August 12, 2007 |
ST. LOUIS -- The clubhouse was empty by the time Nomar Garciaparra returned to his locker Saturday evening, nearly 90 minutes after the latest in what must seem like an endless string of Dodgers losses. After playing nine seasons in Boston and two for the Chicago Cubs, Garciaparra has seen his share of baseball curses. And the Dodgers' current stroke of bad fortune, he says, hasn't reached those proportions yet.
July 22, 2006 |
Grady Little says it's a matter of semantics. "When you win 3-2," the Dodgers manager said before Friday's game, "it's a hard-fought battle. When you lose 3-2, it's a struggling offense." On this night, it was a struggling offense, the Dodgers losing 2-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. As a matter of fact, it's been a struggling offense since the All-Star break; no other words more aptly describe the Dodgers' dismal performances. Friday night's loss was their eighth in nine games.
July 29, 2005 |
Baseball etiquette frowns upon a manager publicly pleading for a trade. After all, players generally don't care to read that their manager believes he needs better players. Jim Tracy stopped just short of casting etiquette to the wind Thursday. With Sunday's trading deadline looming and no one running away with the National League West, Tracy hopes General Manager Paul DePodesta remembers last year and acts accordingly this year.
June 13, 2004 |
Jayson Werth heard all about the Boston Red Sox growing up, all about Fenway Park and the Green Monster and baseball's most devoted fans. His grandfather, Dick Schofield -- father of the longtime Angel shortstop -- played just two of his 19 major league seasons in Boston, but he loved talking about the Sox. "You'd sit around and hear stories about Red Sox this and Red Sox that," Werth said. "This has got to be my favorite place to come to, with all the heritage.
May 27, 2004 |
It's like old times for the Dodgers these days, which is not what they wanted. But here they are again, struggling on offense and searching for answers as their slide continued Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss in 12 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Dodgers had only eight hits, none after the seventh inning, and watched in frustration as Brewer relievers retired 14 in a row to close the game.
March 13, 2004
Peter O'Malley claims not to know what new Dodger co-owner Frank McCourt's "vision and agenda" might be. Well, let's see. So far, McCourt has opted for thrift over experience in hiring his new general manager, failed to do anything about beefing up the Dodger offense, and dropped hints about selling naming rights to Dodger Stadium to boost revenue. Seems to me McCourt's "vision and agenda" are pretty clear. Of course, O'Malley can always check back in 10 years, once the McCourts have had a chance to fill Chavez Ravine with condos, taken their team-sale profits and high-tailed it back to Boston.
December 6, 2003
Dear Dan Evans, Look, I know you're a professional GM, and you've forgotten more about your job than I'll ever know, but can you at least clue us in on what you're doing? In this most promising of off-seasons, where virtually every one of the Dodgers' offensive needs can be met, what have you done, other than get beat to the punch time and time again? Raul Ibanez is gone, Derrek Lee is gone, Richie Sexson is gone! Now you had a great opportunity to trade Kevin Brown, free up salary and acquire Nick Johnson.
September 8, 2003 |
It was another great all-around experience Sunday for the Dodgers in a 6-2 victory over Colorado at Coors Field. Adrian Beltre had his second four-hit, three-RBI game of the series and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the reeling Rockies before 24,553. Shawn Green hit his second home run in as many days and 14th of the season, Fred McGriff contributed three hits and the Dodgers had their third day of extended batting practice, totaling 15 hits.
August 24, 2003 |
Being wasteful is not a good thing, and it could be especially damaging to a team trying to bring back playoff baseball to Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers squandered a chance to improve their standing in the National League wild-card race Saturday night in a 4-0 loss to the lowly New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. On a night the Dodgers could have pulled to within two games of Philadelphia in the crowded wild-card race, they were shut out for the 10th time this season.
August 23, 2003
The idea of blaming Jim Tracy for the lack of Dodger hitting is ludicrous. It is, however, appropriate to ask and wonder why he would continue to use his best reliever in games in which the Dodgers are tied. From Bruce Sutter to Dennis Eckersley to Mariano Rivera, the most effective and meaningful way to use a genuine closer is to protect a lead and shut down the opposition. Because the Dodger offense is so pitiful, using Gagne in a tied game only runs the risk of damaging the most important Dodger asset.