Category Archives: Los Angeles Dodger History

Justin Turner turns six

Six years ago Ned Colletti made his best move as the Dodger General Manager and it barely moved the media needle at the time when he signed Justin Turner to a minor league deal. Over at TrueBlueLA, we hailed the minor league signing because we thought Justin Turner was the perfect bench player for the …

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Claude Osteen turns 80 today, almost 54 years after he saved a Dodger World Championship

Claude Osteen will turn 80 today, and hopefully is living comfortably in Tennessee. The lefty with the nickname of “Gomer” was a mainstay in the Dodger rotation from 1965 until 1973 but for anyone who lived through his era, he will always be remembered as the guy who pitched a brilliant game three in the …

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MLB regulates away the Marlon Anderson and Ronnie Belliard’s of the world.

While my two favorite new rules don’t go into effect until 2020, in 2019 MLB will put into effect a rule change with huge ramifications. It may not seem like much but having only one true trade deadline means that teams have to make up their minds thirty games before they are used to do …

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A legend takes the last long walk off the mound

One of the best parts of covering the Dodgers was seeing Mr. Newcombe in the stands three hours before game time.  At the time I knew Don worked for the Dodgers but I didn’t know about his habit of being in the stands 2 – 3 hours before every game in the box seats just …

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Frank Robinson was a Dodger big deal

As the stars of my youth start to die off some make a bigger emotional impact than others. Frank Robinson had a storied HOF career well documented yesterday by numerous outlets including MLB media which showed off what they considered the ten most important moments of his career.  What won’t be included in all the …

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Look back at the Russell Martin Dodger career via TRUEBLUELA archives

The rise and fall of Russell Martin’s Dodger career came just as Dodger blog http://www.truebluela was beginning to ascend into relevancy.  Andrew Grant headed the blog when Russell Martin became the starting catcher in May of 2006 but the first article he wrote about Martin didn’t come until Aug 25th, 2006. Andrew Grant – Aug …

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Updating the Puig / Clemente timeline

In March of 2018, I took a long look at a view I’ve long maintained that Yasiel Puig could eventually have a career similar to HOF Roberto Clemente. Most baseball fans think of Clemente as the man who died a hero but in his early 20’s he was an enigmatic player who many felt wasn’t …

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Eight years ago today the Dodgers held a memorial for Willie Davis

One of the greatest Los Angeles Dodgers of all time passed away on March 9th, 2010. The 3 Dog holds so many Los Angeles Dodger records: Individual: Triples (16) , Longest hitting streak (31) Career: At Bats (7,495), Runs (1,004), Hits (2,091), Triples (116), Total Bases (3,094), XBH (585), PA (8,035) From 1960 – 1973 …

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Dodger prospect busts 1990 – 1999

Last week we took a look at the Dodger prospect busts of the 21st century.  Today we will take a look at the busts from 1990 – 1999. Thanks to an old Dodger Thoughts column by Jon Weisman I was able to find this link to all of the Baseball America Top 100 lists from …

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Did Puig measure up at age 26?

Back in February I asked if Puig could measure up to other LAD outfielders who had breakout seasons at the age of twenty-six? Even though his OPS+ was only 118, the growth he showed as the season progressed makes me say yes. He started out hitting eighth but by the time the Dodgers had gotten …

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