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Manager Dave Roberts, Andrew Friedman to return to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will be back next season. Roberts signed a contract extension through the 2022 season last November. Friedman said Monday that he expects his own extension to be finalized in the next few days. Roberts led the team to […]
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Dodgers’ playoff failure won’t mean changes at the top

LOS ANGELES — If the most disappointing October exit in franchise history is going to lead to significant changes, it won’t start from the top. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman confirmed Monday that he is about to sign a contract extension with the team – “something that I expect to be finalized in the next couple days.” And Friedman made it clear that questioning Manager Dave Roberts’ job security following a series of questionable pitching moves in the five-game Nationa...
Tags: Washington, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Dave, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Kelly, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Dodgers, Friedman, Clayton Kershaw, David Freese, Andrew Friedman

Alexander: Sunday was a good day for the opponents’ fans

The world according to Jim: • Maybe it’s nothing. Maybe it’s a lot. But two scenes in greater L.A. Sunday, 12.3 miles apart, were a reminder that the NFL’s renewed presence in this country’s second largest metropolitan area remains a heavy lift. • In the afternoon, at least one-third of the fans assembled at the Coliseum wore 49ers red. By the end of the day, in the closing stages of San Francisco’s dominant 20-7 victory over the Rams, they were about 80 percent of the remaining crowd and doing ...
Tags: Taylor Swift, Sports, New Orleans Saints, NFL, Raiders, San Francisco, Sport, Rome, Soccer, Steelers, Pope Francis, San Diego, Kings, Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Swift

Details of Tyler Skaggs’ death cast further legal questions over Angels

In the wake of a report that an Angels media relations official provided drugs to Tyler Skaggs for years before his overdose, legal experts say the Angels might face repercussions, but it won’t be an easy case to make. Eric Kay, a member of the media relations staff for 24 years, reportedly told Drug Enforcement Administration investigators that he purchased illegal opioids on behalf of Skaggs for years, and they used them together. Kay also reportedly gave the DEA names of five other players he...
Tags: Texas, California, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, DEA, Edelman, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels, Temple University, Simon, Martin, Kay, Dodgers

Rick Honeycutt will not return as Dodgers’ pitching coach in 2020

LOS ANGELES — After 14 seasons under four managers, Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will not return in that role for the 2020 season. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that Honeycutt will “transition into a special assistant role.” The specifics of that role have not been fully determined yet, Friedman said. The 65-year-old Honeycutt struggled with the physical demands of the job the past two seasons due to back problems that led to major surgery in Febru...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Bob, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Alexander, Dodgers, Friedman, David Freese, Andrew Friedman, Honeycutt, Bob Geren, Rick Honeycutt

Baseball Report: ALCS And NLCS Dominated By Pitching So Far

(CBSNY/CBS Local) — Pitching wins championships, and in MLB’s American League and National League Championship Series that’s certainly been the case. All four games so far have been dominated by pitching, with expected and unexpected names toeing the rubber and delivering when it mattered. Masahiro Tanaka opened the ALCS with a one-hitter that the New York Yankees bullpen ensured remained a shutout. Justin Verlander answered for the Houston Astros in Game 2, with yet another strong playoff perfo...
Tags: New York, Washington, Sports, Mlb, Giancarlo Stanton, Houston, St Louis, Yankees, Taylor, Nats, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, St Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers

If Twins ever play deep into October, get ready for some freezing cold weather opinions

Alternating between cursing at snowflakes and shivering at the whipping wind this past weekend sent me scurrying for an indoor-based activity: obsessing about what it might be like for the Twins to play meaningful baseball into late October in the cold, bold North. After all, if the Rays had won Game 5 against the Astros (they did not) and the Twins had managed to finally knock off the Yankees (they most definitely did not), Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series would have bee...
Tags: Minnesota, Minneapolis, Mlb, Rays, Yankees, Twins, Dodgers, Orioles, Astros, Metropolitan Stadium

Dodgers to reassign pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Mark Prior to take over

Honeycutt has been the Dodgers pitching coach under four different managers over 14 seasons
Tags: News, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers, Honeycutt, Rick Honeycutt Mark Prior

Angels PR official who reportedly supplied Tyler Skaggs with drugs explains why he cooperated with DEA

Angels media relations official Eric Kay, who reportedly provided Tyler Skaggs with opioids for years leading up to the pitcher’s death, on Sunday issued a statement about his cooperation with federal authorities in the case. “Watching and reading the sordid details of my own weaknesses unfold on the national stage has been nothing short of horrible,” Kay said in the statement released to ESPN, which a day earlier had been the first to publish details of the drug connection with Skaggs. “However...
Tags: Texas, California, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Espn, DEA, Taylor, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Angels, Kay, Dodgers, Padres, Drug Enforcement Administration

Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington joins Angels’ managerial candidate list

Johnny Washington, the San Diego Padres’ hitting coach last season, is the fourth candidate on the Angels’ list for an interview for their manager job, according to a source. His inclusion was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller. He joins Joe Maddon, Buck Showalter and John Farrell as confirmed candidates. It is unclear if the Angels have completed all four interviews, but a source confirmed earlier this week that the Angels had only scheduled four. Maddon remains the favorite for t...
Tags: Washington, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, Dodgers, Padres, Scott Miller, Joe Maddon, Maddon, John Farrell, San Antonio College

Alexander: On Dodgers’ offseason checklist, there’s no provision for scapegoats

On Wednesday the Dodgers’ season ended sooner, and more abruptly, than anyone anticipated. Thursday featured the search for a scapegoat, and for many fans it started and ended with Dave Roberts. That’s what happens when the definition of success comes down to whether you’re the last one standing. When you aren’t, people look for someone to blame, or to fire. The manager, who just finished the first year of a four-year contract, reportedly isn’t going anywhere even as fans continue to vent over h...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Will Smith, Houston, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Guggenheim, Joe Kelly, Alexander, Kelly, Aroldis Chapman

Will the Dodgers’ 2020 roster look much different from the 2019 version?

LOS ANGELES — The sudden shock of elimination in the National League Division Series will lead to calls for massive changes. The Dodgers will be linked with big-name free agents – as they annually are, regardless – such as Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon. But the truth is the Dodgers’ 2020 roster will probably look a lot like their 2019 roster. Here’s a rundown of where everyone stands heading into an earlier-than-expected winter: Player ————————— 2019 salary ————————— 2020 status (salary) LHP ...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Russell Martin, Mlb, Will Smith, Smith, Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Kelly, Alexander, Martin, Pederson, OKC, Dodgers, Hernandez

Nationals take on the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS tonight

The Game: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals The Time: 8:08 PM Eastern The Ballpark: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri The Channel: TBS The Starters: Aníbal Sánchez vs. Miles Mikolas The Upshot: The Nationals finally progressed past the Division Series round, beating the heavily favored Dodgers in dramatic fashion in their Game 5 matchup on Wednesday and the Cardinals dispatched with the Braves, trouncing them in resounding fashion in their Game 5. Now each team has to reset and gird ...
Tags: News, Tbs, Washington Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers, Braves, Anibal Sanchez, Washington Nationals vs St Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium St Louis Missouri

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight's NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let's talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.
Tags: News, Philadelphia Phillies, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Mets Phillies Pirates Cubs Giants Padres Royals

Clippers rookie Terance Mann soaking up time with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

LOS ANGELES — Rookie guard Terance Mann scooted over a smidge to give the Staples Center crowd its first look at Kawhi Leonard, the Clipper on Thursday night in their preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. The rookie guard had already grabbed a front-row seat in training camp, gravitating toward Leonard and Paul George, the two superstars brought aboard by the Clippers during a wildly successful offseason. “Terance is great – even if he’s not invited to the group, he sits and watches those t...
Tags: Hong Kong, Washington, China, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Rivers, Staples Center, Paul George, George, Clippers, Dodgers, Pat Beverley

Report: Dave Roberts will manage Dodgers in 2020

The Dodgers fell to the Nationals 7-3 in 10 innings in Game 5 of the NLDS Wednesday night, a bitter end to what was otherwise another terrific season in Los Angeles. The loss was, in part, due to yet more mismanagement of the bullpen by manager Dave Roberts. There was some consternation that, despite the Dodgers' sustained success in recent years, Roberts could be on the hot seat.
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Dodgers

Inside the Dodgers: Postseason accountability, Part I: the POBO and the manager

Editor’s note: This is the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. A few hours before Game 5 of the NLDS, a Los Angeles television reporter stopped me in the hallway leading to the Dodgers’ clubhouse. “If the Dodgers lose this game,” he asked, “would you expect there to be changes in the offseason?” Talk about speaking a powerful thought into the universe. My response went something like this: Some people, maybe most, beg...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Analytics, Soccer, Mlb, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Kelly, Kelly, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Dodgers, Hernandez, Friedman, Kershaw

Analysis: Now what? Dodgers’ NLDS failure leads to blame game and a winter of questions

LOS ANGELES — Now what? Reddened eyes and hunched shoulders filled the Dodgers’ clubhouse last night as the shock of losing to the Washington Nationals began to sink in. The awareness of just how badly the Dodgers had misjudged their destiny this fall might take longer to process. “I’ll let you know when I process it,” infielder Max Muncy said when asked how long it would take to absorb the disappointment. Clayton Kershaw, playing the noble warrior and trying to lay claim to all the blame for hi...
Tags: Washington, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Houston, Oakland, Los Angeles Dodgers, Alexander, Mets, Kelly, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Yu Darvish, Dodgers

