Luxury Tax Concerns

December 1, 2017

I continue to read that Dodger Ownership/Management wants to get under the luxury tax threshold THIS year.  That is certainly a laudable goal, and under normal circumstances I can see why that should always be the goal.  But is 2018 the year to draw the line?   Sometimes you need to spend money to make money.  In home building, finishes are upgraded to get buyers to sign. Buyers are visual…bling…

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2017 OKC Recap

September 19, 2017

The OKC Dodgers finished the 2017 AAA season with a 72-69 record, good enough for 2nd place in the PCL American North Division.  However, they were 10.0 games behind the division champion Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers).  The Sky Sox then lost to the Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) in the American Divisional Series.  The El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres) beat the Reno Aces (Dbacks) in the Pacific Division championship series.  The Memphis…

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Ryu is Officially Back!

August 7, 2017

With three straight outings of seven innings during which time he has only allowed 2 earned runs, Hyun-Jin Ryu is officially back to the guy we used to have.  His velocity is back, his curve is wicked and his control is pinpoint.  He now has pitched 91.2 innings and his ERA is down to 3.53… and falling.  His ERA is better than these starters: Carlos Martinez Alex Cobb Chris Archer…

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2017 Draft Update and Mid-Year Top Prospect List

July 8, 2017

DRAFT UPDATE The 2017 MLB Draft is in the books, and the signing deadline has come and now gone.  The Dodgers had 40 draft picks, and signed 33.  Each of the first 13 picks signed, and 19 of the first 20 signed.  8 signed from picks 21-30, and 6 signed from picks 31-40.  For comparison purposes, the Dodgers drafted 42 in 2015 and 2016, and signed 36 and 33 respectively. …

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Gina Lollobrigida and Andrew Friedman

July 5, 2017

Gina Lollobrigida turned 90 yesterday.  Described in her prime as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Lollobrigida, will  be receiving a long-overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Hopefully, I am not the only one who remembers her.  What does that have to do with Andrew Friedman?  Absolutely nothing – except that Andrew Friedman and Company should be pretty dang beautiful in Dodger fans eyes right…

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International Signings Two Years Later

June 5, 2017

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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Who is Edwin Rios, Really?

June 1, 2017

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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2016 LAD 5th Round Draft Choice Devin Smeltzer

May 29, 2017

Tim and Christina Smelzer were looking at a picture of their ten year old son, Devin, with Cole Hamels.  But this was not an ordinary picture.  This was a picture of a young boy with no hair due to chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments treating his cancer.  After taking too many trips to the bathroom to urinate, Devin was diagnosed on multiple occasions with a urinary tract infection.  However a…

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MLB Draft

May 22, 2017

On June 12 – 14, MLB will hold the 2017 Amateur draft.  The Dodgers will select #23, #62, #100 in the first three rounds.  The draft is again considered light on college position players, and strong with high schoolers.  The overall number one selection goes to the Twins, who most project will select either University of Louisville 2 way player (lefty pitcher and 1B, Brendan McKay), or high school 2…

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Is Dodger Starting Pitching More Questionable Than Others???

May 13, 2017

Ryu gets tattooed and now there is a problem with the starting pitching?  I do not consider Ryu anything more than a #7 on this team.  I have no idea whether Ryu would have pitched better with regular rest or extended.  Maybe his curve just does not work in Colorado.  I have no delusions that Ryu will be anywhere close to the pitcher he was before his shoulder problems.  …

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