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  • Dodgers Release Jose Miguel Fernandez
  • Anyone remember Jose Miguel Fernandez? The Dodgers signed the Cuban infielder last January on a minor league contract. He was supposed to compete for a job on the big league roster as it was believed he would be able to jump into the major league fray immediately. That never happened and reports are indicating that Fernandez has been released by the Dodgers.

    We saw Fernandez briefly during spring training of this season. The 29-year old appeared with the major league spring training camp, but we were not impressed. So the Dodgers sent Fernandez down to double-A Tulsa. That’s where he spent most of his 2017 season until an injury in late July ended his year prematurely.

    To be fair, Fernandez did play well down in Tulsa. Fernandez batted .306/.366/.498 with 16 home runs and 64 runs batted in over 369 plate appearances. Fernandez walked 24 times and struck out just 33 times while posting an .864 OPS. In 90 games Fernandez split time between first base, second base, and third. He saw the majority of his time (57 games) at second base.

    Apparently Fernandez had some kind of injury which didn’t allow him to play after July 29. Fernandez did hit .319 with 37 home runs in the Cuban Serie Nacional league, but hadn’t played since 2014. The Dodgers originally signed him to a 200,000 dollar signing bonus.

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  • Thanksgiving Thanks Video and Beer Review
  • Here’s a quickie for Thanksgiving. It’s the five things I’m thankful for after the Dodgers’ 2017 season (Spoiler: Neither Kershaw nor Bellinger are included).

    I’m also reviewing Tart Mango Cart from Golden Road Brewing. Thanks for watching, and enjoy Thanksgiving!

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  • Dodgers Unveil 2018 Promotional Schedule
  • The Dodgers have unveiled their 2018 promotional schedule. It all looks business as usual. There are not a whole lot of new or exciting giveaways to be honest. There are still the standard bobblehead games of course. There’s fireworks and Viva Los Dodgers celebrations during the final Sunday home games. The Dodgers will give away a cosmetic bag on Mother’s day and a money clip on Father’s day.

    The new giveaways include a cooler bag, a piggy bank, an alarm clock, and a sand globe. There are also six collector’s item giveaways sprinkled throughout the schedule. I don’t know what you would get from those. Last year was the collector’s pins. I’m assuming it’ll be something similar. Opening day is scheduled for March 29 and Fan Appreciation day is slated for September 23.

    2018 Dodger Promotional Schedule

    Date Opp Promotion
    3/29 Thu SF Opening Day, Magnet Schedule
    3/30 Fri SF Opening Night, Commemorative Item and Friday Night Fireworks
    4/10 Tue OAK Collector’s Item #1
    4/11 Wed OAK Hooded Sweatshirt
    4/13 Fri ARI Friday Night Fireworks
    4/15 Sun ARI Jackie Robinson Jersey
    4/20 Fri WAS Friday Night Fireworks
    4/21 Sat WAS Bobblehead #1
    4/22 Sun WAS Kids Athletic  Bag & Viva Los Dodgers
    4/23 Mon MIA Collector’s Item #2
    4/24 Tue MIA It’s Time for Dodger Baseball Alarm Clock
    5/8 Tue ARI Collector’s Item #3
    5/11 Fri CIN Friday Night Fireworks
    5/12 Sat CIN Old Timers Day & 60th Anniversary Hat
    5/13 Sun CIN Mother’s Day Cosmetic Bag
    5/22 Tue COL Bobblehead #2
    5/25 Fri SD Friday Night Fireworks
    5/26 Sat SD Player Tee
    5/27 Sun SD Kids Bat & Ball & Viva Los Dodgers
    5/28 Mon PHI Memorial Day Player Apron
    5/30 Wed PHI Bobblehead 3
    6/8 Fri ATL Friday Night Fireworks
    6/9 Sat ATL Bobblehead #4
    6/10 Sun ATL Kids Player Wristbands
    6/12 Tue TEX Collector’s Item #4
    6/13 Wed TEX Beach Towel
    6/15 Fri SF Friday Night Fireworks
    6/17 Sun SF Father’s Day Money Clip & Viva Los Dodgers
    6/26 Tue CHC Bobblehead #5
    6/29 Fri COL Friday Night Fireworks
    6/30 Sat COL Piggy Bank
    7/1 Sun COL Kids Player Tee
    7/3 Tue PIT Independence Day Fireworks
    7/4 Wed PIT Independence Day Fireworks
    7/13 Fri LAA Freeway Series & Friday Night Fireworks
    7/14 Sat LAA Freeway Series & Bobblehead #6
    7/15 Sun LAA Freeway Series & Viva Los Dodgers
    7/31 Tue MIL Bobblehead #7
    8/2 Thu MIL Collector’s Item #5
    8/3 Fri HOU Friday Night Fireworks
    8/5 Sun HOU Kids Backpack
    8/14 Tue SF Bobblehead #8
    8/20 Mon STL Knit Cap
    8/22 Wed STL Bobblehead #9
    8/24 Fri SD Friday Night Fireworks
    8/25 Sat SD Player Jersey
    8/26 Sun SD Kids Socks & Viva Los Dodgers
    8/30 Thu ARI Dodger Stadium Sand Globe
    8/31 Fri ARI Friday Night Fireworks
    9/3 Mon NYM Labor Day Cooler Bag
    9/4 Tue NYM Collector’s Item #6
    9/18 Tue COL Bobblehead 10
    9/21 Fri SD Friday Night Fireworks
    9/22 Sat SD La Gran Fiesta
    9/23 Sun SD Fan Appreciation Day

