Scout on Yasiel Puig

Great scouts line on the ever-unpredictable runaway Yasiel Puig: ”He’s one of the only players I’ve ever seen who’ll hit a routine single—like a ball on one hop to the left fielder—and try to turn it into a triple and get thrown out.”

Mattingly on Greinke’s Bat

Don Mattingly says he will have “no problem using Zack Greinke as a pinch hitter. I think it will make his non-pitching days more fun for him.” Greinke’s slash line is .405/.476/.459 with an OPS of .936 (highest amongst all MLB pitchers). The Diamondbacks used Danny Haren as a pinch-hitter in his Arizona days; in […]

Dodgers down to the deadline

As it turns out, the Dodgers went right down to the trading deadline trying to add parts for a world series run. L.A. sources say they were working on deals with the Angels and Royals for Hochevar and Howie Kendrick and were willing to trade pitchers Zach Lee, Reed and Chris Withrow. It unraveled minutes from […]

Streaking in LA: Hitting and Pitching on Display

It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers new, and more competent, ownership is willing to spend whatever it takes to win a championship. They swung one of the biggest trades in Baseball history last year when they got Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto from the Red Sox. Absorbing every penny […]

Revisiting the Red Sox – Dodgers Deal

Ben Cherington was sitting in the Greenville, S.C. airport last August 24, awaiting a flight that led to a connection back to Boston. He nervously fidgeted with his smartphone, awaiting the final word on whether or not all the players in what was proposed to be a monumental deal with the Dodgers had cleared, and […]

The Face of MLB: Yasiel Puig

Gabe Kapler is a former Major League Baseball player of 13 years. Gabe joined an exclusive club, as one of the nine players who were on the field when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years in 2004. You can keep up with Gabe Kapler on Twitter by following him @gabekapler. On July […]

Don Mattingly: Zack Can Hit

Dodger manager Don Mattingly says he is going to start using Zack Greinke as a pinch hitter. “Zack can hit, I mean really hit,” says Mattingly. “He’s not a guy who’s not a bad hitter for a pitcher, he’s a legitimate hitter. His at-bats are really good every fifth day, and I have no problem bringing […]

The Dodgers Next Move

Carl Crawford’s pulled hamstring has further weakened the Dodger lineup, although the word around the game is that they would like to deal Andre Ethier, knowing they have to eat a chunk of the contract. Considering Ethier is owed a guaranteed $70M 2014-2018, he’s 31 and is sometimes considered a platoon player(.634 OPS, 1 HR […]

Kemp on the Mend

Matt Kemp’s pulled hamstring is viewed as a blessing in disguise, because he is now beginning his weights program to strengthen his surgically-repaired left shoulder, and that lead shoulder is what has left his mechanics a mess in the first half.