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Lords of the Rings

April 10th, 2021 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I have never worn a ring. I rarely look at them on the fingers of other people. Occasionally I am asked, “what did you think of that ring?” someone is wearing out in public, and people are sometimes annoyed I was looking at something other than the ring, and have nothing to contribute to the […]

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Could It Be? Baseball Considers Helpful Reforms

March 12th, 2021 · 1 Comment · Baseball

After a few decades during which Major League Baseball actively made its product less interesting, we may be seeing changes in game-thinking. MLB is tinkering with the ball, with the goal of “deadening” it a wee bit — and presumably making it slightly harder to hit home runs. The glut of home runs slugged the […]

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Last Roundup for Nine-Man Baseball?

March 2nd, 2021 · 1 Comment · Baseball

I have loathed the designated hitter rule from the start — which was in 1973, when Major League Baseball’s American League chose to make the DH baseball law. To its longstanding credit, the National League refused to follow the AL’s move, which was in keeping with the more traditional league’s status that has for a […]

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L.A. Still Alive in Tri-Championship Chase

January 12th, 2021 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, Dodgers, Football, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams

The Lakers, kingpins of the National Basketball Association. The Dodgers, top of the heap in Major League baseball. The Rams, still in competition for the Super Bowl. Thus, it is possible, if still improbable, that the champs of the three most popular American professional sports leagues could all be found in Los Angeles.

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Tommy Lasorda: 1927-2021

January 8th, 2021 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Dodgers, Olympics

Everyone who covered the Los Angeles Dodgers for any amount of time during Tommy Lasorda’s 20 years as the club’s manager has a Lasorda story. Probably dozens and dozens of them. My Lasorda moment happens to rank as one of the best-known. I was one of a couple of dozen people in his office, post-game, […]

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2020: Don’t Give Up Yet

December 31st, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, Dodgers, Lakers, NBA

In late December of last year — 2019, that is; so long ago — a columnist for The New York Times made a compelling case that 2019 was the “best year” in the history of the human race. Longer lifespans, fewer neonatal deaths, less starvation, more money trickling down to the poorest, more internet access, […]

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Justin Turner’s Moment of Madness May Shape How 2020 World Series Is Remembered

October 28th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers will long remember the World Series victory of 2020; it ended 32 years of waiting since the club’s previous triumph. However, the selfish post-game behavior of one of the team leaders may be what sticks in the minds of neutral observers, in years to come. Especially if it leads […]

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Dodgers’ Historic Burden: They Aren’t Very Good at Winning a World Series

October 26th, 2020 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Uncategorized

Honestly, I do not enjoy dwelling on the failures of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were the first sports team I followed, as a first- or second-grader. I have been watching them ever since, even from my six years in Abu Dhabi and our five years in France. That devotion may stem from growing up […]

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Dodgers the World Series Bad Guys?

October 23rd, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Dodgers have lost a game in the 2020 World Series so, of course, I’m losing my mind. Not again! Crickey, not again. Not that watching that 6-4 defeat in Game 2 was bad for me, but I have decided that the Dodgers must win Game 3 or they will lose the best-of-seven series.

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Time for Dodgers to Reward Their Fans

October 20th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

In 2015 it was 3,764,815. In 2016 it was 3,703,312. In 2017 it was 3,765,856. In 2018 it was 3,857,500. Last year, it was 3,974,309. Since 1988, it is 103,379,514. Or 103 million, 379 thousand, 5 hundred and 14. What are those numbers?

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