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February 28, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Dodgers will celebrate their 100th anniversary season without the most celebrated pitcher in franchise history, as Sandy Koufax confirmed Tuesday that he has severed his ties with the organization. Koufax, a Hall of Fame member who served as a minor league pitching instructor since 1979, said he has resigned because he is weary of the job. Although Dodger officials called it a one-year sabbatical, Koufax said he has placed no time frame on the resignation.
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April 6, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig made himself the story again Saturday. A day after he was benched for showing up late to batting practice, Puig slid headfirst into first base when he didn't have to, leaving the Dodgers waiting for X-rays of his left thumb to be reviewed by their medical staff. Puig played the final six innings of the Dodgers' 7-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium, but could be sidelined for the series finale Sunday as the Dodgers try to avoid a three-game sweep.
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August 19, 2001 | BILL PLASCHKE
Bill Plaschke predicted doom for the Dodgers in 2001. . . . Plaschke criticized. . . . Plaschke forgot. . . . Plaschke compared unfairly. . . . The Dodgers need encouragement, not negativity. . . . * That was part of a 1,200-word screed e-mailed to me last December, a holiday package filled with colorful rips. It was not much different from other nasty letters I receive, with two exceptions. This note contained more details than the usual "You're an idiot."
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April 5, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Yasiel Puig was late for batting practice and scratched from the lineup, but he wasn't the reason the Dodgers were crushed Friday in their home opener by the San Francisco Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu was. The pitcher the Dodgers leaned on most in the aftermath of Clayton Kershaw's back injury, Ryu lasted only two innings and gave up every one of the runs scored by the Giants in an 8-4 defeat at Dodger Stadium. This was the very antithesis of the first game here last season, when Kershaw not only pitched a shutout against the Giants but also hit a home run in a 1-0 victory.
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February 9, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
I walked into chilly, wind-whipped Dodger Stadium Monday, past nameless uniforms taking batting practice, through seats scheduled to be torn out, down a freshly painted stairwell, around the office of a new manager, into a clubhouse soon to be filled with more strangers . . . And there sat Eric Karros. As comforting as blue and white. After spending two years saying he should be traded, I shook his hand, said something else. It was good to see him. "You know what's ironic?" he asked, shrugging.
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December 25, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't as though athletic superiority was a physical requirement in a marriage partner. It just happened to work out that way. Ann Meyers' athletic prowess in women's basketball is legendary. Don Drysdale is a legend. Nor was their betrothal part of a scientific experiment in the reproduction of herculean offspring--Drysdale is 6 feet 6 inches, Meyers 5-9. That just happens to be working out, too.
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June 21, 1992 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eric Karros heard about it at 5 p.m., less than three hours before his first major league start. His father heard about it moments later. "I'm in my office in San Diego. I get this phone call from Eric in the clubhouse," George Karros recalled of last Sept. 4. "He says, 'Dad, Eddie Murray is hurt. I'm finally gonna get to play.' " George was nearly a three-hour drive from Dodger Stadium, considering traffic. The game against the St. Louis Cardinals was possibly a sellout, and he had no tickets.
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June 29, 1998 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bell that signaled the end of Round One of the cruiserweight fight between the Dodgers' Gary Sheffield and the Pirates' Jason Kendall was also an alarm in the Pittsburgh dugout Sunday night. At the time, the Pirates had only two hits through a somnambulent six innings and had scored only one run in almost 48 hours. Then Kendall lit a fire under them with a couple of right hands to the Sheffield's head after bracing the Dodger baserunner in a World Championship Wrestling-approved headlock.
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December 13, 1998 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pushing player salaries to yet another level, the Dodgers on Saturday made Kevin Brown baseball's first $100-million player, signing the free agent pitcher to a record seven-year, $105-million contract that stirred concern and anger throughout the industry. Brown's package surpassed the previous records for total value and average annual salary established in the last few months during this dizzying season of free agent signings.
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June 10, 1994 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's built like a minivan with the power of a Mack truck. Just ask Delino DeShields, who had the unfortunate experience of colliding with Raul Mondesi one night. It knocked DeShields cold. Mondesi's arm is rated by scouts as one of the top three in the National League, and for confirmation of that, ask first baseman Eric Karros, who practices self-preservation by keeping an eye on right field. "If I'm not looking all the time, I'm liable to get a ball in the back of my head," Karros says.
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March 25, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
Having fulfilled his initial goal of making the Dodgers' opening-day roster, Dee Gordon now has a new ambition. "Do what I can to be the starting second baseman, just show them they can trust me and give them confidence that I can be their guy every day," Gordon said. Gordon started the Dodgers' second game in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but not the first. With left-hander Wade Miley starting for the Diamondbacks on opening day, Manager Don Mattingly opted to sit the left-handed-hitting Gordon and start the right-handed-hitting Justin Turner.
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March 5, 2014 | Kevin Baxter
One of the most difficult things to do in professional sports is to take a round bat, swing at a round ball and hit it square. Now imagine trying to do that after sitting out a full season at an age when most players are considering retirement. That's the challenge Chone Figgins is facing this spring in his longshot bid to make the Dodgers. Figgins is batting only .154 in 13 spring-training at-bats, but he says he's making progress. "The more and more you see pitching, the more comfortable you get," the former American League All-Star said.
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September 29, 2013 | Kevin Baxter
The Dodgers assured themselves of a playoff berth 10 days ago. They know they're going to open on the road, on Thursday, and they've even narrowed their possible opponent down to two teams: St. Louis or Atlanta. Now all they have to do is make sure they have enough healthy players for the trip. Moments before Saturday's game, a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the banged-up Dodgers scratched center fielder Matt Kemp from the lineup because of left ankle soreness. "Before the game he was having trouble getting loose.
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September 6, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
Some of Andre Ethier's fondest childhood memories are of days when Ethier would be picked up early by his father from his middle school in Phoenix. They would head to the Seattle Mariners' spring-training complex, where he could spend hours studying every move of his favorite player, Ken Griffey Jr. "That's who I looked up to," Ethier said. "That's all I wanted to be. I always wanted to be a center fielder in the big leagues. " Eight years into his major league career, Ethier is finally living out his dream the way he envisioned it on those afternoons at the Peoria Sports Complex.
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July 15, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
Asked to describe the Dodgers' season up to the All-Star break, Manager Don Mattingly didn't know what to say. "Well . . . " he started. He leaned his head to one side, then the other. "It's been obviously unscripted," Mattingly said. "It ended up OK. We survived it. " Even after a 3-1 defeat by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers went into the All-Star break only 21/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the National League West. Winners in 17 of their last 22 games, they are 47-47.
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July 11, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers played their 90th game of the season Wednesday, and Kenley Jansen still felt fresh. This might not sound significant, but Jansen thinks it is. Around this time last year, he was gassed. "I felt exhausted," Jansen said. The Dodgers closer was told that an off-season heart operation, which would prevent the organ from beating irregularly, would improve his endurance. He didn't think it would help this much. "I've been throwing more," he said. Of the Dodgers' first 89 games, Jansen appeared in 43. He pitched in 41 of the team's first 89 games last year.
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August 23, 1991 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During what he says may be the most difficult summer of his life, Tom Lasorda reveals his pain only in glimpses. It is mid-March in Vero Beach, Fla. Lasorda is sitting in his Dodgertown office. He has just hung up the telephone, carefully laying down the receiver, then staring at it. More bad news from home. More news that he cannot bear to discuss. "I feel so much, but I can't say anything about it," Lasorda mumbles, rubbing his reddened eyes.
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October 30, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
They are nine words buried in the fine print of a legal document that divides family assets between Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt. They sit toward the end of a paragraph that lists properties belonging solely to Frank McCourt: "all assets of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team." Jamie McCourt insisted in her divorce filing this week that she is entitled to a share of ownership in the Dodgers. However, she faces an uphill battle in persuading a court to throw out the legal agreement that says otherwise, according to three family law experts surveyed Thursday by The Times.
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May 30, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
Matt Kemp's nightmare season took another unfortunate turn Wednesday night, as the slumping center fielder strained his right hamstring in the Dodgers' 4-3 defeat to the Angels at Angel Stadium. Kemp is scheduled to undergo a MRI exam Thursday to examine the strain, which was described as "mild" by Manager Don Mattingly. Asked how much time he expected to miss, Kemp replied somberly, "I don't know. I don't know. " Mattingly was hopeful Kemp would be sidelined for only a few days.
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May 28, 2013 | Dylan Hernandez
The latest round of the Dee Gordon Experiment came to an end Monday, as the Dodgers sent the athletic but unpolished shortstop to triple-A Albuquerque. The move was made to open a place on the roster for often-injured utility man Jerry Hairston Jr., who was sidelined for nearly three weeks because of groin and hamstring strains. Hanley Ramirez ran the bases for the first time since going on the disabled list May 4 because of a strained left hamstring and could start a minor league rehabilitation stint after the Dodgers play in Anaheim on Wednesday and Thursday.
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