August 22, 2012 |
Say it ain't so, Clueless Joe. In Wednesday morning's report on the Dodgers' loss to the Giants, Joe Blanton said he threw the ball well. That's what is important, of course, Clueless Joe feeling really good about his own work while the Dodgers lose. "I felt it was the best I've thrown since I've been here," he says. But if that's all he's got, warm up the bullpen. He was so bad, Dodgers fans were booing him in the first inning. It was a huge game against the anemic-hitting Giants, and the fans let Blanton know they weren't pleased.
August 15, 2012 |
Fisker Automotive Inc., the Anaheim maker of luxury hybrid vehicles, has hired its third chief executive in a year. Fisker said Tuesday that it had tapped Tony Posawatz, who helped lead development of Chevrolet's Volt plug-in hybrid for six years before retiring from General Motors Co. in July. The maker of pricey, sporty plug-ins — such as the Karma favored by pop star Justin Bieber — has been racked recently by stalled model development, recalls, missed deadlines and layoffs.
June 26, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Juan Uribe insists he has something left. "My career still isn't over," he said. The second year of his three-year, $21-million contract isn't as miserable as his first, but it's close. The 32-year-old third baseman missed nearly a month because of a wrist problem that continues to hinder him. He was out of the lineup Tuesday. Uribe is batting .217 with a home run and 12 runs batted in. Whatever rhythm he had early in the season has disappeared.
June 21, 2012 |
A sucker for alternative history? You know, what if the Allies had lost World War II? What if Steve Jobs had hated computers? What if Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four? What if Mike Scioscia had been named manager of the Dodgers? Now there's a sports what-if to get the mind racing. How dramatically different would both the Dodgers and Angels be if the Dodgers had named Scioscia as their manager and he never joined the Angels? Since Scioscia resigned as the Dodgers' triple-A manager in September 1999, the Dodgers have had five managers, five general managers, three owners and zero world championships.
June 16, 2012 |
Dee Gordon has rediscovered his swing. Gordon was batting .287 with a .354 on-base percentage in his last 23 games entering Saturday. The fleet-footed shortstop stole nine bases in 10 attempts during that stretch. "I'm not swinging at everything," said Gordon, who is in his first full season as the starting shortstop and primary leadoff hitter. Gordon credits his newfound selectivity on a three-game stretch in which Manager Don Mattingly held him out of the starting lineup last month.
June 16, 2012 |
I'm sorry, I had to do it. I strong-armed Vin Scully , grabbed his right arm just above the elbow, stopped him where he stood and told him, "It's time. " Maybe a book comprising questions, answers and baseball stories retold, a DVD, documentary, anything so his 16 grandchildren might grow up knowing just how awesome Gramps has been as a broadcaster. He has just dazzled everyone again; it's a perfect night. A couple of hundred friends of Ali and Joe Torre gathering Thursday at the Hotel Bel-Air to further Torre's Safe At Home Foundation campaign to help abused children.
June 15, 2012 |
As long as Andre Ethier continues to play regularly, he shouldn't have any problems extending his recently signed five-year, $85-million contract by another year. Ethier's deal includes a $17.5-million team option for a sixth year, in 2018. If the Dodgers decline the option, they would owe him a $2.5-million buyout fee. But the sixth year in the deal will become guaranteed if Ethier makes 550 plate appearances in 2017 or a combined 1,110 plate appearances in 2016 and 2017, according to people familiar with the contract.
June 7, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA — James Loney knows that his season, and possibly his career, is at a crossroads. Again. "It's my seventh year and it seems like I always have to figure it out," Loney said. With Juan Rivera back from the disabled list and capable of playing first base, Loney has been reduced to part-time status. Loney has started only four of the Dodgers' last eight games. He is batting .257 with two home runs and 18 runs batted in. At this point in his disappointing 2011 season, he was hitting .241 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.
June 6, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA — Juan Uribe is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he plans to play him at third base. Mattingly has also said he intends to continue playing Jerry Hairston Jr. at second base because he wants to build continuity in the middle of the infield. So where does that leave Elian Herrera ? If he continues to play the way he has, Mattingly said he will find a place for him. The 27-year-old rookie utility man entered Wednesday batting .304.
June 5, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda suffered what the Dodgers described as a mild heart attack Monday while representing the team at the amateur draft in New York. Lasorda, 84, received treatment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. A stent was inserted into a blocked artery in Lasorda's heart. He was in stable condition Tuesday. He could be released from the hospital as early as Wednesday. In a statement released by the Dodgers, Lasorda said, "The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue.