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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dodgers Blogger Roberto Baly Hospitalized

A brief note that Dodgers blogger Roberto Baly (of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy) has been hospitalized. Send him your prayers and kind thoughts for a speedy recovery.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

ESPN Closing Page 2

I miss a lot -- and I'll have plenty to say about today's craptastic loss by the Angels later -- but I wanted to mention in passing that ESPN is closing Page 2. I wasn't much of a visitor, but some of my favorite writing early in this blog's history came from there, in particular the retrospective discovery of Eric Neel's essay about being an Angels fan prior to 2002. From the Deadspin article, it seems like Page 2 has steadily diminished in quantity and perhaps quality since those days; it will relaunch next week as "ESPN Playbook". So long, guys, if it is indeed that.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Dodger Thoughts Moves Again

Jon's leaving the ESPN LA umbrella to set up shop under his own domain. I'm presently blocked from seeing it, but expect it ought to be visible within an hour. Sidebar links to come.

Update: Hey, here's the maiden post at the new site.

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Friday, November 04, 2011

New Blog: True Blue Auction

A new blog from former coworker Darren Davis, who tries to figure out who will win the team in the upcoming auction for the Dodgers, True Blue Auction. Sidebar link coming presently.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Finally, I Can Write About A Real-Life 6-4-2 Double Play

In a prep game in Pennsylvania. How 'bout that? (Hat tip to Stephen Nelson, of the much lamented Mariners Wheelhouse.)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eliminating The McCourts, One Blog At A Time

To the constellation of anti-McCourt blogs we may now add Abort McCourt, whose name I might have been tempted to pick up back in 2004 when I launched this one. Stop over and say "howdy".

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

What A Long, Fun Trip It's Been

Thanks for the shout-out, Jon.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Dodger Place Vanishes

Whilst thinning my sidebar, I realized that Sarah Diane Morris' Dodger Place blog vanished sometime over the last year. I rarely read it; I can't think of the last time I saw her byline on the dodgers.com website. More a milestone than anything else.

I've also pulled the plug on some fairly beloved (by me) but long-dead blogs, including the Fifth Outfielder. I keep hoping Tom Meagher will rematerialize, but nope.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Random Bullety Stuff

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Monday, March 07, 2011

Baseball-Reference Mobile Now Live

Sean Forman announces his new mobile website. I was playing around with the alpha version a while back. This is really very nifty, though I do hope it isn't too data intensive. One of the big problems I've had with B-Ref mobile is that it's so heavyweight, especially with Javascript and things like sortable columns.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A New Landing Place For King Kaufman

Former Salon sports writer King Kaufman has taken over as chief ass-kicker head of writer development at Bleacher Report. From what I can tell, this is something like being the designated promoter of abstinence at a brothel, or a temperance lecturer at a saloon. Anyway, I wish him well, and as the redoubtable Craig Calcaterra tweeted,
Good luck to @king_kauffman [sic]. A man who has decided to do something about the weather rather than complain about it.

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

New(ish) Angels Blog

Paco Torres, a Stanford Law student (and according to this OCR Angels Blog post, also a graduate) has a new blog in conjunction with another fellow Stanford grad, The Payoff Pitch. Paco has done some really brave and outstanding work as an attorney-in-training with the Criminal Defense Clinic to reform the harshest aspects of California's Three Strikes law. By way of intro, here's a nice piece on Torii Hunter's transition to right field, something else that happened whilst I have been in National Parks in Montana and Wyoming. Welcome, Paco and whoever his unnamed co-conspirator is!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Man Is Known By The Company He Keeps

Which is why I pity Dylan Hernandez. Hat tip: Eric Stephen in the comments at MSTI. And yes, this is why I just about never spend any time at the Dodgers' Facebook page.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Steve Dilbeck Takes Over For Jon Weisman At The Times

With the fairly generically named Dodgers Blog. Angels blogging at the Times is pretty dead, it being Steve Bisheff hasn't posted anything since November, but who am I to complain... I've gone an entire week without writing lately. Sidebar mods coming presently.

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Dodger Thoughts Moves To ESPN/LA

The reality long after the rumor, which Jon assured me at the time was possibly overblown. Well, congratulations, for the second time in as many years, and the fifth home in eight years. How time does fly!

