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Entries Tagged as 'Dodgers'

Futbol Diaries, Part 3: Hermosillo to Culiacan

June 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers, Football, soccer, World Cup

On our Tijuana-to-Mexico City road trip ahead of a 2006 World Cup qualifier, back in 2005, we noticed that the main north-south road on the western side of Mexico goes right through Navajoa — where Los Angeles Dodgers pitching star Fernando Valenzuela was born. Back in 2005, I assumed readers would not be interested in […]

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Waiting … and Waiting … for Yasiel Puig

June 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Most Los Angeles Dodgers fans remember when Yasiel Puig was going to be something special. It was five years ago this week that he was called up from Triple A and for a spell looked like the Mike Trout of the National League, except with a stronger throwing arm. He was on my fantasy team, […]

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Time to Tear Down and Replace Dodger Stadium?

May 18th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Lakers, Olympics, World Cup

A few days ago, I watched Tottenham Hotspur’s final match at their ancient stadium at White Hart Lane, where the London club had played its home matches since 1899. Fans were a bit melancholy but the celebrations before and after the match, won 2-1 by Spurs over Manchester United, seemed to mollify them. Actually, they […]

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MadBum, the Giants and the Dirt-Bike Accident

April 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Dodgers

Dodgers fans certainly know about Madison Bumgarner. He was a key performer as the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and especially in the latter, when he gave up only one run in 21 innings and won Games 1 and 5 and threw five innings of scoreless relief in […]

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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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