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.

Poll: Who should be fired?

Compared to 2013 the Dodgers made progress in the regular season, winning 94 games, only to regress come October. This year they won just one game in the postseason; last year they won five.

Inevitably, there will be personnel changes. We’ll get to the players in the coming days and weeks. Today we ask: who among the Dodgers coaches and executives would you dismiss?

You can choose everybody. You can choose nobody.

You can write lots and lots of angry comments. You can write votes of confidence.

Have fun.

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: A familiar, painful ending.

ST. LOUIS >> There were lots of questions for the Dodgers to ponder on the flight home after their season-ending, 3-2 loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Mark Whicker asks this: How do you send six men to the plate in the sixth inning, have five of them reach base and score just two runs?

The box score is here.

Report: Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett plans to retire.

Josh BeckettJosh Beckett is planning to undergo surgery on his hip in May 2015. According to MLB.com, he will not attempt to return to the mound.

Beckett didn’t have time to sign any retirement paperwork or inform his teammates of the decision in the minutes after the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday. But according to the report, Beckett’s career is over.

The 34-year-old right hander has pitched 335 games in a career that began in 2001, starting all but three. He made 35 starts with the Dodgers after arriving in an August 2012 trade with the Boston Red Sox along with Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.

This season, Beckett went 6-6 with a career-low 2.88 ERA before hip injuries ended his season in July.

Beckett won 138 games for the Dodgers, Florida Marlins (2001-05) and Red Sox (2006-12). He was 7-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 14 postseason games, winning the World Series MVP Award in 2003 and the ALCS MVP award in 2007.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on benching Yasiel Puig for Game 4 of NLDS.

ST. LOUIS >> Yasiel Puig was smiling Tuesday afternoon, cracking jokes, looking nothing like a man who’d just been benched for a playoff game for the first time in his major-league career.

He learned his fate the same way the rest of us at Busch Stadium did: by seeing Andre Ethier‘s name in the lineup card. But Puig said in Spanish that he didn’t need to talk to manager Don Mattingly about the decision.

We need to win that game,” Puig said. “I’m not working well on the field against St. Louis. It’s gone really bad in this series but … we’re doing the best we can. I’d like to hit every time I’ve gone up to bat, but haven’t been able to do so and I just win this game today with Ethier back there and with all of the guys that are playing. We know that we’re going to win with (Clayton) Kershaw on the mound and then continue at home with (Zack) Greinke.”

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Was home plate umpire Dale Scott applauding a Yasiel Puig strikeout Monday? (Video)

Well, the folks over at LasordasLair.com sure think so. And they have the video to prove it:

Was this what Matt Kemp was thinking when he said that Dale Scott should be disciplined?

Unfortunately we didn’t see the video before getting a chance to talk to Kemp on Tuesday.

Dodgers, Cardinals announce lineups for Game 4 of NLDS.

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ST. LOUIS >> The Cardinals are going for the kill at 2 p.m. Tuesday, while the Dodgers will look to extend their season another two days, in Game 4 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium.

Yasiel Puig gets his first day off of the series, while Andre Ethier will start in center field for the Dodgers and bat sixth.

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Dodgers:
Dee Gordon 2B
Carl Crawford LF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp RF
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier CF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Clayton Kershaw P

Cardinals:
Matt Carpenter 3B
Randal Grichuk RF
Matt Holliday LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Jon Jay CF
Kolten Wong 2B
Shelby Miller RHP

St. Louis Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1: ‘Terrible’ strike zone, bullpen blowup, season on the brink.

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Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)

ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position after a 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS. As Mark Whicker writes, we all know how it ended last year. Clayton Kershaw acknowledged the gravity of moment after being officially named the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter.

Matt Kemp called home plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone “terrible,” but the Dodgers’ bullpen was at least as bad.

The box score is here.

Report: St. Louis Cardinals catcher will be fined for shoving umpire in Game 1.

Major League Baseball will fine St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for shoving umpire Jerry Meals during a fracas in the third inning of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.

From Heyman’s story:

The exact amount of the fine isn’t known, but it was said to an amount that isn’t insignificant, one designed to “get his attention,” people familiar situation said.

In case you missed it, here’s what Molina did: