December 9, 2012 |
Teenage pitching prospect Shohei Otani announced his intention to start his professional career in his native Japan and sign with the Nippon-Ham Fighters. Otani, 18, had previously said he would to come to the United States and the Dodgers were confident they would sign him. The right-hander said he still wants to pitch in the major leagues one day. “I would eventually like to go to the major leagues,” Otani said Sunday . “It's a place I admire. I would like the Fighters to teach me the road to get there.” Otani, who's armed with a fastball in the 100 mph range, said in October that he intended to sign with a major league team rather than play in Japan.
April 5, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw must have been spending too much time around Andre Ethier. Ethier missed Saturday's Freeway Series game against the Angels with a stomach bug, and it apparently made its way to Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw started the season opener for the Dodgers on Thursday, despite battling the flu. After three innings, however, the flu won and Kershaw left the game against the Padres. Kershaw did not give up a run in his three innings, walking one and striking out one. He also had the Dodgers' first single, so at least he left with a perfect ERA and batting average.
May 1, 2012 |
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies started the 2011 season the way the Dodgers have started this one. "So much for 17-8, right?" Rockies Manager Jim Tracy said Tuesday. The 2011 Rockies, who won 17 of their first 25 games, finished the season with a losing record and in fourth place in the National League West. Over their last 139 games, they were 56-83. "I remember that," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. "See, that's what I'm saying. Nobody is going to remember a good start.
March 10, 2012 |
Cory Sullivan is what you might safely call a long shot. As in, the longest of shots. He's a 32-year-old outfielder, trying to catch on with his fifth team in five years. A left-handed hitter who last season played for the Phillies' triple-A team, and was then released. But Sullivan must have learned how to make an entrance during all his stops, because he is off to a big-time start with the Dodgers. After getting three hits Wednesday, he came back Saturday in the nightcap of a split-squad contest to break a tie score with a crushing, ninth-inning grand slam that propelled the Dodgers to a 10-6 victory over the White Sox. After seven spring games, Sullivan now leads the Dodgers in hitting (.455)
March 22, 2012 |
Well, he'll always have 2009. But anything resembling that nice season is looking pretty unlikely for reliever Ramon Troncoso after the Dodgers designated him for assignment Thursday to make room for Ronald Belisario on the 40-man roster. Nothing about the move was exactly surprising. Troncoso was out of options and clearly wasn't going to make the team. And Belisario can't start serving his 25-game suspension until he's on the roster Troncoso is 29 and likely to clear waivers, so it's not like he can't return to triple-A, though he may also be ready for a fresh start.
November 6, 2012 |
JUAN RIVERA , 34, outfielder/first baseman Final 2012 stats: .244 batting average, nine home runs, 47 runs batted in, 30 runs, .286 on-base and .375 slugging percentages in 310 at-bats. Contract status: Free agent. The good: His nine homers were actually the fifth-highest total by a Dodger. Played both left field and first base, and though he hardly excelled at either, he approached adequate and gave the Dodgers needed flexibility. Basically quiet, as never a problem in the clubhouse.
August 1, 2012 |
Shane Victorino arrived at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday morning and the left fielder said he was ready "to go out there and win. " Victorino immediately was placed in the Dodgers' lineup as their leadoff batter for their afternoon game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Philadelphia Phillies traded Victorino to the Dodgers on Tuesday in exchange for reliever Josh Lindblom, minor leaguer Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash considerations. "Being here a few weeks ago and playing against these guys, I knew this was a good team," Victorino told reporters as he sat in the Dodgers' dugout.
November 21, 2012 |
SHANE VICTORINO , 32 next week, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .255 batting average, 11 homers, 55 RBI, 39 stolen bases and .321 and .383 on-base and slugging percentages. Contract status: Free agent. The good: Brought stability by becoming everyday left-fielder. Still a scrappy, high-energy player. His 15 stolen bases in just 53 games were still the second-highest for a Dodger. Covered a lot of ground and committed only one error. The bad: Much like his ex-Phillies teammate Joe Blanton, it's hardly that Victorino bombed, it's just that he badly failed to provide the lift that was hoped for. And that in itself was highly disappointing.
May 22, 2012 |
The Dodgers are living in slop and there's no end in sight. Nothing seems to faze them. Injuries, ownership change, a modest lineup, youngish bullpen, rebuilt rotation, solar eclipses. Doesn't matter. They just keep winning. Keep finding the bizarro way of the day to win. Ways that don't always make sense. Yet, as it continues to happen with regularity, you have to seriously consider that something special is going on. Individually, they have maybe three outstanding players.
March 6, 2012 |
Spring training is a lot like marriage, a constant mix of the good and bad. This guy looks poised for a breakout year, this guy is struggling. This hitter is on fire, this pitcher is melting. The wife is ageless, the husband is resembling a latter Orson Wells. Or something like that. On Day 2 of the Dodgers' 2012 spring season, they naturally received early doses of both good and bad, none of which can be taken too seriously, though that's partly why we love spring training. They lost 8-4 to the Giants Tuesday, which being spring wouldn't even qualify as bad news, except it was against the Giants.