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Rookie manager Roberts staying positive despite Dodgers’ dysfunctional roster

PITTSBURGH — The first thing you notice about Dave Roberts is that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie manager is relentlessly positive. Even when he talks about bad news, he ends it with a positive affirmation. Here is what Roberts said after the Dodgers lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-6, on Friday night when right-hander Nick Tepesch was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 hours ago

Seager needs boost on All-Star Game ballot

It looks like Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager will have to wait until July 5 -- the day starting lineups and reserves are announced for the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard -- to see if he'll make the National League All-Star team, as he remained a distant third in the most recent update of the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot results.
Via Dodgers.com
6 hours ago

Dodgers to promote Brock Stewart for 3rd time in 2016

The Dodgers are making sure Brock Stewart doesn’t have much time to get to know teammates this season. Already moving the starting pitcher up the chain rapidly, promoting him from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A this season, it appears the organization believes he’s ready for big-league work. Stewart tweeted he’s been called up to the Dodgers, and Randy Reinhardt of the Bloomington...
Via Today's Knuckleball
7 hours ago

'Every at-bat has been a grind' this season for slumping Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez

PITTSBURGH – For a player who has appeared in at least 156 games each of the past 10 seasons, it was an unusual decision. But Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said he benched himself. On the flight to Pittsburgh on Thursday, Dodgers manager...
Via The OC Register
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Video: Clayton Kershaw Agitated By The Pirate Parrot Mascot

Between starts and on the day he takes the mound, Clayton Kershaw sticks to a routine that functions like clockwork. On days...
Via Dodger Blue
8 hours ago

Brewers, Dodgers to open set at Miller Park

A week after playing a four-game series jam packed with close games in Los Angeles, the Brewers and Dodgers will do it again, opening up a three-game series at Miller Park on Tuesday.
Via Dodgers.com
9 hours ago

Dodgers eclipse darkness in Pittsburgh with comeback

Shortly after high noon at Pittsburgh, the clock looked like it was going to strike an early midnight for Los Angeles. The Pirates took a 4-0 lead in the first inning of today’s afternoon special, and the dark side of history had the drop. The Dodgers would need a big rally to avoid their first four-game […]
Via Dodgers Insider
9 hours ago

Yasiel Puig or Jeff Francoeur?

Not long ago, we had a little company trip to New York, and while we were there we swung through the MLBAM offices. As part of that visit, we had a chance to go on the Statcast Podcast with Mike Petriello and Matt Meyers. At one point, in talking with them, I blurted out Jeff Francoeur as a player comp for Yasiel Puig. I hadn’t thought about it much, in the way I usually don...
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

When your front’s to the wall

Dodgers at Pirates, 9:35 a.m. Kiké Hernández, LF Justin Turner, 3B Trayce Thompson, CF Yasiel Puig, RF Howie Kendrick, 2B Scott Van Slyke, 1B A.J. Ellis, C Chris Taylor, SS Scott Kazmir, P This is going to sound particularly banal, but as I’ve pondered what to write before today’s getaway-from-Pittsburgh game, I’m stuck […]
Via Dodgers Insider
13 hours ago

L.A. Dodgers End Win Streak, Yet Record-Setting Closer Still Dominant

At the climax of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ eight wins in nine games capped by a six-game win streak that was snapped with back-to-back losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend, L.A. had its highest winning percentage of the season. But their usually dominant pitching staff conceded a combined 14 runs in the two losses, and they’ve dropped to second in the National League...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers have discussed trading for Jay Bruce

The Los Angeles Dodgers have serious questions in their outfield and are contemplating a trade for Jay Bruce, according to a report. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday that the Dodgers are looking at the Reds outfielder as a potential acquisition to bolster their lineup. Sources: #Reds’ Bruce a consideration for #Dodgers. Ethier’s return uncertain; Pederson only...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign Jordan Sheffield + bonus pool update + recap of rounds 31-40

There have been a lot of draft signings since the last update, and this update will be a happy one as all of the picks in the top 10 have been signed (and almost all officially). The Dodgers also spent heavily on their 11th-round pick, something they have done in the past (Joc Pederson, Spencer Navin, Imani Abdullah). Jim Callis of MLB.com also brought something to light that was...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton slams water cooler after HR

There seems to be some sort of correlation between struggling pitchers and water coolers. When their frustration boils over and they choose not to take it out on their teammates, they go after a water cooler. That’s what happened to Joe Blanton after he gave up a two-run dinger to Jordy Mercer on Saturday. He first went back to the dugout and pondered his next move. After staring...
Via The Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Corey Seager among best shortstops with historic first half (so far)

Corey Seager‘s first half of the 2016 has been one of the best by a Dodger rookie. Ever. Joc Pederson‘s first half of 2015 was impressive, but unfortunately he could not replicate that success in the second half of his first full season. Seager has already surpassed or bettered Pederson’s offensive numbers from last year’s first half (although he has four fewer home runs...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers may have turned a corner after 'eye-opening' meeting

PITTSBURGH — The bus to the airport was waiting, but the Dodgers still were talking.The team had just lost two out of three to the first-place Giants in San Francisco. Players and coaches drifted in and out of manager Dave Roberts' office, joining the conversation. The topic, third baseman Justin Turner said, was "what we want to do, who we want to be."Roberts ordered the departure...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers trade rumors: do they need starting pitching?

Going into the 2016 MLB season, huge questions surrounded the state of the pitching on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Outside of uber-ace Clayton Kershaw the rotation was in flux due to injuries, and outside of Kenley the Jansen the bullpen was suspect. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, and Brandon McCarthy all started the season off on the DL. They were supposed to stabilize the mid and...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 4, Nationals 3: Yasiel Puig walks it off with a Little League homer

The Dodgers … is this the same team that couldn’t buy a break since like March? I honestly can’t believe it. They have now won six in a row and eight of their last nine after Yasiel Puig singled up the middle with a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth and Michael Taylor misplayed it to lead to a walk-off three-base error. *Deletes* pic.twitter.com/iXrs2DPvD8 —...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez makes insane circus catch

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez provided a “Catch of the Year” nominee against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Nats pitcher Joe Ross was batting in the fifth inning, and hit a pop-up down the right field line. Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley got his glove on the ball and deflected it to Gonzalez, who then caught the ball in...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBron drops F-bomb during Cavs’ parade (Video)

LeBron James sure had himself a grand ole time at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ parade on Wednesday. Celebrating Cleveland’s first major pro sports championship since 1964, LeBron certainly was feeling the loose atmosphere. He paraded around with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and he also rocked the mic. He talked about his teammates and their contributions to the team, and it was while...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Adrian Gonzalez’s Power Went

Between 2013 – 2015, Adrian Gonzalez slugged .474. So far this year, Gonzalez has slugged .382. What’s going on? This one’s easy. Three years ago, Gonzalez didn’t hit many grounders. He ranked in baseball’s bottom fourth. Two years ago, Gonzalez didn’t hit many grounders. He ranked in baseball’s bottom fourth. One year ago, Gonzalez didn’t hit many grounders. He ranked...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kenta Maeda Guide to Soft Contact

The scouting report on Kenta Maeda never suggested he was overpowering. He was never expected to post extreme strikeout totals, and while his above-average 24% strikeout rate is somewhat surprising, it’s only part of the reason the 28-year-old Japanese rookie has been one of the 20 or 25 best pitchers in baseball this season. The other part is the part that makes more sense for...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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