February 17, 2007
Two "L.A." teams. Two general managers. And the stakes are high. Ned Colletti, one card away from a royal flush, looks into the eyes of his fellow gamblers and goes all in, betting on drawing an ace. Bill Stoneman, needing two cards to fill out his six-high straight, draws only one, preferring to hold onto a pair of threes and figures to bluff his way to the pot. DAN ROSENFELD Arcadia Frank McCourt says that the decision to...
August 9, 2008
I was puzzled at the reaction of supposed Angels fans to the Mark Teixeira deal in the letters last week. All the talk of "chemistry" and trading "home-grown talent" is just a bunch of Plaschke-inspired hooey that one would expect more from Dodgers fans. Have these fans not been watching the last four seasons when the lack of an additional big bat has kept the Angels from further postseason glory? Kotchman is a nice player, but he is no better than an average offensive first baseman and guys like him are easily replaceable.
March 28, 2014 |
Good news for Dodgers fans. This Sunday's regular-season game against the San Diego Padres is on ESPN, which means everyone with a pay-TV service will be able to see it. The bad news for Dodgers fans is that Tuesday's game against the Padres is on SportsNet Los Angeles, the team's new channel that is being distributed by Time Warner Cable. Unless there is some last-minute deal-making, subscribers of DirecTV, Charter, Dish, FiOS, Cox and AT&T U-Verse will have to whip out their AM radios to keep up with the action.
September 27, 2011 |
Maybe this season wasn't so bad for Dodgers fans after all. The franchise is in Bankruptcy Court, the owner widely despised and the team mired well out of first place on the final day of the regular season. But the faithful got to watch pitcher Clayton Kershaw and center fielder Matt Kemp chase a statistical rarity. Only once — in 1934 — have two players on the same team captured the triple crowns of batting and pitching. Kershaw has done it with National League bests in wins, strikeouts and earned-run average.
August 13, 2006
Pat Jordan would have us believe that Frank and Jamie McCourt's naivete and concern for privacy have led to their bad rap from the local media ("Frank and Jamie McCourt Sooooo Love L.A." July 23). In fact, the opposite is true: The McCourts desperately crave fame and adoration, and they mistakenly think they can micromanage the press they receive. Their overwhelming desire to sell themselves to the residents of this city is evident by the directive they gave their employees: to "think of the McCourts as the brand and the Dodgers as the product."
December 20, 2008
Being as how Rafael Furcal missed 32% of the games over the last three years, $11 million is a real bargain! Excuse me while I gag. As one who speaks from personal experience, once a bad back, always a bad back. I guess this will placate the long-suffering Dodgers fans for not signing Ramirez, CC, Teixeira, et al. Oh, by the way, the McCourts were reportedly sighted closing escrow on another Malibu beachfront mansion. The word is they're going to name it Casa de Manny. John R. Grush, Mission Viejo Have you noticed how much the McCourts resemble the Big Three automakers who flew to Washington in their private jets to ask for money?
March 20, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Utility infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. has a torn oblique muscle in his left side, an MRI exam he underwent earlier in the week has revealed. Manager Don Mattingly said there was no timetable for his return. De Jesus, who was injured taking a swing in a game on Saturday night, was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2008. He appeared to be on the verge of a breaking into the majors the following year, but broke his leg during spring training. Now 24, De Jesus is battling for the final spot on the bench.
April 3, 2011 |
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella Neil Lanctot Simon & Schuster: 516 pp., $28 He was a three-time National League most valuable player, an eight-time All-Star, and played in five World Series, but Roy Campanella was something else when the Dodgers began playing in Los Angeles in 1958. He was a quadriplegic, his body broken in a tragic automobile accident after the 1957 season. Few Dodgers fans in Los Angeles ever had a chance to fully appreciate the Hall of Fame catcher in action, but Neil Lanctot's rich new biography, "Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella," should change that.
April 14, 2009 |
Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle and Andre Ethier belted two home runs. But when Ethier was asked to name the Dodgers' star Monday in the team's 11-1 win over the San Francisco Giants, he replied: Chad Billingsley. "The marquee guy of this game was Billingsley," Ethier said of the right-hander who limited the Giants to one run in seven innings and struck out 11 to boost his record to 2-0. "He was the guy who gave us a chance," Ethier said.