In Memory of a Great Man

March 18, 2017

On December 1, 2015, MLB Columnist Tim Brown wrote a piece about Dave Roberts and his father Waymon.  To say Waymon was a great man would be like saying that Dave Roberts is a good manager.  The description does not go far enough.  To know about Waymon, all you have to do is look at the son he raised to know that yesterday when he died, the planet is pooreer…

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Clowns to the Left of Me…

March 17, 2017

Jokers to the right; Here I am – stuck in the middle with you. Clowns: Scott Kazmir threw a 5-inning simulated game on Thursday and said he felt better.  The only problem was that his fastball was at 82-84 which is 10 to 12 MPH off of what it should be.  Of course, if he is pitching in pony league, he should do well.  I don’t think he’s going to…

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Life is Good!

March 16, 2017

It’s March 16th and Adrian Gonzalez will never play in the WBC again… so there is that.  He says Little League is ran better and he would be right – it’s mostly a joke! Julio Urias is pissed he’s going to extended Spring Training… and the Dodgers have more good players than they have positions.  Life is good!  Just to be clear, Urias is not going to the pen or…

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Pops, Walker and The Kids

March 15, 2017

Chase Utley is POPS, Walker is not a Texas Ranger and The Kids are Corey Seager, Austin Barnes, Joc Pederson, Willie Calhoun, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias. Pops I think it was a stroke of genius that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley.  He is legendary and the kids all look up to him.  Corey Seager begged the Dodgers to bring him back.  He will likely have under 200 AB’s this year…

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Logan Forsythe Could Lead the Dodgers to the World Series

March 13, 2017

Sabermetrics don’t value stolen bases and speedy baserunners as highly as some old time baseball fans eyes.  Logan Forsythe is not a speedster, but he is an exceptional baserunner with amazing instincts.  He is also a very good defensive second-baseman, but until Sunday, I had no idea how good, until he made a play I am not sure I have ever seen. On a ball hit just to the 2B…

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WHY DO THEY DO IT?

March 13, 2017

I am often asked why I am such a minor league fanatic.  Certainly having as son toil in the minors for 9 seasons was a factor, but I was a fan long before that.  It started in 1969 when both a high school classmate and a high school football adversary were both selected in the June draft.  One went on to replace a 3rd base legend in Brooks Robinson (Doug…

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Chicken Wings and Broken Backs

March 12, 2017

Saturday was an eventful day for the Dodgers as Hyun-Jin Ryu and Trayce Thompson made their first official appearances of the season. Ryu is coming back from elbow and shoulder surgeries on his chicken wing and Thompson is only overcoming a broken back.  I have to believe that Trayce will start the season at AAA, along with Andrew Toles – it won’t hurt either of them to play every day…

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It’s All About Risk Verses Reward

March 11, 2017

Every Dodger fan knows that Zack Greinke signed with the D-Backs after the 2015 season for $200+ million. On Thursday, The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro  wrote this about Zack Greinke: After his first pitch of the day on Wednesday afternoon – a fastball on the outer half for a called strike – Zack Greinke stole a glance at the video board at Salt River Fields: pitch speed, 88 mph. For the second…

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What I Wish For…

March 9, 2017

I started LA Dodger Talk over 16 years ago as a place where Dodger fans could come and share their hopes and dreams, tears and fears.  Over time, it evolved into a site where no matter what I said, four or five people said the opposite… just because.  Yeah, just because! I even proved it by later taking the other side only to have them disagree again.  That prompted me…

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Rebuilding the Dodger Brand

March 9, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans have been without a World Championship since 1988 when the greatest event ever in the history of baseball occurred “In a season that has been so improbable, the impossible just happened!”  Since then, the brand has eroded to some degree, but that has changed over the past three years and is about to change even more. Al Campanis wrote the book on The…

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