Hit and Miss

March 20, 2019

Not much can be said about the Dodgers that has not already been said by someone on this blog. Much is informational, even more is well opinioned, and some is of a concern nature with the regular season not yet started. It is also difficult to sneak something on this board that someone has not already posted. So, here are a few swings and hopefully not all misses. Brandon Gomes: …


Dodgers Minor League Fourth Coaches – Full Season

March 13, 2019

A few years ago the Dodgers and perhaps other MLB teams developed a minor league coaching system that included fourth coaches. That is, a coach listed in addition to a manager, a pitching coach and a hitting coach. There had already been a system of roving coaches and instructors but now a fourth coach is listed for all Dodger affiliates. Their duties rarely seem to be revealed and initially it…


Dodgers Minor League Managers – Part Two

March 7, 2019

Yesterday we discussed the Dodgers minor league managers for the full season teams. Today we are going to focus on the rookie league managers. Ogden Raptors – Austin Chubb  Chubb was born in Lake Mary, Florida and attended high school in his home town. Following his graduation, he attended State College of Florida in Bradenton, Florida playing for the Manatees for two years. He then transferred to Florida Southern University…


Dodgers Minor League Managers – Part One

March 6, 2019

This is part one of a two part series on profiles of the Dodgers minor league managers.  Today we will present the full season minor league affiliates while tomorrow we will profile the rookie league managers. Oklahoma City Dodgers – Travis Barbary Barbary is in his first year as a manager in the Dodgers minor league system. He was given a brief profile on LADT when the OKC Dodgers 2019 coaching…


Dodgers Minor League Hitting Coaches

February 27, 2019

Last week we had a look at the pitching coaches in the Dodgers minor league system. Today we get a glimpse of the hitting coaches down on the farm. Being a hitting coach must be one of the most difficult jobs in all of professional sports simply because hitting a baseball in full flight is the most difficult task in all of professional sports. At what other task in the…


Dodgers Minor League Pitching Coaches

February 20, 2019

We all follow the Dodgers minor league players with special interest as they move up the mountain towards MLB. It is a most difficult climb as the terrain is littered with land mines of various kinds. The task of the parent organization, in its own special interest and in the interest of the young men with whom they have been entrusted, is to smooth out the path up the mountain…


Jon Littell: 37th Round Selection 2018

February 13, 2019

I always have a fascination with young players who are selection in the last few rounds of the First-Year Player Draft. Often, they are “take a chance” picks for high school players who most likely will not sign. Two such players that may well have been steals had they signed with the Dodgers after being selected in the last three rounds of the 2018 draft opted to go to college….


What Does the Future Hold for Raul Ibanez?

February 6, 2019

Last week Mark kind of stole my thunder with his remarks about Raul Ibanez who is a Special Assistant now to Andrew Friedman. He had signed with the Dodgers in February of 2016 along with Greg Maddux. The reasons for my interest in Raul Ibanez was that first, it was recently rumored he had an opportunity to move to another organization and didn’t. Secondly, suggestions were made that others were deserting…


The Northwoods League

January 30, 2019

As baseball fans and Dodger enthusiasts, fanatics, maniacs, zealots or whatever mantra might apply to us, we spend the season following MLB and the minor leagues, especially the Dodger affiliates. We also pay some attention to high school ball and college ball, both of which wind up in June and are more of interest around the time of the First-Year Player Draft. However, there is another layer of baseball that does…


Meet Pedro (Petie) Montero

January 28, 2019

In a previous article I included a brief sketch of Pedro Montero who was promoted to the Tulsa Drillers for the 2019 season serving as the Drillers bench coach. As mentioned, Montero is a high energy, excitable young man who has an infectious effect on the players he coaches. In fact, with any young players with whom he makes contact. It is difficult to see him without a smile on…