June 23, 2013 |
The infielders trotted gingerly onto the diamond, Dodger Stadium suddenly taking on a 1970s vibe. Steve Garvey stood at first base, Davey Lopes at second, Bill Russell at shortstop and Ron Cey at third - as if they'd never left. A Dodgers infield that played together for more than eight seasons - a major league record - reunited for an inning during a recent old-timers game. On June 13, 1973, Garvey entered a game at Philadelphia as a defensive replacement at first base. It marked the first time the quartet played collectively at the positions that would define them.
June 23, 2011 |
What a fascinating, ever-changing, complex guy. Kevin Malone is general manager of the Dodgers a little more than a decade ago. Dream job. He's given a $50,000 bonus by management for a baseball assignment well done, but four months later he finds himself warring with the media. He has words with a Padres fan in the stands and the Dodgers give him the choice: resign or be fired. He's publicly humiliated — the anger and pain running deep for almost a year. He says he has never failed before.
April 27, 2012 |
Desperate for bullpen reinforcements, the Dodgers called up hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from double-A Chattanooga on Friday. Left-hander Michael Antonini, who was called up to the majors for the first time on Tuesday, was sent back to triple-A Albuquerque without having thrown a pitch. In four double-A starts, Eovaldi posted a 2.08 earned-run average and struck out 14 batters in 13 innings. Eovaldi was on a starter's throwing program during spring training.
September 10, 2013 |
The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants on April 4 in their home opener next season, according to a tentative 2014 schedule released on Tuesday morning by Major League Baseball. As was previously reported, the Dodgers will open their season in Australia with a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. Because the Dodgers didn't want to lose dates at Dodger Stadium, they used their leverage as the bigger draw and insisted the Diamondbacks be designated the home team in Australia.
October 4, 2009 |
Sick of staring at it, the Dodgers became it, pouring themselves across Chavez Ravine on Saturday night like the champagne that has haunted them. Clayton Kershaw popped. Casey Blake bubbled. Mark Loretta sprayed. An entire dugout of bouncing blue poured into the cool night awash in intoxicating relief. On their sixth day of trying, the Dodgers have finally traded chokes for corks, defeating the Colorado Rockies, 5-0, on Saturday night to clinch their second consecutive National League West championship.
March 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Jerry Sands was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday morning, taking him out of contention to win a bench spot on the opening-day roster. Sands, 24, entered spring training as the favorite to claim the one available reserve role. A former organizational minor league player of the year, Sands hit .253 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in in 61 games last season. He was particularly effective in September, hitting .342 in 20 games. His September form raised hopes that he could replace Andre Ethier in the outfield or James Loney at first base on days the Dodgers faced a left-handed pitcher.