December 3, 2012 |
They're afraid. They're very afraid. Of the Los Angeles Dodgers. More evidence of what a difference one year has made. Clubs are heading to Nashville this week, not with the hope of catching a glimpse of Connie Britton, but for the annual winter meetings. And although the Dodgers have few real obvious needs, they remain the one team other clubs figure will be most active this week. The logic is simple: They have the most money. Yep, just a little different from a year ago. The Dodgers' most desired addition is a significant starting pitcher, so everyone seems certain they will sign Zack Greinke . Possibly even this week.
November 18, 2012 |
Now, if you are the Los Angeles Dodgers and have determined you need an additional starting pitcher, what exactly do you do? Ah, the choices. Every other team fears you right now, not necessarily because of the team you've put together but because of a displayed willingness to spend whatever it takes to put it together. Like the Dodgers are operating with play money. This makes them very intimidating on the free-agent market. And to various degrees, the Dodgers have been linked to three free-agent starting pitchers - Zach Greinke, Anibal Sanchez and Hiroki Kuroda.
November 15, 2012 |
As News Corp.'s Fox Sports unit prepares to spend billions of dollars to keep television rights to the Los Angeles Dodgers, one has to wonder if the media giant has any pangs of regret over selling the team in the first place. News Corp. owned the Dodgers from 1998 to 2004. It paid $350 million to get the team from the O'Malley family and sold it for $430 million to Frank McCourt, who earlier this year sold it to private equity firm Guggenheim Partners for $2.1 billion. Now, if Fox Sports wants to keep the Dodgers on its Prime Ticket cable channel here, it will likely have to pay an average of at least $150 million a season.
October 31, 2012 |
The San Francisco Giants have won two of the last three World Series championships, but pitcher Brandon League said Wednesday the Dodgers would be "the team to beat next year. " "The Giants had a great year," League said. "They won the games they needed to win. But I think in 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be the team everyone wants to beat or tries to beat. " The 29-year-old closer spoke to reporters on a conference call after he signed a $22.5-million, three-year deal with the Dodgers.
October 3, 2012 |
The day after, they counted their blessings. Anyway, they tried their little best. The 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers, last team eliminated from the postseason on Tuesday night, played their final game of the season Wednesday afternoon, mostly because it was required. It's understandable if their spirits were lagging, but out they went, even leaving with a 5-1 victory behind a final tough performance by Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw gave up only one run in his eight innings to finish with a 2.53 earned-run average -- best in the major leagues.
October 2, 2012 |
The Los Angeles Dodgers' playoff hopes aren't dead yet, but they are certainly dwindling. The Times' Dodgers writers Dylan Hernandez and Steve Dilbeck explained the team's playoff chances and what happened this season in a Google+ hangout on Tuesday. “It's a bit of a longshot,” said Hernandez explaining how the Dodgers' fate is no longer in their own hands. For the Dodgers to make the playoffs they have to win both of their remaining two games against the San Francisco Giants, who they face at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. Pacific time.
September 20, 2012 |
All bummed are you that since Frank McCourt sold the Dodgers for a record $2.15 billion - and kept half the parking lots! - he's disappeared from public view? Thought not. I, of course, miss him so. He was good for at least four easy posts a week. Now that he's a billionaire, doing whatever billionaires do, you're hoping he keeps doing it. Just as long as he stays away from the Southern California sports scene. Which is not to say he doesn't continue to have significant impact on Los Angeles professional sports.
September 6, 2012 |
Never in their little lives have the Dodgers been bigger fans of trends. There is not a fashion designer breathing, a hip teenager posing or fad-obsessed pop star strutting, currently more focused on popularizing a current trend than the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are about to begin a three-game set in San Francisco on Friday, in what is only their biggest series of the season. The first time the Dodgers went to AT&T Park this season, they were swept, shut out in all three games.
September 5, 2012 |
Guggenheim Partners is looking to make a big impression in Hollywood. The financial services firm, which in March spent more than $2 billion on the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed to acquire Dick Clark Productions for $370 million, people close to the deal said. Spending almost $2.5 billion in less than six months might be enough for some investors, but Guggenheim's appetite for entertainment assets is still ravenous. "We would characterize this as the beginning of the beginning," Guggenheim Partners President Todd Boehly said.
August 25, 2012 |
Dodgers management praised the team's historic multiple-player trade Saturday and the club's key acquisition, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, was in the starting lineup for the game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium. "This is an exciting day," Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson told a news conference before the game. "We did this for our fans. We feel, of course, we want to win now. " Besides Gonzalez, the Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and utility fielder Nick Punto.