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2014: What will you remember?

By Jon Weisman

In their 26th year of pursuing their seventh World Series title, the Dodgers don’t feel they’ve fulfilled their mission because they didn’t win a championship.

Nevertheless, despite what happened in October, it was a memorable 2014 for a variety of reasons.

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A final Dodger trivia quiz for 2014

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By Jon Weisman

Test your knowledge of the 2014 Dodgers and their place in history with these 20 questions. Answers below.

  1. The 2014 Dodgers hit into two triple plays in one season for the first time since 1955. What two Hall of Famers hit into the triple plays in 1955?
  2. Yasiel Puig did something on July 26 that hadn’t been done by a Dodger in 109 years. What was it?
  3. On May 25, Josh Beckett threw the Dodgers’ first no-hitter since what pitcher did so in 1996?
  4. Name the two Dodgers older than Beckett to throw a no-hitter: a future Hall of Famer in 1925, and a past New York Giant in 1956.
  5. The day after Beckett’s no-hitter, another pitcher took a perfect game into the eighth inning against Cincinnati. Who was it?
  6. Early in 2014, Dee Gordon took the National League lead in stolen bases and triples. The last Dodger to lead the NL in both categories in one season was which 1960s star?
  7. Name the three Los Angeles Dodgers to have at least 60 stolen bases in a season before Gordon did in 2014.
  8. When was the last year before 2014 that the Dodgers led the big leagues in stolen bases: 1965, 1970, 1975 or 1980?
  9. Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

    Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

  10. On August 27 at Arizona, what did Clayton Kershaw allow to happen for the first time all season?
  11. True or false: Kershaw has more career innings than former Yankees great Mariano Rivera.
  12. In 2014, Kenley Jansen became the sixth Dodger with 100 career saves. Who were the first five?
  13. When this reliever passed the 100-inning mark as a Dodger this year, he had the lowest career ERA in franchise history. Who was it?
  14. Kershaw made six starts in June and pitched 44 innings. How many runs did he allow that month?
  15. During Kershaw’s 41-inning scoreless streak this summer, how many runners reached third base: three, five, seven or nine?
  16. What slugging Dodger outfielder this season hit four home runs off Arizona pitcher Wade Miley?
  17. Who was the Dodgers’ Opening Day second baseman this season?
  18. Place these 2014 Dodgers in order of when they were first called up from the minors as rookies: Chad Billingsley, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw.
  19. Hanley Ramirez is in second place on the Dodgers’ all-time home run list for shortstops. Who was first with 43 homers as a shortstop in his Dodger career?
  20. In 2013, the Dodgers rallied from a 9 ½-game deficit to win the NL West. What was the Dodgers’ biggest deficit in the division in 2014?
  21. True or false: The Dodgers never spent a day with a losing record in 2014.

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2014 postscript: From piano to panic, a Kershaw no-hitter odyssey

By Jon Weisman

Embarrassing as it is to admit, I think what I might remember most about my first year with the Dodgers was the stress I felt trying to do a job worthy of this franchise.

That being said, there were some incredibly cool moments that I’ll recall. But nothing remotely compares to the one I’m about to describe, one culminating in a tension beyond dreaming.

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Shutter Speed: Great photos of 2014


By Jon Weisman

Each month in Dodger Insider magazine, our Shutter Speed section showcases the best in Dodger photography from the previous month. Enjoy some of my favorites from 2014, thanks to photographers Jon SooHoo, Juan Ocampo, Jill Weisleder and Patrick Gee.

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Video: Dodger first-half highlights

As seen Sunday at Dodger Stadium …

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Previously on Dodger Insider: “Dodgers Top 40: The best plays of the first half”

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Dodgers Top 40: The best plays of the first half

By Jon Weisman

How exciting a 2014 has it been for the Dodgers? I started out planning to pick out the top 10 plays of the first half of the season, then (after realizing that Dee Gordon could practically fill that quota by himself) saw that list balloon to 40.

So here, in all their glory (and in an unplanned tribute to Casey Kasem), are the biggest thrills of the first 81 games. Thanks to for the videos, as well as pieces of text here and there.

Now, prepare to lose yourself …

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March 30 at San Diego: Hyun-Jin Ryu fields a sharp comebacker and throws to home to start a double play and escape a bases-loaded jam in the first.
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