July 2009

Trade deadline passes…

Sherrill should be at the park today and Claudio Vargas got traded today, essentially to open up a spot in the ‘pen for George.

That’s all at this point…obviously trades can still be made when guys clear waivers, but it looks like we’re quiet for the rest of the day. Ned Colletti will be on air with Eric Collins and Steve Lyons tonight during the PRIME TICKET broadcast, so tune in early in the game to hear about all that went on down to the wire.

Here’s tonight’s lineup in Atlanta:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Schmidt, P

Lineup in St. Louis

Very tough loss last night, for those who watched. A great game, but not the outcome we were hoping for…big game tonight to try and snare a game in the series.

Still no official confirmation from the team on Sherrill, though obviously I’ve seen all the stuff out there online.

We did make a move, though, in optioning Brent Leach and recalling Scott Elbert.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Ausmus, C

Kuroda, P

 

Another season of Vin…

It appears Vin Scully has made it official, telling the Times’ Bill Plaschke that he plans to be back next season. It seems he also suggested that next year will be his last, but obviously that’s a bridge to be crossed at a later time. As my boss, Charles Steinberg, said in the story, we certainly want to honor him in some way or another but we want to make sure that its in line with his own wishes. But rest assured, it’ll be something to remember. And as far as I’m concerned, it’s the best news we can ask for as Dodger fans.

Meanwhile, last night’s game in St. Louis obviously got out of hand, so much so that Mark Loretta wound up pitching for one-third of an inning. Other Dodger position players to have pitched for us in Los Angeles are Jim Hickman (6/23/67), Danny Heep (7/30/88), Jeff Hamilton (4/15/89), Mickey Hatcher just two weeks later (5/4/89), Chris Donnels (5/5/01), and Robin Ventura (6/25/04).

Eric Collins, who called the game last night alongside Steve Lyons, weighed in over at Psychollingy regarding Loretta’s appearance and much more.

And finally, for those who might have missed it, I thought Phil Wallace wrote a very interesting breakdown of the team and our current situation a few days ago over at LA Observed.

Lineup to come later in the day…

UPDATE:

Lineup:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF (His In My Own Words debuts tonight on PRIME TICKET at 8 p.m. or right after the game)

Kershaw, P

Stopping the "skid"

Still haven’t lost three games in a row this year and if we want that to continue, we’ve got to win tonight.

Here’s the lineup in St. Louis (I’m actually not on this trip, so stuff might come a little slower)

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF (as many of you probably saw, we’re doing a second Manny bobblehead by popular demand…Sept. 16 so it’s a good reason to skip school or work! Not that I’d ever advocate such a thing…)

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Billingsley, P

And by the way…are all the glitches fixed on here? If not, let me know and I’ll hit up the good folks at MLB.com.

Meet me in St. Louis

Tonight’s game is a little earlier than originally scheduled, as ESPN has picked it up (outside of LA). For those here, still tune into Prime Ticket tonight at 4:15 p.m.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF (named Player of the Week today in the NL)

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Wolf, P

Hall of Fame Sunday

Just watched Rickey Henderson’s induction ceremony and he did a really nice job. I’m sure plenty of people thought it would be different than it was, but from what I hear, he did a lot of preparation and came off very classy. The fact that he finished his career with the Dodgers is something I’ll always remember and feel fortunate that we had the chance to work with him for half a season.

A big congrats go out to all of the inductees, including Nick Peters, who covered baseball in the Bay Area for years, including 2002 when I was a reporter covering the Giants. Nick was always very gracious to a young writer like myself and I’m grateful for his assistance.

As for today’s lineup, it’s as follows:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Ethier, RF

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Loretta, 3B

Schmidt, P

Pierre, LF

Joe Torre said that Manny’s hand is sore and rather than have him start and have to take him out, he’d like to have him available to pinch-hit. I guess that worked out ok on Wednesday.

Also, Joe said that Cory Wade will go on rehab tomorrow and Belisario could go later in the week. Let’s hope that they both return healthy and prove valuable down the stretch.

