The June amateur draft is due to kick off on Monday, June 12, with the first two rounds and supplemental rounds due to be selected that day.  Rounds 3-40 will be selected June 13-14.  Talent-wise this is considered to be a very weak draft overall.  I like the quote from one Area Scout; “I feel like a beachcomber with a metal detector, and all I keep finding is a broken…

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We’re Back!

Well, we finally got the server back to normal and this is a test post.  Always Compete has an excellent post concerning tomorrow’s Amateur Draft. He’s on vacation – I can’t say where he is – I’m sworn to secrecy, but if he doesn’t post the article in the next couple of hours, I will. I just can’t say where he is and I won’t even offer a clue… On…

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Tomorrow They Rest!

I spent all day Wednesday at IRCE in Chicago today.  I left at 4 AM and got back at 8 PM while walking about 6 miles.  It was fun and always informative, but I really enjoyed the opening speaker, Barabara Corocran… she is riveting. She once sued  Donald Trump for $6 million and won! It was a long day, but I watched most of the game on MLB.TV in my truck…

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The Silver Lining

It was a loss and losses always stink, and while Ryu didn’t have his A-Game, there was certainly a silver lining to it. Number one, Ryu hit 94 MPH on the gun – that’s a huge thing; and Number Two, he went 7 innings.  To me, that is also as huge.  He also did not walk a batter.  That’s pretty big too.  Oh, by the way, this was against the…

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International Signings Two Years Later

There has been a lot of discussion about the state of the Cuban players the Dodgers signed in 2015. It has been nearly two years since the Dodgers embarked on a $43,874,000 spending spree on 11 international players, but only three are Cuban.  There were also five from the Dominican Republic, one from Venezuela, and one from Nicaragua.  Eight of the players are still remain in the organization with 7…

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Doc Can’t Play Joc

If there ever was any doubt, Chris Taylor erased it yesterday by doing the kind of thing that legends do:  Hitting  a Grand Slam in the 9th inning, with your team down two runs, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!  Of course, it was a team effort to come back from a four run deficit – Puig had two hits, but almost everyone (except Grandal) contributed. Chris Taylor…

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Chicks Dig the Long Ball

If that’s true, then they must dig Yasmani Grandal and Cody Bellinger, who supplied all the offense the Dodgers needed to win.  I had the game on my i-phone as we were driving home from a graduation dinner with the family.  My youngest son graduated last night and then the celebration dinner.  I was following Clayton’s progress on Gameday but could not get the game in the restaurant.   So,…

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Blessing or Curse?

Complaints have been registered that the Dodgers have too many starters.  That’s like saying you have too much sushi, too much money or too much beer.  It simply does not compute. I don’t think that is even possible. The Dodgers used something like fifteen starters last year so it was assumed by many they would do about the same thing this year.  That also doesn’t seem likely.  I suppose it…

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Who is Edwin Rios, Really?

The sad Dodgers lost last night (what a bunch of bums), so we will just focus on a question I am sure everyone has been sitting around wondering:  What is Edwin Rios, really? Well, in case you have forgotten, Edwin Rios was the 2016 Dodgers Minor League Player of the year, finishing ahead of Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo.  That’s what he did, but who is he?  Edwin…

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