Ladies and Gentlemen, Raphael Has Left the Building

July 31, 2011

Tony Jackson of ESPN/LA writes that he will never forget the impact that Raphael Furcal had in Los Angeles.

…”By the time Saturday night’s game was over, the Los Angeles Dodgers having lost 6-4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks before 37,139 at Dodger Stadium, Furcal’s locker had been cleaned out, with only two bottles of lotion and a pair of shower shoes left behind.


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One source whispered to me privately that Furcal had left around the fourth inning, which would seem to be an unmistakable sign he had chosen to accept a trade to the St. Louis Cardinals rather than using his “10-and-five” rights to block it, even though that trade still hadn’t been officially finalized. Another source, one close to the Cardinals, said the only reason for the delay was that they have yet to actually tell the still-unidentified minor league outfielder they are sending to the Dodgers for Furcal that he has been traded.

At any rate, the deal appears to be done, even if no one will actually say it.”

This Day in Dodgers History

On July 31, 2004 – Ten minutes prior to the trading deadline, Steve Finley gives the Diamondbacks permission to deal him to the Dodgers. The trade sends the four-time gold glove center fielder and backstop Brent Mayne to Los Angles for minor league catching prospect Koyie Hill, flycatcher Reggie Abercrombie and southpaw Bill Murphy, who acquired in yesterday’s trade with the Marlins.


Worst of the Worst?

July 30, 2011

Recently, I posted a quick Top 3 worst signings for Ned Colletti. In my belief, the top 3 are as follows:

1. Jason Schmidt

2. Juan Uribe

3. Andruw Jones

Many chose to change the order, and yet some decided to abstain. But I take to you OTD readers and bloggers alike, who are your Top 10 worst signings for Ned?

With this man, I’m sure we can all agree on some and disagree on others.

On mine, I have Loiza, Wunsch, Venafro, among others. The Ortiz brother’s count as one.

Build your Top 10 (or as many as you feel like posting) worst signings, and see where we can all agree to disagree.

This Day in Dodgers History

On July 30, 2004 – In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, the winner of two World Series games last season, first baseman Hee Seop Choi and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy (will be traded to the Diamondbacks tomorrow) to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.

Colletti’s Take on Kemp

July 29, 2011

Ramona Shelburne of has a good story about Colletti and Kemp (and maybe Ethier too.)

What is YOUR take on this?

“…[Kemp and fellow All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier] are two guys that sit in the middle of your lineup who are in their prime, or approaching their prime.

         Matt Kemp

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Matt Kemp can become a free agent after the 2012 season.

“So I’m comfortable enough to think about [an extension].”

That answer, in and of itself, is a revelation because of the change in the organization’s feeling about Kemp and Ethier from just five months earlier.

But don’t exhale just yet. The follow-up question is a doozy.

Will this be purely a baseball decision?

“I can’t answer that because I don’t know the answer to that,” Colletti said. “That’s a very truthful answer. … It’s the only one I’ve got.”

If you didn’t know Colletti well, you might think he was choosing his words carefully, concealing something, even.

The truth is, he was giving the only honest answer he can give.

Ned Colletti, general manager of the Dodgers, is just as in the dark about what the future for the Dodgers holds as you are.

This Day in Dodgers History

On July 29, 1996 – After a mild heart attack last month, Tommy Lasorda, 68-year old Dodger manager of twenty years, announces his retirement due to his health.

Will Any New Dodger Free Agent Re-sign With the Team?

July 28, 2011

Yesterday, near the stroke of midnight, dodgereric posted his daily attendance report with the following query.  It is too good to be buried at the end of the day, so with the hope of his approval, I am placing it here, for all to contemplate for the next 24 hours. -32and53fan

Can anyone remember the last player to clear his arbitration years with the Dodgers and then re-sign with the Dodgers?

I can’t.

Kuo and Broxton have been here the longest. Kuo still has an arbitration year left. Broxton will be a FA this fall. Chances are good that he’s not going to break the streak, however long it might be.

Gagne? Dreifort?


This Day in Dodgers History

On July 28, 1991 Dennis Martinez of the Montreal Expos threw the 13th perfect game in Major League history.  Martinez accomplished the feat on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Expos won the game 2-0.

Dennis Martinez became the first Latin American pitcher to ever throw a perfect game as well as the only player to do so while playing for a Canadian based team.

Where Are They Now??

July 27, 2011

In a segment suitably dubbed, “Where are they Now”, we take a look at one of our many former Dodgers.

Eric Stults

Former Dodger Eric Stults, who was last seen pitching as a Dodger during the 2008-2009 season, ended up pitching last season in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp after his contract was sold to them. The Rockies decided to take a flyer up on the 31 year old and made him a part of their pen for the 2011 season. After pitching in a grand total of 6 games, he was designated for assignment, and is now free to roam the free agent market.

2010-2011 Season Statistics

6.00 ERA with 5.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 12 innings

This Day in Baseball History

On July 27, 1959, New York lawyer William Shea announces the formation of the Continental League. New York, Houston, Toronto, Denver, and Minneapolis will have charter franchises. The league will never play a game but will strike a deal with the major leagues, enabling New York and Houston to join as expansion teams and Minneapolis as a relocated franchise.

Dodgers Game Notes – July 27, 2011

Can Kershaw Match Van Lingle Mungo?

July 26, 2011

Vin Scully put up a graphic during Monday’s game that showed Dodger pitchers who have led the league in strikeouts. He posed the question, “Can Clayton Kershaw maintain his current lead in that department throughout the year?”

Hideo Nomo was the last Dodger to be the N.L. strikeout champ, fanning 236 in 1995. Fernando Valenzuela led with 180 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale dominated the 1960’s (starting in 1959) with the former leading the league four times, while the latter accomplishing that feat three times.
Don Newcombe topped the list in 1951. Dazzy Vance led the National League in strikeouts every year in an amazing string from 1922 to 1928!

The only other Dodger to make the list was the pitcher with the best name of them all – Van Lingle Mungo, who prevailed in 1936. No other Dodger ever inspired the title and chorus for a cool jazz song. And Mungo was doing a high leg kick in his delivery before Juan Marichal was even born.


This Day in Baseball History

On July 26, 1948, Babe Ruth makes his final public appearance. Ruth visits the film premiere of “The Babe Ruth Story.” Ruth will succumb to throat cancer only three weeks later.

Kershaw takes on Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies at 7:10 tonight.

Pictures of Lilly – Not Very Pretty

July 24, 2011

Los Angeles Times blogger Steve Dilbeck says the Dodgers have to be concerned over Ted Lilly’s struggles.

“Overall he is 6-10 with a 5.08 ERA. And few of his numbers are good. Opponents have a .473 slugging percentage against him, fifth highest in baseball. He’s allowed 24 home runs, fourth highest. Runners have stolen on him 23 times, tied for first.

After allowing six runs in five innings Saturday, he now has a 7.47 ERA in his last seven starts.”

Today’s Lineup
Gwynn LF
Furcal SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Miles 3B
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Carroll 2B
Billingsley P