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Only 29 Years Later …

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Dodgers will play in a World Series. That was harder than we thought it would be. From 1941 through 1988, the Dodgers were National League champions 16 times in 48 seasons. On average, they were in the World Series every third year, during that era, when they also won the World Series six times. […]

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A Dodgers-Yankees World Series?!?

October 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. One of the great rivalries in baseball. To me, it remains the greatest, and only in part because these teams have met in a World Series 11 times, by far the most championship matchups in baseball history. With a 12th Fall Classic pitting them now suddenly […]

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A Rise from ‘Utility Infielder’ to ‘Kirk Gibson’

October 15th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Dodgers

As recently as the winter of 2013-14, Justin Turner was out of baseball. For the second time. A seventh-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 2006, out of Lakewood Mayfair High School, Turner had not demonstrated he could hit successfully at the major-league level. At best it looked as if he might be a […]

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Kershaw Key to Dodgers’ World Series Hopes

October 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

This is where the general Southern California-oriented blogger writes about the Los Angeles Dodgers, what with the club opening the National League Championship Series at home tomorrow versus the Chicago Cubs. I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, and I’ve got only one contribution to make to the discussion:

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Learning to Appreciate Yasiel Puig

October 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I have come around on Yasiel Puig. Not because he has turned into the greatest player in baseball, because he has not. Not because he had a great 2017 season, because he did not. Not because he is a fundamentally sound ballplayer, because he is not. Why, then? Because he is a fun player to […]

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Dodgers: Is ‘Next Year’ This Year?

October 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Some of us remember 1988 like it was yesterday. OK, not yesterday as much as it was like last week. Last month. Last century. Some of it is getting downright hazy. Gibson’s home run, sure, and Orel Hershiser’s two starts … and who else played on that team? Steve Sax, maybe? Also, some significant fraction […]

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Angels Done: Is It Mike Trout’s Fault?

September 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

About now, we can depend on baseball pundits to pose the Big Question pertaining to another disappointing season by the Los Angeles Angels: Is Mike Trout wasting his career playing for this club? It was a fair question, in recent years, as the Angels found themselves stuck on one playoffs appearance since Trout’s breakout 2012 […]

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San Diego State Can Own the Nation’s 8th-Biggest City

September 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, Chargers, Dodgers, Football, Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, soccer

By population, the city of San Diego ranks No. 8 in the country, with approximately 1.4 million residents. By professional sports teams, however, San Diego now ranks perhaps No. 40 in the U.S. It has baseball’s San Diego Padres … and we are done talking about Big Four U.S. sports teams based in one of […]

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Dodgers and the End of High Times

September 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

It seemed too good to be true. It was. The Dodgers had a sensational run from the middle of May through late August, going 69-18 through August 25, a golden, 87-game stretch when they won 79.3 percent of their games. A nearly unprecedented run that had them on pace to win 116 games, tying the […]

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Angels Get Upton, Phillips in Unexpected Playoffs Push

August 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball

Imagine the confusion in the Los Angeles Angels front office. They knew their 2017 team was bad. It was Mike Trout, Albert Pujols running on fumes, a slick-fielding shortstop … and a bunch of guys. Angels officials hoped the team might be just good enough that Orange County fans would still buy tickets. Mike Trout, […]

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