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Jon Weisman, Tony Jackson, Mark Saxon Among Staff Headlining ESPNLA.com

The Big Lead (via BTF) has leaked the writing staff of the new ESPNLA.com website, and it looks really like an all-star cast from the local media. With long-time Angels/Dodgers fan Eric Neel as managing editor, the names look like a who's-who of recent newspaper disgorgings, including Jon Weisman and Tony Jackson (Dodgers) and Mark Saxon (Angels/USC). The Kamenetzky brothers will reprise their roles in covering the Lakers. ESPNLA.com might not suck as much as I suspected they would.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Stephen Smith Jumps The Shark

I am not a mark. I do not have to give Arte a nickel; I choose to anyway, despite all the team's historic and recent flaws. Insulting, puerile, and trite -- good grief, he hauls out the "grade school teachers about $40,000 a year while we pay an athlete $9 million a year to steal bases or an actor $20 million to appear in a film" nonsense; really? How many years do grade school teachers have to prepare before they take up their chosen occupation? And what's the established talent level required to teach K-6 kids, anyway? I know some good teachers out there, but it's not like, say, medical school, which is at least as hard to get into if not harder. There are a grand total of 750 major league roster spots open, and last time I checked, a lot more physicians than that in the U.S.

Stick to your minor league analysis, Stephen.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The McCourts, The Dodgers, And 6-4-2

I have been taking a bit of a break from the blog of late, but I wanted to return briefly and review the situation with the McCourt divorce, and how it's affecting the Dodgers. Jon today links to a Bill Shaikin piece in the Times that ultimately shows what's perilously wrong with the Dodgers, and in particular, the McCourts' stewardship of that team: they're busy accumulating mansions while the Dodgers' talent pipeline languishes.
The Dodgers have paid $8.5 million in signing bonuses for draft picks over the last two years -- the lowest figure among all major league teams, according to Baseball America.

The Dodgers, so proud of their heritage in Asia and Latin America, today are a non-factor in bidding for top amateur players abroad. In 2008, according to Baseball America, major league clubs combined to sign 115 such players for bonuses of more than $100,000. The Dodgers did not sign one.

"They're definitely not the pioneering team they were," Baseball America editor John Manuel said. "They've squandered that advantage."

When I started this blog in 2004, the question before the house was whether the McCourts would prove sufficiently solvent to put a good team on the field. The results there have been surprisingly strong to date, but the direction they're headed now appears to be a huge question mark. With the Moores divorce in San Diego wrecking the Padres franchise for the past season and the immediate future, the results there can only serve as a warning. Part of me feels like saying "told you so" about the McCourts, who have, in the end, proven as selfish, vain, and brittle as they appeared in their first press conference. But the story has proven to take a different turn than I forecast, and I expect this next episode will do the same.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Waking Up From My Torpor: A New Juicy Blog, Dodger Divorce

Since this was the worst-case scenario World Series (two east coast teams? Bleh), I've been in hibernation more-or-less this postseason after both the Dodgers and Angels have been eliminated. But thanks to Jon for pointing out the latest in Dodger blogging, Dodger Divorce. Early on, blogger Joshua Fisher takes a peek at how the McCourts came to own the Dodgers and why this is going to be such a terrible mess to unwind. Excerpt:
So, if you're counting at home, the above adds up to $421 million in financing...for a $371 million purchase. That, friends, is a little scary. And there's more. In May 2005, McCourt announced a new, $250 million 25-year note which took out B of A and what remained of the debt to Fox (after the foreclosure on the Boston property). This increased the debt load to $521 million on a $371 million purchase. This financing, known as a private placement, was provided by an unidentified group of institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance companies. The terms of the loan--5.66% fixed for 25 years--are relatively favorable to McCourt. The collateral for this new loan was reportedly the 300 acres of real estate surrounding Dodger Stadium--not the club itself. Importantly, one of the provisions of the private placement was that control of the Dodgers would not change hands.
Fisher suggests that the McCourts' controlled assets are closer to $750M (not Jamie's claimed $1.2 billion), and might have a net worth of less than $600M.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

No, Ducksnorts Hasn't Died

Geoff Young, longtime author of Ducksnorts, updated his Facebook status to let readers know that his hosting company went out of business, but he's got a backup and should be back in business presently.

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