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Purging the ghosts of Dodger postseasons past

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

This is exorcism time.

Though it has been nearly 28 years since the Dodgers last reached the World Series, they have come tantalizingly close — closer than you might realize. The list of turning points — any one of which might have redirected the Dodgers from a title — doesn’t merely boggle the mind. It jengas the mind. It gnip-gnops the mind.

In all, there have been four National League Division Series (1996, 2006, 2014, 2015) and three National League Championship Series (2008, 2009, 2013) that might have gone the Dodgers’ way if not for a single play. There are 17 such plays captured below, and that’s not even an all-inclusive list.

Perhaps by confronting this chamber of horrors at once, we can spiritually move the Dodgers forward …

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Seager adds twins to his triplets and the Dodgers are building momentum

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

This story wasn’t supposed to be about Corey Seager. A lot of other people were going to get some limelight.

But then Seager commandeered this lead in the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting a two-run home run off Alexi Ogando halfway up the Right Field Pavilion in the Dodgers’ 12-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. It was his second home run of the game — the brother home run coming in the fourth inning with a 396-foot blast to center field off Matt Wisler.

Keeping it in the family, Seager cousined this game with his three-homer effort on Friday night.

Unreal Corey. Unreal.

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Turner’s postseason one of the best in Dodger history

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

A week removed from the end of the Dodgers’ season, it’s still staggering just how great Justin Turner was in the National League Division Series. The fact is it’s one of the greatest performances by a Dodger in a playoff series — ever.

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Chase Utley slide joins most controversial plays in Dodger playoff history

By Jon Weisman

Jackie Robinson safe at home in 1949. Davey Lopes safe at first in 1977. The heat of Hanley Ramirez’s rib fractured by a pitch — two years ago this very day — still simmers. And above all, Reggie Jackson’s hip.

Nothing tops their notoriety in Dodger postseason history, but entering that pantheon is Chase Utley’s slide, a play we will be talking about for years.

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In case you missed it: The youngest prospect

Los Angeles Dodgers vs the Seattle Mariners

For more photos from Friday, visit LA Photog Blog.

Dodgers at Indians, 12:05 p.m.
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, DH
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Andre Ethier, DH
Juan Uribe, 3B
Scott Schebler, RF
Darnell Sweeney, CF
(Mike Bolsinger, P)

By Jon Weisman

Looks like Louis Mattingly was told he’s not starting … but Mom and Dad don’t seem discouraged about his long-term potential.

Here are some more notes and news …

  • Don Mattingly told reporters today that reliever Mike Adams is days away from being “game ready,” but he looks good so far.
  • “Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke looked sharp Friday,” writes AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, “facing hitters for the first time this spring. Perhaps more importantly, he came away from his live batting practice session pain free.”
  • Ned Colletti shared his thoughts with Bill Dwyre of the Times about his new role with the Dodgers — paraphrasing Jim Murray in the process. “I think he wrote one time,” Colletti said, “that things can get like riding a tiger. We’re afraid to get on, and once we’re on, we’re afraid to get off.”
  • Of the four players since 1970 who have played at least 300 games at both shortstop and the outfield, two have played for the Dodgers: Derrel Thomas and Hubie Brooks. Hanley Ramirez could become the third, as Doug Miller of ESPN Insider notes.
  • Sunday’s Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic featuring Texas Christian, Vanderbilt, UCLA and USC will have more than 15 top draft prospects, writes David Hood of True Blue L.A.
  • Minnie Minoso was the Latin Jackie Robinson, suggests Allen Barra at Sports on Earth. Barra then goes on to argue for Minoso’s Hall of Fame worthiness based on his on-field performance.

Actually, the Dodgers should have as much power as the 2014 team

Yasmani Grandal hits a grand slam home run at AT&T Park on September 25 in San Francisco. The home run was Grandal's second of the game.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Yasmani Grandal hits a grand slam at AT&T Park on September 25 in San Francisco. The home run was Grandal’s second of the game. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

By Cary Osborne

The cry when Hanley Ramirez left for free agency and Matt Kemp was traded to San Diego was, “Well, there goes the power.”

Actually, the power might not have left the Dodgers after all.

During the offseason, the Dodgers lost eight players who hit home runs in 2014 (Kemp 25, Ramirez 13, Drew Butera 3, Dee Gordon 2, and Miguel Rojas, Tim Federowicz, Carlos Triunfel and Roger Bernadina with one each). That’s 47 home runs. Gone. Kaput. Those players all combined to slug .403.

The Dodgers as a team slugged .406 in 2014.

Now, remove those guys, and the Dodgers slugged .407.

Now let’s mention four additions to the 2015 Dodgers — Jimmy Rollins (17 home runs), Yasmani Grandal (15), Howie Kendrick (seven) and Chris Heisey (eight). Those four players combined to hit — wait for it — 47 home runs in 2014. Their collective slugging percentage was .403.

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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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Andre Ethier and the 1988 draft

Ethier Grantland

By Jon Weisman

And with the 1,390th pick in the 1988 amateur draft, the Dodgers select 6-year-old outfielder Andre Ethier …

Well, not exactly, but over at Grantland, Ben Lindbergh did something I’ve always wanted to do but never attempted — see how far back you can trace the acquisition of a given player.

Amazingly, he’s done it for all 30 MLB teams, and as you can see above, he routes Andre Ethier all the way back to the 1988 draft, when the outfielder wasn’t quite two months past his sixth birthday. (Click the image to enlarge.)

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Hanley Ramirez rejects Dodger qualifying offer, will explore free agency

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks

By Cary Osborne

Hanley Ramirez assured he would be a free agent this offseason when he rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer on Monday.

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Dodgers paced themselves in 2014

Yasiel Puig clocked in at 26.7 seconds per pitch at the plate. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Yasiel Puig clocked in at 26.7 seconds per pitch at the plate. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Cary Osborne

Dodger hitters certainly gave their fans their money’s worth in 2014.

Fangraphs has a statistic that measures time between pitches for hitters and pitchers called “Pace.” Dodger hitters led all of baseball in time between pitches at 24.0 seconds. The Major League average for Pace is 23.0 seconds.

Dodger shortstop Hanley Ramirez led the Majors with a time of 28.1 seconds per pitch. Yasiel Puig was tied for third at 26.7. Matt Kemp was 17th at 25.1 seconds per pitch.

The top five individuals look like this:

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