Dodgers draft picks in the College World Series this weekend.

While some Dodgers draft picks have already reported to Arizona for the start of their professional careers, three are still playing for their college teams in the annual College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

UC Santa Barbara pitcher James Carter (21st round) and the Gauchos take on pitcher Conor Costello (32nd round) and Oklahoma State in a first-round game today at noon (PT). The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Sunday, Texas Tech pitcher Chandler Eden (25th round) and the Red Raiders take on TCU at noon. That game will be televised on ESPNU.

All three players are guaranteed one more game, either Monday or Tuesday, on one of the ESPN networks. It’s complicated. We’ll update the scenarios after the weekend.

Share this post ...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someonePrint this page

Pedro Martinez: Clayton Kershaw ‘seems to be getting even better than I was.’

“It’s a dream for me to sit in front of a TV to watch Clayton Kershaw. I’ve seen a lot of good pitchers, but watching Clayton Kershaw, I think, deserves a lot more respect, a lot more attention. … I don’t have enough words to actually say how great I think that kid actually is. .. This kid seems to be getting even better than I was, even better than Sandy Koufax. More exciting than Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux.”

That quote might have come from you, or your pal Steve, or your dad, or your co-worker. I’m repeating it here because it came from Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez yesterday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with Cliff Floyd and Casey Stern.

Listen to the full context of Martinez’s comments on Kershaw here:

Share this post ...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someonePrint this page

Say goodbye to every fielding metric you thought you knew.

And to think, this is where opposing infielders line up when Dee Gordon *doesn’t* show bunt.

A photo posted by J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) on


Remember the last time you saw the Dodgers, or the team playing the Dodgers, use an infield shift on defense and thought, “how can any fielding statistics be accurate when they shift so darn much?”

No? That’s OK. Keep reading.

Continue reading

Share this post ...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someonePrint this page

The Dodgers have three games on ESPN next week.

For those of who you do not have access to SportsNet LA at home, this should come as welcome news: The Dodgers will play three non-blacked out games on ESPN in four days next week.

Sunday night in New York (5 p.m. PT), and Tuesday night and Wednesday night in Chicago (5 p.m.), are all national telecasts on the Worldwide Leader. The Sunday night telecast will feature Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza in the booth. The latter two feater Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville.

And, if Julio Urias is allowed to pitch five days from day, you can tune in to watch him pitch again Wednesday night.

Share this post ...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someonePrint this page

Report: Vin Scully turns down offer to participate in All-Star Game broadcast.

Vin Scully

Vin Scully hasn’t been part of an All-Star Game broadcast since 1989. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Vin Scully recently turned down a formal offer to be part of Fox’s broadcast of the All-Star Game in San Diego in July, SportsIllustrated.com reported today.

From Richard Deitsch’s story:
Continue reading

Share this post ...
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrEmail this to someonePrint this page