Dodgers win 5 to 4 over Padres to close out the series

April 16th, 2012

LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 4

Sunday, April 15, 2012 4:10 PM
Location – Dodger Stadium
Temperature – 65°
Umpires – Home Plate – Dale Scott, First Base – Bill Miller, Second Base – Angel Campos, Third Base – CB Bucknor,
Attendance – 38359

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Dodgers 5, Padres 4: Dee Gordon singled in Juan Rivera with the winning run in the ninth inning as Los Angeles finished a three-game sweep of visiting San Diego and improved to 9-1, its best start since 1981.

Rivera opened the ninth with a walk, moved to second on James Loney’s bloop single and to third on Juan Uribe’s sacrifice bunt. Gordon slapped a line drive to left field off Brad Brach (0-1) to end it.

Closer Javy Guerra (1-0) pitched the ninth to get the victory.

The Dodgers took a 4-1 lead with two runs apiece in the first and third innings, highlighted by Matt Kemp’s sixth homer – all against San Diego. Kemp was 3-for-4 and is batting .487.

But the Padres chased 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw with three runs in the sixth inning. Orlando Hudson singled in one and pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida knocked in his first two runs of the season with a single off reliever Josh Lindblom to tie the game 4-4.

San Diego got the first two runners on in the top of the ninth, but Jesus Guzman bunted into a triple play. Padres manager Bud Black was ejected for arguing with the umpires after the controversial play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hall of Fame Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully returned to the booth after missing five straight games due to illness. … San Diego has lost nine straight at Dodgers Stadium and 16 of 19 overall to Los Angeles. … Chris Denorfia had a pair of doubles and an RBI for San Diego.

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February 15th, 2012

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State of the Dodgers 2012 – 2013 Season

February 15th, 2012

 The Dodgers pretty much since their inception in the borough of Brooklyn and the city of New York have been a gold standard as far as Major League Baseball franchises go.  This is why it is especially sad to see what their fans, players, and coaches are being put through right now.  All parties except for the McCourt’s are unwilling participants and by all accounts are an unmitigated disaster of a franchise.  The commissioner absolutely did the right thing in basically forcing Frank and Jaime McCourt to sell the team, but where is that process at now?  When will there be a light at the end of the tunnel that Dodgers personnel and fans can see?

It seems as though every day you hear about some other ownership group led by a big Hollywood type or investor being in the mix to buy the Dodgers.  We know this is probably impossible, but would it possible to may provide the fans with a least a short list of five potential groups that are being heavily considered to buy the team.  Considering what they have been through giving them something like that s not to much to ask.  Dodgers’ fans can only wonder at where were all of these bidders in 2004 when Selig was pretty much forced to sell the team to the heavily leveraged McCourt’s because there were no other serious bidders?

The team on the field has no doubt been hurt by these off the field transgressions, but has been kept afloat by a core of young players, led by Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp.  In today’s MLB landscape though and especially in a city like Los Angeles you cannot expect to win when you are not participating in free agency in any significant way.  The Dodgers need look no further than their neighbors in Anaheim who are under stable ownership and are able to pull off moves for guys like Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson.

We are not in any way insinuating an Angels takeover of the L.A. market, but just simply pointing out how the Dodgers off the field woes have contributed directly to the product on the field.  From a fan’s point of view they do not see their ticket prices decreasing or their hot dog and beer going down in price so they have every right to be upset about how long it is taking for a conclusion to the cancer that has become the McCourt era in Dodgers history.

At this point Dodgers fans would welcome any owner that would bring life and most importantly money into the ball club.  At the risk of starting rumors there is a guy who owns the Dallas Mavericks who would be perfect and he is in the market for a baseball team right now.  Just sayin’.  Heck who cares if it starts a rumor it will only be one of about ten fresh ones that we hear about the franchise today, right?

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February 8th, 2012
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Brief Los Angeles Dodgers History

February 8th, 2012

Technically speaking, it was the Los Angeles Dodgers that started to commercialize baseball. When the team was formed in the
late 1800, amateur baseball leagues have gained popularity amongst the people who loved the game.

The Dodgers got its name from the Brooklyn nickname “trolley dodger”. This term refers to anybody from Brooklyn, New York,
because they tend to dodge the trains and the cars on the borough as they try to play on the streets. Initially, the team was known as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers.

The archrivals of the Dodgers are the Giants. And their rivalry can be traced way back centuries ago. The Dodgers and the Giants are both from New York. If the Dodgers are from Brooklyn, the Giants are from Manhattan. They practically have the whole state torn apart. When the
teams were transported from New York to California, the rivalry was merely transplanted. In 1958, the Dodgers became the seeds from Los Angeles while the Giants represented San Francisco.

But before being the Los Angeles Dodgers as they are known today, the team was named the Brooklyn Robins in the early 1900’s.
This is because of team manager Wilbert Robinson who had restored the team’s reputation in the league. He did so by motivating the team to reach the World Series in the years 1916 and 1920.

