August 3, 2004
Re "Dodgers Give Their Roster a Big League Makeover," Aug. 1: It has been my great joy to reconnect with the Dodgers since my 92-year-old father, a longtime fan of the team, moved in with our family two years ago. I grew up in North Hollywood watching games in the days of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. This season, guys like Dave Roberts, Paul Lo Duca and Guillermo Mota have displayed not only extraordinary skills but also inspiring efforts on their team's behalf. To us, they are not just statistics to shuttle around on a computer screen but have what makes baseball such an exciting sport to watch: real heart and soul (something Paul DePodesta seems to lack)
October 4, 2006 |
Two years later, Carlos Beltran's eyes widen and his smile broadens at the reminder of his last postseason experience. Fresh to the Houston Astros after being traded from Kansas City and headed for free agency, he batted .435 with eight home runs, 14 runs batted in and six steals in 12 games, against Atlanta and St. Louis. After coming within a win of carrying the Astros to their first World Series, Beltran nearly returned to Houston.
August 20, 2001 |
What had been mused upon and suggested for weeks on radio talk shows and in Internet chat rooms became reality Sunday. With Chan Ho Park pitching to his personal catcher, Chad Kreuter, Dodger Manager Jim Tracy started Paul Lo Duca at first base in place of struggling Eric Karros. "The bottom line is that it's not a slap in the face to Eric Karros," Tracy said. "It has a lot to do with Paul Lo Duca and his importance to this club right now.
July 2, 2002 |
Though he wouldn't come out and say it, one could surmise that Paul Lo Duca felt snubbed by Arizona Manager Bob Brenly, who did not pick the Dodger catcher as an All-Star. Asked before Monday's game if he could answer a few questions, Lo Duca said, "Not if they're about the All-Star game." Brenly, the National League manager, chose his own catcher, Damian Miller, and San Francisco's Benito Santiago to back up starter Mike Piazza of the New York Mets. Lo Duca began Monday night's game with a .
April 3, 2004 |
INFIELD First base was an area of concern in the off-season and nothing appears to have changed. Outbid in attempts to trade for Richie Sexson and Derrek Lee, the Dodgers also rejected proposals for Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko, among others. The result? A committee of Robin Ventura, Olmedo Saenz, Paul Lo Duca and, possibly, Shawn Green. Third baseman Adrian Beltre can become a free agent after the season, so it would be good for him to finally display consistency.
February 13, 2003 |
Catcher Paul Lo Duca moved to set the record straight Wednesday, making it clear he had no problems with the Dec. 4 trade that brought back catcher Todd Hundley from the Chicago Cubs. Apparently, there was some confusion about Lo Duca's feelings regarding the four-player trade that sent first baseman Eric Karros and second baseman Mark Grudzielanek to Chicago for Hundley and reserve outfielder Chad Hermansen, prompting him to clarify the situation before beginning his work at Dodgertown.