DODGERS 2017 NEWS/RUMORS/AROUND MLB Thread

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    Gonzalez to stop boxing, focus on back stretches during offseason
    by Daniel Starkand | Dodger Blue — 2 hours ago

    The 2017 season was a rough one for Los Angeles Dodgers veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, as he never quite managed to get healthy. The 35-year-old reported to Spring Training with a minor elbow injury that limited him throughout camp, and he then dealt with recurring lower back trouble due to bulging discs.

    It forced Gonzalez to the disabled list for the first time in his career, and a second, more prolonged stint. He was recently shifted to an exclusive role as a pinch-hitter in order to prepare for likely playing in that capacity during the playoffs.

    But after Gonzalez received a rare start, in which he hit a double and opposite-field home run, the Dodgers shut him down for the remainder of the year. Unforeseen circumstances could lead to a change in course, but matters would need to reach a dire state for that to occur.

    Gonzalez called the decision for him to be shut down a difficult one but acknowledged it was for the best in terms of his future. He’s under contract for one more season with the Dodgers.

    In a recent interview with with David Vassegh of AM 570 L.A. Sports Radio, Gonzalez explained how this offseason’s workout program will differ from year’s past:

    “I’ve done so much research that I’ve got a pretty good handle on what I’ve got, how to combat it and come back to be ready for Spring Training. I’m going to focus more on physical therapy-type workouts. Doing all the exercises back specialists say you should do, sticking to those and not doing anything outside of that box. If you do things outside of the norm, you can put yourself at risk for injury. It’s going to be a very straight forward, back-oriented offseason. There won’t be any movements that are not under control. When you box you have a lot of movements that are not in control. The core exercises in boxing are not in line with the core exercises that need to be done for a back issue. From now until my career ends, I’ll put off boxing and focus more on the physical therapy.”

    In the past, Gonzalez used boxing as a means to improve his conditioning and core strength. He was limited to just 71 games, and hit .242/.287/.355 with three home runs and 30 RBIs, which are all career-lows across the board.

    With the emergence of Cody Bellinger at first base, Gonzalez’s days as the team’s starter look to be over, although Bellinger could be shifted to the outfield. That would not appear to be a likely scenario, however, whereas the Dodgers buying out Gonzalez wouldn’t be much of a surprise.
     
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    I'll remember Dre for his season with 15 walk off hits, his battle with Juan Pierre to play LF, those periods where I forgot he was on the team for a year at a time, and the 6 years of trade rumors where we were convinced he was going to Boston to be with his buddy Dustin Pedrioa.

    It's great to see a guy in one uniform for so long, and he was a big part of this team at times, but it really feels like an accident that he's still here. He was damn near traded to Arizona at one point, and if he had been then we'd be talking about Kemp still being with us instead.

    Either way, when right he's been one of the most important Dodgers over the past decade. I like to think he has one more walk off hit in him.
     
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    I had more than one battle with auto correct over Ethier's name. I won some, auto correct won some.
     
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    Re: Ethier spelling issues

    No joke here ... I taught a kid named James Dmup years ago. Family was from the Balkans. The spelling was one of those Ellis Island effups, but "either" way, I always felt bad for that poor kid ... I started calling him JD and it took. Other kids were good to him, but opposing teams were vicious. The chants at basketball games were what you'd expect. Ruthless.
     
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    Lol
    If someone read this post to me and I wasn't reading it myself, I would think it was posted by NZ...got that great edge on it...and so true.
     
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    So what was it that Gonzalez was awarded tnen? He earned Gold Glove awards, or Golden Gloves?
    Who knew?
     
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    Could have been worse. His first name could have been Forrest.
     