Wilbert Robinson was replaced by Max Carey when he retired in 1931. The team was almost named as the Brooklyn Canaries then,
which was after Carey this time, whose last name was really Carnarius. However, that didn’t happen. Instead, their original name Brooklyn Dodgers was restored.

During the 1930’s, the Dodgers were even more determined to rebuild the team and become strong contenders to the title. Larry
MacPhail, the Dodger’s general manager during that time, was joined by Branch Rickey in forming a team that is composed by Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, and Duke Snider. All together, they
won five pennants from 1941 to 1953. However, they were beaten by another New York team, the Yankees, in all of those series. The resilient team and the eager fans never lost hope though. And with their eyes on their goal, their slogan became “Wait til next year!” The “next year” came in 1955, when the Dodgers beat the Bronx Bombers to obtain the much awaited championship title.

When Walter O’Malley gained majority ownership of the team in 1950, he started thinking of buying a land in Brooklyn to build a stadium that is way better and more accessible than the Ebbets Field where the Dodgers are playing. Being a real estate businessman, he tried to look for the most suitable place until he decided that the piece of land that he needs exactly is not in Brooklyn. That is when he started to
consider Los Angeles, California.

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Dodgers Future In Limbo

January 24th, 2012

As I write this article, today marks the last day that any eligible bidders can post opening bids for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.   The list of eligible names include NBA great Magic Johnson, Joe Torre and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.   As we know, Mark Cuban unsuccessfully bid for the Chicago Cubs a few years back.  Joe Torre bounced from his MLB front-office gig in order to pursue the Dodgers.    It is sad to see the franchise associated with names such as Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela and Tommy Lasorda in such limbo.     This is mostly in part due to a nasty public divorce between former owners Frank and Jamie Mccourt.    It was so nasty that it required two settlements.   The first divorce settlement was effectively rejected by of all people, commissioner Bud Selig.   This was due to the fact that the first settlement depended on an agreement of a TV contract between Fox Sports and the Dodgers.  A settlement was ultimately reached four months later in October 17th 2011.   Until the Dodgers are effectively sold to the highest bidder, unpredictiablity will remain the order of the day.

The bidder that is victiorious in this real-life version of a showcase showdown will have to build around Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.    Matt Kemp finished 2nd to the now beleaguered Ryan Braun in NL MVP voting.  He led the NL in HRs and RBIs and was even flirting with Triple Crown possibilities as well as the 40-40 club last year.   If Bud Selig wanted to solidify any credibility on the issue of steroids, Matt Kemp would eventually be given the NL MVP award eventually via Ryan Braun’s recent troubles.

Clayton Kershaw was able to snatch a Triple Crown and positioned himself as the unquestionable ace of the Dodgers pitching staff at the age of 23.  Aaron Harang posted a 14-7 record and could have the potential to be a #2 starter.   Other than that, the Dodgers pitching staff is not a scary staff at all.

Here is the biggest rumor, hope and question that the Dodgers might have going into the regular season besides which bidder will win this real life version of “The Price is Right”.

Can the Dodgers land Prince Fielder?

It would be a huge way for the potential winning bidder to boost the morale of the Dodger fanbase.   Not to mention a boost to ticket sales, TV ratings.   There has been word that bids for the Dodgers are set to reach as high as 2 billion dollars.   Dodgers fans should hope that the bidder could infuse some dough to this cash-strapped franchise.   A line-up with a duo of Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp would be a major boost to this franchise.  As it stands, they have a first baseman of the name of James Loney who has only hit 12 HRS in 158 games last season.

Right now, it’s a game of wait and see for Dodgers fans.   Wait and see if the potential owner is a big or conservative spender.  Wait and see what the owner wants in terms of organizational structure.

Wait and see if the potential owner  would be interested in making a run for Prince Fielder.



Agreeing to Sell, McCourt Gives Dodgers Fans Hope

November 11th, 2011

The long Dodgers ordeal is finally over! Dodgers fans rejoice as Frank McCourt finally agrees to sell the team. A Los Angeles Times columnist wrote, “This is a swell day for Los Angeles. I don’t know who will step up and buy this team, but whoever it is can’t do worse. You could grab anyone off the street and get better results.”

The names of potential suitors are now sprouting for this mottled franchise some of which include the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban who tried to buy the Texas Rangers last year; a former player agent Dennis Gilbert, who was an early bidder for the Rangers; and Alan Casden, a real estate investor who lost the bidding in 2003 to McCourt.

Frank McCourt, a land developer, bought the Los Angeles Dodgers for $430 million with his wife, Jamie in late 2003, after failed attempts to buy his hometown Boston Red Sox and the Anaheim Angels.

McCourt turned out to be a troublesome owner who took the team on an odd odyssey and tested the loyalty of its fans. Commissioner Bud Selig, who was enraged by McCourt, invoked the “best interests of baseball” in an attempt to get McCourt to sell. The team was bought completely with debt and some help by Fox; still more debt was added to it by McCourt as the years passed.

