Recipe for a World Series Casserole

February 23, 2017

Start with a hungry team who fell just short and age it a year; Stir in a few new players; Blend in growing maturity; Add a dash of experience; Simmer with lots of competition; In a side pan, simmer Turner Ward’s system until gelled; Allow the creation to rest periodically; Boil in a large pan of determination; Slowly combine growing manager experience; and Broil away all vestiges of injury. Cook for…

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Yasmani Grandal – All Star Catcher

February 21, 2017

There have been few players who are as polarizing to Dodger fans as Yasmani Grandal.  After all, he was traded for a fan favorite by those who valued style over substance and was a locker room cancer to say nothing of his poor defense.  It seems that some value primma donnas and the fact that Yasmani Grandal can not walk on water has hurt his perception.  Well, that and the…

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It Could Be a Logjam!

February 20, 2017

I’m talking about the Dodgers 2017 starting rotation.   Much has been written about the staff and many fans assume that guys like Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who have extensive injury histories will just be injured again… and they may be right, but I happen to feel the odds are against that.  Then again, the odds were against the Dodgers having more injuries than a Chicago Emergency…

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How Do You Like Me Now?

February 18, 2017

Most of you know by now that it has been about a month since I re-started LA Dodger Talk after a year “retirement.”  Hey, if Michael Jordan can do it so can I – now we are eternally joined at the hip.  😉  So, give me some input – how are we doing?  We have had over 500 people sign up for the site, but of course, most don’t post….

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Austin Barnes – Catcher! Period.

February 18, 2017

According to a report by Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider, Austin Barnes is a catcher… nothing more: Other news coming out of Camelback Ranch on Friday is that the plan for the versatile Austin Barnes is for him to stay behind the plate for Spring Training. Barnes is competing for the backup catcher job. In 585 career minor league games, he has caught 336 games, played second base in 165…

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Ruf Going!

February 17, 2017

Darin Ruf never took a swing as a Dodger – The Dodgers freed up a roster spot by urging Darin to sign with the Samsung Lions for a free Galaxy 7 smartphone and $1.1 million bux.  One more spot to go… According to Doug Padilla “Dodgers starter Julio Urias will not be pushed to the 200-innings mark this year, team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Urias will proceed…

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Spring Training – Day 1

February 16, 2017

The purpose of this blog is not to provide the latest breaking Dodger news – lots of other blogs do a great job of this.  This is just a safe place to talk about it. Here are today’s best Spring Training New Links: Dodgers.com ESPN.com TrueBlueLA.com  – lots of Dodger news here. For those who don’t like the fact that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley, there is this: The Dodgers’…

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The Next Tony Gwynn?

February 15, 2017

David Hood of TrueBlueLA has a nice writeup of Alex Verdugo whom he has ranked as the Dodgers #5 prospect.  I agree with most of what he says, so there is no need to re-hash what he says.  Here’s a sample: There’s little doubt in my mind that Verdugo will at least hit for average at the major league level. I’ve seen few players where contact comes as easy to…

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It’s Not Always About the Money

February 12, 2017

Some players only get one shot at a big payday in Free Agency, and knowing that, they have to take the best offer.  Their agent plays a part as well, after all, he gets a percentage of their contract – why would he negotiate a deal that will get him less money?  Some free agents, say “it’s not about the money” when we all know that it is and if…

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For Whom the Bell Toles

February 9, 2017

Ernest Hemingway published a book in in 1940 which was about a young man named Andrew Toles, who once was a top major league prospect that dropped out of baseball due to an anxiety disorder.  This book was certainly a work of fiction because young Toles wound up working the early shift (4 AM) at a Kroger Grocery Store in the frozen food department. That may sound like a cool JOB…

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