February 21, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Non-roster catcher Eliezer Alfonzo won't be in the Dodgers' major-league camp this spring, as he remains in his native Venezuela infected with dengue virus. Alfonzo, who is on a minor league contract, was given permission to report late to camp so he could tend to a family matter. While in Venezuela, he contracted the virus. If or when Alfonzo reports to the Dodgers' spring-training complex, he will be in the minor-league camp. Alfonzo's place in the major-league camp will be taken by catcher Matt Wallach, son of third base coach Tim Wallach.
October 11, 2012 |
The Dodgers have granted third base coach Tim Wallach permission to interview for the Boston Red Sox's managerial position. Wallach confirmed he has an interview scheduled, but wouldn't say when it would take place. "It's the Red Sox," Wallach said. "It's one of the top organizations in all of baseball. We all know how last year went. It's not a picture of who they are. They were a top organization for a long, long time. It's certainly something I'm not afraid to be a part of. " A five-time National League All-Star, Wallach has been the Dodgers third base coach for the last two seasons.
October 10, 2012 |
This is really not a 2011 news item , but one from 2012. Now if the Boston Red Sox had been able to act properly in 2011, there would be no need for this managerial déjà vu, but there you are. A year ago the Red Sox searched for their first post-Theo Epstein manager and decided on Bobby Valentine. Those crazy guys. Perhaps you heard about that implosion. Valentine barely staggered through the season, mutiny and irate players everywhere, and the Red Sox are once again beginning a managerial search.
October 1, 2012 |
Hope lives, however minuscule, however dim. It was delivered from the unlikeliest of sources: Elian Herrera lining a hit off the glove of Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro in the bottom of the ninth Monday to leave the Dodgers with a desperately needed 3-2 victory. Despite the dramatic walk-off hit, similar to the previous night, the Dodgers still lost while winning. Long before their own game had been completed, the Cardinals had defeated the Reds 4-2 to reduce their magic number to one. With two games left to play, one victory by the Cards or one loss by the Dodgers ends L.A.'sr playoff hopes.
September 6, 2012 |
The Dodgers' two most popular stops for rehab assignments will be back on line for another two years. The Dodgers announced two-year affiliate extensions with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday. Rancho Cucamonga is the closest Class-A site available, just 46 miles from Dodger Stadium. The Quakes are owned by Hall of Famer George Brett and his brothers Bobby and John. Next year will be the Dodgers' third season in Rancho Cucamonga, after a previous affiliation with San Bernardino.
August 22, 2012 |
The Dodgers placed waiver claims on Cliff Lee and Joe Blanton earlier this month. The Philadelphia Phillies let Blanton go, but not Lee. The Dodgers' 4-1 defeat to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night showed why. Blanton departed from the field to the collective boos of the 56,000 fans who were drawn to Dodger Stadium by a bobblehead promotion featuring Fernando Valenzuela. Blanton lost his third consecutive start and the Dodgers fell 11/2 games behind the first-place Giants in the National League West, as he was charged with four runs in 52/3 innings.