Matt Beaty – Beating a Path to MLB

March 5, 2018

Spring training is well under way and the so-called meaningless games have once again become more than meaningful, especially for young players trying to make an impression on the many eyes watching them. And, making that all important favorable first impression is going well for a number of Dodger youngsters. Kyle Farmer, Will Smith, Keibert Ruiz, DJ Peters, Omar Estevez, Edwin Rios, Jake Peter, Alex Verdugo , among others, are…


How to Get Unblocked

March 1, 2018

You all know the story… in 2014, at age 18, a Dodgers minor league first baseman hit .312 with 3 HR and 34 RBI.  That same year, Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers 1B, hit .276 with 27 HR and 116 RBI.  Three years later, that 18 year-old 1B who was 21 by then, hit 39 Home Runs because he seized the day.  Adrian Gonzalez was injured and the Dodgers needed a…


The Dodgers Have Some Secret Weapons

February 14, 2018

Secret Weapon #1 This is a series that will focus on several weapons the Dodgers have that could make a world of difference to them in 2018.  Today, we will discuss secret weapon #1. This series will run several days – I can’t tell you how many there are because you can’t know (yet) how many secret weapons the Dodgers have. When the Dodgers traded Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon…


It Turns Out That Borass Is The Devil

January 31, 2018

Scott Borass is all about Scott Borass.  He can say he is just looking after his client’s best interests, but in a free agent market, the top free agents “set the market” and Borass said his top three free agents were worth $200 million dollar contracts.  I drive a 2013 Ford F-150 which now has 94,000 miles on it.  I take good care of my vehicles and it still looks…


Do You Believe in Happy Endings?

January 28, 2018

Notice the resemblance? I think they look alike…  It’s the color of their eyes and their smiles! But, I digress! Once upon a time…. there was a young boy who played basketball and baseball in high school, but seemed to be destined to play in the NBA as he was a standout at basketball, winning two state championships in a row.  He was raised by his mother and grandmother who…


Rants & Raves

January 16, 2018

So, lots of times when trades are made, it’s because one team see somthing in a player that they believe they can “fix.” The Cubs signed Jason Hayward thinking they could “fix” his swing… they couldn’t. When the Tigers got JD Martinez he was already “fixing” his swing and they thought they could help… they did.  On case worked, the other didn’t!  The Gerrit Cole trade is a case where…


Baseball’s Best Organization

January 5, 2018

By now it’s old news that the Dodgers were named the Organization of the Year in 2017 by Baseball America.  If we go back in time to when Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi took over the Dodgers three years ago, the Farm System was ranked number 14 in all of baseball by Baseball America.  In one short year, FAZ elevated that ranking to #3  and in 2016, they were ranked…


Why the Dodgers Don’t Have to do Much

December 31, 2017

A year ago, Dodger fans were wondering whether Adrian Gonzalez had anything left. I stated that if he didn’t, the Dodgers had an option at 1B who was ready to take over – one Cody Bellinger.  I had watched Cody and Corey Seager progress and grow through the ranks of the Dodger farm teams, and I knew he was ready.  I have only been that sure with two other current…


What’s Up With 2017 Free Agents

December 28, 2017

What’s happening to this year’s crop of free agents?  This is December 27, and out of the top 50 MLB TradeRumors free agent predictions, only 19 have signed new contracts, and one decided not to opt out (Masahiro Tanaka).  Of the 30 unsigned players, none of the top 11 have signed new contracts (excluding Tanaka not opting out), and 15 of the top 20 are still unsigned.   Of the…


A Final Parting-Shot to THE TRADE

December 26, 2017

On August 12, 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez,  Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto for Ivan De Jesus, James Loney,  Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands from the Boston Red Sox. Some Dodger fans call it the Nick Punto Trade, evidently because of his insignificance.  When the trade went down, I immediately wrote “the Dodgers will rue the day they made this deal.” Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I wrote that for…