Los Angeles Dodgers

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR
August 10, 2017 1 Comment »

This is the third installment of my “Top 20” series, looking at the top players for a specific franchise based solely on Wins Above Replacement. Quibble if you will about advanced statistical methods, but WAR is a handy way to ... Read More »

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda fights the Philly Phanatic

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda fights the Philly Phanatic
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

Throughout his Hall of Fame career, manager Tommy Lasorda was a colorful character, known for entertaining fans and the media. In this clip from the early 1980s, Lasorda tussles with the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies, a fuzzy green fella ... Read More »

The Dodger who nearly became baseball’s second on-field fatality

The Dodger who nearly became baseball’s second on-field fatality
September 6, 2016 No Comments »

According to his manager, Steve Yeager went down “like he’d been felled by a bullet.” Fans near the on-deck circle who had a view of the incident were stunned and silent. Some turned away and a few were brought to tears. ... Read More »

Which pitching rotations stayed together the longest?

Which pitching rotations stayed together the longest?
May 1, 2016 No Comments »

Almost as much as any other facet of the game, the usage of starting pitchers has evolved quite a bit throughout the history of baseball. Originally, in the mid-18th century, teams had one regular pitcher and maybe one other player ... Read More »

In baseball, is the right way the “white way?”

In baseball, is the right way the “white way?”
April 21, 2014 12 Comments »

On Easter Sunday, Carlos Gomez drew the wrath of Pirates’ pitcher Gerrit Cole after performing a bat-flip of dramatic proportions. Cole felt he was being shown up, Gomez sees it as a form of expression. Who’s correct? Is there a ... Read More »

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter
February 5, 2014 7 Comments »

At the start of the 1962 season, Sandy Koufax was a .500 pitcher with an ERA just below four runs per game. Far from being a superstar or a household name, Koufax was considered a disappointment, a 25-year old lefty ... Read More »

VIDEO: Jackie Robinson on The Ed Sullivan Show

VIDEO: Jackie Robinson on The Ed Sullivan Show
December 6, 2012 No Comments »

In this clip from the popular Ed Sullivan Show in May of 1962, 43-year old Jackie Robinson talks baseball with the host. Robinson was more than five years removed from his last game in the major leagues. Just four months ... Read More »

VIDEO: Introductions before Game One of the ’81 World Series, DiMaggio throws first pitch

VIDEO: Introductions before Game One of the ’81 World Series, DiMaggio throws first pitch
October 18, 2012 No Comments »

There’s so much to enjoy about this video from ABC Sports’ broadcast of Game One of the 1981 World Series on October 20, 1981 from Yankee Stadium. There’s the network programming message that includes clips from Happy Days and Laverne ... Read More »

Temper, temper: The troubled baseball career of José Offerman

Temper, temper: The troubled baseball career of José Offerman
September 15, 2012 1 Comment »

There’s no place for violence in baseball, right? If your name is José Offerman you’d probably disagree. In a 15-year career in the major leagues, Offerman was a two-time All-Star, but most troubling, he was a multiple offender when it came ... Read More »

Johnson’s success strengthens Hall of Fame credentials

Johnson’s success strengthens Hall of Fame credentials
September 1, 2012 No Comments »

Sometime later this month, the Washington Nationals will win their 90th game, and they are almost assured of finishing either first or second in the tough National League East. But their manager knows a lot about facing stiff competition in ... Read More »