October 12, 2012 |
If you secretly dream of one day being a major league coach, here's some absolutely free advice: Best that you don't want to be a hitting coach. They have precariously short life spans. When the offense struggles, calls go out for their heads. And too often, they are left a scapegoat for the failures of an underwhelming or underperforming cast. And so it continues to go, or at least it appears to, with the announcement by the Dodgers Friday that their entire coaching staff will return next season - save for hitting coach Dave Hansen.
June 23, 2012 |
The days on the bench have turned into weeks. The weeks are about to turn into months. Matt Kemp is still waiting to play. "It feels weird," Kemp said. "It definitely feels weird. I miss baseball. I want to play. " Kemp shook his head. "Things happen, things happen for a reason," he said. "It's where I'm at right now. This is part of my life. This is part of baseball right here, getting hurt. " Kemp has played in only two of the Dodgers' last 37 games.
June 20, 2012 |
OAKLAND — When relief pitcher Ronald Belisario returned to the Dodgers on May 4, the team did not know what to expect. After all, the hard-throwing Venezuelan had not pitched for the Dodgers since Oct. 1, 2010, because of various personal problems, including a 25-game suspension at the start of this season. But since Belisario rejoined the club, "It's been a nice surprise," Manager Don Mattingly said. Entering Wednesday's play, Belisario was 3-0 with a 1.25 earned-run average.
April 1, 2012 |
PHOENIX — On the day the Dodgers broke camp, Chad Billingsley served up two home runs in the first three innings of a 6-2 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. His earned-run average ballooned to 5.91 in what was his final tuneup for the regular season, but Billingsley didn't look or sound concerned. "This spring, I'm very, very happy with," he said. "My curveball was very good. My fastball wasn't getting hit too much. My changeup was outstanding. " So how does he explain the results?
March 29, 2012 |
PHOENIX — Matt Kemp has never lacked confidence. Long before he made his first All-Star team, he talked about hitting 40 home runs and stealing 40 bases in the same season. Now, Kemp is saying he would "definitely" beat Magic Johnson in a one-on-one game of basketball. "Probably not back in the day," Kemp said. "I'd definitely take him one on one now. I don't think he's shooting hoops no more. He's wearing suits now. He's writing my checks. " Kemp laughed as he said this but sounded serious.
March 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Jamey Wright was officially added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers cleared a place for him on the 40-man roster by moving Blake Hawksworth to the 60-day disabled list. Wright, who came into camp on a minor-league contract, said the previous day that General Manager Ned Colletti told him he would make the opening-day roster. He will draw a base salary of $900,000. Wright can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives: $62,500 for 40 games pitched, $62,500 for 45 games pitched, $75,000 for 50 games pitched, $100,000 for 55 games pitched, $100,000 for 60 games pitched and $100,000 for 65 games pitched.