Minor League Free Agents

November 12, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion about pending ML free agents, but there are 572 minor league free agents, including 23 Dodgers. To qualify for minor league free agency for 2018, a player would have signed a minor league Uniform Player’s Contract (UPC) in 2011 and not be released from the terms of that UPC. Teams can renew a player’s UPC six times before the player is declared a minor…

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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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Going Back to Houston…

October 27, 2017

Some of you oldtimers will remember this: They don’t make ’em like that anymore, but I digress.  The Dodgers are in Houston – hopefully for a sweep, but I’ll take 2 out of 3 and close it in LA.  Really, this has the look of a seven game series. Tonight is a very critical game.  The winning team will have momentum and that is important. Tonight, Yu Darvish faces the…

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It All Comes Down to This!

October 24, 2017

I started to write an analysis of the World Series, but what could I write that hasn’t been written and re-written?  At one time, it seemed like it was me against the world as the FAZ-Bashers were relentless, but so was I, as I understood what they were trying to do, and I bought in early.  Now, most Dodger fans are on the FAZ Bandwagon, but it’s extra sweet for…

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Don’t Go Down With The Ship, Doc!

October 19, 2017

Early in the year, Chase Utley was mired in  a horrible slump and fans started calling for him to retire.  Dave Roberts had faith in him and after hitting .122 in April, he bounced back by hitting .314 in May, and he has been serviceable since then.  He plays great defense, is a wonderful teammate and at 39 years of age, he just looks to be over-matched at the plate…

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Rant & Rave Sunday

October 15, 2017

Let me remind you that the Dodgers only HAVE TO play three more games without Corey Seager.   Think about that one. See, this is a team game.  When Kershaw went down last year and again this year, they didn’t miss a beat. They are just a very talented team of Junkyard Dogs. Kershaw wasn’t himself, but he was OK.  The bullpen minus el Gasolino was outstanding! They had to get…

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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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AA Tulsa Drillers – 2017 Recap

September 22, 2017

The Dodgers AA affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League, had a very successful season.  They reached the Texas League Championship final game and lost a heartbreaker 1-0.  Dennis Santana pitched an outstanding game in a pressure situation, and looks primed for 2018.  There were some outstanding performances by individuals as well, and many look to be promoted to AAA for 2018 where they are one step away from…

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New Dodger Top Ten Prospects

August 19, 2017

With September looming and the season nearing the playoffs, I thought I would share my thoughts on what the Dodgers Top 10 Prospect list looks like to me. It might be fun to compare mine to AC’s as well. I am sure we will differ.  I tend to look at this differently than many people.  Here’s the list. Dodgers Top 10 Prospects #10 Kyle Farmer  C/Infield – He has taken…

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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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