Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

November 16, 2017

The Arizona Fall League Championship Game will be played on my birthday, November 18th, but of more importance is how certain Dodger Prospects are performing. Yusniel Diaz has played very well in the Fall League with a .303 Batting Average and a .356 OB%.  To date, he has displayed excellent skills in all phases of the game… except power. That may or may not come, but the only question I…

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Return on Investment – Risk vs. Reward

November 7, 2017

Many have posited (including me) that the depth the Dodgers have generated were critical in their march to 104 wins. I have also written that the depth needs to be pruned at times so that the organization will continue to grow by clearing the way for new prospects or ML 25 man roster help.  That is why I had no problem with sending Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes, and Frankie Montas…

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Oh What A Relief It Is

November 6, 2017

Over the last few years, we Dodger fans have become accustomed to botched relief in post season appearances.  Which is why I have included one of my favorite images of reliever Steve Howe and catcher Steve Yeager following the final out  of the 1981 WS.  I have been fascinated with relievers since my first Dodger hero, Larry Sherry.  From Clem Labine, Ron Perranoski, Phil Regan, and Bob Miller to Eric…

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Thank You To All The Readers of LA Dodgers Talk!

November 5, 2017

I mean that from the bottom of my heart!  Even though the 2017 season ended bitterly, it was the most enjoyable seasons in the past 29 years.  I said that the season would be considered a failure if the Dodgers didn’t win the World Series…. and I still feel that way.  I think FAZ, Doc, the coaching staff and the players feel the same way.  However, that doesn’t mean they…

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2017-2018 Hot Stove

November 4, 2017

One of the positives about getting to the WS and extending it to 7 games, is that there is only 5 weeks before the Winter Meetings in Orlando.  We are going to have to pack in a lot of thought and suggestions about the restructuring of a 104 win team into a WS champion.  We are all so much smarter than Friedman and Zaidi sitting in front of a computer…

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Just Wait Until Next Year…

November 2, 2017

I hate saying that! It was a bitter loss… one that I am not likely to get over… ever! Early in Game 7 I blamed Roberts for leaving Yu Momma in for more than 3 seconds, and maybe that had an effect on the Dodgers psyche, but when you only score 1 run and are 1-13 with RISP, you can’t win.  End of story! Justin Turner hit .160 in the…

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Nothing is as Constant as Change

October 4, 2017

As we await to find out who the Dodgers play in the first round of the playoffs, I think it’s appropriate that we look ahead and see what types of changes could be on the horizon for the Dodgers in 2018. Changes in Players Of course, we do know that Andre Ethier’s contract us up and unless he wants to sign a “Chase Utley” type contract, his Dodgers career is…

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Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2017 Recap

October 3, 2017

The 2017 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes had a record of 76-64, good for 2nd best overall record in the California League (High A).  They made the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but fell to the Lancaster JetHawks in the first round.  Multiple players have come through RC on their way to promotions, including Walker Buehler who went from RC to the ML roster.  Others who have made it into AA include:…

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The Process Is Working!

October 1, 2017

Home Field advantage goes to the Dodgers throughout the playoffs!  That is a big deal! The Dodgers have won the NL West every year since Andrew Friedman took control of baseball operations, and they have advanced further every year. Yet, there are “the Unbelievers” – they somehow doubt that his methods work.  Latest case in point:  Bill Shaikin of THE LA TIMES writes that How Dodgers fare in postseason will show…

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Boy, That Was Fun!

September 30, 2017

NOT! The Dodgers looked lifeless and disinterested last night for two reasons: 1.  THEY WERE! 2.  IT’S COLORADO! The game didn’t mean anything as the Dodgers had a 2 game lead over the Indians going into last night game.  Today, they have 102 wins and the Indians have 101.  Kershaw pitches today and I have a sneaking feeling Darvish will pitch Sunday. Ryu should probably never pitch at Coors again….

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