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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LA Times: Andre Ethier irritated by questions about Sydney playing surface

It just wouldn’t be spring without a grumpy ‘Dre.

SYDNEY, Australia—As much as bombastic Dodgers President Stan Kasten tries to convince people otherwise, it’s clear not all of his players like the idea of starting their season on the other side of the world.

Working out at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday turned the usually affable Andre Ethier into the moody Andre Ethier of years past. Without the slightest trace of a smile, a clearly irritated Ethier sarcastically recited the company line.

“Glad to be here,” Ethier said. “Fun trip. This is a good time. Great for baseball. Good for Australia. Happy to be here, guys.”

Thursday, October 24, 2013

TMZ:  Yasiel Puig Suprises Little League Practice, Pitches to 8-Year-Olds

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.

Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, little league, los angeles dodgers

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dodgers ax 2 Mattingly staff allies: Hillman, Taylor

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.

Good cripple hitter Posted: October 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, los angeles dodgers, managers

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Onley:  Kershaw offer in $300M range

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.



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