No Longer Just a Wild Horse – A Wild Card!

February 9, 2017

A lot has been written about Yasiel Puig’s alleged “Knuckleheadedness” – I confess… lots of it by me.  I have been the first to say that he has enormous talent, but his knuckleheaded ways may keep him from realizing his potential.  If I could trade him straight up for Ryan Braun, I would probably do it (shoot, I’d probably trade Calhoun and Puig for Braun), because with that right handed-bat…

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“Dodger Hitters” is Not an Oxymoron

February 7, 2017

Dodger Insider writer Cary Osborne provides a wealth of information, much like Jon Weisman did before he moved on to the Big Showtime, but you do have to take it with a grain of salt. Afterall, he is employed by the Dodgers, so there’s that!  However, on February 3rd Cary wrote a column that could give Dodger fans a lot of hope for the upcoming season. The focus of the…

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200 Inning Pitchers are Becoming Extinct!

February 5, 2017

Dodger fans have been lamenting the fact that Dodger starting pitchers (not named Clayton Kershaw) are not pitching deep into games.  I have listened to this so much it makes me want to puke.  200 innings used to be the landmark by which starting pitchers were judged.  Shoot, in 1963, Don Drysdale pitched 315 innings and Sandy Koufax pitched 311 innings.  Johnny Podres pitched 198 innings and between the three…

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One Player Who Can Make This Team Really Great

February 3, 2017

The thing is, we don’t have to trade for this player.  He is already on the team, and while the Dodgers could go on to win if he plays poorly, they could easily win it all if he lives up to his potential.  We all know who it is.  “The Wild Horse” has as much talent as anyone I have ever seen play the game.  He has shown plenty of…

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We Live Up to Our Name

February 2, 2017

It was almost sixteen years ago that I started LA DODGER TALK and up until a year ago, when I took a year off, it has been pretty much part of my life.  When I originally started I had some rules which gradually eroded over the years.  I am not going to get into the details or blame anyone, because to solve a problem you have to recognize your share…

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As the World Turns…

January 28, 2017

A little over two years ago, I held these opinions: Julio Urias would someday be the Dodgers Ace or Co-Ace with Clayton Kershaw; Jose De Leon would be a close #2; Corey Seager would be an impact MVP-Type Shortstop; Joc Pederson would be a 4th or 5th outfielder (at best); Yasiel Puig had immense talent but we should trade him immediately; and THE TRADE (Crawfish and A-Gon) really hamstrings the…

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Non-Roster Invitees

January 27, 2017

Every Spring there seems to be some non-roster invitee who steps up and either makes the club or comes close and makes it interesting.  This year, there 21 non-roster invitees who have a shot.  Ken Gurnick of Dodgers .com lists them: The complete list: Pitchers: Ralston Cash, Fabio Castillo, Steve Geltz, Brandon Morrow, Trevor Oaks, Josh Sborz, Patrick Schuster, Yaisel Sierra and Madison Younginer. Catchers: Jack Murphy, Wynston Sawyer, Bobby Wilson….

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Julio Urias – Wunderkind

January 25, 2017

In case you don’t know, a Wunderkind is “a child prodigy or one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age.”  That would be Julio Urias.  I find it incredulous that Julio Urias pitched 77 innings in the major leagues in 2016 as a 19 year old and compiled a 5-2 record with a 84 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA and yet some fans…

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Walker, Not a Texas Ranger

January 22, 2017

Not Ferris Bueller, either… I am not sure how much you may know about Walker Buhler.  Most fans know that he was a pitcher at Vanderbilt University.  As a Freshman he was 4-3 with a 3.14 ERA.  As a sophomore he was 12-2 with a 2.64 ERA as Vanderbilt won a College World Series.  He was drafted by the Dodgers as the 24th pick in Andrew Friedman’s first Dodger Draft and…

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Reason to Believe…

January 21, 2017

Let’s just assume for a minute that the Dodgers are done.  I mean done with deals this off-sesaon.  No more acquisitions, trades or free agent signings.  It’s over.  This is the team with which they will start the season. Should we afraid or should we be excited?  I guess it depends upon your perspective.  Are a “glass half full person” or a “glass half empty” person?  Before you answer that,…

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