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July 6, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Are you feeling dangerous? Enough so that you're actually willing to count on reliever Ronald Belisario? That's a historically dangerous proposition, given the DUI and the rehab and suspensions and restricted list and visa issues. Not to mention the 5.04 earned-run average the last time he was seen. But you have to give it to him right now, because he's been an absolute monster. He's not only reverted back to his 2009 form (2.04 ERA) when he was lights out, he's actually upped it a notch.
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March 26, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
All that bullpen depth, and you would have thought the Dodgers would get something for their overflow. But it was nothing doing, and on Wednesday they lost both Javy Guerra and Seth Rosin to waiver claims. Guerra, their ex-closer who saved 21 games in 2011 , could never duplicate that late-season surge. He lost his role early the next season and spent most of 2013 in the minors. He flat-lined enough that it seems no team was willing to dangle anything for him in trade, so the Chicago White Sox claimed him. Dennis Gilbert, special assistant to White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, watches most every game at Dodger Stadium directly behind homeplate.
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January 18, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Harmony. Gee, the Dodgers really love you.... Those arbitration cases can get so messy. A club having to argue against its own player. Best to be avoided. Best to be done with as soon as possible. Which is what the Dodgers did yet again Friday, coming to terms with their only two arbitration-eligible players, catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Ronald Belisario. Both were what are called “super twos,” players with two years and at least 139 days of major-league service. The Dodgers agreed to one-year deals with both, Ellis signing for $2 million and Belisario for $1.45 million.
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December 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are “pretty much done” with their winter shopping, General Manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday. But Colletti declined to say whether the Dodgers would make an exception for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming to the major leagues. Tanaka's current team announced on Christmas Day in Japan that it would permit the 25-year-old starting pitcher to pursue his dream of pitching in the United States. The Rakuten Golden Eagles initially resisted moving their ace because of new rules that will prevent them from receiving more than $20 million for his rights.
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November 30, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
RONALD BELISARIO , turns 30 on Dec. 31, reliever Final 2012 stats: 8-1, 2.54 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings, .187 opponents batting average. Contract status: Under team control. The good: Had the finest of his three major-league seasons by most statistical analysis. Looked a lot like the guy who unexpectedly exploded upon the scene in 2009. Stuff can truly be nasty. After serving an initial 25-game suspension for testing positive for cocaine -- and being unable to get a visa to play at all in 2011 --- returned to fairly dominate.
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April 20, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Ronald Belisario looks like a pitcher in search of himself. So far he's not finding the 2012 version. He is stumbling around like a guy struggling to discover the strike zone. Not helped by catcher Ramon Hernandez, Belisario gave up a pair of runs in the eighth inning Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader, the Dodgers falling 7-5 to the Orioles to drop their fifth consecutive game. The score was tied 5-5, Kenley Jansen recording four consecutive outs, when with one out in the eighth Manager Don Mattingly called on left-hander Paco Rodriguez.
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October 24, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Where are my votes for Comeback Blogger of the Year? You remember when I took a few days off this season for that thing called life, and came back with just some truly sterling posts? Don't pretend you don't know exactly what I'm talking about. Yet there are no drum beats for my amazing comeback. Not to mention that nasty cuticle I had to overcome to hit the keyboard in August. The memory still stings. Not impressed? Thinking that hardly qualifies as some amazing comeback?
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March 28, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
He strutted through the Dodgers' clubhouse early Sunday morning as if he were a hero returning from war. Ronald Belisario wrapped Jeff Weaver in a giddy bear hug. He grabbed Rafael Furcal's shoulders and shook them with a laugh. He tapped Russell Martin's arms and grabbed his hand and only then was the obvious question fearlessly posed. "Where have you been?" a dumbstruck Martin said. The only possible answer being, out to lunch. Belisario's body has finally shown up for spring training, yet the Dodgers still have no idea about the location of his head.
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March 28, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
For the second consecutive spring, Ronald Belisario reported to camp late because of visa problems — and this spring, he was five weeks late. Belisario refused to speak to reporters when he arrived from his native Venezuela at the Dodgers' spring training complex Saturday, saying he would wait until Sunday morning to do so. "I'm hungry," he said. "I'm tired." Anticipating the arrival of their hard-throwing reliever, the Dodgers placed him on the restricted list Friday, meaning they can leave him in extended spring training for as many as 30 days and remove him from the 40-man roster without the risk of losing him on waivers.
