July 31, 2012 |
Hunter Pence looks to be following former Philadelphia Phillies teammate Shane Victorino to the National League West. Moments after the Dodgers' trade for Victorino was announced Tuesday morning, USA Today reported that Pence will be on the move to the San Francisco Giants, citing a anonymous source. The Phillies will receive pitching prospect Tommy Joseph in exchange for Pence, according to KPIX-TV in San Francisco, after already receiving a pair of pitchers from the Dodgers - Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin - in the Victorino deal.
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.
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.
July 24, 2012 |
Clayton Kershaw wasn't allowed to walk off the mound, he was poured off. If he was drenched in any more sweat, he would have needed chlorine. He looked like the Wicked Witch of the West after the bucket of water, needing only to cry, “I'm melting!” Kershaw had breezed through the first 4 2/3 innings and led 2-0, when the 103-degree heat appeared to take him out at the knees. He gave up a pair of two-out runs in the fifth and then could do almost nothing right in the sixth, allowing six more runs Tuesday in the Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
October 5, 2012 |
Is that the end of Shane Victorino, Los Angeles Dodger? Logic says it is. Victorino will become a free agent at the end of the postseason. He expects to sign with a team to be an everyday outfielder. And the Dodgers' 2013 outfield appears set, with rehabbing Carl Crawford expected to join Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier next season in what could be one of baseball's best units, if not its most expensive ($387 million). Victorino, however, said he would like to come back to the Dodgers.
April 4, 2012 |
And then they called it a spring, mercifully, thankfully. That was a slow, painful spring training finale played Wednesday afternoon. Unless you were the Angels, who powered four home runs on the way to an easy 8-3 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers played only a couple of their regulars, and then only for a few innings, before mostly turning it over to a bunch of guys about to head for minor league parks across the country. Unfortunately, one of those figures to be back before long, and he gave up three of the homers.
April 12, 2012 |
No bonus points awarded for beating up on the puny, but if you desire to be a good team, it is sort of required. The Dodgers remain an enormous unknown, but early indications are they can at least beat up on the downtrodden. As further evidence, the Dodgers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, on a cool Thursday night before an announced crowd of 28,328, completing a three-game sweep to improve their early record to 6-1. It's the first time the Dodgers have started 6-1 since 1981, when they went on to - dare it be said?
April 5, 2012 |
If you look at the Dodgers' roster, one aspect that immediately jumps out is the team's amazing lack of depth. Thin as a tissue. Individually, the reserves are all fine role players. Yet as a unit, they make for collective weakness. Want to know the key to the Dodgers' season? It's not as much about whether James Loney can continue his second-half roll or Juan Uribe rediscovers how to hit as it is about the front-line players staying healthy. This is a team that cannot afford serious injury to its oh-so few stars.