Kershaw Day

Not only does he get the start today against the Rockies, but Baseball Prospectus published several stories about the new daddy in their March 9 blog post. Look in the “Today at Baseball Prospectus” section on the front page.

Update: Headline: Time Warner Cable ‘Actively Pursuing’ Talks to Finally Lift Dodger Blackout

Nonsense. The article says TWC is trying to sign the other distributors up without lowering its $4.90 per subscriber fee. So what concession has TWC made to them? Looks like none to me.

56 thoughts on “Kershaw Day

    • This wasn’t meant as a FO criticism, it means I personally have become convinced that Olivera is probably injured and at this point in his life/career has questionable skills and is not nearly worth the money is asking.

  1. More from Jon on relievers, after 4 pitchers sent to the minor league side:

    “The Dodgers still have six non-roster relievers in camp, to go with 11 on the active roster, not to mention a few swingmen. Here’s the breakdown:

    Righty relievers, no options: Chris Hatcher, Brandon League, Dustin McGowan, Juan Nicasio, Joel Peralta

    Lefty relievers, no options: J.P. Howell

    Righty relievers, can go to minors: Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia, David Aardsma, Mike Adams, Chad Gaudin, Ben Rowen, Sergio Santos

    Lefty relievers, can go to minors: Daniel Coulombe, Adam Liberatore, Paco Rodriguez, David Huff

    Righty relievers on disabled list: Kenley Jansen, Chris Withrow

    More on this at Jon’s place, if interested.

  2. Here’s a thought none of us want to have: What are the odds Kershaw ever needs Tommy John Surgery? I know I’ll cry that day and I won’t be the only one. Here is an article ( on the increasing rate of surgeries. I’m not sure what year it was but 1/3 of the pitchers on Major League rosters had had it. One third! It almost seems like a certainty these days. And the more pitches a pitcher makes, the more likely to have the injury. With Kershaw’s Consistency and going deep into games, he is really at risk. Pray not.

  3. Noting the huge lack of posts, no one, except possibly the owner, has any right to complain about someone else’s post. If you don’t have anything to say, you have no right to criticize what someone else says. At least he’s keeping the site alive… Package 206, the floor is yours.

      • As the robot in the movie said, “Need input”. Don’t you think it odd that so many of your “posters” post only to complain about someone else posting. They themselves can’t think of a thing to say, other than to complain about what someone else is saying. Sorry people, my brain functions, I’m always thinking something, good or bad. I expect I’ll be abouts as popular here as Strontium 90 so I guess this is my swansong. I’ll try to find a heartbeat here before I go:

        • Oh dear, my lack of film knowledge betrays me again. What movie was that?

          I have no doubt things will improve, including the tone of the conversations here, once the season begins. Then we can argue about Don’s pinch-hitting choices, or his relief choices, or his bunting habits, or any number of other things.

          Keep Calm and Carry On. 😉

          • I’m still here. I think we are all in a bit of a holding pattern at the moment, waiting for the real stuff to begin

          • Then we can argue about Don’s pinch-hitting choices, or his relief choices, or his bunting habits, or any number of other things.

            Funny how all of those things too are complaints.

          • Added to this will be the lineup. Last year’s pretty much wrote itself. This year a bit more up in the air (the the extent that Donnie has publicly said that he would seek FO input).

  4. TWC was counting on about $5 per subscriber from the all of the millions of cable and satellite subscribers in SoCal to help pay back the huge fortune TWC gave the Dodgers. Just a guess but I think at least a million Dodger fans would gladly pay $8 a month for the games. A far cry from the tens of $MM they are trying to collect. Here is the thought they have to keep in mind: Cut your losses. Losing $40MM a month is much better than losing $50MM.

  5. This may be good for a few smiles–

    I have only a few comments ever at Dodgers Digest. But couldn’t resist when I saw this in a post there today about a quiet ST and the likely opening day roster:

    “Ethier’s continued existence may still be confounding but it’s unlikely to change soon.”
    So I chimed in:

    foultip 6 hours ago”Ethier’s continued existence may still be confounding”

    I know Ethier needs to go elsewhere, but isn’t this a bit drastic?

    ” but it’s unlikely to change soon.”

    Did a hit man blow the job or something?
    And got this response:

    Mike Petriello moderator6 hours ago@foultip If we consider Ethier’s job to be a hit man, then yes, he blew it.


  6. Just got my tix for Dodgers when they come to National Stadium! July can’t come soon enough. Meanwhile, I will be scouting the Nat’s for us.

  7. Just for the record, I won’t mind if the Dodgers don’t sign Olivera. I’m not a doctor but just a glimmer of UCL problems scare me off a player. And of course his major league hitting ability at this point is pure speculation. Factor in that we really don’t need him and passing on him is a forgone decision for me.

    • Yasiel’s advanced fielding stats in CF last year were better than Trout’s.

  8. Yet another tie game. Kershaw gave up a home run but pronounced himself happy with his work. Ethier had an RBI single and Scott Schebler homered for the Dodgers.

    Young Mr. Schebler (age 24, so not all THAT young) has progressed quite nicely through the farm system. I confess I didn’t know much about him at all until this spring.

    • Kid has moved up a level each year and been improving just about each time, particularly on k rate, which is still a bit high, though he certainly does have power.

  9. I’m gonna miss this one because I’ll be off watching king penguins on Tierra del Fuego.