The Retaliation Game

Today is the anniversary of my late father’s favorite baseball brawl – it was Marichal vs. Roseboro; Dodgers vs. the hated Giants. In my household, good (the Dodgers) vs evil (the Giants).  I don’t quite remember how old I was when my father first told me about it; but it always struck me that it […]

Great Potential in Prospect Julio Urias

One can take a week to renew ones lifelong history from Portland to Otisfield and a new guy is just too good not to hear about. His name is Julio Urias. He pitches for the Great Lakes Loons, close to the U.P. up in Midland, Michigan. When Dodgers scouting guru Logan White and his people […]

Scatter Chart: Team Offense

Dodgers, History; History, Dodgers

From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. It’s getting real now. After last night’s Mets-aided 4-2 win, the Dodgers are 38-8 since June 21 and 39-11 in their last 50 games — the first two of which were losses. With a win tonight they would become […]

Coffee and Clippings: Middlebrooks’ Role with the Sox

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal examines Will Middlebrooks’ return to the Sox lineup… With Will Middlebrooks’ promotion to the major leagues last week, the Red Sox gained some stability at third base. The position, though, remains an open question as Boston enters the home stretch of the season. Middlebrooks reclaimed his starting spot at the hot […]

Kenley Jansen, The Specialized Closer

If you don’t think closers are specialized, consider this: Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers has two saves in which he has recorded more than three outs. Only two closers in the major leagues have more 4+ out saves—Ernesto Frieri of the Angels(5) and Edward Mujica of the Cardinals(3). Bob Ryan is on the other line. […]

Sports Rights Fees Will Make You Hate Your TV

Maury Brown is the president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes BizofBaseball.com. He is a contributor to Baseball Prospectus and Forbes. “These days, a franchise’s No. 4 hitter is no longer in uniform. The No. 4 hitter is the guy who negotiates the contract for the TV rights.” – Scott Boras You, Mr. […]

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 […]