Riley Ottesen and Eric Carter: Two Young Men on a Mission

January 16, 2019

The more we read about minor league ball players, the more we learn about the commitments they make, not just as baseball players, but as young men.   They have all of the challenges in life just as young men who do not pursue an athletic career have, plus they have the near impossible task of navigating a road to MLB littered with speed bumps.   Many, or most, are…

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Meet Newest Dodger Jaime Schultz

January 9, 2019

On Tuesday it was announced that the Dodgers had acquired right-hander Jaime Schultz from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for 22-year-old right-hander Caleb Sampen who had been selected by the Dodgers in the 20th round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.   On January 4 the Rays had designated Schultz for assignment after receiving right-hander Oliver Drake from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. Drake had also…

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The Oldest Living Dodger

January 6, 2019

If you were asked who is the oldest living Dodger, who would you guess? It is easy to guess Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe and Carl Erskine for us oldtimers and probably Tommy and Newk for the younger set. It turns out there are 18 players living who put on a Brooklyn Dodger uniform so most of us would be stumped in trying to pinpoint the oldest living Dodger.   I…

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More Bits and Bites

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year Dodger fans. At this point we are not sure what the new year will bring. However, we can be assured that it will bring something different, perhaps unusual, and no doubt unexpected. I for one propose that we give up on the Julian, Gregorian, Mayan, Aztec, etc., calendars and move on to a Dodger calendar. Everything revolves around the Dodgers. Oh heck, I guess for us it already…

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Bits and Bites

December 30, 2018

The off-season has definitely gotten slow. The transactions have come to a sudden halt during the Christmas season. The Dodgers have even been extremely slow in signing minor league free agents.  Other teams have made moves that appear to have strengthened them but not the Dodgers.   Well folks, it is time to look up some of those patience quotes. Some feel the Dodgers got snookered by the Reds. On the…

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Daniel Robinson – Follows the Path of Another Central Michigan Draftee

December 26, 2018

During the 2016 season the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest Class A League came away with their first ever league championship. As the season progressed a Central Michigan University sophomore drafted in June joined the Loons on July 21 and remained with the team for the balance of the season. He played an integral part in attaining the championship although he had been selected in the 33rd round of…

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Meet Zach Willeman

December 23, 2018

Continuing on with TJ surgery survivors, it is time to have a glance at another right-hander who was selected by the Dodgers in the 19th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Kent State University following his junior year. They did so fully aware of the required surgery.   TJ surgery is now so common place that it is almost accepted as a low risk surgery but it does…

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The Other Corey

December 19, 2018

For most of us, and me at least, it is difficult to even imagine what it would be like to have to sit out a year or more with an injury or surgery. It must have been agonizing for Corey Seager, a 24-year-old on the cusp of stardom. Dodger fans all regrettably know about Seager’s year away from the field. Although it no doubt is small comfort, Seager had and…

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A Little of Everything and not Much of Anything

December 12, 2018

While recently doing a bit of background checks on a couple of minor league players I started to think of some Dodger memories that I have and also an update on some current items.   First, I don’t know if Gil Hodges should be in the HOF or not. I really liked Harold Baines but as a Dodger in my formative years I revered Hodges as I did so many…

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Meet Former Red Hawk Julian Smith

December 5, 2018

With the 2018 World Series now a fading memory in our minds it will soon be time to pay more attention to the upcoming June Amateur Draft. Maybe I misspoke, and the 2018 World Series is only fading in my mind.   The speculation on what the Dodgers will do with trades and/or free agent signing is running rampant. Some of those questions will perhaps be answered soon with the…

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