From 106 wins to early defeat, Dodgers fall short again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s back to the drawing board — again — for the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose World Series title drought now extends to 31 years. This time, they didn’t even make it that far. The Dodgers’ postseason fell apart in the NL Division Series with a 7-3 defeat to the Washington Nationals […]
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What’s the deal with Omaha Beach – and other horse racing questions

Time for the answer man to open his mailbag and see what needs to be addressed. Q: So help me sort this out. Omaha Beach is gone for six months, returns and wins a sprint race, and now suddenly he’s back in the Breeders’ Cup picture again? I heard he was not under consideration for the Classic anymore, and now he is? I’m confused. A: After his impressive victory in last weekend’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship, one in which he ran the 6 furlongs in an insane 1:08.79 over a track that has been p...
Tags: New York, California, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Sprint, Horse racing, Southern California, Wilson, Bisou, Pharoah, Dodgers, Braves, Stronach Group, Omaha Beach

L.A. vs. Washington

Every once in a while two distant and loose threads of my past cross paths. That happened last night in the playoff baseball game in Los Angeles when the L.A. Dodgers played the Washington Nationals. Nationals’ Howie Kenrick had the best moment of his career when he hit a grand slam home run in the […]
Tags: Washington, Los Angeles, Filmmaking, Dodgers, Screenwriting, Howie Kenrick

Tales of Chaos From the California Blackout

Thursday: Confusion reigned as PG&E cut power across a broad swath. Also: Katelyn Ohashi, on paying college athletes; and a Dodgers loss.
Tags: News, California, Dodgers, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, Katelyn Ohashi, California Blackout

The perfect Red Sox GM candidate just became a free agent -- Dodgers boss Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman. L.A.'s president of baseball operations is widely considered the shrewdest executive in the game, and he has built a juggernaut out west, with the Dodgers simultaneously cutting payroll and competing for World Series titles on an annual basis. This team makes sense for J.D. in 2020 His contract happens to be up, and there's some unease about why he hasn't yet agreed to an extension.
Tags: News, Boston Red Sox, Dodgers, Andrew Friedman, Red Sox GM

Tales of Chaos From the California Power Outage

Thursday: Confusion reigned as PG&E cut power across a broad swath. Also: Katelyn Ohashi, on paying college athletes; and a Dodgers loss.
Tags: News, California, Dodgers, Pacific Gas and Electric Co, Katelyn Ohashi, California Power Outage

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts defends sending Clayton Kershaw back out: 'It's not about analytics'

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said "it's not about analytics" while defending his decision to send Clayton Kershaw back out for the eighth.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Braves loss vs. Dodgers loss: which was worse?

The Braves got shellacked in the first inning last night and lost. The Dodgers took a lead late into the game only to see their manager's choices and their relief pitchers woof it, sending them to defeat as well. For my part I sat, as a Braves fan, and watched my team cough up ten runs in the first inning, secure in the dreadful knowledge that the game was already lost.
Tags: News, Baseball, Dodgers, Braves

October Ghosts Come Early for Dodgers

The Nationals seized Game 5, leaving the Dodgers dazed and discouraged.
Tags: News, Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, National League, Dodgers, Clayton, Kershaw, Playoff Games

Nationals stun Dodgers with wild extra-innings win in Game 5

Howie Kendrick's grand slam in the 10th inning gave the Nationals a 7-3 win as they clinched a spot in the NLCS
Tags: News, Dodgers, Howie Kendrick

Whicker: Bullpen roulette backfires on Dodgers yet again

LOS ANGELES — The questions kept coming to Dave Roberts and his answers kept coming back, landing on the same circular truth. You use Clayton Kershaw because, well, he’s Clayton Kershaw, even though the radar gun and the situation and the echoes of the bats all tell you he isn’t. And, yes, the cheapest and most dishonest thing a fan can do is blame the manager in kneejerk fashion, particularly when this manager is far from the only decision-maker at Dodger Stadium. The old visitors clubhouse, wh...
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Dodgers’ NLDS Game 5 loss is on Dave Roberts

The Dodgers are out of the playoffs much earlier than anticipated after dropping Game 5 of the NLDS to the Nationals on Wednesday night. After comfortably leading the Nationals 3-0 through five innings and 3-1 through seven, the Dodgers' bullpen — specifically Clayton Kershaw and Joe Kelly — forked over the lead. The Nationals were off to the races, ultimately winning 7-3 in 10 innings.
Tags: News, Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Kelly, DAVE ROBERTS, Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw