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May 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hey, every day deserves a good laugh, so today we bring you … James Loney! Come on, you're smiling already. And that's just off his history. Now everyone's favorite underachiever as a Dodger is able to bring a fresh chuckle. And not because of his sometimes zany personality. Guess who has the second-highest batting average in all of baseball? Who has the fifth-highest slugging percentage among all first basemen? That's right, the beleaguered Loney. Loney was included in the blockbuster trade for Nick Punto last summer , though he apparently impressed the Red Sox as much as the Dodgers the last couple of years.
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December 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And sometimes they remake themselves, and earn plenty of greenbacks in the process. The quirky one, James Loney, was all but given up on by the Dodgers and Red Sox last season. In his free agent year, he had to settle for a $2-million deal with the Tampa Rays -- a $4.375-million pay cut from his last contract. He was the first baseman without power, whose batting average had plummeted to .249. But Loney turned things around with the Rays and on Friday was rewarded: The Rays signed him to a three-year, $21-million contract, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal . That's what you might call a very nice raise.
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February 11, 2011 | Wire reports
The Dodgers settled the last of their pending arbitration cases, agreeing with first baseman James Loney on a one-year, $4.875-million contract. Loney's salary will fall $100,000 short of the midpoint of the figures he and the Dodgers exchanged last month. Loney asked for $5.25 million and the Dodgers countered at $4.7 million. Loney will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season. He earned $3.1 million last season. Had the sides failed to reach a settlement, they would have pleaded their respective cases in front of an arbitration panel Feb. 18. Teams generally prefer to avoid arbitration hearings, fearing they could damage their relationships with players by arguing why they are not worth as much as they are asking for. The Dodgers also avoided hearings with their two other arbitration-eligible players, Chad Billingsley and Hong-Chih Kuo . ?
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November 9, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The season of free agency is upon us, and with it the season of contractual absurdity. Baseball is awash in money - from national television contracts, local cable deals, and the most powerful website in sports, mlb.com. The industry generates $8 billion per year, and the cash flow is so generous that each team will get another $25 million in revenue next year, just from an increase in TV money. All that money has allowed even small-market teams to retain their stars. The Cincinnati Reds kept Joey Votto for $225 million.
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May 21, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
We were gathered around Don Mattingly after the Dodgers' victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, when a radio reporter put a microphone in front of the manager's face and commented on how James Loney had been hitting better of late and wondered whether the first baseman had changed anything. The room broke out in laughter, or maybe it was just me. “I hope not,” Mattingly said. Loney is the king of tinker, which has been an ongoing problem during his six-year career.
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July 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Tick, tick, tick. As Tuesday's nonwaiver trading deadline draws near and the Dodgers continue to look for another starting pitcher and solid bat, it should be noted that one struggling Dodger is starting to hit. Are you ready for the return of … James Loney? What, can you contain the excitement? Not going all in on the New Loney, Take 23? Loney is a favorite whipping boy for those who demand a traditional power-hitting first baseman, if not those who simply demand that a talented player actually improve as he reaches his prime.
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July 24, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Perception-wise, first baseman James Loney was snubbed when he, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Russell Martin joined the Dodgers in 2006. They had flash. He didn't. He was just steady, productive, dependable. And even as he has stacked impressive statistical seasons on top of each other, perceptions haven't changed much. Flash is still flash. But Saturday at Dodger Stadium, in the 13th inning with the Dodgers' bullpen on empty, it was Loney who flashed, hitting a walk-off home run to give the Dodgers a 3-2 win over the New York Mets.
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March 6, 2011 | By Dylan Hernandez
From the way James Loney nonchalantly walked across the clubhouse to the way Manager Don Mattingly talked, nothing indicated the problem was serious. But the Dodgers couldn't be sure enough. Saturday night, the Dodgers received the confirmation they wanted, as team doctors determined that Loney would be sidelined for only a couple of days by his swollen left knee. Loney underwent an MRI exam earlier in the day, the result of his complaining of stiffness after playing on Friday night.
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December 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
And sometimes they remake themselves, and earn plenty of greenbacks in the process. The quirky one, James Loney, was all but given up on by the Dodgers and Red Sox last season. In his free agent year, he had to settle for a $2-million deal with the Tampa Rays -- a $4.375-million pay cut from his last contract. He was the first baseman without power, whose batting average had plummeted to .249. But Loney turned things around with the Rays and on Friday was rewarded: The Rays signed him to a three-year, $21-million contract, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal . That's what you might call a very nice raise.
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June 26, 2010
The run batted in has been denigrated by the sabermetric community. The RBI reflects opportunity more than ability, or so the argument goes. The Dodgers' management does not feel the same way. James Loney drove in four runs to lead the Dodgers to a raucous 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday. Rafael Furcal had three hits, Manny Ramirez reached base four times, and the Dodgers delighted a sellout crowd by scoring seven runs in the first four innings. Not that the suspense was over, at least not for Dodgers Manager Joe Torre.