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  • ICYMI: Relievers Grant Dayton, Josh Ravin Sent To Atlanta
  • The Dodgers seem to love to give up their middle relievers to the Braves. I can think of a couple off the top of my head in recent seasons that have been shipped to Atlanta. Guys like Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow and even Jim Johnson are among a few of the arms that the Dodgers flipped to or let walk to Atlanta when they weren’t cutting the cheese.

    #Dodgers trade P Josh Ravin to Braves for cash. They DFA'd Ravin a couple hours ago.

    — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 21, 2017

    #Dodgers P Grant Dayton claimed by Braves. Dodgers DFA P Josh Ravin, add P Trevor Oaks and P Dennis Santana to 40-man roster.

    — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 21, 2017

    Now we learn that two more arms, Grant Dayton and Josh Ravin have both been sent to Atlanta. Ravin has been traded for cash (after being designated for assignment), while Dayton was acquired off of waivers. There is a bigger connection here since this is the first trade for former Dodger executive now current Atlanta GM Alex Anthopoulos since he took over the position.

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    Both relievers struggled during the 2017 season while dealing with injuries that severely curtailed their playing time. For Dayton he was an important cog in the Dodger’s bullpen in 2016 but eventually succumbed to Tommy John surgery after feeling something in his elbow while rehabbing in the minor leagues.

    The fall from grace for Dayton is especially shocking considering how talented and promising he was. Dayton appeared in 25 games for the Dodgers in 2016 and posted a 2.05 ERA with 39 strikeouts against just 6 walks in 26.1 frames. Dayton allowed just 4.8 hits per nine and struck out 13.3 per nine innings. Dayton would also toss 1.2 scoreless innings in the 2016 NLCS against the Cubs. He pitched in 3 games during the series.

    This year Dayton would struggle. He posted a 4.94 ERA in 29 appearances. In 23.2 innings pitched he saw his strikeout per nine rate drop from 13.3 to 7.6 and his walk rate rise from 2.1 in 2016, to 4.6 per nine in 2017.

    As for Josh Ravin, he’s had a rollercoaster career filled with ups and downs. Those highlights included being suspended for 80 games for violating MLB drug policy. He came down with strep throat during spring training last year, and then broke his forearm in a car accident.

    The right hander originally signed as a free agent with the Dodgers back in 2013. He made his MLB debut in 2015, pitching in nine games and posting a 6.75 ERA. He appeared in 10 games in 2016 and then appeared in 14 games in 2017. This season he struck out 19 and walked 9 across 16.2 innings pitched while posting a 6.48 ERA. He appeared in 33 games for the Dodgers with a 5.05 ERA and struck out 11.1 batters per nine innings.

