October 2015

Jacob Scavuzzo emerges as a prospect to watch

By Cary Osborne

Yes, there are Dodgers playing baseball in October. Nine players from the minor league system are on the Glendale Desert Dogs of the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League.

Maybe the Arizona Fall League is where we will see a Dodger farmhand continue to blossom. And maybe that farmhand is outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo.

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Save the date: 2016 Dodger FanFest is January 30

FanFest Save the Date

As announced in October’s Dodger Insider magazine, next year’s Dodger FanFest at Dodger Stadium will take place January 30. (For a recap of the 2015 event, click here.)

— Jon Weisman

Next season, Clayton Kershaw could become NL’s youngest with 2,000 K

NLDS GAME FOUR-LOS ANGELES DODGERS VS NEW YORK METS

By Jon Weisman

What historical milestone awaits Clayton Kershaw in 2016, other than hopefully his first World Series title?

If the lefty ace can strike out at least 254 batters by the end of the regular season October 2, he will become the youngest pitcher in National League history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts — by more than a year.

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Vin Scully’s sense of humor shines in SportsNet LA interview

By Cary Osborne

Only Vin.

Part 1 of the interview between Vin Scully and SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo aired on Thursday night on SportsNet LA, and the legendary Dodger broadcaster gave a priceless response to Rizzo’s question about what the procedure was that caused him to miss the Dodgers’ final homestand and National League Division Series.

“I guess for the men watching I could just tell them that it had to do with plumbing, and we can let it go at that,” he quipped. “But I’m fine. I really am.”

Scully talked postseason and changing managers, as well.

You can catch a longer clip by clicking here.

Part two of the interview will air on Monday at 7 p.m.

Awards season begins with nods for Greinke, Gonzalez

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Zack Greinke was named a 2015 National League All-Star by The Sporting News and a finalist for the Gold Glove Award by Rawlings.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers’ other Gold Glove finalist, competing against San Francisco’s Brandon Belt and Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt. Gonzalez is a four-time Gold Glove winner, including 2014.

Greinke, who led the Major Leagues in adjusted ERA and WHIP, also finished fourth in the balloting for Sporting News MLB Player of the Year, behind Toronto’s Josh Donaldson, Washington’s Bryce Harper and Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who had 43 votes to Greinke’s 40.

Joc Pederson tied Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber for fourth in the vote for Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, after the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, San Francisco’s Matt Duffy and Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang.

Andre Ethier was fifth in the Sporting News balloting for NL Comeback Player of the Year, won by Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.

Arrieta and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole are the other NL pitcher finalists for the Gold Glove, which Greinke previously won last year.

Gold Glove selection and voting criteria can be found here.

Report: Don Mattingly to manage Marlins

Dee Gordon says hello to Don Mattingly in his first game at Dodger Stadium as a Miami Marlin on May 11, as Lorenzo Bundy observes. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Dee Gordon says hello to Don Mattingly before Gordon’s first game at Dodger Stadium as a Miami Marlin on May 11, as Lorenzo Bundy observes. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

Don Mattingly and the Marlins have agreed to a deal for him to become the next Miami manager, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com confirmed today.

An official announcement is expected after the World Series. Mattingly will be the 15th manager in Marlins history and the second with Dodger ties, following Jeff Torborg (2002-03).

John Boles (1996-2001) later became a Dodger senior advisor, and Cookie Rojas, who managed the Marlins for one game in 2006 between Rene Lachemann and Boles, was the starting second baseman as a roookie for the Reds in the first game ever at Dodger Stadium. A week later, according to Baseball-Reference.com, Rojas got his first Major League hit — off Sandy Koufax.

But I digress. Mattingly will return April 25-28 to Los Angeles, when Miami plays at Dodger Stadium to start the Dodgers’ second homestand of the year.

Vin Scully suits up for interview, 2016 return

By Jon Weisman

In his first interview since the end of the 2015 regular season, Vin Scully re-confirms that he is definitely returning to the Dodgers in 2016.

Scully spoke to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo today for a conversation that will air at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Yes,” Scully told Rizzo in regards to the 2016 season. “Oh yeah, definitely. I’m looking forward to next year, maybe because it’s my last year. I’m looking forward to it as much as my second year, because I got by the first year and I was so thrilled there was another one coming up — well, that’s how I feel about ’16. I am chafing at the bit.”

Click here for a link to the clip

Scully underwent a medical procedure three weeks ago that sidelined him from postseason duty, but he was his vibrant self today, pulling up a chair (if you will) opposite Rizzo.

World Series Game 1 had something for everyone — even Dodger fans

By Jon Weisman

“I just hope for a memorable World Series, something we’ll remember for generations,” Mark Langill wrote Tuesday. Then that night, Game 1 between the Mets and the Royals delivered, offering so much that even Dodger fans still nursing their playoff wounds had to marvel.

Moreover, it wasn’t hard to find several Dodger connections to Kansas City’s marathon 14-inning, 5-4 victory over New York.

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In search of a classic Fall Classic

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Mark Langill

Finding a parking spot close to the stadium on the first day of the World Series reminded me of Bob Hope’s classic line as master of ceremonies: “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it’s known at my house, Passover.”

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Eight storylines for 2016 you can ponder now

Ryu Pederson

By Jon Weisman

It’s no secret that this will be another offseason of change for the Dodgers.

Already, manager Don Mattingly and vice president of medical services Stan Conte have departed. Five days after the World Series ends — sometime before November 10 — free agency begins. And you never know what the trade market will bring or take away.

The winter months will address several issues facing the Dodgers. But whatever happens will still leave several questions that won’t be answered until we’re well into the 2016 season.

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