Heading to All Star Break

Heading to All Star Break

Let’s win this series!


88 Responses to Heading to All Star Break

  1. trublu4ever says:

    As Crash reported on previous thread, and you all probably know by now, Freeman beat out Puig for the A.S. game….it’s okay, he can rejoice when he wins Rookie of the Year.

  2. lbirken says:

    I am o.k. with Puig not making the All Star team but I do wonder why two Dodgers were on the final ballot in the first place. A few weeks ago it would not have been surprising that no Dodger made it but with the way the team has been playing lately, I was just too late for Agon, who I believed deserves it and for Hanley, who has not played enough. This game is nothing more than a popularity contest but still worth watching.

    Of more concern to me was listening to various sports talk shows today about how unpopular Puig may be, not so much with his teammates but with opposing players. It seems they do not like his demeanor on the field and the media does not like him because he is not accessible. The opposition respects the raw talent but they feel he crosses the line on some of the unwritten rules of baseball etiquette. Hopefully Puig will continue to grow as a baseball superstar and will win the respect of everyone. And just as hopefully, he will maintain his aggressiveness and love for the game.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I am reminded of Pete Rose and Rickey Henderson. Besides, I think there is a lot of jealousy. Would they be complaining so much if we had Puig and were still losing? I think not!

    • Nellyjune says:

      Most thought the same thing about Bryce Harper, and he’s doing much better now (in the opposing team’s eye). I think the same thing will happen to Puig once the honeymoon period is over and he continues to impress.

    • PuigLover aka MartinLoneyKemp says:

      Most of the complaints seem to be coming from Miguel Montero and Ian Kennedy. And who cares what those two punks — who conspired to hit him in the nose and Greinke near the head — have to say.
      I agree with their manager (although he might have been in on the Greinke situation) had to say.
      Puig reminds me of Gibson’s all-out style of play.

  3. nedisajerk says:

    Reminder: Not over for Puig, as 4 of 5 NL Final Vote candidates made All-Star team last year (1 winner, 3 injury replacements).

    I doubt we get lucky like last year.

  4. kahliforni says:

    Some opponents respect him, like Kirk Gibson:

    “He’s just playing,” Gibson said. “For some people to say he doesn’t know any better, why would he know better? How much baseball has he played? He hasn’t even been here that long. He hasn’t been in the major leagues that long, he hasn’t been in the country that long.

    “Give him a break. He’s not Mickey Mantle yet. He’s kicking everybody’s ass, so some people are jealous and are going to pop off on him? I’m just thinking about how I’m going to get this guy out this night.”

  5. vl4eccjr says:

    I have to admit, I’m a little bummed for Puig.
    I still have a good feeling he will be the Dodgers 17th ROY. A pretty impressive stat being as it only started in Jackie Robinson’s rookie year of 1947. It’s been a long drought since 1996 when Hollandsworth won it. That was the 5th in a row for the Dodgers in the 90’s after Karros, Piazza, Mondesi, & Nomo won.
    79 to 82 was a good stretch too. Four. Sutcliffe, Howe, Valenzuela, & Sax.
    I remember the early 90’s when I was living in the left arm pit aka Bakersfield. The Cal league B-Dodgers had won the title 2 straight years with guys like Karros, Piazza, Martinez, & Offerman on the roster. Kevin Kennedy was the manager then. That little stadium was packed quite often, even in the blistering summer heat.
    The Dodger farm system is not what it once was.

  6. Nellyjune says:

    Jhall – Thanks!! I have been running 5 and 10Ks, and I’m training to do a mini triathlon in October and a half-marathon in November. Glad things are going well for you, with the exception of the crazy weather out there.
    GO DODGERS!!! 💙⚾💙⚾

  7. 2 run clutchy by M. Ellis

  8. Surprisingly fablousl 6.1 innings pitched by Cappy.

  9. vl4eccjr says:

    I’m thinking maybe Beli got his mojo back. . .

  10. lbirken says:

    I like what Kirk Gibson had to say about Puig. I was concerned right from the start when he took curtain calls at Dodger Stadium in his first few games as I am a bit of an old school guy. However, Puig’s enthusiasm is hard to dismiss and who cares what other players think as long as his teammates are o.k. with what he does. Baseball does have these unwritten rules and why would Puig know anything about them. He will learn. The league needs players like Bryce Harper and Puig who show an energy level that is different.

    But I am starting to get concerned about all the bad pitches Puig is swinging at. He reminds me of a young Adrian Beltre and Raul Mondesi, players with a lot of talent but undisciplined at the plate who had a weakness for the down and away pitch. Hopefully this is just a phase and he will make the adjustments necessary to play at a high level most of the time.

  11. 2 more for M. Ellis.

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Mark!

  13. trublu4ever says:

    Nice at bat Dre!

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    Evidently League changing his number didn’t change much!

  15. enchantedbeaver says:

    League sucks big time. Wish they’d just eat his contract and let him go.

    Ned needs someone’s foot up his ass for signing him too.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Now I can exhale!

  17. Easy one tonight 46-45.

  18. Hey, what’s with all the 6-1 scores? Interesting . . but glad we’re on the up-side 🙂 Love what’s happening with the team and that different ones are stepping up and contributing to the wins. Go blue!!

  19. Nellyjune says:

    Nice win last night! With Kersh pitching tonight, it should be another good game as long as the bats stay alive.

  20. lbirken says:

    As the players like to say, one game at a time. And let’s put all this Puig All Star stuff behind us, although it still is a bit unnerving to have someone from Atlanta beat out one of our players. At least it proves the Dodgers are relevant again.

    Think about it, only a few short weeks ago most of us would have been only too happy for the All Star break as a distraction from all the losing. Maybe even the players were looking forward to it. Now we can only hope the Dodgers do not lose any momentum from the break and the players come back ready to keep up the pressure.

  21. messagebear says:

    At this rate we should take the division.

    However, don’t forget, we still should fire Ned and Donnie.
    I am mellowing on that – when we were in last place I would have hung them both.

  22. Hi there
    All set for another one?

  23. In a hole very quickly tonight.

  24. Kershaw seems to have settled down.

  25. The hole gets deeper.

  26. vl4eccjr says:

    Where is Serrano when we need him?
    “Need to wake up bats!!”

  27. vl4eccjr says:

    Nothing but weak grounders & pop ups. . . 😦

  28. Juan Nicasio was just too much for the Dodgers tonight.

  29. lbirken says:

    Go figure with Kershaw on the mound the Dodger bats would go cold.

  30. 32and53fan says:

    They need to shut down Puig until after the All Star Game and give him a chance to heal fully.

  31. JhallWally says:


    How do our bats go so cold against a pitcher with a plus 5.00 era…???? Just disgusting…
    Well now, thanks to our offensive ineptness, his ERA is just below 5.00… Good Grief!!!

  32. JhallWally says:


    Some interesting and historical reading for my fellow baseball fanatics… I liked it, I hope you do also……. Enjoy…

  33. crash24now says:

    Hey Dodger fans, we can’t win ’em all. Let’s start a new winning streak today.

  34. koufax1963 says:

    HI OTD;
    I have been away just enjoying the June and July ride. Came home from a movie last night to read about kershaw’s first lost in 5 starts, and at home, I was shocked. But I do agree just start over with a new win streak, and I might get to see the game today on TV because of FOX (still stings when I say that name). We sure do have OF problems either we have too many or they are all banged up, except for ethier who is really doing well. As far as Im concerned the less dodgers going to the AS game the better, they need the rest, and limit any chance of injury. I was so stoked about sweeping the snakes and we should of done the same to the gnats, so its kinda fun that the dodgers are enemy #1 that teams want to beat instead of the team that other teams get healthy on. It seems we need to shut down puig, kemp, crawford and now our OF get less punch, unless Van S wants to step up. we still need BP help.
    and it is fortunate that hanley makes up for his lousy defense. and Uribe geez, just sign players to one year contracts like him, and then they produce. Really dont want to be negative, but I trust yesterday was a fluke and not a trend, because April and May were the hitting doldrums for the whole season. GO Dodgers!