    It’s a shame to see more Dodger arms being sent to the Braves, and it’s a shame to see both hurlers being jettisoned between the minors and the big club, but such is life for a big league middle reliever. The Dodgers added two young pitchers (Trevor Oaks, Dennis Santana) to the 40-man roster to replace the recently departed relievers.

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  • Dodgers Release 2018 Spring Training Schedule
  • Despite spring training seemingly eons from now, the Dodgers have still released their 2018 Cactus League schedule. Exhibition games seem to be starting earlier and earlier every season and 2018 is no exception with the first game slated for February 23 against the White Sox. The Dodgers will play 30 Cactus League games with 17 of them played at Camelback Ranch. The exhibition season concludes with the annual Freeway Series against the Angels on March-25-27. It will be here sooner than you think. Here is the complete schedule below.

    Dodgers 2018 Cactus League Spring Training schedule

     

    Date Day Opponent Location Game Time
    2/23/18 Friday CWS Glendale 1:05 PM
    2/24/18 Saturday SF Glendale 1:05 PM
    @ KC Surprise 1:05 PM
    2/25/18 Sunday @ SEA Peoria 1:10 PM
    2/26/18 Monday @ TEX Surprise 1:05 PM
    2/27/18 Tuesday TEX Glendale 1:05 PM
    2/28/18 Wednesday @ SD Peoria 1:10 PM
    3/1/18 Thursday CLE Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/2/18 Friday @ CWS Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/3/18 Saturday ARI Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/4/18 Sunday @ SF Scottsdale 1:05 PM
    3/5/18 Monday CLE Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/6/18 Tuesday @ CHC Mesa 1:05 PM
    3/7/18 Wednesday @ LAA Tempe 1:10 PM
    3/8/18 Thursday @ CLE Goodyear 6:08 PM
    3/9/18 Friday KC (ss) Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/10/18 Saturday CHC (ss) Glendale 7:05 PM
    3/11/18 Sunday @ COL (ss) Salt River 1:10 PM
    3/12/18 Monday MIL Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/13/18 Tuesday Off Day
    3/14/18 Wednesday COL Glendale 7:05 PM
    3/15/18 Thursday KC Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/16/18 Friday @ ARI Salt River 1:10 PM
    3/17/18 Saturday @ CWS Glendale 1:05 PM
    3/18/18 Sunday SD Glendale 1:05 PM
    @ MIL Maryvale 1:05 PM
    3/19/18 Monday OAK Glendale 7:05 PM
    3/20/18 Tuesday @ OAK Mesa 1:05 PM
    3/21/18 Wednesday Off Day
    3/22/18 Thursday LAA Glendale 7:05 PM
    3/23/18 Friday @ KC (ss) Surprise 1:05 PM
    3/24/18 Saturday CWS Glendale 12:05 PM
    3/25/18 Sunday @ LAA Anaheim 6:07 PM
    3/26/18 Monday LAA Los Angeles 7:10 PM
    3/27/18 Tuesday LAA Los Angeles 7:10 PM

     

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  • Let’s Talk About These Giancarlo Stanton Rumors
  • The Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes have been the most intriguing drama of the off-season thus far. The Miami Marlins have been sold to a new ownership group led by former Yankee Icon Derek Jeter. One of the new ownership group’s top priorities is to make the Marlins solvent again. The Fish have been awful for years and the new owners are looking to lower payroll. In order to do that they would have to jettison star slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s enormous contract.

    Stanton is signed to a massive 13-year 325 million dollar deal with the option to opt out following the 2020 season. Stanton will be earning anywhere from 25-32 million dollars per season through the lifetime of the remainder of his contract. Trade proposals have been rolling in and of course the Dodgers are rumored to be one of the potential suitors.

    Getting Stanton would be no easy task considering his gigantic contract, but he would be worth every penny. Stanton just recently won the National League MVP award after hitting 59 home runs and driving in 132 runs during the 2017 season. Stanton posted a .631 slugging percentage and scored 123 runs. He put up a 165 OPS+ and is one of the most valuable players in baseball.

