Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

Machado deal is 3rd big summer deal in a row

For a team that gets criticized for not trading prospects, the Dodgers sure trade a lot of prospects. In the summer of 2016, they traded three of their top pitching prospects  Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas, and 2014 first round pick Grant Holmes for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. Rich Hill at the time was one …

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Machado coming but who is going?

This deal could be announced any second but until it does speculation is running rampant on who is headed to the Orioles.  Based on the reporting we have read we know two things: Five prospects of which none are on the current major league roster Yusniel Diaz is the headliner There have been reports that …

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Oh my goodness, Miguel Vargas

I tend to ignore what happens in the short season rookie leagues because I’ve been burned way too many times getting excited about what happens in Odgen but I can’t take my eyes away from what 18-year-old Miguel Vargas is doing this summer for the Raptors. Miguel Vargas is from Cuba and got to the …

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LAD All-Stars 2000 – 2018, Clayton Kershaw era

Here is a link to all of the LAD All-Stars. Quick 21st-century LAD All-Star notes: The most all-stars this century were the six in 2017 The Dodgers had a rookie all-star three years in a row from 2015 – 2017 with Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger. That streak was broken in 2018. Kershaw’s …

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Stripling / Muncy dominate “first-half” awards

It is strange to call something the first half when ninety-six games have already been played and only sixty-six games remain in the “second half” but that is what MLB has decided is our season. With that in mind, the Dodgers needed all ninety plus games in the first half to climb into first place …

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Dodger AA catchers rip through the Texas League

Will Smith got all the attention early in the week when he blasted his fourth home run in four games on Wednesday night He’s done it again! Fourth game in a row Will Smith has homered! His 16th of the year, 5th in his last 6 games, and 9th in his last 14 games. — …

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Can the Dodgers hold serve heading into the All-Star break?

It wasn’t supposed to be such a steep climb but when the Arizona Diamondbacks got off to such a hot start and the Dodgers stumbled coming out of the gate, first place looked as far away as the peak of El Capitan but with a trio of Monster drinks in their backpack the Dodgers have …

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What does the future hold for Ross Stripling?

On April 8th, 2016 Ross Stripling had one of the greatest debut games as a pitcher in LAD history when he held the Giants to ZERO hits while recording twenty-two outs.  More was made about the fact he wasn’t allowed to go for his no-hitter than about the fact the Dodgers had found another jewel …

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Degrom is the best option this July

Standing pat is not an option for Dodger fans this July. The Dodgers are still a loaded team as they pass the halfway mark in games played but it is still a team that could use help as they try to catch and pass a good Diamondback team in their quest to get back to …

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Clayton Kershaw will get his first all-star vacation since 2010

This decade has been known as the Clayton Kershaw All-Star decade but for the first time since 2010, Clayton Kershaw can spend the break with his family, and I expect he is ok with that. All-Star selections are still fluid until the final weekend, especially for pitchers, but if any Dodger pitcher is going to …

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