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Around The Web: MLB’s Blackout Policy, Worth Of The Slide Step, Nerdy NL All-Star Roster

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Yahoo! Sports: Jeff Passan writes about MLB‘s ridiculous blackout policy. I wrote about my issues with it here. —– FanGraphs: Dave Cameron‘s “Stat Nerd NL All-Star Roster” includes A.J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw, but Andre Ethier just misses. —– Baseball Prospectus: Doug Thorburn dissects the slide step and doesn’t think it’s worth implementing. It is my contention that most pitchers ... Read More »

Nobody Understands Why The Dodgers Gave Yasiel Puig So Much Money

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If the initial reaction to the Dodgers giving Yasiel Puig the contract they did wasn’t pessimistic enough to make you feel the same, then Ben Badler‘s compilation of reactions from around baseball might send you down that road. The Dodgers appear to have made a statement with an expensive Cuban signing, but the message they sent across baseball has mostly ... Read More »

Andre Ethier’s oblique “couldn’t be any better” + Scott Van Slyke up, Ivan De Jesus down

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The Dodgers got … positive news on a potentially serious injury? That truly is a shocker. The Dodgers got some much-needed good news on Thursday, when an MRI on Andre Ethier’s strained left oblique showed no swelling. The right fielder is listed as day to day and likely will avoid a trip to the disabled list. “Yesterday I assumed we ... Read More »

Around The Web: Are Dodgers Fans Right To Worry About Ned Colletti At The Deadline?

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R.J. Anderson looked at Ned Colletti‘s trade history over at Baseball Prospectus and wondered why Dodgers fans are so worried about him. Colletti’s evaluation mistakes cost the Dodgers two middle-of-the-rotation starters, an All-Star catcher, and a good fourth outfielder at most. But what about the flip side? What about when Colletti correctly evaluated his own prospects? Silver wrote, “One of ... Read More »

Breaking Down The Dodgers Minor League All-Stars

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The Dodgers will be well represented in three different minor league All-Star games to be played later this month. The only All-Stars yet to be announced are the AAA All-Stars because that game, like the MLB All-Star Game and Futures Game, will be played in July. Here’s a breakdown by minor league level. —– Double-A (Southern League) – 7 RHP ... Read More »

Around The Web: Matt Kemp Profile, Budget Bullpen, A Cautionary Tale, A Weird Pitcher

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ESPN The Magazine: Molly Knight with a must-read profile on Matt Kemp. Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Mike Petriello points out that the Dodgers bullpen is excelling … and on the cheap. ESPN Boston: Theo Epstein provides a cautionary tale for the Dodgers. “If I have a regret about the way we handled that offseason (after the 2009 season), it was ... Read More »

Around The Web: Andre Ethier Extension Reaction

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Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Mike Petriello once feared the exact deal that Andre Ethier signed, and while he holds some concerns, he finds it hard to argue against the deal. What interests me more right now is trying to figure out just how much a big 2012 could enhance Ethier’s value on the market, because there’s a big difference between ... Read More »

Dodgers sign 11 of their 2012 draft picks, including Jesmuel Valentin

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The Dodgers agreed to terms with 11 of their selections from the 2012 MLB Draft. The Dodgers announced the signings of 11 recent draftees, including supplemental pick shortstop Jesmuel Valentin, the 51st overall selection and the son of former Dodger Jose Valentin. The recommended slot bonus for the 51st pick was $984,700. Valentin, from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and ... Read More »

Around The Web: Most Valuable Players So Far + The Science Of Choking

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Beyond The Box Score: Glenn DuPaul takes a look at the most valuable players of April and May. A.J. Ellis tops the hitter’s list, while former Dodger James McDonald tops the pitcher’s list. The New Yorker: Scientifically, what makes players choke? So far, so obvious: the extra money led people to get more excited about the potential rewards, which led ... Read More »