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The Dodgers Don’t Have Personal Catchers, They Have A Platoon

A narrative that never seems to go away is the idea that A.J. Ellis is Clayton Kershaw‘s “personal catcher,” despite being less of a hitter and a pitch framer than Yasmani Grandal. For the most part, it’s understood — or should be, anyway — that no catcher is going to catch 162 games, so when you use your backup, it might as well be when it makes your ace pitcher happy...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Buyer`s Guide: Brett Anderson by J.P. Breen

The takeaways from comparing the Dodgers lefty to a leading Cy Young Award contender.
Via Baseball Prospectus
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Look to Kenley Jansen to Maintain Form Heading Into All Star Break

Kenley Jansen has been lights out for the Los Angeles Dodgers since returning from the Disabled List, with a 1.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18.2 innings so far in 2015. (Mandatory Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) As the Los Angeles Dodgers stormed out to an early season lead and a chokehold on the National League Western Division, they had two main forces to thank: A lineup...
Via The Sports Journal
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Frias Heads to DL With Back Tightness, Leaving Dodgers Rotation in Question

Carlos Frias (#77) has pitched reliably in a Dodgers rotation decimated by injuries in 2015. (Mandatory Credit: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press) The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Sunday that they have placed right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 1st with what the team called “right, low back tightness.” Manager Don Mattingly said before...
Via The Sports Journal
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets @ Dodgers July 5, 2015: Mike Bolsinger, master of the ‘looking’ strike

Hopefully Mike Bolsinger didn’t eat any bad shellfish this time around. He toes the rubber against the Mets today, and the folks at Beyond the Boxscore noticed something about Bolsinger. Mets Dodgers 1:10 p.m. Los Angeles RF Granderson SS Hernandez 3B Murphy 2B Kendrick 1B Duda 3B Turner ...
Via Dodgers Digest
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully relays fun facts about U.S. flag (Video)

Vin Scully used Friday night's Los Angeles Dodgers game to provide viewers with some fun facts about the history of the United States flag in honor of Independence Day. Scully is an absolute legend in his field, and any story he tells sound so much better when he tells them. Happy Independence Day everyone!Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on...
Via Holdout Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clippers Star Blake Griffin Taking Batting Practice With the Dodgers

One of the coolest things about being a celebrity is not the fame. The money is nice, but it's not cool. The adoring fans, the open doors, the easy life, the babes--all awesome, but not one of the coolest things. That would be the chance to take batting practice with the local MLB team.Let's be real. What kid has not wanted to take a few swings inside a MLB ball park? Blake Griffin...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Cahill Joins Dodgers On Minor-league Deal

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed former All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill to a minor-league deal. It’s been a tough year for the Dodgers in terms of pitching injuries after losing starters Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the season. The 27-year-old Cahill will be reporting to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he’ll hope to finally...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson’s Resurgence Exactly what the Los Angeles Dodgers Needed

Gambling on injury-prone Brett Anderson has paid off so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo by: Ben Margo/AP Photo Former 2nd round draft pick Brett Anderson had always been an attractive player in the minor leagues, noticeably improving each season and at one point becoming the Oakland Athletics’ #1 prospect. A 2008 scouting report described him as having the ability...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Paroubeck and Caleb Dirks acquired by Dodgers for international slot money

The Dodgers have acquired prospects Jordan Paroubeck and Caleb Dirks from the Braves in exchange for the Dodgers’ final international slot allotment of $294,000. As Dustin predicted and explained yesterday, it only makes sense for the Dodgers to deal away their slot money after they decided to go all-out in international spending. The 20-year-old Paroubeck is now going to his...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Inspiration for the Mets…from the Dodgers

As they prepare to face two of the NL’s best pitchers back-to-back in the lions den known as Dodger Stadium, the offensively starved Mets may be able to draw inspiration from…the Dodgers. But not these Dodgers. The Dodgers of 50 years ago. Let me of course stipulate that we have neither a Sandy Koufax nor a Don Drysdale, both of whom were in the prime of their careers when the...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon League designated for assignment by Dodgers

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Dodgers have announced they have designated right handed pitcher, Brandon League, for assignment. League was in the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal. The Dodgers will pay League $7.5 million this season. League, 32, has been on the DL all season with a shoulder injury. He was out of time on his rehab assignment so they had...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig a distraction to the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse

Could we see the end of Yasiel Puig in Dodger blue in the near future? (Christian Peterson/Getty Images North America) We’ve all heard the stories about the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Cuban superstar, Yasiel Puig. He’s one of the greatest young talents in the league today, but also the source of a lot of negative attention. A recent book has been released titled “The Best Team...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers designate Brandon League for assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated relief pitcher Brandon League for assignment. League was at the end of his rehab assignment when the Dodgers opted to cut ties with the 32-year-old right hander. League had not pitched at the big league level but had appeared in 149 games since joining the team via a trade in the 2012 season. Last season League appeared in 63 games posting...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson: one year, one All-Star start?

