Opening Day is all downhill from here…

March 20, 2015

Camelback Ranch Elevation: 1152 ft, above sea-level
Dodger Stadium Elevation: 267 ft, above sea-level

(Trivia Question) Colorado’s ballpark (5183 ft, above sea-level) stands at the highest elevation in all of MLB. Can you name which ball clubs stadium stands at the second highest elevation?
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We’re on the threshold of being halfway through Spring Training games. There are 16 days left until Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have two off days in-between now and then, coming on Tuesday the 24th, as well as Sunday, April 5th. They have two split squad days left, coming tomorrow (Rangers & Rockies), and again on March 29th (Rangers and Giants). Innings and playing time are getting harder to obtain, and the prospects are mostly in minor league camp now. So, the Arizona limelight is beginning to shine more and more…on the regulars who up until this point, have been working on different aspects of the game than the younger guys. Pitchers are reaching the pinnacle of their arms performance and hitters are gearing up towards pitch recognition and timing, as well getting more time on the field of play itself.
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It won’t be long now till we’re tipping our glass to the sound of “I Love L.A.!”

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If you just can’t control your thoughts & emotions…feel free to display your concerns in the section below…


Counting down to 25

March 14, 2015

The first reassignments of spring have been made, with Chris Anderson, Julio Urias, Ryan Buchter and Josh Ravin being sent to the minor league side today. I believe the Dodgers started with over 60 players in camp, so we still have a way’s to go yet, but the journey towards the 25 man roster has begun.

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I’ve been fortunate enough this spring to of had every minute, of every game on so far in 2015. Although, after a few innings…I end up fully engaged in my daily nap. So, I haven’t seen as much play as I would have liked. I really have nothing knowledgeable to pass along as far as how anyone has looked? Perhaps some of our other commenters can better assess the play to date.

Maybe discuss what you’ve seen from the positive side and the negative side of the youngsters being reassigned??? (No worries though, I just thought we could use a shorter thread)

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62) Julio Urias
61) Chris Anderson
60) Ryan Buchter
59) Josh Ravin

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Just a reminder:

(The blackout restrictions have been lifted during Spring Training when using MLB.tv. Even without a subscription they have one free game of the day. Which is updated around 9am on mlb.com.) I use an HDMI cable attached to my laptop and TV. I have found that as long as I defragment and run my cleaner before the games, it works as well as any other broadcast option. Plus there aren’t any commercials, which is usually how I begin to doze-off. Sometimes I open my eyes when they come back on…and sometimes I just let my subconscious listen in…

This sure beats the hot-stove season spent watching QVC. Yes, I said QVC! One day, the folk’s and I decided to see if they had a boat motor with a functional spinning prop, you know for 5 easy payments cause ours didn’t function any longer…They didn’t!  They did have a slop bucket with a functional spinning mop though…Dang thing is a dream machine, I tell ya’!! Only problem now is the UPS guy wakes me up about twice weekly during my thoroughly planned ballgame nap! I’m trying to train the dog to ignore him, but he hasn’t caught on yet! Woof! Woof! Woof! Woof!


Spring Training Has Begun

February 19, 2015

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The pitchers and catchers have arrived at Camelback Ranch to begin the 2015 Spring Training season.


Would Vinny, Strike Kershaw Out??

February 10, 2015

Just cause I thought it be fun to imagine Vinny on the famed hill against Kershaw.

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Do you consider Vinny to be a Dodger? Or, is this something that should be bestowed on players only?

And if you think of Vinny as a Dodger…would you consider Vinny the Most Valuable Dodger?

I’ve always believed that even fans were considered Dodgers…They call the fan club the Jr. Dodgers… A lot of us started out in the Dodgers fan club…

We ultimately foot the bill…

If the Dodgers could only keep one…and they were asking for donations to even do that…which pile would be bigger???
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Kershaw’s
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Vinny’s

(I think they’re both priceless gems! I also think it’s shameful that greed is keeping them from the the very folks that bestow them so much love…)

Sorry Kersh…

My money say’s, “Vinny gets you with two soap bubbles and a Butera heater!!”


Spring Training is Around the Corner

February 1, 2015

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February is here and the time for baseball is near. Pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on February 19. The rest of the team will show up on the 24th.

This has been an interesting off-season filled with surprises. Stan Kasten booted Ned Colletti out of the front office and into a plum job as “Senior Advisor” doing who knows what. Talk about a soft landing. Stan then brought in Andrew Friedman as President, Baseball Operations. Friedman, who worked miracles in Tampa Bay with a shoestring budget, then hired fellow sabermetrician and economist Dr. Farhan Zaidi as General Manager. Former highly regarded General Manager Josh Byrnes was brought in as Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations. Former major leaguer Gabe Kapler, a fitness and nutrition expert and communications advocate, was brought in as Director, Player Development. He has been tasked to make sure that all levels of players are on the same page of the Dodgers way to play the game.

Andrew and his brain trust broke apart the team that won 94 games last year, but failed to get past the Division Series. Gone are Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp. Dan Haren and Brian Wilson are among the pitchers no longer with the team. The defense got better up the middle with the addition of Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal. Rookie Joc Pederson will be given a shot at Center Field. Chris Heiser will platoon at Center Field and pinch hit. Pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson could be very good if they stay healthy. Joel Peralta should help the bullpen.

I like the roster so far. In two months, we will have a much better idea of the capabilities of the 2015 Dodgers.


New Year… New Opportunity

December 31, 2014

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The new and (hopefully) improved Dodgers are getting ready for a new season.  Andrew Friedman  and company wasted no time changing the roster to fit their idea of a highly functional team.  Rather than spend recklessly on new talent,  the new front office have used the team’s financial clout to get rid of the dead wood without worrying about how much money they were paying players to play elsewhere.  I guess that is called addition by subtraction.

Rather than heaping millions on has-beens a la Ned Colletti,  the new guys seem to have a more rigorous approach to their due diligence.  This year’s Dodgers will have a much better defense that should play well with the ground ball inducing pitchers they have added.  Home runs will probably be less this year, although if you believe the 2015 Bill James Projections,  the new guys will add quite a bit of pop.

In any  case,  this should be an interesting year.

Happy New Year everybody!


What’s Next?

December 12, 2014

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After a dizzying 24 hour period during the Winter Meetings, the new sheriff and his deputies have run a few favorite Dodgers out of town and welcomed some strangers to Dodgertown.

Kemp, Gordon, Haren and others including FedEx and Rojas are gone. Brandon McCarthy, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and some young pitchers and other prospects are now on the roster.

With Joc Pedersen expected to man center field in 2015, along with Rollins at Short and Kendrick at 2nd, it is widely agreed that the Dodgers will be stronger defensively up the middle. Offensively, the departure of Kemp and Hanley Ramirez left a big hole that has not been filled completely.

While Pedersen has been eagerly awaited, I am not convinced that he is ready for major league pitching, as evidenced by his huge strikeout rate in Albuquerque and his several plate appearances with the Dodgers last September. From all I have heard, his defensive play should be fine.

Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick are solid additions. According to Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, Rollins thrives in crucial situations and will take it up a notch when playing the Giants or other big games. Kendrick has been overshadowed on the Angels by big bats like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but he brings a nice batting line with him. Brandon McCarthy is a good mid-rotation pitcher that should fit nicely behind Kershaw, Grienke and Ryu.

How do you feel about the changes so far? Stay tuned, Andrew Friedman and company are not done yet.


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