Tag Archives: Adrian Gonzalez

Three Dodgers — Paco, Amezaga, Moylan — withdraw from WBC to focus on winning jobs

Paco Rodriguez, Alfredo Amezaga, and Peter Moylan, three Dodgers with shots at making the Opening Day roster, have withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic to focus on making the club. With Scott Elbert rehabbing, Paco in particular is competing for the spot of left-handed reliever, though J.P. Howell would appear to be the front-runner there. Moylan is in the running ... Read More »

Josh Beckett hopefully not fat: Dodgers Spring Training dates, daily schedules, home/away caps

The Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch today, on Feb. 12, which officially kicks off the baseball season for the team, and tomorrow, on Feb. 13, they’ll have their first workout, in which I like to imagine Aaron Harang lumbering through conditioning drills like a monkey. The rest of the team will report to camp on Feb. 15, ... Read More »

ZiPS projects the 2013 Dodgers: Good but not great

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The 2013 projection for the Dodgers from Dan Szymborski‘s ZiPS system was released last week, and given that it’s probably my favorite forecasting tool, it’s worth a look to see how the team fared. Forecasting is not a complete science, obviously, and I’ll address some of the potential pitfalls as we go along, but it’s better to use objective tools ... Read More »

Making Moves: Gwynn NRI, Schumaker Trade, Van Slyke DFA, Greinke/A-Gon Contracts

Dylan Hernandez reports the Dodgers have acquired Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals, sending minor-league shortstop Jake Lemmerman the other way. Chad has more on the deal here. My reaction: meh. —– The Dodgers have designated Scott Van Slyke for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Schumaker. Van Slyke was the Dodgers’ 2011 Minor League Player ... Read More »

Making Moves: McGwire Hitting Coach, Ryu Rights Won, Silverio Outrighted, 23 MILB FA

The Dodgers officially announced the hiring of Mark McGwire as hitting coach, replacing Dave Hansen. McGwire spent the past three years with the Cardinals as their hitting coach. Under his tutelage, the Cards offense was top-five in OBP in each of his seasons at the offensive helm, leading all of baseball last year. McGwire has stated that his philosophy includes ... Read More »

2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: First Base

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Adrian Gonzalez When the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox, I saw a plethora of Dodger fans begin to assert wild and crazy things. Not only were the Dodgers guaranteed of making the playoffs, but they were a lock to make the World Series on the back of a hero who was absolutely the right acquisition because ... Read More »

The Myth Of The Unlimited Payroll

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I’ve already been wrong before about the Dodgers ownership and their willingness to spend. I figured they would be willing to open up the checkbook, but assumed they would stop short of the luxury tax, much like the Yankees have tried to do in recent years. Instead? They have blown that limit away and now project to enter 2013 with ... Read More »

Around The Web: Chavez Ravine Renovations, Misguided Trade Criticism, Vin Scully Rules

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LAist: In what I had not seen reported anywhere else, oddly enough, Dodger Stadium is scheduled for renovations. ESPN Los Angeles: Jamie McCourt is suing Frank McCourt for fraud. I’m sure we could fill the Grand Canyon with the amount of shits you all give. —– Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Mike Petriello says that the people already declaring the Adrian ... Read More »

Ned Colletti thinks Adrian Gonzalez has done swell + makes excuses for Dodgers performance

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I previously complimented (sorta) Ned Colletti for potentially taking a sabermetric stance on the issue of Andre Ethier hitting against lefties, but after reading the rest of the interview with Barry Bloom of MLB.com, perhaps I spoke too soon. MLB.com: Do you think there has been enough time for all these parts to fit together? Colletti: What guys have been ... Read More »

Tonight’s win expectancy chart for Dodgers/Nationals game is a middle finger, which about sums it up

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The Dodgers were sailing along to an easy 6-0 victory today when a funny thing happened on the way to Josh Beckett‘s complete game shutout. Mike Morse led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer, and two batters later, Steve Lombardozzi cut the lead by two more. By the end of the inning, it was Morse again hurting ... Read More »