December 2, 2010 |
Russell Martin used to be an All-Star. He was supposed to become the face of the Dodgers. Thursday night, he became a free agent ? two years before he was eligible to hit the open market. Unwilling to risk the possibility of paying him around $6 million next year and unable to agree on a deal that would have assured them of avoiding the costly salary arbitration process, the Dodgers declined to tender the 27-year-old Martin a contract on Thursday night, the deadline for clubs to offer deals to players under their control.
June 14, 2011 |
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said he was not implying that some of his players on the disabled list should not be there when he used the words "safe haven" and "vacation" in discussing the DL on a morning radio show Tuesday. In the latest of his on-air conversations with KABC 790's Peter Tilden , Colletti noted how the Dodgers have been hit hard by injuries this season. Then Colletti added: "Sometimes you wonder what the thought process is too. The disabled list used to be some place a player never wanted to go. And now it might be a safe haven, it might be a couple of weeks' vacation.
May 23, 2011 |
Reporting from Houston — Kenley Jansen repeatedly needed to make one pitch. It never came among the 38 he threw. By the time the Dodgers' fill-in closer walked off the mound Monday night during a disastrous ninth inning, he had secured only two outs and the Houston Astros were celebrating a wild, come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Minute Maid Park. "We couldn't let him go much further as far as pitches," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, "but it was pretty much his game.
March 14, 2010 |
Manager Joe Torre has made it clear that Blake DeWitt's play at second base will determine whether the converted third baseman makes the Dodgers' opening day roster. While uncertainties remain about DeWitt's ability to play his new position — he has made one error in five starts — he's making clear that he's advancing as a hitter. DeWitt was two for four in the Dodgers' 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday and hit his first home run of the spring — a three-run shot to center field in the third inning.
June 7, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia — Chris Reed was second-team all-league as a senior at Reseda Cleveland High. He rarely pitched in his first two years at Stanford. In a conference call Tuesday, the left-hander talked about how he emerged from obscurity to become the Dodgers' top draft pick and the 16th overall pick Monday in Major League Baseball's amateur draft. "It's obviously a dramatic transformation from where I was," Reed said. "I worked hard to get here. " Reed, who became Stanford's closer this year, said he made a conscious decision to rededicate himself to baseball last spring.
August 26, 2010 |
After the Dodgers' Andre Ethier took a called third strike in the sixth inning Thursday against Milwaukee Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo , his frustration didn't subside after he returned to the dugout. While James Loney was at bat, Ethier continued to complain to home plate umpire Adrian Johnson , who then tossed Ethier from the game — Ethier's first ejection of the season. "I thought it was a bad call," said Ethier, who then trotted back out on the field at Miller Park to further complain to Johnson until Manager Joe Torre intercepted him. "The pitch was repeated with the next batter — same exact pitch, I thought an even better pitch — and he called it a ball that time," Ethier said.
August 13, 2010 |
The Dodgers weren't ahead. In fact, they were down by a run. And the game wasn't in the ninth inning. But on the mound stood Jonathan Broxton. Stripped of his title of closer on Friday, Broxton pitched an unspectacular, scoreless eighth inning in the Dodgers' 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field as part of a plan to regain the form that made him a two-time All-Star. "We want to get his feet under him without the spotlight of the save situation," Manager Joe Torre said.
October 1, 2010 |
The Dodgers' next manager believes he has found the team's next closer. The old one. The one who saved the All-Star game for the National League in July, only to lose his job as the Dodgers' closer the next month. You know, Jonathan Broxton. "I think we can count on him," said Manager-to-be Don Mattingly before the team's 7-5 loss at Arizona on Friday night. "When he goes home, I want him thinking he'll be the closer when he comes back. " General Manager Ned Colletti said he was of the same mind-set, adding that he was unlikely to search for a new closer in the off-season.
July 10, 2011 |
The Dodgers needed to sweep the San Diego Padres to escape the National League West Division cellar before the All-Star break and are given 1,000 to 1 odds of reaching the World Series. Grading on a curve, or maybe it's a hard slider, against the rest of baseball, the team has passed some crucial tests in the first half but still have some makeup assignments to complete in the second half. Overall grade: C Starting rotation: C The Dodgers have used seven starters and although four of them — All-Star Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, Chad Billingsley and Rubby De La Rosa — have earned-run averages below 4.00, only Kershaw and Billingsley have winning records.
April 7, 2009 |
How could that be true? "No way," Russell Martin said. "I don't believe that." How could the Dodgers' 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on opening day mark the first loss they've pinned on Jake Peavy in more than five seasons? How could something that felt so casual have taken so long to happen?