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March 27, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Jerry Sands was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday morning, taking him out of contention to win a bench spot on the opening-day roster. Sands, 24, entered spring training as the favorite to claim the one available reserve role. A former organizational minor league player of the year, Sands hit .253 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in in 61 games last season. He was particularly effective in September, hitting .342 in 20 games. His September form raised hopes that he could replace Andre Ethier in the outfield or James Loney at first base on days the Dodgers faced a left-handed pitcher.
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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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January 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY SAND S, 25, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .174 batting average, two doubles, one RBI, one walk, nine strikeouts in just 23 at-bats. Contract status: Now belongs to the Pirates. The good: Had a second strong offensive season - at triple-A Albuquerque (.296, 26 homers, 107 RBI in 452 at-bats). The bad: Thus far has been unable to translate his triple-A game to the majors, though he received almost zero chance last season. What's next: Should receive better playing opportunity with the Pirates.
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February 4, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
One of my least-favorite sports terms: It's a process. Like everything isn't. Studying game film, learning to lay off that low outside slider, scratching your left earlobe, it's all a process. Normally this process malarkey is used to explain why things aren't as good as they're supposed to be. And since in sports there is only one winner, that pretty much leaves everyone else going through their little processes. Naturally, you hear it a lot around the Dodgers. Rejuvenating the fan base, upgrading the roster, adding depth to the front office - it's all a process.
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February 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Reporting from Phoenix — Jerry Sands was awakened at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday by a phone call. The automated call was from the Johnston County School District in North Carolina, where the second-year outfielder worked as a substitute teacher in the off-season. He was informed there was a shift available. "I have to call them and tell them I'm not in town," Sands said. "I have to get it out of the way so they quit calling me. There's a couple hours difference. " Until about two weeks ago, as he had in previous winters, Sands taught English and math a couple of times a week in the district's middle and high schools.
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December 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
That's right, our man Jerry Sands, the slugging prospect who could never quite take with the Dodgers, is on the move again. He is clearly still intriguing to many. Sands, part of the group sent by the Dodgers to the Red Sox in the blockbuster trade for Adrian Gonzalez in August, has reportedly been dealt from Boston to Pittsburgh as part of a six-player deal for right-handed closer Joel Hanrahan. Lost amid the big names in the deal, the trading of Sands received scant attention.
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June 1, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
One day you're bursting with potential, the next you're what? Jerry Sands was supposed to be the Dodgers' next great position player, a big outfielder who earned the organization's Minor League Player of the Year award in 2010. He was called up earlier than expected in April last season, struggled (.200, .294 and .328 on-base and slugging percentages) and by June was sent back down. He showed more promise during a call-up in September (.342, .415, .493), though by then he had been surpassed by Dee Gordon as the top position prospect.
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March 21, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Forgetting that he simply needs to play every day to continue his development, there's another reason why the Dodgers should not start the season with Jerry Sands on their roster. He's just not ready. Most had Sands penciled in as a reserve outfielder this season with the Dodgers in serious need of a power bat off the bench. Only he's not hitting this spring and looks uncertain at the plate. Maybe they've messed with his swing one time too many. He went 0-for-2 Wednesday in the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the Padres, and is now hitting .154 for the spring.
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May 14, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
This used to be tobacco country. Still is, but the demand for tobacco is down, the demand for soybeans and sweet potatoes is up, and the farmers have adjusted accordingly. This is not a land of pretense. On the highway leading into town, a small green sign celebrates a hometown star. The star is not Ava Gardner — the Hollywood glamour girl who was born nearby and was buried here, the legendary actress and onetime wife of Frank Sinatra. The star is a guy who made it to the major leagues and hit .230.
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September 18, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Rookie Jerry Sands continued to make his case for being a Dodgers regular next year. Sands had four hits, including a three-run home run, and four runs batted in in the Dodgers' 15-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. The 23-year-old Sands has a seven-game hitting streak and is batting .390 (16 for 41) since being recalled from the minor leagues Sept. 6. "It's an old saying that hitting is contagious and today it was," the outfielder-first baseman said. "It was fun. " Sands played with the Dodgers early this season but struggled and was sent to the minors in June, where he made major changes to his swing.