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August 5, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
There was a Ronald Belisario sighting Thursday. Watched by a crowd that included Manager Joe Torre , General Manager Ned Colletti and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt , Belisario took the mound at Dodger Stadium and threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. "Getting close," Colletti said. Belisario hasn't pitched in a month. The hard-throwing reliever was placed on the restricted list July 7, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster. The Dodgers said Belisario left the team for personal reasons, but The Times reported he was receiving treatment in a substance-abuse program.
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December 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
They come and go, though sometimes it can feel like they're just going. The Dodgers have signed Juan Uribe , Brian Wilson, Dan Haren and Cuban Alex Guerrero this off-season, but have lost their share too, many they would have liked back. Now, to the exit list of Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, Ronald Belisario, Jerry Hairston Jr., Edison Volquez and Ricky Nolasco, you apparently can add Mark Ellis. Ellis was the Dodgers' starting second baseman the last two years, but now he has  signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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December 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are moving toward a new deal with Brian Wilson but still don't have an agreement with the bearded right-hander, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity. Wilson wants to be the team's closer but would make an exception to pitch again in Los Angeles, where he has an off-season home. If Wilson returns, he would be a setup man for closer Kenley Jansen - a role with which other top-tier free-agent relievers are said to be uncomfortable.
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December 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ronald Belisario's ever-unpredictable career took another twist Monday night. Belisario became a free agent, as the Dodgers elected to not tender him a contract for next season. Belisario was eligible for salary arbitration and figured to be in line to secure a 2014 salary of more than $2 million. Belisario earned $1.5 million last season, including $50,000 in incentives. The Dodgers tendered contracts to their three other arbitration-eligible players: Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen.
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November 30, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension, the shortstop confirmed during an interview in the Dominican Republic, where he and other members of the country's World Baseball Classic were honored. "I can't talk about years or money, but we're negotiating and there could be something this winter," Ramirez said in a report published Friday by ESPN Deportes. Ramirez is under contract for one season at $16 million. Ramirez reiterated his wish to remain with the Dodgers for the remainder of his career, saying they gambled by acquiring him from the Miami Marlins last year.
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November 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers, who already reached a deal with outfielder Mike Baxter , agreed to terms with two other players eligible for salary arbitration: left-handed reliever Scott Elbert and catcher Drew Butera. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Monday. The Dodgers now have four players who are still eligible for arbitration: ace Clayton Kershaw, closer Kenley Jansen, catcher A.J. Ellis and right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario. The deals agreed to with Baxter, Elbert and Butera are all non-guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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October 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Momentum is a one-game deal in the playoffs, and as high as the Dodgers were feeling Monday, they were as low after Tuesday. The Dodgers fell, 4-2, to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, leaving them down three games to one and without their offensive leader. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez tried to play for a second consecutive day with a broken rib, but this time the pain proved too great. He could not conceal the agony as he swung the bat. It was actually hard to watch.
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June 20, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
OAKLAND — When relief pitcher Ronald Belisario returned to the Dodgers on May 4, the team did not know what to expect. After all, the hard-throwing Venezuelan had not pitched for the Dodgers since Oct. 1, 2010, because of various personal problems, including a 25-game suspension at the start of this season. But since Belisario rejoined the club, "It's been a nice surprise," Manager Don Mattingly said. Entering Wednesday's play, Belisario was 3-0 with a 1.25 earned-run average.
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October 12, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
It should be clear to the Dodgers by now, the only way they win a game in the National League Championship Series is if their starter throws a shutout. After Zack Greinke struck out 10 and gave up only two runs in eight innings in the opener and lost, Clayton Kershaw pitched even better Saturday in Game 2. And lost. The Cardinals scored an unearned run off Kershaw in the fifth inning and made it hold up for a 1-0 victory Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Kershaw went seven brilliant innings, he and relievers Ronald Belisario and J.P. Howell holding the Cardinals to only two hits.
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October 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ATLANTA  -- The Dodgers had a record of 25-21 in one-run games during the regular season. They had a record of 10-5 in extra-inning games. So what does that mean in terms of how they will fare in close postseason games in October? Not much. Teams such as the Dodgers are in the playoffs because they won a lot of games. Any team that won 92 games, as the Dodgers did, had to win plenty of close ones. A lot of lopsided ones too. QUIZ: Postseason Dodgers -- what do you know?
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