The Stars Come Out…

Two games for the prices of one…the Hollywood Stars softball game is before the real game tonight, with Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf serving as the managers for the two respective teams. Randy gets told a lot that he looks like one of the participants – Ian Ziering from 90210. It’s actually kind of spooky…but what do you think?
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Anyway, here’s the lineup for the real game tonight:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Kuroda, P

 

Top 10 Dodger homers

As many of you may have seen, Bill Plaschke weighed in this morning on this Top 10 homers in L.A. Dodger history and it made me think, I wonder what all of you think. We asked team historian Mark Langill to kick it off with his thoughts, so check it out below.

This is his personal “Top 10″ Los Angeles list favoring home runs which occurred either during the postseason, affected a pennant race or set a record. According to him, time will determine where the Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Night Slam ranks in the memory of Dodger fans.

1. Kirk Gibson – 1988 World Series Game 1

2. Rick Monday – 1981 NLCS Game 5

3. Mike Scioscia – 1988 NLCS Game 4

4. Lou Johnson – 1965 World Series Game 7

5. Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager – back-to-back HRs in 1981 World Series Game 5

6. Steve Finley – 2004 NL West Division clinching grand slam

7. Four consecutive HRs in 9th and Nomar Garciaparra’s game-winning HR in 10th vs. Padres, 2006

8. Dusty Baker joins 30-Home Run Quartet in final at-bat of 1977 regular season against Houston’s J.R. Richard.

9. Joe Ferguson and Ron Cey hit game-winning HRs during 1980 weekend sweep of Houston to force one-game playoff.

10. Shawn Green – 4 HRs in one game at Milwaukee, 2002

Honorable Mention (random order): Mike Piazza’s 2 HRs last day of 1993 eliminates Giants; Pedro Guerrero’s walk-off HR gives rookie Fernando Valenzuela 8-0 record, 5/14/81 (Valenzuela still only player since 1945 to win his first eight ML starts); Wally Moon’s walk-off HR caps Sandy Koufax 18-strikeout performance at Coliseum, 8/31/59; rookie Dick Nen’s HR in 1963 pennant race at St. Louis; Steve Garvey’s walk-off HR gives Burt Hooton club-record 12th consecutive victory, 1975; Guerrero ties ML record with 15th HR in June 1985; Jimmy Wynn’s grand slam vs. Reds, 9/15/74; Piazza becomes only Dodger to hit HR out of Dodger Stadium, 1997; Frank Howard, 1963 World Series Game 4; James Loney grand slam at Wrigley Field, 2008 NLDS.

And Steve Lyons penned this entry after watching the game Wednesday night. 

UPDATE: lineup…

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Manny, LF

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Kershaw, P

 

You've got to be kidding me…

Guess who is taking batting practice out on the field now, on an off day, before 10 a.m.???

Yep, it’s Manny Ramirez, whose dramatic homer last night was easily one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed as a Dodger fan. And while my prediction was that it would be a pinch-hit, walk-off homer (see the post below), there’s no way anyone could have predicted what truly happened last night. A True Mannywood Story is the headline on dodgers.com, which is perfect!

It was a special moment that’s already being compared to Kirk Gibson’s homer by fans and media alike, though obviously this one didn’t come in the World Series so it’s hard to lump them together. But given that Manny had been hurt the night before, wasn’t expected to play, and hadn’t taken BP or even taken a swing off the tee, what he did last night on his only swing of the evening was nothing short of magical. When he emerged from the dugout to pinch-hit, I turned to someone in my office and said, “this must have been what it felt like when Gibby was coming up.” Little did I know that he’d then homer and send this place into pandemonium and help the Dodgers move 27 games above .500 for the first time since the end of that ’88 season.

If you were here, and you want a memorable keepsake (in addition to the bobblehead), come back out on Aug. 5 for the Mannywood poster which will commemorate last night’s game. In fact, if you weren’t here, that’s all the more reason to be here for that game…this was one night to remember.

Going for a sweep

Manny is still day-to-day but not in the lineup on his bobblehead night, which is surely a bummer for the fans. But obviously there’s not much we can do in that regard. Perhaps he’ll pinch-hit and hit a walk-off homer…you never know.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Ethier, RF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Billingsley, P

Pierre, LF

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