Results tagged ‘ Dee Gordon ’

Dodgers hold team meeting before batting practice

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Carl Crawford, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
Alex Wood, P

By Jon Weisman

In the wake of their four-game losing streak, the Dodgers held a closed-door meeting at 3:30 p.m. in the clubhouse that Dave Roberts said essentially addressed the same issues he brought up after Thursday’s game.

“You just got to get back to the fundamentals and trying to play clean, crisp baseball and play every pitch,” Roberts said. “I think that there are signs of that. … Whether we’re winning games or not winning games, I still think there’s a process that needs to be in place, and you just don’t want things to get away from you. So right now, it’s kind of hit the reset button a little bit.”

Among other issues, Roberts has the sense that Dodger batters are pressing at the plate.

“You know, it’s funny — I think it’s just guys are trying too hard,” he said. “And you hear it all the time when guys aren’t swinging well, that guys want to do it so bad, it’s a little bit, ‘Try a little less hard.’ Because guys just start swinging the bat, and you start coming out of the strike zone.”

One thing not addressed in today’s meeting was the 80-game suspension of former Dodger infielder Dee Gordon that was announced late Thursday. Reaction to that news is amply covered at a number of sites, but Roberts echoed the feeling of many.

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Clayton Kershaw, All-Star jokester

Clayton and Cali Ann Kershaw (John Grieshop/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Clayton and Cali Ann Kershaw (John Grieshop/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Here’s an anecdote that’s an antidote to any Tuesday morning Dodger blues. It’s from Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford — yes, that’s right — at the Brandon and Brandon blog (via MLB.com/blogs):

… Besides being an honor, the All-Star Game was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had. When you play against guys, you form an impression of what they’re like. Then you get to spend a little time together and you sometimes see another side. For instance, Adrian Gonzalez. I could never get a read on him because he never really talks to you at first base, unlike some other first basemen. But I talked to him a bit in Cincinnati and he seemed like a really good guy. He was loose and having a great time in the dugout.

So was Kershaw. When the first-base umpire called a foul ball against us, Kershaw yelled in a high-pitched voice, “C’mon, Jerry! That was fair!’’ Then he turned to Dee Gordon next to him and in his own voice said — real loud — “Yeah, Dee! You tell him!’’  He was really funny, which is not what I think of him when I’m standing in the batter’s box. …

— Jon Weisman

Quotebook: Andrew Friedman on the Dodgers’ offseason moves

Los Angeles Dodgers Andrew Friedman Press Conference

Andrew Friedman became Dodger president of baseball operations in October. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

 

By Cary Osborne

After Howie Kendrick’s introductory press conference today, Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman spoke with reporters on a conference call about the moves the Dodgers have made this offseason. Here’s what he had to say …

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Andrew Friedman speaks about Wednesday’s trades

By Jon Weisman

In the wee hours, Dodger president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman discussed Wednesday’s exchange of players with the Marlins and Angels. Above is some video, below are some excerpts …

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Breakfast with Dee Gordon

Jon Soohoo

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Erin Edwards

If you walked the halls of Union Elementary School in Los Angeles this morning, you would have noticed a special energy in the air in anticipation of Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon’s arrival. Handmade posters cut out in the shape of a jersey read “Breakfast with Flash” and “Strike out bad eating habits” amid lots of Dodger pride among every student and teacher in their Dodger Blue.

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Dodgers sign Barney, retain rights to other arbitration-eligible players

By Jon Weisman

As the 9 p.m. deadline approached tonight to retain the rights to the players eligible for salary arbitration or cut bait, the Dodgers had eight players on the docket — including outfielder Chris Heisey, acquired hours earlier.

Shortly after the deadline, the Dodgers announced they were keeping all eight on board, signing Darwin Barney to a one-year deal and tendering contracts to catchers A.J. Ellis and Drew Butera, infielders Dee Gordon and Justin Turner, pitchers Kenley Jansen and Juan Nicasio, and Heisey.

In theory, all of the players besides Barney could go to salary arbitration, though few if any will.

Former Dodgers Martinez, Sheffield and Garciaparra are first-timers on HOF ballot

By Cary Osborne

Of the 34 names on the Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Monday, nine have either played or coached for the Dodgers. Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Schmidt are all first-timers.

Players need to appear on 75 percent of the ballots to earn election to the Hall of Fame. Results will be announced on January 6 on MLB Network.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly is in his 15th and final year on the ballot. A rule change made this year now sets the limit to 10 years on the Hall of Fame ballot for players who have received at least 5 percent of the vote, however players between 10 years and 15 years from the previous rule were grandfathered in. Mattingly received 8.2 percent of the vote last year and received a high of 28.2 percent in his first year of eligibility in 2001.

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Just another day in the offseason …

Day in the offseason life

… for Dan Haren, A.J. Ellis and Dee Gordon.

— Jon Weisman

Adrian Gonzalez wins Silver Slugger Award

Photo: Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers

Photo: Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers

 

By Cary Osborne

Adrian Gonzalez won the 2014 National League Silver Slugger Award for first basemen Thursday, becoming the third Dodger first baseman to win the prize.

He joins Eddie Murray (1990) and Eric Karros (1995) as Dodger Silver Slugger first basemen. The Dodgers have now had a Silver Slugger in three of the last four seasons (Matt Kemp in 2011 and Zack Greinke in 2013).

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Kershaw, Puig lead as Dodgers grab 15 GIBBY noms

By Jon Weisman

The GIBBY Awards aren’t named after Kirk Gibson specifically, though the awkwardness of the full name — Greatness in Baseball Yearly — suggests a determined attempt to arrive at that acronym. In any case, the Dodgers are nominated for several in 2014, and you can vote online through November 7. (Winners will be announced December 6.)

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles DodgersClayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig were each nominated in three categories. Here is your full list of Dodger nominees:

  • MLB MVP: Kershaw
  • Starting pitcher: Kershaw
  • Closer: Kenley Jansen
  • Bounceback player: Matt Kemp
  • Manager: Don Mattingly
  • Play: Puig’s double play, July 5 at Colorado
  • Outfield throw: Puig, September 22 vs. San Francisco
  • Moment: Vin Scully announces his return for 2015, July 29
  • Hitting performance: Dee Gordon 5 for 6 with three steals, May 3 at Miami
  • Hitting performance: Puig, 4 for 4 with three triples, July 25 at San Francisco
  • Pitching performance: Josh Beckett no-hitter, May 25 at Philadelphia
  • Pitching performance: Kershaw no-hitter, June 18 vs. Colorado
  • Oddity: Dodgers’ defensive wall, August 29 at San Diego
  • Walkoff: Hanley Ramirez’s 12th-inning homer, August 2 vs. Chicago
  • Cut4 topic: Mo’ne Davis at Dodger Stadium

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