Monday, December 18, 2017

Good times coming for the Dodgers

Don’t worry about the Los Angeles Dodgers. Really. The time for panic and paranoia – which seems to last all-season for most Dodgers fans – is not now. The team, trailing the first-place San Francisco Giants by five games as...

Inside the teams vying for a National League West title

As the season enters its sixth week, the National League West is beginning to look a lot more like the Wild West. Just three-and-a-half games separate the first-place Dodgers and last-place Padres, the smallest gap of any first- and last-place...

Giants struggle, Dodgers end week with comeback win

I saw Madison Bumgarner Tuesday night. It wasn’t a date, though it was pretty close. I’ve seen him so many times before that I’ve lost count. In my mind, I always make a tally of which Bumgarner I’m about to...

A’s finish strong after losing four in a row, Dodgers bullpen improves

To commemorate Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the Oakland A’s chose on Friday night to honor five of the greatest African-American to don the yellow-and-green. Among those in attendance at the pre-game ceremonies Friday were Vida Blue, John “Blue...

Opening Week: Observations on the A’s, Giants and Dodgers

DISPATCHES FROM THE BAY: There sits a mixed-use stadium several hundred feet from the rush-hour traffic on I-880, six miles southeast of Oakland. Its name, the Oakland Coliseum, evokes memories of the Super Bowl-winning Raiders and the baseball dynasty that...

Nine predictions for the Dodgers’ 2016 Season

It’s been almost two months since the Los Angeles Dodgers got knocked out of the postseason by the New York Mets, and what an offseason it has been. Days after the team’s Game 5 NLDS loss to the Mets, former...

Deconstructing the Dodgers’ forgettable October

On Oct. 15, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost Game 5 of the National League Division Series to the New York Mets. In a press conference after the game, then-Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked how his team’s postseason departure would...

ON THE BENCH: Episode 139

Sammy the Blade and Reverend Jay Holloway were joined by John and Aubrey and the team went over the Mattingly firing, the MLB playoffs and gave their World Series predictions. Along with that, the group discussed the ongoing NFL...
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Blue Jays clinch ALDS amid bizarre circumstances

For the first time in 22 years, the Toronto Blue Jays have advanced to the American League Championship Series. The Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 6-3 Wednesday night in a win-or-go-home series finale at the Rogers Centre. The game was...
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Utley’s slide was legal, but takeout slides should be eliminated

In the twelfth-inning of a tie-game, Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins took off from third-base. As Cousins barreled toward the plate, trying to tag up and score on a fly ball hit to Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz, one thing stood in...