Category Archives: Major League Baseball

Angels Solid Gold Lineup, Spackled Pitching Staff

Recent moves by GM Billy Eppler have turned the Angels infield into a solid lineup of established power and defense to go along with their star-studded outfield. Combine that with their low-offense but quality defense behind the plate, and the … Continue reading

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The Return of Matt Kemp?

Few Dodgers’ over the past decade or so have been as maligned as Matt Kemp. Though not the defensive star he once was, only when injured has his offensive performance been less than stellar, but his criticism has generally revolved … Continue reading

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Is Shohei Ohtani The Ghost of Willie Smith?

On April 28, 1964, the Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed relief pitcher Julio Navarro to the Detroit Tigers. Navarro, 28, was coming off a fine first full season in the majors in which he compiled a 2.89 ERA over 57 … Continue reading

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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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