About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Roger Bernadina elects free agency.

Dodgers outfielder Roger Bernadina elected to become a free agent Tuesday and has been removed from the 40-man roster.

Bernadina, 30, was released by the Cincinnati Reds in June and signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in July. He was added to the 40-man roster in September and appeared in nine games, going 2-for-7 with a home run.

The Dodgers were able to outright Stephen Fife to the minor leagues without his consent Monday, removing the pitcher from the 40-man roster. They couldn’t do the same with Bernadina because he has more than five years of major-league service.

Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman, name Ned Colletti senior advisor.

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Ned Colletti will remain with the Dodgers as a senior advisor to Stan Kasten. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers hired longtime Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations Tuesday, while retaining former general manager Ned Colletti as a Senior Advisor to Stan Kasten.

Friedman, 37, is expected to hold a press conference at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. He had been the Rays’ general manager since 2005 and built four playoff teams since 2008 with a payroll that ranked no higher than 27th in baseball.

“Andrew Friedman is one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game today and we are very fortunate to have him join our organization,” Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “The success he has had over the past nine years in molding the Tampa Bay Rays team has been incredible.”

The front-office shakeup leaves the Dodgers without a general manager for the moment, which is likely to change soon. Kasten’s title could also change. He had been the Dodgers’ President and CEO since joining the front office in 2012.

“Ned Colletti has played a major role in the success of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last nine years and I’m thrilled that we are able to retain him as a special advisor to me,” Kasten said in a statement. “Ned’s knowledge and experience in the game covering 33 years will be a great asset to the club as we continue to add and build our player development system.”

Here’s more on Friedman from the Rays’ media guide:

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Dodgers outright Stephen Fife off 40-man roster.

Now is the time of year when teams must begin resetting their 40-man rosters.

Impending free agents must be re-signed or left to explore the open market. Arbitration-eligible players must be tendered a new contract by the tender deadline. Players with less than three years’ service time can sit at their phones and wait to hear whether they will be offered a six-figure salary for next season.

Pitcher Stephen Fife was among the six players who ended the season on the 60-day DL. Monday, The Dodgers reinstated Fife from the 60-day DL and outrighted him to Triple-A today, removing him from their 40-man roster.

Fife is unlikely to pitch until 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. He made one spot start for the Dodgers this season, allowing four runs in six innings in a May game against the Miami Marlins, and appeared in 11 games for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average for the Dodgers’ former Triple-A affiliate.

Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Onelki Garcia, Paul Maholm and Chris Withrow also ended the season on the 60-day DL. Maholm and Beckett, who’s already announced his retirement, are set to become free agents. Billingsley has a $14 million team option for 2015 or can be bought out for $3 million.

Garcia and Withrow, who have less than three years’ service time, will likely be brought back. Withrow is also rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery. Garcia was a candidate to rejoin the Dodgers’ 40-man roster after pitching in some Double-A games in early September.

Hyun-Jin Ryu filmed a ramen commercial, and he brought some “teammates.”

Fans who lost the “Chopstick Challenge” competition at Dodger Stadium to Hyun-Jin Ryu, take heart: You lost to someone who is paid to use chopsticks on camera.

You already knew that of course, since Ryu did a Jin Ramen ad solo last year. The best takeaway from the new ad (above) that popped up on YouTube and circled the blogosphere today is that Ryu brought his Dodger teammates. He even brought a few teammates who were cut out of the final edit.

Man, Clayton Kershaw really shrank a few inches in the last week.

A.J. Ellis seems a bit smaller, too.

Is that Trey Hillman? (No seriously, is that Trey Hillman?)

Chip Hale, an ex-Dodger, is managing the Arizona Diamondbacks.

One concept that’s always baffled me is how casual observers associate players, coaches and even executives with a certain team.

For example — and I’ve seen this written quite a bit lately — Ned Colletti is a “Giants guy.” Can’t have a Giants guy running the Dodgers, right?

The problem with this narrative is that Colletti was a “Chicago guy” before he was a “San Francisco guy.” He grew up there and collected as many stories from his time working for the Cubs as he has from his time working for the Giants.

What about Kirk Gibson? Dodgers guy, or a guy who was born in Michigan, attended high school and college in Michigan, was a first-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers and played 12 of his 17 seasons in a Tigers uniform?

All of this is a long-winded way of saying the Arizona Diamondbacks hired a man who appeared in 14 games with the 1997 Dodgers to replace Gibson as their manager.

Before you go burn your Chip Hale jersey in mourning, keep in mind hat Hale managed or coached in the Diamondbacks organization from 2000-09. He’d been on the New York Mets and Oakland A’s staffs more recently.

Hale, 49, also hit a ball once in the minor leagues that resulted in a very telegenic non-catch.

Diamondbacks executive Tony La Russa said Monday that Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy was not his final list of managerial candidates.

The strike zone is getting larger — a lot larger.

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis demonstrates how high some strikes are being called nowadays. (Karl Gehring/The Denver Post)

If the strike zone were to expand by, say, 40 square inches in the next six years, it would probably give pitchers a significant advantage over hitters. Right? Batting averages, on-base percentages and slugging percentages might drop. Strikeouts would rise. Casual baseball fans would long for the Steroid Era.

It so happens that, in the last six years, the strike zone has expanded by 40 square inches. Thirty-nine to be exact, according to TheHardballTimes.com, in an article titled “The Strike Zone is Out of Control.”

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Don Mattingly on Ned Colletti, his coaching staff, Hanley Ramirez, etc.

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The Dodgers will finalize their 2015 coaching staff in the coming days and weeks. (Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly addressed a number of topics in his season-ending media session Thursday. The big takeaway, as I explained in today’s editions: If the Dodgers didn’t beat themselves, and the manager only would’ve done one thing differently, then whoever assembled the team is primarily accountable for an early playoff exit.

That’s the manager’s opinion, and Don Mattingly doesn’t have the power to fire Ned Colletti.

But he did address Colletti’s status directly, and a few other things I wasn’t able to expand on in that piece:
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J.J. Hardy reportedly re-signs in Baltimore: What it means for the Dodgers.

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Hanley Ramirez hit .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs for the Dodgers in 2014. (Getty Images)

Veteran shortstop J.J. Hardy has reportedly re-signed with the Baltimore Orioles for three years and $40 million.

If and when that becomes official, there will be one fewer shortstop on the free agent market once the season ends. That carries a few implications for the Dodgers and impending free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
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