I Loved Frank McCourt

January 8, 2018

Yes, I did… when it was announced that he was buying the Dodgers from a Fortune 500 Company who ran them like a drunken sailor runs on the deck of a ship in a hurricane.  See, FOX had no clue – they even traded away Mike Piazza… among many other blunders too numerous and painful to count. I was excited to see the Dodger bought by a “little guy” who…


Culture Change

January 7, 2018

On InsideSocal.com, J.P. Hoornstra wrote a blog on December 30, 2017 about O’Koyea Dickson going to Japan.  I took me until today to read it because J.P. seldom posts there… the last time he posted was on July 23, 2017, where he wrote about Clayton Kershaw Leaving the Game With a Back Injury. So, him writing a post there was an actual event.  When I saw the post entitled: “Headed for…


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…


2018 Single-Game Tickets On Sale Friday

January 4, 2018

Tickets For All Spring Training Games At Camelback Ranch-Glendale Available Online Or By Phone LOS ANGELES – Camelback Ranch-Glendale (CR-G), celebrating its 10th year as the spring home of the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, announces single-game tickets for 2018 go on sale online and by phone at 10 a.m. MST on Friday, January 5. To order single-game tickets online, visit dodgers.com/spring, whitesox.com/spring or…


Thinking Outside the Box

January 3, 2018

The Hot Stove is Cold… We are all going stir-crazy! OK, let’s get really crazy: The Dodgers trade Matt Kemp, Pedro Baez and Clayton Kershaw to Texas for Cole Hamels and Jose Leclerc.  That frees up $35 million in 2018. Next, they sign Yu Darvish as a Free Agent and trade Yadier Alvarez, Yusneil Diaz, Jordon Sheffield and Kenta Maeda to Pittsburgh for Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. Rotation: Hamels…


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…


Is a Parade in the Dodgers Near Future?

December 28, 2017

If you have not checked out www.TheAtheletic.com (it’s a pay site), you should.  It’s got some great writing. As an example, Peter Gammons wrote a great piece yesterday: “Want a parade? The surest way to get one is to rebuild the right way. Here’s how it’s done” I can’t reproduce the whole article here, because of the paid content, but Gammons starts here: When baseball unraveled the draft and international…


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…


Merry Christmas & Thank You All

December 25, 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… at least here in Indy.  I got up to this as I let The Mighty Quinn out for his morning business. The snow is only a little over an inch, but it is snow.  So here in Indy, it is a White Christmas. So, Merry Christmas from AC and I and we really appreciate what a group of Dodger fans we have…