July 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For the pride of Cuba, and for the excitement of America, this is the home run derby we would like to see: Yoenis Cespedes versus Yasiel Puig . Cespedes won the All-Star game home run derby Monday, beating Bryce Harper in the final round. Cespedes said he would have had no problem beating Puig, his Cuban countryman. "Not to be disrespectful to him at all, but I know him from Cuba," Cespedes said through an interpreter. "This is not the type of competition he would be able to excel at. He's not really a home run hitter, so I believe I would win. " Puig, the Dodgers' phenom, might be more of a line-drive hitter, but he has eight home runs in 151 at-bats.
August 23, 2013
In almost unbelievable news for Dodger fans, Koufax and Drysdale are back. Funny thing, they changed their names to Kershaw and Greinke. Cecil Worthington Los Angeles :: While I'm as thrilled as anyone at the return of Vin Scully next year for his 65th season as a Dodgers announcer, I think it's time management took a serious look at finding and grooming his replacement. We don't need a Scully clone, but at least an announcer who doesn't announce every play as if it were the ninth inning with two outs, a la Eric Collins, or announce the game as if you were sitting next to him, a la Charley Steiner.
February 13, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers have three former All-Star closers and none of them is likely to start the season as the team's primary ninth-inning option. That job belongs to Kenley Jansen. As crowded as the Dodgers are in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp vying for three starting spots, they might be even more talented in the bullpen. The Dodgers have so many experienced relief pitchers, they might not have a place on the major league roster for Paco Rodriguez, who posted a 2.32 earned-run average in 76 games as a rookie last season.
February 8, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers appear to be close to a deal with veteran left-hander Paul Maholm. [UPDATED, 4:06 p.m.: The Dodgers announced they have signed Maholm to a one-year, major-league contract. ] Maholm was among the Dodgers pitchers and catchers to undergo physical examinations Saturday at the team's spring training complex. Maholm declined to speak to reporters and the Dodgers wouldn't confirm they have a deal with him. The contract figures to be a minor-league deal.
January 30, 2014 |
Vin Scully really does enjoy his down time. He's a regular guy that way, it's just that his schedule is typically demanding even in the off-season, though maybe never more than this one. In the last 30 days, he was honored as grand marshal of the Rose Parade , announced it was “time for NHL hockey” before to the Kings-Ducks game at Dodger Stadium, presented Spanish-language broadcaster Jamie Jarrin with a lifetime achievement ...
September 2, 2012 |
Cash now flows like water at Dodger Stadium. The country at large caught on last week, when the Dodgers liberated the Boston Red Sox from $250 million in contractual liabilities. Baseball insiders caught on two months ago. Adrian Gonzalez and his fellow Boston refugees had track records, at least. Yasiel Puig did not play baseball in the season he turned 21, banned from the Cuban leagues after his attempts to flee his homeland. He succeeded in defecting last spring, established residence in Mexico in June and held workouts there for teams interested in signing him. The Dodgers did, for $42 million, upon the recommendation of a scouting director who never had seen Puig in a game.
September 4, 2010 |
Monday through Wednesday: at San Diego Padres Thursday through Sunday: at Houston Astros The Dodgers lost sight of the Padres in the division race a long time ago. And this week's series in San Diego won't change that. But the three games still carry enormous playoff implications since the Dodgers need another successful trip if they hope to keep their wild-card dreams alive. Recent history is on the Dodgers' side since they've won seven of 12 games this year against the now-slumping Padres, including four of the six played in San Diego.
January 7, 2014 |
There is more tweaking than major renovation scheduled to take place at Dodger Stadium this off-season, not that the 52-year-old ballpark won't undergo some noticeable changes. The most significant upgrade, however, will go unseen by the fans. After spending more than $100 million on stadium improvements last season that included a new Dodgers clubhouse, this season the visitors' clubhouse gets a makeover. The Dodger Stadium visiting clubhouse was the smallest in the majors, but now visiting teams will have a new clubhouse behind the dugout that will be adjacent to the batting tunnel and training areas built last season.
September 27, 2013 |
Your browser does not support iframes. Brian Wilson said he got his World Series ring late Thursday, after one of the weirdest confrontations in baseball history. After the Dodgers concluded their series in San Francisco on Thursday, as his teammates retreated to the visiting clubhouse, Wilson walked across the field to a box adjacent to the Giants' dugout. Wilson, still in his Dodgers uniform, asked Giants President Larry Baer why he had yet to receive his 2012 championship ring.