will take the stage at the World Series, representing the National League, and reminding the baseball world that old-school tradition remains alive and well.”
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Hey, baseball is the primary religion in Our Town. Out here it’s a place to be seen, maybe flash some gang signs on the matrix and bat a beach ball.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their 2013 NL West title by taking a swim in the Chase Field pool. That has upset some folks in Arizona, which makes sense. The Dodgers had already been asked not to return to the field after celebrating in the clubhouse, yet they did so anyway. “I think it’s tired and disrespectful,” D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist said of the dip in the pool. “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.”
The Dodgers probably peed in the pool, too.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
The New Year’s Day Parade — the 125th — is themed “Dreams Come True.”
The 2013 Grand Marshal was primatologist Jane Goodall.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
“It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ballclub, and I really respect, admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place,” Scully said.
“I really still enjoy it immensely. My health is good, thank God. So why not? And my wife said, ‘Why not?’ as well.
“Just the thought of walking away from it to retirement — and looking out the window or something? It’s just too good. As a baseball man, and someone who has always loved the game, the situation and the conditions are perfect.”
Posted: August 24, 2013 at 06:24 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Chemistry problems already? Oh no!
I happen to think Puig was perfectly within his rights to fly off the handle Tuesday night. But that’s not to suggest there aren’t reasons to fret that he is a ticking time bomb in the Dodgers clubhouse.
After his past two games, Puig has refused to speak with reporters. It kind of sounds like no big deal. He hasn’t had much to say anyway and the questions would have undoubtedly been repetitive.
But it’s a bit troubling that, at age 22, with less than two weeks of service time, he thinks he can dictate the terms of his employment. I watched as a veteran team publicist—one who used to work with Fernando Valenzuela when he was in far more demand than this young player is—calmly tried to persuade Puig, through his translator, to change his mind. No dice.
Stand down, it’s just a whiny reporter.
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