Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

Pivoting to Betts is the right move

In the beginning, the clamoring crowds wanted Gerrit Cole, but he said no to the most expensive contract the Dodgers have ever offered a free agent and went to the NYY. Then, it was Rendon, but the Dodgers never even offered him a contract after he let the front office know that he and his …

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Rendon or bust?

Well, the Dodgers didn’t get Cole. They now have to figure out a way to take a 106 win regular-season team, that took the eventual World Champions to extra innings in the deciding 5th game, and did so despite one of the worst postseason managing decisions in LAD history to win a few extra games …

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Cole Whiners

Last night the Dodgers missed out on Gerrit Cole when the front office refused to give Cole the largest pitching contract in baseball history and Dodger Twitter exploded in indignation as they watched their perceived best chance at winning a World Championship go down the drain. Not that Gerrit Cole won a World Championship with …

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Clipper Staples is for everyone

Expectations were huge on Wednesday night as the Clippers finally had the dynamite duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard playing together for the first time. Even though both players would be playing limited minutes it would be the first time fans of the Clippers and basketball fans around the world would see what got …

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Clippers just might live up to the hype

Writer Jon Weisman sent a tweet to me because he knows I’m a long-suffering Clipper fan.  It was an image that no Clipper had ever seen before. Vegas had already made the Clippers the odds on favorite to win the NBA title but this was from the East Coast. Eight different writers had picked the …

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LAD Double leader by Season

Corey Seager led the Dodgers in doubles in 2019 with 44 and hit his 44 doubles in only 541 plate appearances while Shawn Green hit his LAD best 49 doubles in 691 plate appearances. The best double per plate appearance for a LAD seasonal leader is Corey Seager in 2019 at 12.3 doubles per plate …

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Rendon and Cole aren’t coming to Los Angeles

I spent some time trying to figure out how the Dodgers could get Anthony Rendon when it dawned on me that I’m just wasting my time. The Nationals are going to the World Series and Anthony Rendon is going to stay in Washington. Gerritt Cole is probably going to the World Series and while he …

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It’s complicated

Has there ever been a more complicated relationship in Los Angeles sports than what Dodger fans and future HOF Clayton Kershaw are going through right now? How many times can the Dodgers be knocking on the door only to have the guy with the biggest knockers be the one who doesn’t knock the hardest when …

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Great beginnings sometimes end in commiserated sorrow

Is it possible to have a good time at a game that ends a team’s season? When you go to a game by yourself you don’t have the luxury of picking who you hang out with, you get the luck of the draw. Sometimes you get lucky and find yourself enveloped around good fun Dodger …

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Ouch, this one hurts

It isn’t that the Nationals aren’t a talented team, they are, but when you have a 3 – 1 lead in the 8th inning with your whole bullpen still at your disposal your expectations for victory are pretty damn high, so when the season goes to hell in a handbasket in a matter of seconds …

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