Pitching is such a vital part of the game, as far as winning is concerned.

On most teams the set up man has become more valuable, on others not so valuable.

Something to keep in mind — it’s raining lightly. The infield could be very wet on ground balls.

What is a drop and drive pitcher? He is a guy who drops and drives. Very simple.

So by guessing right you might have guessed wrong.

Giambi walks too much. He’s always clogging up the bases with all that walking.

As a new day begins in New York, the sun sets in Hawaii.

If football is a game of inches then baseball is a game of inch.

If that ball had more elevation, it would have been a home run.

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, what is a fielder’s choice? An acquaintance?

It’s better to have a fast runner on base than a slow one.

One thing about ground balls. They don’t go out of the ball park.

The reason we call that pitch up and in is because the arms are attached to the shoulder.

He wears his hat like a left hander!

Any ball that goes down is much heavier than any ball that stays on the same plane.

The blood on his sock looks exactly like Oklahoma!

You don't want to use too many statistics. The ones that apply to a July or August game won't be relevant on Saturday.

American McCarver

Los Angeles Dodgers

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

If you close your eyes, you can hear Vin Scully: It’s a great time for some Dodger baseball! Oh, sure, the team is bankrupt and demoralized and playing lousy. Everybody hates the owner, including his wife. A once-great franchise has…

And Lew Wolff Knows From Awful Owners

Lew Wolff fronts the ownership group that purchased the Oakland Athletics in 2005. In the time that he’s been running the show, the team has run up a mediocre 537-542 record—a deceptive performance since it’s fluffed up by two…

Let’s… Go… Bankrupt!

Overheard at Monday night’s Giants-Dodgers game (won, inevitably, by the forces of good): fans chanting “Let’s go bankrupt!” Geez, I hope Vin Scully didn’t hear them. (It’s catchy, though. I wonder if the dozens of fans remaining in Chavez…

Uribe, I Ribe, We All Ribe

As if to prove that the Dodgers can destroy other people’s dreams as well as those of their fans, Juan Uribe — whose batting average is so low, it’s like he’s still working for the Giants — ended a Padre…

Battle for the Basement

The sun is warm, the grass is green, the breeze is cool. It’s a perfect day for baseball. Too bad it’s the Dodgers versus the Padres….

Dodgers Blew

So when, exactly, do you give up? When do you tuck your hopes into a small teak box — the one with a little ballerina that spins around when you open it up — and stuff it deep into your…

Dodgers Bounce Payroll Checks

Sweet, sweet schadenfreude….

Dodgers United

This is sad for a couple of reasons. It’s sad because the once-mighty Dodgers, the team whose GM had the cojones to break the color barrier, are now embroiled in a pathetic divorce and bankruptcy soap opera. And it’s sad…

Los Angeles Ashes

So if anybody deserves to be beaten into a coma by Dodger fans, it’s Frank McCourt. The guy who makes Rupert Murdoch seems like a responsible, locally involved owner needs a fist right in his smug, buff-shined face, and needs…

Rivals: Interleague Play Edition

[The latest in a series of exchanges between sporting rivals.] Jason: Greg, I was going to make a joke about how troubled the Dodger ownership is right now, but Bud Selig stepped in and told me I couldn’t. I hear…

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