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October 2, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Dodgers have participated in the National League division series seven times. Here's how they fared: 1981 Dodgers 3, Houston 2 In the first NLDS - held because the season was split in two by a players' strike - the Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win the final three games at Dodger Stadium. Jerry Reuss outpitched Nolan Ryan, 4-0, in Game 5. Steve Garvey was the batting star, hitting .368 with two home runs. 1995 Cincinnati 3, Dodgers 0 The Reds outclassed the Dodgers, outscoring them 22-7.
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September 3, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Jason Vargas threw seven shutout innings last Thursday in Tampa Bay, allowing two hits, striking out seven and walking three in an Angels victory, but his encore performance against the Rays five days later did not go as well. The left-hander was rocked for five earned runs and 10 hits in four innings of a 7-1 loss at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night, with the Rays snapping a five-game losing streak by scoring as many runs Tuesday as they did in their previous five games. “Sometimes with a quick turnaround against the same team you have to get creative, and Jason wasn't as sharp,” Manager Mike Scioscia said after the Angels lost for only the second time in 11 games.
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August 9, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
James Loney, scourge of sabermetric lovers everywhere, was back where it all began for him Friday,  in Dodger Stadium. And maybe he wasn't getting a last laugh, but he certainly had to be allowed a certain satisfaction. After the Dodgers traded him to the Red Sox last season, Boston did not pursue him as a free agent. He was momentarily adrift, and some wondered if any team would be all that interested in a first baseman coming off a season in which he had hit a career-low .249 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in. Loney, 29, said he was never too concerned.
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May 11, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
Staff writer Tim Hubbard takes at look at some not-so-likely assets that can help fantasy owners fill the gaps in their lineups. James Loney 1B | Tampa Bay Dodgers fans may not have noticed, or my not want to notice, how productive Loney has been for the Rays. After a mostly disappointing seven years with the Dodgers in which he averaged 10 home runs and 60 RBIs, Loney is leading the American League in hitting at .385. Loney still has low-wattage power, but he has provided solid protection for cleanup hitter Evan Longoria.
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May 10, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Think all those players who come and go as Dodgers go on to great things with other organizations? Not hardly. Here's a look at the players who spent time with the Dodgers last season who are no longer with the club, and what they're up to now. James Loney, Superman of all first basemen aside, mostly they're not tearing it up. The list: Bobby Abreu: Out of baseball, reportedly in Venezuela and mulling over 2014 comeback, when he'll be...
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May 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Hey, every day deserves a good laugh, so today we bring you … James Loney! Come on, you're smiling already. And that's just off his history. Now everyone's favorite underachiever as a Dodger is able to bring a fresh chuckle. And not because of his sometimes zany personality. Guess who has the second-highest batting average in all of baseball? Who has the fifth-highest slugging percentage among all first basemen? That's right, the beleaguered Loney. Loney was included in the blockbuster trade for Nick Punto last summer , though he apparently impressed the Red Sox as much as the Dodgers the last couple of years.
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June 4, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
James Loney is out of the Dodgers' lineup on Monday, marking the third time in five days he won't start. “The game tells you what to do,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “I'm trying to put a lineup out there that has a chance to win a game.” Loney is batting .248 with two home runs and 16 runs batted in. At this point of his disappointing 2011 season, Loney was hitting .238 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Mattingly said the Dodgers had to get more production out of the first base position.
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October 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you missing James Loney? Come on, not even a tiny bit? OK, so maybe not, which is not to say he was devoid of local supporters. Those were the ones who still loved his swing, that he averaged almost 90 RBI for three consecutive seasons and was a smooth-fielding first baseman. To the rest of the Dodgers fans, however, he was a giant disappointment. A player who not only never developed but actually went backward. Who couldn't hit left-handers and, for a first baseman, was infuriatingly short on power.
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February 25, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Catching up on some items on the web: -- Sandy Koufax lets Yahoo's David Brown know he's not all thrilled about being part of the 'Big Lebowski' lore. -- Sore-elbowed Chad Billingsley tells the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett: “I'm going to be like Takashi Saito. ” -- The one guy the Dodgers didn't want to give up in that blockbuster trade with Boston last summer, Rubby De La Rosa, has impressed Pedro Martinez: “He has an opportunity to be someone special.” -- Tampa Rays manager Joe Maddon likes his early view of James Loney , calling him a “good gamble for the Rays.” -- Feelin' Kinda Blue's Dustin Nosler has unearthed the White Sox video of Hyun-Jin Ryu's spring debut with the Dodgers on Sunday.
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January 6, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
That stunning blockbuster trade last August that brought Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers from the Red Sox remains a jaw-dropper, as it is still being scrutinized and figures to be for some time. One interesting look at the trade now comes from Theo Epstein, the former Red Sox general manager who had moved on to his position with the Cubs when the deal went down. In a radio interview Thursday on Boston's WEEI, Epstein gave his observations on the trade, calling it remarkable (audio)
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