At present with an angry battle with Major League Baseball and angry divorce in his list of follies, McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers during a meeting in his lawyer’s offices in Manhattan. The process will be supervised by a federal bankruptcy court judge.

There have been federal investigations against McCourt, suggesting that his troubles may have extended beyond baseball. The investigators have been interviewing Dodger employees and have subpoenaed financial records from both the team and Major League baseball as part of an inquiry into McCourt’s financial dealings. What exactly the authorities are seeking to determine is not certain, but during the McCourt’s’ divorce case it emerged that the couple had not  paid taxes for a number of years, probably leading to their marital struggles and the impending bankruptcy of McCourt.

 

 



Potential free agents for Dodgers for 2012

October 6th, 2011

For the 2011- 2012 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have to make some wise moves to dodge the financial problems that are plaguing them. For the time being, they will have to focus on what they can do without affecting their payroll. For the free agency 2012, it is ideal for the Dodgers to sign low risk but high reward players for a minimum period of one year.

The possible free agents for Dodgers

When it comes to filling the gaps created by the stars who have left the Dodgers, three players can be considered:

  • To replace the star catcher Rod Barajas, the choice is ideally Ryan Doumit. This 31-year-old player has finally being ruled healthy and has a hit .303 with a 128 OPS-plus in 77 games this season. Doumit can easily do some backstop duties for the Dodgers.
  • The second player up for grabs is the 32-year-old Bill Hall, who can easily manage Third Base, Shortstop and Outfield. He can very well fill in the gaps left by key players Casey Blake and Dee Gordon.  When it comes to replacing Blake at third base and managing the outfield like Gordon, Bill is the man. He is the man to hang on to as he is consistent at batting and can score doubles, which can even seal the game for the team.
  • Finally the 33-year-old starting pitcher, Joel Piniero. He will come in handy when Hiroki Kuroda departs via free agency and with speculations of Chad Billingsley leaving the Dodgers.

With these three players, the Dodgers could have a great run.


 

 



MLB Wants Dodgers to be on Sale

September 29th, 2011

 

Uncertainty is plaguing the Los Angeles Dodgers now. MLB is now looking for the team to be on sale. This is a cumulative effect of many problems that the team owner Frank McCourt has been having on the financial front. The Major League Baseball’s attorneys asked the Delaware bankruptcy judge to make way for the teams sale. The League has put the blame on McCourts destructive tactics.

Team vs League

As everyone and their uncle know, Frank McCourt has encountered some financial problems and has taken some decisions without a consultation with the League. This could have serious effects on the team’s future and existence in the League.

It is alleged that he has used the team’s Chapter 11 case to lighten the burden of his financial problems. He has stripped the team of its revenue sources. The last nail on the coffin was when he sought to auction off the team’s television rights without the league’s approval. If this has gone ahead the team’s finances would have reached a dead-end. It would be topped off by a sure expulsion from the League.

The league’s Attorneys however put an end to the sale of television rights and came up with the solution of selling the team as this could solve many issues without affecting the team’s existence.  Frank McCourt could get a part of the sale and the team will have some benefits also.

However, the proposed sale could bring other problems in its wake. For instance, the contract between the Dodgers and Fox sports will be breached if the sale happens.

Now it has also become a clash between the Dodgers and the League regarding the television rights auction. The questions that need to be answered is whether is it possible to change the League’s constitution to deal with bankruptcy issues. Anyway, let us wait until Oct 12 for the hearing that is the crucial decider.

 



Frank McCourt in even more trouble

September 22nd, 2011

Could it get any worse for baseball? And it definitely isn’t getting any better for Frank McCourt. The number of those who are backing Frank McCourt is fast dwindling. The first partner to back McCourt was Fox and possibly the last too. Fox had sold him Dodgers and financed almost half of the purchase. It also advanced him $25 million to bail him out of trouble, not to forget a $30 million personal loan and to top it all up, a $3 billion TV rights offer to help him keep the team.

And McCourt does not seem to be welling up in gratitude.

Look at this. Fox has the TV rights deal now and it runs for another 2 years. The contract that Fox has drawn up with McCourt also specifies a 45 day window next year to exclusively renegotiate the next contract. But McCourt wants money NOW and he has approached the court to void the Dodgers’ existing contract with Fox and also approve him to resell TV rights this fall. He also wants the rights to be auctioned off if he is unable to reach an agreement with Fox.

It doesn’t look like McCourt is going to have any partners to rely on in the future, looking at how he is shafting Fox, which had supported him through all the bleak years. But then McCourt is known for his financial blunders, this should not be too surprising.

This is a completely desperate move, there is no doubt about that. Fox aren’t going to sit tight, are they? They will sue for damages if Dodgers exit the contract prematurely.

Also it is not easy to feel sympathetic towards Fox which has foisted McCourt on Dodgers from the very beginning. But the days of mutual support by McCourt and Fox are over.