I was standing in the Angels’ clubhouse last year (hang with me, this is really about the Dodgers) when a writer who doesn’t normally cover baseball asked me what the “pulse” of the team was. I don’t remember the day, or the opponent, or what my senses were picking up. Probably the usual quiet din of clubhouse attendants shuffling in and out, the usual smell of cologne mixed with sweaty workout clothes, and the usual faces.
“It’s normal,” I said, which is usually what a doctor says when she puts away her stethoscope, right?
Truth is, this was the first game of a new homestand. I’d spent the last week covering the Dodgers. I could tell you what I’d just read about the Angels’ last road trip, or if there were any unusual faces in the room. Maybe I knew that night’s bobblehead giveaway. But a pulse? Call a doctor. Better yet, call a traveling beat writer.
A solo home run by Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson got the Pacific Coast League on the board, but wasn’t enough to thwart defeat in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Durham, North Carolina.
Pederson hit a 91-mph fastball from right-hander Ruben Gotay deep to right-center field in the International League’s 7-3 win. The 22-year-old center fielder, the only Dodgers prospect in the game, went 1 for 3 with a walk.
In 79 games with Albuquerque this season, Pederson is hitting .324 with 13 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs and 43 RBIs. He leads the PCL with a .445 on-base percentage.
Viewership ratings for Tuesday’s All-Star Game were the highest in four years, according to ratings released today by Major League Baseball.
Fox’s telecast of the game attracted 11.34 million viewers, the most since the American League beat the National League 3-1 at Angel Stadium in 2010. The last All-Star games for Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera in 2013 and Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter on Tuesday helped the game achieve its first viewership increase in back-to-back years since 1993 and 1994.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and right fielder Yasiel Puig were among the top five players mentioned most often via social media. Here’s a graphical breakdown of the game’s social media impact:
The Dodgers are the favorites to win the National League, and their odds of winning the World Series have improved slightly since June 2, according to online oddsmaker Boavada.
The Oakland A’s, owners of the best record in baseball, are the new favorites to win the World Series at 5-to-1, followed by the Dodgers (6-to-1), Tigers (6-to-1) and Angels (9-to-1).
Here’s the complete list of Bovada’s updated baseball odds:
Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon meets with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Associated Press photo)
, Clayton Kershaw
and Zack Greinke
could be proud of the way they performed against the American League’s best Tuesday in Minneapolis.
Yasiel Puig‘s memory of his first All-Star Game might not be as sweet.
A simple yet obvious bookkeeping error resulted in a forfeit loss for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. Here’s the full text of a Pacific Coast League release explaining why:
The Pacific Coast League has announced an official change to the result of the July 9 game between the El Paso Chihuahuas and Albuquerque Isotopes. The game, which had been suspended due to rain and completed the following day, ended in a final score of Albuquerque 7, El Paso 6. However, that has now been declared an El Paso victory by way of forfeit.
Following the completion of the game, the Pacific Coast League determined that a 26th player was improperly added to the Albuquerque roster prior to the game. Major League Rule 2(c)(2)(b) stipulates the active roster limit for Triple-A teams is 25 players. The violation occurred as a result of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Isotopes major league affiliate, activating an Albuquerque player from the Disabled List without making a corresponding transaction to remove a player from the Triple-A club’s Active List, which was already at the 25-player limit.
Thus, the game becomes a forfeit in the favor of the El Paso club and corresponding adjustments will be made to the teams’ respective won/loss records. Per the Official Baseball Rules, even though the final score will now be listed as a 9-0 El Paso win, individual and team statistics from the game, including runs scored, will count in the official records. However, the pitching records — win, loss, and other — will be erased.
More to come as we get it.
Logan White, the Dodgers’ vice president of amateur scouting, is no longer a candidate for the Padres’ vacant general manager position.
Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com was the first to report the news.
White’s primary responsibilities with the Dodgers are overseeing the organization’s amateur scouting efforts, including the annual June draft, along with assisting GM Ned Colletti on various assignments.
This photo, published today on BleacherReport.com, shows Clayton Kershaw and childhood teammate and friend Matthew Stafford (right), now a quarterback for the Detroit Lions.
What are the odds the best quarterback in the country and the best pitcher in the country would graduate from the same high school?
It happened in 2006. Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford were more than talented athletes. They were good friends.
BleacherReport.com sent a reporter to Texas to dig deeper. Worth a read if you have 15 minutes.
Yasiel Puig didn’t hit any home runs in the Home Run Derby last night. (Getty Images)
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig didn’t hit any home runs at baseball’s annual Home Run Derby last night, but his bat had an impact.
All 10 participants in the derby teamed up to raise money for charity. With 82 total home runs hit during the competition (including 11 “FlexBall” home runs worth $10,000 each), Gillette and Major League Baseball combined to raise $465,000 to charity, according to the league.
Per an MLB release, the funds will be distributed as follows:
- $50,000 to Yoenis Cespedes’ charity of choice for winning the competition
- $95,000 to Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club programs and MLB “Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities” (RBI) program
- $20,000 to the charities of choice for each of Cespedes’ Derby teammates
- $25,000 to NL Captain Troy Tulowitzki’s charity of choice
- $25,000 to AL Captain Jose Bautista’s charity of choice
- $8,000 to the charities of choice for each of the NL participants
- The balance of the funds raised will be split between RBI & Boys & Girls Clubs of America
A Dodgers spokesperson said that Puig hasn’t chosen his charity yet.
Two former Los Angeles Dodger All-Star pitchers will be honored on Friday.
Hideo Nomo will be inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will be held on the field to honor the 2014 inductees prior to the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Game at Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, Japan.
Chan Ho Park will receive recognition during retirement ceremonies prior to the Korean Professional Baseball All-Star Game at Champions Field, Kwangju, South Korea. Park announced his retirement from baseball on November 30, 2012. He had a record of 124–98 in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Rangers, Padres, Mets, Phillies, Yankees, and Pirates.