November 10, 2012 |
The Dodgers win the posting on a South Korean pitcher for over $25.7 million who has never sniffed at a major-league game? They're in on pair from Japan, closer Kyuji Fujikawa and highly-coveted 18-year-old prospect Shohei Otani ? Signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig for $42 million? Took on a quarter of a billion in new salary … in August? They're looking at Torii Hunter , Kevin Youkilis , Zach Greinke , Anibal Sanchez, Hiroki Kuroda and LeBron James?
November 9, 2012 |
JAMES LONEY , 28, first base Final 2012 stats: .249 batting average, six home runs, 41 RBIs, .293 on-base and .336 slugging percentages in 434 at-bats. Contract status: A free agent. The good: He's gone. Sorry, that's too harsh. Played some excellent defense. Actually hit better as a Dodger (.254) than a Red Sox (.230). In his Loney-esque way, stayed jovial throughout his hitting trials. The bad: Easily had worst season of his six-year career. Continued to decline in every offensive area.
October 10, 2012 |
This is really not a 2011 news item , but one from 2012. Now if the Boston Red Sox had been able to act properly in 2011, there would be no need for this managerial déjà vu, but there you are. A year ago the Red Sox searched for their first post-Theo Epstein manager and decided on Bobby Valentine. Those crazy guys. Perhaps you heard about that implosion. Valentine barely staggered through the season, mutiny and irate players everywhere, and the Red Sox are once again beginning a managerial search.
October 5, 2012 |
The Dodgers are heading into the off-season knowing that a new world awaits them on the other side of their winter vacation. When they report to spring training in Arizona four months from now, they will face something they haven't faced in recent years. "Lot of expectations, that's for sure," Clayton Kershaw said. They are no longer the bankrupt franchise forced to piece together a 25-man roster with spare parts. They might start next season with a payroll of more than $200 million that will be unmatched in all of baseball.
October 3, 2012 |
The Dodgers started their season with James Loney at first base and ended it with Adrian Gonzalez there. They upgraded from Dee Gordon to Hanley Ramirez at shortstop and from Juan Rivera to Shane Victorino in left field. But it didn't matter, at least as far as this year was concerned. These high-priced Dodgers finished where the bankrupt Dodgers of last season finished - out of the playoffs. The Guggenheim-backed Dodgers were officially eliminated from postseason contention Tuesday night, as they fell to the San Francisco Giants, 4-3, at Dodger Stadium.
October 2, 2012 |
Now this is easy to miss, or maybe dismiss. It's been that kind of season for Aaron Harang. Mostly he's been fine. Nothing special, nothing appalling. Just sort of out there in the middle somewhere. A .500 pitcher who can mostly keep you in games, but is unlikely to shut down anyone. A pleasant guy. For someone who's been around and healthy all season, I can't think of anyone I've written less about. His record is 10-10. His ERA is 3.61. About what the Dodgers likely expected when they signed him in the off-season for two years at $12 million, although the ERA is a career-low.
October 1, 2012 |
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.
September 26, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO -- Catcher A.J. Ellis won the seventh annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award was voted on by Dodgers players and coaches. Ellis will be presented with the award on Saturday at Dodger Stadium by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan. Ellis is 31 years old but in his first full season as a major leaguer. Ellis ranks fourth in the major leagues with 125 games caught.
September 14, 2012
Bill Plaschke got it right and wrong in his Friday article. What he got wrong is that the Dodgers need spring training and "a chance to get to know each other. " When Manny Ramirez came to Dodger Stadium he needed about one at bat to energize the team and send them on their way to the playoffs. Are you telling me that all of a sudden these proven All-Stars need to learn how to work counts and move runners over? My 14-year-old knows how to do that. The part he got right is that the middle of the lineup looks like a bunch of guys in a home run derby.
September 8, 2012 |
- So I'm blown away by the incredible feats, the Choking Dogs winning a game and one of the miserable failures acquired in a trade finally coming through. Up until now, Adrian Gonzalez has been James Loney - and we know what that means: good glove, no hit and no sign of life. Gonzalez goes 0 for 4 in the team's biggest game of the season as they lose to the Giants in Game 1 of this series, then opens Game 2 by grounding into a double play. In doing so, he shows all the emotion of a mercenary paid to do a job, and oh well if it doesn't go well.