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January 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
JERRY SAND S, 25, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .174 batting average, two doubles, one RBI, one walk, nine strikeouts in just 23 at-bats. Contract status: Now belongs to the Pirates. The good: Had a second strong offensive season - at triple-A Albuquerque (.296, 26 homers, 107 RBI in 452 at-bats). The bad: Thus far has been unable to translate his triple-A game to the majors, though he received almost zero chance last season. What's next: Should receive better playing opportunity with the Pirates.
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January 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Some quick looks around the Web: -- Matt Kemp is scheduled to serve as the grand marshal of the 28th Kingdom Day Parade on Saturday. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance has been moved back from Monday to avoid conflict with President Obama's inauguration. The parade is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, and then proceed west on King. -- In what's becoming an annual event, the Dodgers and Cubs are scheduled to play a game March 21 in Tucson, Ariz., to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund , the slain daughter of Dodgers scout John Green.
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January 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Harmony. Gee, the Dodgers really love you.... Those arbitration cases can get so messy. A club having to argue against its own player. Best to be avoided. Best to be done with as soon as possible. Which is what the Dodgers did yet again Friday, coming to terms with their only two arbitration-eligible players, catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Ronald Belisario. Both were what are called “super twos,” players with two years and at least 139 days of major-league service. The Dodgers agreed to one-year deals with both, Ellis signing for $2 million and Belisario for $1.45 million.
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December 26, 2012 | Wire reports
The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal. Boston completed the trade Wednesday, also receiving infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands. Over the last two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves, fourth-most in the National League, and a 2.24 earned-run average. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.
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December 22, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
That's right, our man Jerry Sands, the slugging prospect who could never quite take with the Dodgers, is on the move again. He is clearly still intriguing to many. Sands, part of the group sent by the Dodgers to the Red Sox in the blockbuster trade for Adrian Gonzalez in August, has reportedly been dealt from Boston to Pittsburgh as part of a six-player deal for right-handed closer Joel Hanrahan. Lost amid the big names in the deal, the trading of Sands received scant attention.
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November 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
RUBBY DE LA ROSA, 23, starting pitcher Final 2012 stats: Pitched in just two-thirds of an inning. Contract status: Under Boston Red Sox control. The good: He made it back to the majors one year after having Tommy John surgery, even if his brief appearance later smacked of a showcase preceding his participation in the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox. Did not yet return to his previous 100 mph form, but did hit 96. The bad: Well, he's gone. That's the rub. He was probably the key player leaving the Dodgers of the five they sent to the Red Sox. What's next: Very likely a spot in the Boston rotation.
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March 13, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It is still pretty early, of course, the Dodgers yet to arrive to the midpoint of their spring training season. Still, you have to wonder if that pencil that wrote Jerry Sands onto the Dodgers' opening-day roster best have had the lightest of leads. Sands went hitless in two at-bats in the Dodgers' 5-2 loss to the Rockies at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday, and is now 2-for-14 (.143) this spring. Not exactly alarming in mid-March, but with Manager Don Mattingly saying Sunday he would not start the season platooning Andre Ethier and James Loney, you have to wonder if Sands is going to get at-bats that the young hitter still needs.
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August 24, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers are on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade to bring in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from Boston. The names of all the parties involved have been agreed upon, a person close to the negotiations said Friday. Though the players to be traded have been in place for days, the deal might not be finalized until Saturday. The Dodgers would send pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to Boston.
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September 14, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
For Hanley Ramirez, the standings do the talking. The Miami Marlins anointed Ramirez as the face of their franchise in 2008, signing him to a six-year contract extension and telling fans he would carry the team into its new ballpark. On Thursday, seven weeks after the team traded Ramirez, Marlins President David Samson explained why. "We just realized we couldn't win with him," Samson told mlb.com. "It was that simple. " Ramirez, enjoying a pennant race at Dodger Stadium, shot back quickly Thursday afternoon.
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August 25, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with what the Dodgers described as "right elbow pain. " In terms of buzz, the development was of secondary importance, as it came on the day the Dodgers completed their nine-player trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. But in terms of what it meant to the Dodgers' postseason ambitions, it was potentially devastating. Billingsley was injured in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' win over the Marlins on Friday.
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