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    The Dodgers could theoretically put him in left field, despite him being a right fielder for his entire career. Stanton has played 942 games in right field and has never appeared in left field. He’s posted 49 defensive runs saved in his eight big league seasons. He’s a good outfielder too.

    There are several other clubs that are rumored to be in on Stanton. The Red Sox, Phillies, Cardinals, and yes even the Giants (yuck) have been reportedly talking to the Marlins about possible trade scenarios. You can add the Dodgers in on those as well.

    I wonder if the reports are accurate. Baseball executives are always exploring new trade opportunities to bolster their rosters every winter. That doesn’t necessarily mean that any of those reports come to life or are even close to coming true. You make the phone calls, you have discussions but sometimes that’s all they are. If the rumors of the Dodger’s involvement are even true. Even the beat reporters don’t know for sure what goes on behind closed doors of the Dodger’s front office.

    Stanton has a full no-trade clause and has expressed interest in being moved to a contending club. The Dodgers won the pennant and tallied 104 wins during the regular season. There’s no better contender than the Dodgers to be traded too.

    I hate to burst anyone’s bubble that’s hoping to see Stanton wearing Dodger Blue. I don’t see much of a chance of this happening.  The Dodgers don’t need many improvements to a roster that won 104 games and the National league pennant in 2017. There’s no question that Stanton would be a wonderful addition to the starting lineup, but it’s not like the Dodgers need him after slugging 221 home runs and scoring 770 runs in 2017.

    It also would not fit into the narrative of the front office’s M.O. These guys are rarely known to make blockbuster trades that add huge amounts of payroll. Trading for Stanton would add hundreds of millions of dollars to the payroll putting the Dodgers at risk of penalties from the luxury tax. The Dodgers already have the most expensive payroll in baseball. Not that I would care, as I have said before. It’s not my money, nor is it yours. If the Dodgers want to increase payroll by a hundred million dollars to add Stanton or anyone close to him without losing top prospects than I would be all for it.

    If the Dodgers were to acquire Stanton they would likely have to part ways with several top prospects, or take on a large amount of money. Those are both things that this current front office has stayed away from doing. Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi love cheap young cost controlled players. Their philosophies have worked since the Dodgers were young, deep, multi-faceted and super efficient in 2017. Guess what, it worked. They won the pennant and came within a game from winning the World Series.

    There is no question that Stanton would be an incredibly awesome acquisition. He’s one of the best players in baseball. He’s a home run hitting monster. He’s basically voltron with arms and legs. However it would cost a lot to get him and I don’t see the Dodger front office deviating from their usual blueprint. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out as the offseason progresses. Let’s just hope he doesn’t go to the Giants. Seriously.

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  • New Youtube Video…Watch and Win a Cool, Free Prize!
  • Hello everybody,

    Please come down to Youtubeville and watch LADRs first offseason video. You won’t want to miss this one, because we’re offering a free prize just for watching. Gwan, take a chance! It’s free!

    And I’m reviewing EE-tah IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Enjoy!

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  • Clayton Kershaw Finishes Second in Cy Young Ballot, Kenley Finishes Fifth
  • Clayton Kershaw had a strong season in 2017. It may not have been as dominant as years prior, but it was enough for him to win another National League ERA title. Unfortunately it was not enough for him to win his fourth CY Young award. National’s ace Max Scherzer took home his second consecutive Cy Young, while Kershaw finished second.

    For Scherzer it was certainly deserving. Scherzer finished with a 16-6 record, a 2.51 ERA and 268 strikeouts in 200.2 innings of work. He walked only 57, allowed just 5.7 hits per nine and posted a stingy 0.9 WHIP. Kershaw was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 175 frames. Despite missing significant time because of a back injury, he also collected 202 punchouts, and walked only 30 in 27 starts.

    As far as the voting, Kershaw received 3 first place votes, and 25 second place votes to give him 126 overall. Scherzer got 27 first place votes, and 3 second place votes to give him a final tally of 201. Stephen Strasburg, Scherzer’s teammate in Washington finished third place with 81 votes. Former Dodger and turncoat Zack Greinke got 51 votes for fourth place. Big man Kenley Jansen finished in fifth with 22 votes. Alex Wood finished tenth with one vote. You can take a look at the final results below.

