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The Forgotten Dodgers Relief Ace

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

Mike Marshall. No, not that Mike Marshall, underachieving Dodgers outfielder of the 1980s, perhaps best known for the club’s explanation why he was sitting out another game: “General soreness.” The other Mike Marshall. Or the original Mike Marshall. “Iron Mike” Marshall. Who was, pretty much, an original, in that what he did for the Dodgers […]

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Fantasy’s Top Ballplayers, 2017

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers

You didn’t ask, but here are the top 24 players selected in the 35th annual Sun Baseball League draft. Probably not much different than your league’s results, but we fantasy ballers like to compare and contrast. And No. 1 …

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Tom Brady’s Stolen Jersey and Bogus Sports Writers

March 21st, 2017 · 1 Comment · Dodgers, Football, Newspapers, NFL, Sports Journalism

The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey has been solved as well as resolved. A Mexican national with a media credential apparently snatched the No. 12 Patriots jersey after New England’s dramatic 28-25 victory in Super Bowl 51, but the jersey is back in the U.S. along with what appears to be the […]

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World Baseball Classic: Why Bother?

March 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Eleven years ago, I made the 320-mile drive from Southern California to Phoenix to see the U.S. play Canada in Pool C competition of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. I should have stayed home. Dontrelle Willis was torched and the U.S. lost 8-6 to Canada in the “world cup” of the stick-and-ball game. Which it […]

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Dodgers Semi-Blackout Enters Year 4

February 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers and their TV policy is right out of 1963. That was when the Dodgers televised nine games every year — the nine played in San Francisco. Oh, wait. Except those were in black and white. The handful of games that get on to most Southern California cable providers … those are […]

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When Athletes Hit a Late-Career Jackpot

December 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I recently mused about the significance of a big contract for an athlete who had spent years as a marginal player. Being part of a cash-soaked sport but not really being part of it for a decade-plus. First, Rich Hill, Dodgers pitcher. Now, Justin Turner, Dodgers infielder. The former is getting $48 million over three […]

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When $3 Million in a Decade Is Not Enough

December 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

I have been thinking about the Dodgers this week signing left-hander Rich Hill, who will be 37 ahead of the 2017 season, to a three-year, $48 million contract. I endorsed the decision. The Dodgers need a strong No. 2 and the Rich Hill baseball saw the past year-and-change looks like he can handle the job. […]

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Help for Kershaw; Dodgers Sign Hill

December 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Can’t say the Dodgers didn’t learn a thing or three during the 2016 season. No, Clayton Kershaw cannot pitch every every fourth day, let alone every third, despite how the Dodgers used him in the playoffs this fall. He’s the planet’s best, but he’s not quite a machine. Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir is not a No. […]

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Getting Away from Baseball’s Graveyard Shift

November 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, France

For nearly a month, I burned the midnight oil. Or, actually, more like the 3-5 a.m. oil. That is what comes from watching (live), from the other side of the Atlantic, the latter stages of the 2016 baseball playoffs and World Series. All but a handful of games I watched had 8:08 p.m (EDT) starts. […]

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Dodgers More Interested in Ticket Sales Than Championships?

October 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

The Dodgers’ limp surrender to the Chicago Cubs tonight, allowing the Cubbies to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945, seems to call for a reassessment of the Los Angeles team’s priorities. What matters most to the people who run this club? Is it a championship? Or is it selling tickets and […]

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