  35. ZonaDodger says:

    Great Daron Sutton on fox today lol…Good thing we have mute 🙂

  36. trublu4ever says:


    • JhallWally says:

      Woo-Hoo, ditto Trumom…. And kudos to Hamirez for driving in that one run….. Hanley has been lights out. Actually, just as good as Puig over the last couple of weeks…. I’m just waiting until I don’t have to see the Dodgers news being linked to the DL……..This injury thing is getting hard to tolerate…….

  37. ZonaDodger says:

    Way to go Zack

  38. 32and53fan says:

    Great outing by Greinke! Koufax himself couldn’t do any better.

  39. One of the best pitching duels I’ve seen in years.

  40. Since the game was blacked out on the east coast, I decided to go to the feast. I see I missed a Greinke dandy. Needless to say,It was great to come home to a result like that.

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    Zack sure was dialed in tonight!

  42. koufax1963 says:

    Wow ! what a game. called strike on 3rd out of 9th, and he swiped a base!

  43. lbirken says:

    Great game yesterday. Don’t want to get ahead of myself but can’t help but wonder how good this team could be if the pitching holds up and there are more outings like yesterday not only from Zach but from Kersh, Ryu and Nolasco that go deep into the game limiting the bullpen. I think this will be crucial because the injury bug to Kemp, Crawford and possibly Puig does not seem to have gone away which means the offense might struggle to score runs once again. At least we have a division race to look forward to in the second half.

  44. Hi Everyone.
    Just got back home from the feast.

  45. Dodger4life says:

  46. messagebear says:

    Well, we finish at .500 at the AS break – better than could have been expected a couple of weeks ago. Being in such a poor record division gives us hope for getting to the post season. I would think that we’ll win the division yet if not too many succumb to the DL in the remainder of the season.

    My only regret for the resurgence is that Ned and Donnie will stay around to at least the end of the season.

  47. enchantedbeaver says:

    Same old shit again – can’t hit, can’t score.

    These are the times a strong manager can at least put the best line-up in the best order he can on the field, and as we’ve seen time and time again, Donnie just can’t rise to the occasion.

  48. lbirken says:

    This series against Colorado was a bit disappointing but at least we have something to look forward to when the games return following the All Star break.

  49. JhallWally says:

    Well, dissapointing loss… Nolasco kept us in the game. That is all you can ask of a 4-5 starter…….. Offense let us down…..

    Three weeks ago, I had given this team up for dead… Now, we are in the hunt…….

    Considering how bad this team played in April and May, I am surprised that we are still looking at winning the division…

    I just wish we can stay healthy..

  50. Amazing when the first half ended(81Gs) the Dodgers were 38-48 in last place and as we enter the All-Star break(94Gs) the Dodgers are 47-47 in 2nd place.
    Let’s hope they can pick it up where they left off to finish the season.

  51. kahliforni says:

    Still not sold on this team or the beloved manager. .500 after nearly 100 games is no cause for champagne, and this team STILL can not manufacture runs. Two runs in the final three games…damn lucky to win even one. If Puig and Ramirez don’t hit .400, Mattingly looks like an awfully average manager…

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Totally agree Kahli.

      Here’s the problem, You take one guy – Puig – out of the line-up and this team scuffles for runs like they had all season. Donnie’s lost without someone who ignores him and Wallach and plays aggressively anyway. No team that still has Ramirez, Ethier and Gonzalez in the heart of the order should only score 2 runs in 3 games, especially against Rox pitching. Left to his own devices, Donnie still has no clue how to play NL ball.

