Dodger Chatter: 3M – Montgomery, McKinstry, Morales

August 6, 2018

On Saturday, AC had an amazing summary of the Dodgers minor league middle infielders. Two players that were mentioned that have not drawn a lot of attention are third baseman Brandon Montgomery and shortstop Zach McKinstry. Actually their listed position is in name only as they have played at a number of positions during their minor league careers. These guys are among the many foot soldiers in minor league baseball….

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This Team is Built for the Playoffs

July 28, 2018

Maybe this is what happens at the trade deadline: Rotoworld Injury Updates Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) pitched two innings in a simulated game on Wednesday. Next up is a three-inning simulated appearance Saturday in Los Angeles. The left-hander will likely begin a minor league rehab assignment after that. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Julio Urias (shoulder) is a serious candidate to work out of the club’s bullpen down the…

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Dodger Chatter: Minor League Gleanings

July 24, 2018

Don’t look now but the minor league season is looking a bit short. Where has it gone? As always there has been much to follow and some surprises. The minor league play-off picture is taking shape with the possibility of five Dodger affiliates extending their season with three already qualifying for the extension. Dominica Summer League Dodgers: The DSL Dodger complement, after a promising start, has run aground. The DSL…

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Postcards From The Edge

July 23, 2018

Clayton Kershaw is my favorite Dodger.  I was on the Kershaw bandwagon long before he was Clayton Kershaw.  Disclaimer:  I do not claim to be the only one to see that.  Ray Charles saw it too, but it was about 13 years ago that Roger Dodger and Voldmar and I went to Beloit, Wisconsin to see Clayton Kershaw pitch for the Great Lakes Loons, and it was as close as…

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Dodger Chatter: Another Andrew

July 22, 2018

Dodger fans are all aware of the fall and rise of outfielder Andrew Toles. I expect many of us are waiting patiently and perhaps impatiently for the team to assign him a permanent full time role at the MLB level rather than shuttle back and forth between the parent Dodgers and OKC Dodgers. During the 2018 First-Year Player Draft the Dodgers signed another Andrew in the 31st round of the…

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How Do You Spell Relief?

July 20, 2018

I think the “trickle-down effect” of Manny Machado in the Dodger’s lineup will be significant.  The Dodgers really miss Corey Seager and he replaces Cory with a stronger RH bat.  This should help everyone in the lineup.  Watch Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger’s stats improve. Depending upon what happens between now and the end of the season, the Dodgers offsense could be more potent than that of 2017… and I…

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What to Expect Next

July 19, 2018

Well, if you never expected the Dodgers to trade for Manny, like me, then how in the heck do we know what to expect next? Just when you think you have FAZ figured out…. BOOM!  You don’t!  Roger Askew said it best: Still going to go on record that with the Machado trade, FAZ is signaling that they are all in for this year, DO NOT underestimate FAZ and their…

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Mannymania – Part II… Almost!

July 18, 2018

Well, I’ll be damned!  I never thought it would happen… and it hasn’t actually happened, partially because the Baltimore Orioles medical staff is legendary for killing deals due to medical reports or actual physicals.  It’s possible it could still unravel… remember Peter Angelos is the owner of one of the worst-run franchises in baseball.  Hopefully it is finalized soon, so we can get on with it. When the Dodgers traded…

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Dodgers at a Crossroads

July 17, 2018

The Dodgers are at somewhat of a crossroads at the break.  They are in 1st place in the NL West and are 3.5 games behind the Cubs for supremacy in the NL.  They are 1.0 game behind the Brewers, .5 game behind the Phillies, and are virtually tied with the Braves in the very tight NL race.  There are 11 teams within 5.5 games of the Wild Card. The AL…

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The Bell Toles for Andrew

July 14, 2018

Andrew Toles has a great story – out of baseball, stocking groceries and back to baseball.  From the outhouse to the penthouse and even after that he has endured even more adversity in the form of injury. However, he apparently is healthy and ready to contribute.  I am going to make the case that he can contribute to the Dodgers success in the biggest way by playing CF and leading…

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