    2017 NL Cy Young

    Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
    Max Scherzer, Nationals 27 3 201
    Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 3 25 1 1 126
    Stephen Strasburg, Nationals 1 23 3 2 81
    Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks 1 3 15 9 52
    Kenley Jansen, Dodgers 2 5 6 22
    Gio Gonzalez, Nationals 1 5 5 18
    Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks 1 4 6
    Jacob deGrom, Mets 2 2
    Jimmy Nelson, Brewers 1 1
    Alex Wood, Dodgers 1 1

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  • Cody Bellinger Wins NL Rookie Of The Year
  • In a move that has surprised absolutely nobody, Dodger’s first baseman Cody Bellinger has been named the National League Rookie of the year. This is the second consecutive rookie of the year award for the Dodgers with Corey Seager winning last year. Bellinger broke the NL rookie home run record with 29 long balls.

    The 22-year old rookie slashed .267/.352/.581 and drove in 97 runs in 548 plate appearances. Bellinger notched 69 extra-base hits in 132 games played. Bellinger also posted a 1.064 OPS with runners in scoring position and was voted to his first all-star selection. While he batted only .143 in the World Series, he did hit .318 (7 for 22) with 3 extra-base hits during the NLCS. Overall Bellinger batted .219 with 3 home runs and 9 runs driven in while collecting 67 postseason plate appearances. Bellinger also split time between first base and the outfield while in the field.

    UNANIMOUS!@Cody_Bellinger is the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year!

    Congrats, Cody! pic.twitter.com/VRbmClxbOj

    — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 13, 2017

    What a crazy day! Thank you to everyone who made 2017 a special year https://t.co/vuhAijigDD

    — CodyBellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) November 14, 2017

    Not only did Bellinger break rookie home run records, he also hit for the cycle back in June against Miami. He became just the third Dodger to ever hit for the cycle in Los Angeles history. Bellinger was a unanimous choice receiving all 30 first-place votes and 150 overall. Paul DeJong of the Cardinals finished second with 56 votes. Josh Bell of the Pirates finished third place (32 votes) and Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies finished fourth with 12 votes. Congratulations Cody! What a season this young man had.

     

    NL Rookie of the year voting results

     

    Player, Club                                    1st      2nd       3rd        Points

    Cody Bellinger, Dodgers                    30                                    150

    Paul DeJong, Cardinals                                  15        11              56

    Josh Bell, Pirates                                           10          2              32

    Rhys Hoskins, Phillies                                     1          9              12

    German Márquez, Rockies                               2          4              10

    Manuel Margot, Padres                                    1          2                5

    Kyle Freeland, Rockies                                    1                            3

    Luis Castillo, Reds                                                      1                1

    Ian Happ, Cubs                                                           1                1

     

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  • Dodgers Lose Another Executive, Alex Anthopoulos Hired as GM of Braves
  • The Dodger’s front office is beginning to thin out quite a bit this winter. First Director of player development and Andrew Friedman’s BFF Gabe Kapler was hired to be the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He had been serving as the Dodger’s director of player development since 2014 and his influence on the farm system has been very valuable for the Dodgers. Now Alex Anthopoulos, the Dodger’s current Vice President of baseball operations has been hired by the Braves to be their next general manager.

    Can report now Anthopoulos is getting #Braves GM job, announcement possible at GM Meetings

    — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 13, 2017

    Anthopoulos had been the Dodger’s Vice President of baseball operations since January of 2016. Before that he was the GM of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2010-2015. He was named the sporting news MLB executive of the year back in 2015. Of course he’s replacing recently ousted general manager John Coppolella who is being investigated by major league baseball for signing violations.

    There is no word yet on any replacements for the recently departed Dodger executives. It looks like Anthopoulos will have all final decision making power while John Hart will remain the Brave’s President of baseball operations. The Braves will announce the hiring at the annual GM winter meetings which start on Monday.

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