      Second, Donnie still doesn’t know how to make out a line up or even to play his best players. God help us, Uribe has been playing better than Punto, Schu and Hairston, yet he still isn’t the full time 3Bman. Why?

      Fortunately though, the way I see it is we’re in a win win situation. If they manage to make the playoffs they have a good chance of going deep with Kersh, Greinke and Ryu/Nolasco. If they don’t make the playoffs, Matting probably gets canned.

      It might be worth NOT making the playoffs.

  52. lbirken says:

    Ironic how happy we are with reaching the .500 mark 90+ games into the season when some of you felt before the season started the Dodgers will be a .500 team come season end. Still, I think this team had enough talent coming out of Spring training and before many of the injuries (but even with the injuries at the time) to do much better in what everyone knows is a weak division. With how poorly the team has played (with the exception of the past three weeks or so), I suppose being in second place only 2 1/2 games out of first is not so bad.

    I do agree that it cannot be ignored that the team started to play better and win games they probably would have previously lost when Puig joined the team. Even though he has started to slip, he still brings energy, excitement and anticipation to the games. I also think not having Kemp in the lineup is a big factor as well. I also have to give credit to Ethier’s play since moving to center. Finally, I too wonder why Uribe does not play just about every day. He is the best defender at third and he seems to come up with some big hits even though he has the worst swing I have seen in a long time.

    Hopefully the Dodgers will get off to a strong start once play resumes Friday in Washington.

    • kahliforni says:

      I think we all agree we want the Dodgers to succeed and bring a championship to L.A. But all of us have taken a stance on Ned/Donnie, either loving the hires or disliking the hires. Not to dwell in the past, but during the Campanis/Alston/Tommy days, I think every Dodger fan was more than OK with all these guys. Most fans were on the same page, so to speak. Today, a lot of my friends like Donnie as a manager…some even think he’s A-1 managerial talent, based solely on his career as a player and his Yankee “pedigree.” I don’t fall into that camp. He’s a swell guy…but for me, not the right guy for this job. Ned? What’s to like, really? He’s a career PR guy, with just the hint of a nasty side to him. But however one wants to look at the 2013 Dodgers, a quarter century hunting for a title is far too long, and sadly, I don’t think this team is close yet.

  53. lbirken says:

    Cuddyer might have done better in the home run derby if he was facing Dodger pitching. Also tough to listen to Mike Piazza talk about the Mets as his team although he did have some nice things to say about Tommy Lasorda. What could have been …

  54. lbirken says:

    Watching the Home Run Derby and realizing how physically demanding this competition is and how serious the players take it. And recalling the old Home Run Derby series from the late 50’s that was filmed at long gone Wrigley Field in Los Angeles that featured the stars of the time.

  55. I skipped the HR derby but I will be watching the All Star Game as I do every year. I hope next year we see some Dodger position players, well at least one.
    I think we’ll have an exciting second half as long as the Dodgers can maintain something close to how they finished the first half.

  56. trublu4ever says:

    To me, this was one of the most boring All Star Games I can remember.

  57. messagebear says:

    I suppose if you were an AL fan, it was a great game.
    For me the fact the the highest salaried team didn’t deserve a single regular position player on the NL squad says everything about this season. It’s amazing that we’re so close to the division lead and stand a very good chance of winning it.

    With a pitching staff of Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, and even Nolasco anything is possible, so we’ll probably have an exciting remainder of the season.

  58. Funny, here we are in the middle of July and we’re at the same place we were to start the season – we could easily win the division or we could easily pratfall.

  59. Well we can forget about the Dodgers getting home-field advantage if they ever made it to the World Sreies this year but we’d be so thrilled anyway just to be there.
    I think the tribute to Mariano Rivera was the most exciting thing in the All-Star Game last night.
    It was great to see see Clayton have that 1-2-3 third inning even though I think he was hit pretty hard.

  60. So glad the team is playing tomorrow. This baseball withdrawal is horrible!!!

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