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The Dodgers, Dave Roberts and the human element – Dodger Thoughts
In front of an emotionally eviscerated Dodger fan base, in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 2018 World Series on October 27, Kiké Hernández came to the plate at Dodger Stadium.
Only an hour earlier, a thrilling glow suffused Chavez Ravine. Having survived an 18-inning Game 3 marathon, Los Angeles had taken a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers were eight outs away from evening the Fall Classic at two games apiece.
Then their world collapsed around them like a dream in Inception. Nine Boston baserunners crossed the plate, the final four in the top of the ninth, obliterating a beautiful consciousness.
baseball  dodgers  coach  analytics 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Don't expect Los Angeles Dodgers to change formula after World Series loss
LOS ANGELES -- Two staples of the Los Angeles Dodgers' analytical approach faced heavy scrutiny in the wake of a second consecutive World Series defeat. But Farhan Zaidi, who just finished his fourth season as the team's general manager, actually gained validation from the team that beat him.
One was the Dodgers' heavy reliance on platoons, which, given the value of everyday plate appearances, might lend itself to offensive inconsistency.
"The World Series MVP was a guy who matched up some and platooned some this year," Zaidi said, referencing right-handed-hitting Boston Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce.
The other was their general unwillingness to spend on non-closers, which left the Dodgers with undistinguished relievers in high-leverage situations.
baseball  dodgers  world_series 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Regular and postseason, Buehler‘s dominant rookie year is an all-time best
There are a few factors that might prevent baseball historians from regarding Walker Buehler’s 2018, combining regular and postseasons, as one of the best ever by a rookie starting pitcher.
The two most in-your-face factors are his innings pitched during the regular season (137 1/3) and his postseason ERA (3.80). But judging those numbers would be a disservice to how utterly dominant Buehler was in 2018, in what could be argued as one of the great rookie years of the last century by a starting pitcher.
Buehler’s breakout season earned him a spot as one of three finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year Award, along with outfielders Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta) and Juan Soto (Washington).
baseball  dodgers  buehler 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Get the new ‘Kershaw Forever’ shirt from Breaking T - True Blue LA
After all the talk of Clayton Kershaw opting out of his contract after the 2018 season, the Dodgers were able to work out a new three-year deal with the lefty. The contract runs through the 2021 season and there is still a chance that the Dodgers will be the only team he plays for.
This new shirt from Breaking T celebrates the greatness that has been Kershaw over the last 11 years and how much he has meant to the franchise. No other fan base can claim Kershaw and it’s rare these days to have a player like him.
Playing for one franchise his entire career, Clayton Kershaw cemented his Los Angeles legacy with his recent contract extension.
baseball  dodgers  kershaw  clothing 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Rocket Raccoon: Trash Pandas unveil logos |
Definitely not a Guardians of the Galaxy reference <snerk>
humor  minor  league  baseball  mascot  rocket  raccoon  trash  panda  design  logo  alabama  space 
7 days ago by asteroza
How MLB teams are using surveillance cameras to steal signs |
Here’s what I found when I looked back on the 33 postseason games:

• Bad luck, baseball: Only one of seven series went the full complement of games.

• Hitting is getting worse: The overall batting average was .218 – the third straight postseason it dipped, starting from .227 in 2015.

• Pitchers throw harder: The average four-seam fastball was 94.7 mph – up from 93.2 in the regular season.

• Pitchers spin the ball more: They threw 29.3 percent breaking balls – up from 27.3 percent in the regular season.

• Strikeouts outnumber hits – by a lot: The ratio was 1.29:1, up from a regular season rate of 1:1.

• Defense is less important: The ball was not put in play in 37 percent of plate appearances.

• Games take 43 minutes longer: The average game time was 3:47.42, up from 3:04 in the regular season.

• Marathons are becoming more common: A record 23 games took more than three and a half hours to play. Three years ago there were nine. Four nine-inning games took four hours. In the entire decade of the 1990s there were five.