Joc Pederson is in his first full year in the major league and has made it memorable so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The All-Star Game is near and the voting race for starting outfielders are tight. Pederson is in sixth place right now, but he can still find himself being a starting outfielder for the National League. Pederson has made an immediate impact when the Dodgers needed...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: international signing edition

About three years ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Yasiel Puig during the international signing period. Seemed to work out well. When the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to sign super-prospect Yoan Moncada in the offseason, it was a disappointment. A 19-year old five tool player doesn’t come around very often, and while it would have been awesome to see him and Corey Seager in the...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The sensational media criticisms of Clayton Kershaw

Despite the innumerable amount of media outlets covering professional sports in the 2010s, nonstop news cycles doesn’t always make for captivating topics. Twenty-four hour monitoring of leagues, teams, and players doesn’t alter the fact stars drive ratings and turn heads. Paulo Orlando and Chris Colabello‘s stories aren’t notable enough to keep viewers and casual fans agog...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

OKC Dodgers Not Letting Up For First Place, Are A Team To Watch Through July

The month of July shapes up as a critical time for the league-leading Oklahoma City Dodgers. At 49-27, OKC comes into the new month a full eight games ahead of the Omaha Storm Chasers in the America North Division. In all, the Dodgers play 28 games during the month of July, including a stretch of 12 straight days before catching a break with the three-day PCL All-Star break commencing...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Puig, Greinke involved in altercations according to new book

The mercurial Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has oftentimes been a lightning rod for criticism. While things such as his tardiness and disdain towards his showmanship have previously been made public, revelations in Molly Knight’s new book, The Best Team Money Can Buy, shed light on new indiscretions. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports writes about a couple of incidents with pitcher...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig’s actions immature?

Old school baseball fans hate it and younger fans love it. This of course is referring to Los Angeles star outfielder, Yasiel Puig’s actions on the field. Puig is a burst full of energy, he plays with his heart on his sleeve, and goes out on every single play. What’s not to love? The problem for some fans is that his actions stray away from the unwritten rules of baseball. A...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Greinke not comparing his stellar season to Kershaw's 2014

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke had another scoreless outing on Sunday -- his third straight. This time, the Dodgers scored for him which allowed him to pick up his first win in 10 starts.No matter how good Greinke has been, it seems as though he will always be compared to teammate Clayton Kershaw.Greinke leads the majors this season in ERA (1.58) -- a few ticks better than Kershaw’s...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers trade rumors: Scott Kazmir edition

If the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t go after Johnny Cueto, which I wrote about last week, Scott Kazmir could be another inexpensive option at the trade deadline. Kazmir, like Cueto, will also be a free agent at the end of the year. He likely won’t be as expensive as Cueto, who shouldn’t be too expensive in the first place. However, Kazmir is still a really solid option for the...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Turner: The One That Got Away

On December 2nd, 2013 the Mets made a decision that looms large on their current roster when they decided to non-tender Justin Turner. At the time, Turner was coming off arguably his most productive season as he set a career high in WAR at 0.8 and OPS+ at 100 despite getting only 200 at-bats while playing seven different positions. The move to cut a valuable utility infielder who...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke spoke up at a team meeting over players' bathroom habits

Usually when players speak up at team meetings, it’s to rally the troops with an inspirational speech. That’s not the case for Zack Greinke. In Molly Knight’s new book about the Dodgers “The Best Team Money Can Buy,” she includes an awesome anecdote about Greinke speaking up at a team meeting. Greinke elected to address...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball while holding baby

Nobody puts baby in the corner — unless that someone is at a Chicago Cubs game and a foul ball flies their way. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs played Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, but the best action took place in the stands. During the second inning, Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel popped a ball into the seats along the first base line, where 29-year-old Keith Hartley...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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