My season-ending piece on the Dodgers and baseball for Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog is here.
Meanwhile, let’s see who in Dodger Thoughts-land did the best on this year’s predictions:
You can thank the Dodgers for winning, and “Les Miserables” for existing, and my youngest son for waking me up at 5:45 a.m. For those three reasons, I put together this early morning stop-and-smell-the-roses post on the Dodgers for Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog.
A quick glance at the National League leaders in Wins Above Replacement finds an interesting name atop the list.
1. Clayton Kershaw
Now, not everyone’s going to care about WAR, but it does signify that a repeat trophy for Kershaw is in play. Read more about it in my latest post at Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog.
Turns out, the season didn’t end today.
With their 3-2 loss Monday to Philadelphia, the Dodgers for the 18th time in their past 24 games, falling to 48-43, two games behind San Francisco in the National League West – their biggest deficit of 2012. That includes a 1-3 record since Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier returned from the disabled list, the two star outfielders’ presence failing to slow the team’s tailspin.
Tuesday’s arrival will mark two weeks until Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trading deadline, the last two weeks when teams can trade freely with each other. The Dodgers find themselves in a predicament – looking very much in contention, but looking very little like a contender.
For more on this riddle, read my latest post at Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog.
Silly me – when I described the yin and yang of Clayton Kershaw in Arizona on Friday somehow I left off the third rail. (Or maybe I included the first and third rails but left off the second.) Read more about that – as well as Vin Scully’s latest moment of ethereal insight – in my latest piece for Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog.
One of my all-time favorite Dodger moments, perhaps the favorite between A Happier 9/11 and the 4 + 1 game, took place 20 years ago tonight — starring Pedro Astacio. Read more about it at Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog.
I’ve spent most of the year thinking I’m the wrong age. What does this have to do with the Dodgers and R.A. Dickey? Maybe nothing at all, but find out the scoop at Los Angeles Magazine’s CityThink blog.
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Note: I got so busy working for the Dodgers that in 2014, I stopped keeping track, much to my regret.