October 4, 2003
The executive of the year for the 2003 baseball season is a no-brainer. Only one executive can lay claim to making the necessary roster moves to assure that three teams in the National League were playoff bound. Step right up, Dan Evans, and take credit where credit is due for the Cubs' Central Division title (Eric Karros; Tom Goodwin and Mark Grudzielanek); the Braves' Eastern Division crown (Gary Sheffield); and the Giants' wire-to-wire Western Division title (Marquis Grissom). I bet Mr. Evans' phone will be ringing off the hook this off-season with calls from executives similarly hungry for playoff appearances!
September 8, 1997 |
If the Dodgers win the National League West, most people who follow baseball will be unimpressed. They expected no less of the Dodgers. Of course, they also expected no more. The Dodgers have lost six consecutive playoff games the last two seasons. Now? Ask the Florida Marlins. I don't think they'd like to meet the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs, which they would have to if the season ended today. In the first seven games between the two teams this season, the Marlins won six.
April 1, 1996 |
The Dodgers' season opener today will not be televised because of its 11:30 a.m. start time, a Channel 5 official said Sunday. "The audience just isn't there for a daytime game," said Joe Quasarano, Channel 5's executive producer for sports. Quasarano said it was a mutual decision between the Dodgers and his station not to televise the opener. Channel 5 instead will show its usual daytime lineup of "Little House on the Prairie," noontime news, "Northern Exposure" and "Doogie Howser, M.D."
June 20, 1998
After their opening-day loss in St. Louis, the Dodgers were saying that it wasn't a big deal and there were 161 more games to play. After a mediocre April, where the Dodgers finished barely above .500, the Dodgers said there were more than 100 games left and it's not a worry. After a 10-6 loss (a score much closer than it should have been) to the National League West-leading San Diego Padres on Tuesday, Manager Bill Russell was quoted as saying, "We have three months to go, don't we?"
September 13, 2012 |
The most popular dessert in Dodgers history is back, and cinnamon is the secret ingredient. The Cool-A-Coo, the ice cream sandwich that accompanied strikeouts by Fernando Valenzuela and home runs by Mike Piazza, returns to Dodger Stadium on Thursday. When Stan Kasten took over as the Dodgers' president May 1, he put the Cool-A-Coo revival at the top of his to-do list. He figured it would take a few weeks, not an entire summer. "We had to put Humpty Dumpty back together," Kasten said.
June 24, 2010 |
Remember the night, Dodgers fans. Remember the date: Wednesday, June 23. Angel Stadium. Angels 2, Dodgers 1. They play 162 games in major league baseball and some are not only memorable, but also significant. The Dodgers could get to the playoffs, even win the World Series. Or they could come apart. And if they do, there will be people pointing to this one. This game — how it was played, how it was lost, what it says about the current mood of the Boys in Blue — could eat at the team for the next four months.
March 26, 2013 |
Join Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez and Angels writer Mike DiGiovanna at 10:30 a.m. today for a live discussion of the Angels and Dodgers. Two big topics: The Angels are on the verge of trading Vernon Wells to the Yankees, while the Dodgers need to figure out what to do with Yasiel Puig. As Hernandez wrote this week about Puig: "Manager Don Mattingly has dropped hints in recent days that spring-training sensation Yasiel Puig could make the Dodgers ' opening-day roster as a reserve outfielder.
March 30, 2014 |
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
October 18, 2012 |
The Dodgers' opening-day payroll in 2013 could be double what it was last season, but the pricing structure for season tickets at Dodger Stadium doesn't appear to be changing significantly. Season-ticket prices for about 8,000 seats in the 56,000-seat ballpark will increase, but prices for more than 10,000 of them will go down. About 38,000 will remain the same. The price changes that occurred were largely the result of the reclassification of seats, according to David Siegel, the senior director of ticket sales.
August 7, 2009 |
So now Prince Fielder knows. You want to enter the Dodgers' clubhouse, you must first go through Boyle Heights. You want to start a brawl at the locker of a Dodgers reliever, you must first go through an ROTC kid from Roosevelt High. You want to cut at the Dodgers' heart, you must first fight through their neighborhood soul. His name is William Gomez, and even in a season of last-second heroics, no Dodgers stopper has had a bigger save. "Doing my job," he says, shrugging. "Protecting my team."