• The bottom line: The average time between balls in play was four minutes, 39 seconds. You could listen in their entirety to “I’m Waiting for The Man” by Velvet Underground (running time: 4:35) or “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin (4:24) waiting for a ball to be put in play.
7 days ago by campion1581
Friedman, Zaidi on Kershaw’s contract, bringing back Roberts, Machado’s lack of hustle - True Blue LA
On Thursday morning, both Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi sat in front of reporters and answered many questions in regards to the team. Obviously, the biggest question at hand was what the latest was with Clayton Kershaw, who has until Friday at 1 p.m. PT to opt out of his contract.
Friedman described the negotiations as “pleasant”, where Zaidi described them as “ongoing”.
The original deadline for a decision was Wednesday night by 9 p.m., but Friedman believed the turnaround from the World Series loss wasn’t enough time.
“He’s made as much of an impact on an organization in terms of success we’ve had,” Friedman said. “Not just on the field, but from a culture standpoint.”
baseball  dodgers  business 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Clayton Kershaw's new deal likely makes him a Los Angeles Dodger for life
Sandy Koufax attended the World Series in Los Angeles last weekend, but he did not throw out a ceremonial first pitch; in retirement, he has mostly eschewed center stage, politely and graciously maintaining his privacy. But he loves being around the game, enjoys his conversations with players, and before Game 3 he quietly made his way down a corridor underneath the stands at Dodger Stadium. In jeans and a dress shirt, the Hall of Famer settled into a seat behind home plate early in the 18 innings played that night.
Clayton Kershaw will someday make a speech in Cooperstown, when he's inducted into the Hall of Fame for his three Cy Young awards and MVP award and many ERA titles. And now that he is committed to remaining with the Dodgers for the years ahead, it is all but assured Kershaw will spend the rest of his career with the franchise before joining Koufax in legacy.
baseball  dodgers  kershaw  business 
8 days ago by rgl7194
On Clayton Kershaw’s future with the Dodgers – Dodger Thoughts
I did a short Twitter thread that recapped my season-long stance on the future of Clayton Kershaw, who can opt out of his contract with the Dodgers this week. In case you missed it, here it is …
Regarding Clayton Kershaw’s future, I wrote two pieces this season:
Why ‘Dodger for life’ looks good for Clayton Kershaw (March 4)
Clayton Kershaw and the value beyond a World Series (September 20)
My position on Kershaw remains: If he’s healthy and he’s interested in pitching past 2020, it makes sense to opt out. Not to improve his 2019-20 pay, but to improve his 2019-2023 pay. He is better off negotiating his 2021-23 salary at age 30, even w/short-term paycut.
However, if for whatever reason Kershaw sees himself retiring on the early side, then it wouldn’t make sense to opt out unless he has a major desire to pitch home games in the state of Texas. Which I’m not convinced he has. Plus, I do kinda think Kershaw likes the NL.
Finally, as I wrote in March, whether you think other teams will pursue him hard, or you think he’s damaged goods, there is no team Kershaw provides more value (on field and off) than the Dodgers. Whatever Kershaw commands, I believe Los Angeles will make the best offer.
This is an outsider’s evaluation. I have no inside information on either Kershaw’s thinking or that of any front office.
baseball  dodgers  kershaw 
8 days ago by rgl7194
The “Big 5” Must Know Infield Drills - By Coach Mongero - Winning Baseball - YouTube
Coach Trent Mongero shares his favorite “Big 5” Infield Drills that his team executes in practice. Visit for the detailed instruction for mechanics and the specific teaching points of each drill.
baseball  drills 
9 days ago by mbraly
The Dodgers and the line between failing and sucking – Dodger Thoughts
It’s one thing, if it’s your standard, to call the 2018 Dodgers failures for not winning the World Series. It’s another thing — and a counterproductive thing — to call the 2018 Dodgers a bad team.
Put another way …
Say your marching order for the Dodgers is “World Series or bust.” And now they’ve busted. Does it make sense to lump them with the other 28 teams who busted as well?
baseball  dodgers  world_series  analytics 
9 days ago by rgl7194
Clayton Kershaw contract news
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw reached a three-year, $93 million contract extension with no opt-outs with the Dodgers on Friday shortly before he was eligible to end his current deal.
According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Kershaw will get $31 million each season until 2021, plus he can also earn $1 million each for making 24 starts, 26 starts, 28 starts and 30 starts. The left-hander could also receive $1.5 million for winning the National League Cy Young Award or $500,000 for a second- or third-place finish.
Kershaw, 30, had signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in 2013 that included a player option to become a free agent after five seasons. By opting out, he would have walked away from $65 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.
baseball  dodgers  kershaw  business 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Clayton Kershaw agrees to 3-year, $93 million deal to stay with Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a three-year extension that will keep the greatest pitcher of his generation from venturing into the free-agent market.
The deal will pay the 30-year-old left-hander $93 million, a source told ESPN on Friday, and includes incentives based on workload and performance. Kershaw reportedly will receive $4 million annually in bonuses based on starts, in four $1 million increments, as well as other incentives.
The extension replaces the two years and $65 million remaining on the seven-year, $215 million extension Kershaw signed in January 2014.
baseball  dodgers  kershaw  business 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw reach agreement on new three-year deal - True Blue LA
The Dodgers on Friday signed Clayton Kershaw to a new three-year contract, worth a reported $93 million. The deal essentially extends the previous agreement by one year and keeps the annual average value around the same, moving from $30.7 to $31 million.
The contract includes performance bonuses — no opting out — that could elevate the deal well over $100 million.
“He’s made as much of an impact on an organization in terms of success we’ve had,” president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said during a press conference Thursday. “Not just on the field, but from a culture standpoint.”
baseball  dodgers  kershaw  business 
10 days ago by rgl7194

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