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Taken In by the Whirling Darvish

Despite a re-arranged lineup against lefty Dallas Keuchel, the only actual personnel change manager Dave Roberts has made for tonight’s game is to replace DH Joc Pederson with wounded third baseman Justin Turner, moving Logan Forsythe to third and inserting … Continue reading

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Jeter’s Ego Too Big To Share Spotlight With Conine, Others

When Mark Walter and Guggenheim Baseball Management purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers, they embraced the long and storied history of the franchise, and of Los Angeles. They welcomed the continued presence in various capacities within the organization of team legends … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Whirling Darvish

I’ve made no secret of my lack of faith, to put it mildly, in Yu “The Whirling” Darvish, who I never saw as the star number one starting pitcher that others have seen, nor have I failed to express my … Continue reading

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Dodgers’, Kershaw’s Path to WS: Keeping Runners Off Base

Through seven playoff games so far this post season, the Dodgers’ pitching staff has done an amazing job keeping opposing batters off base. The Dodgers as a team have hit ten home runs and have scored 37 runs. Opposing teams … Continue reading

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The Vagaries of Managing in the Major Leagues

After another bad season for a struggling Detroit Tigers’ roster, manager Brad Ausmus was fired. Almost immediately his name was among the first mentioned for each major league managerial opening, first with the New York Mets, and then for the … Continue reading

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Big Dodgers’ Issues As the NLCS Begins

Over the years, so much has been made of the underwhelming performances turned in by Clayton Kershaw during the post season. Each year, as the Dodgers proceed to the playoffs with the hopes of a World Series berth, their fate … Continue reading

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The Dodgers’ Spark is BACK!

Anyone watching the Dodgers during the National League Division Series against the previously high-flying and dreaded Arizona Diamondbacks saw something that had been missing from the Dodgers for several weeks, that amorphous, ineffable, ethereal, indescribable something that after weeks and … Continue reading

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Those Pesky American League Awards

Since I gave my ideas about the 2017 MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year Awards for the National League yesterday, I guess it’s only fair to do the same for that other league: After pitching seven three-hit … Continue reading

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End of MLB PreSeason and Start of the Real Thing, and Awards

When I was growing up, there were 16 major league baseball teams, eight in each league, with no divisions. The eight in each league played for first place, as that team that finished first was the ONLY team that went … Continue reading

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