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    Yeah, passed balls are an issue for both, but Sanchez is far and away behind in the framing category from Grandal and isn't much ahead of him in the throwing department, while also making 13 errors at the position compared to YG's 6 who has had WAY more chances. So at least defensively Grandal makes up for some of his shortcomings, but for fucks sake, so many of his passed balls could have been avoided. I understand the need to steal a strike here and there, but a lot of his PB's are on balls that he needs to turn the glove over or breakdown. Also to be fair, if Grandal is calling Yankee stadium home, can DH 20+ games a year and is in the AL East, he probably has AT least 30 HR and his spray chart supports that pretty well. That division outside of TB is a complete hitters haven, especially for a guy like him that likes to work the corners. If he played in Boston, he is probably close to a 40+ HR guy since a lot of his outs are on deep flyouts to LF-LC. Not saying that Grandal is the better catcher, but if he is in that division, his numbers would probably be much more comparable.

    Also, while digging for this I took a look at Barnes. His numbers behind the plate have taken a hit lately and he has dropped a bit in #'s compared to where he was before he started playing more regularly. It is weird as I had noticed when he was catching, he was not getting as many close calls as he had earlier in the season and his framing numbers are showing it. Not sure if umps are more on to him or what, but those borderline calls that Grandal gets more regularly are not happening for him at the moment.
     
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    Stanton sitting on 59HRs with 3 games left
    Will he tie the Babe @ 60?
    Maris @ 61?
    Or explode and pass both?
     
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    Or Taeka.
     
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    Hear you, but if they "are on to him" with his sleight of hand framing, why don't they do the same with Grandal then?
    He's the one with all the press behind it, not Barnes.
    He's not " The Framer"...
     
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    agreed
    was [more] annoyed w/mlb network calling sanchez "a serious problem" for the yankees
     
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    no honorable mention of his 19 kids from 15 different women?
    the fact that he is torn between rooting for the team who's still paying him vs. his former manager speaks volumes
    tell you what carl... root for maddon
    don't want/need a bum like you riding on our coattails/bandwagon
    and one more thing...
    fuck off
    sincerely,
    everyone

    Carl Crawford at home, being paid not to play
    by Craig Calcaterra | NBC Sports — 57 minutes ago

    Carl Crawford, as you know, is out of baseball. He has been since mid-2016, in fact, even though he’s still being paid pursuant to the contract he signed with the Red Sox prior to the 2011 season. That deal is in its last year and is paying him $21.9 million this season.

    Scott Miller of Bleacher Report caught up with Crawford at his home near Houston recently. He seems to be at peace with his career being over. He owns a barbecue restaurant and his back yard is a playground of trampolines and four-wheelers and stuff. It’s not a bad life.

    Crawford talks openly — more openly than you tend to hear guys who are out of the game — about his physical breakdown after he left the Rays for Boston. He also talks about his unhappiness with Boston and acknowledges that all of the barbs he threw back that way after being traded to Los Angeles were ultimately negative things that he has moved past. He likewise talks about the dilemma he has this postseason: cheering for his most recent teammates with the Dodgers or cheering for his longtime manager and baseball mentor, Joe Maddon.
     
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    I really have no idea, I just mostly noticed it from watching and the numbers somewhat back it up. Truthfully, I think Grandal has also started to get stiffed somewhat and the reason I really started to think about it was after a series with the Rockies RIGHT before the slump. One of their bigger bloggers went on a firestorm about how the strike zone for the Dodgers pitchers was significantly larger than the Rockies was. He pitched a long tirade with overlays and some bigger national guys tweeted about it too. Soon after, it felt like things changed. Not sure that was the reason why these close calls stopped going our way, but the timing is somewhat suspicious.
     
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    glad you brought this up cwtg
    grandal [the hitter] whines about more called strikes than anyone i've ever seen... seriously
    not the wisest thing to do -- especially if you're the catcher
    one thing to say something to the ump with your head down
    but to visibly show your displeasure for all to see?...
    even the fairest of umpires are going to subconsciously call shit against you [your pitchers]
    just dumb
    maybe the toxins from the hair plugs penetrating his scalp
     
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    Personally, I don't mind the catcher giving it to the ump some. They just have very different relationships with umps being that they share the same workspace for so much of the time, usually know how far they can take it and so there's a comfort there. Go back out there after the inning and say whatever to patch it up and the game goes on. Somebody on the field has to light into these umps sometimes. Back in the day the catchers were absolutely the mouthpiece for the team, so in a way Yasmani is old school. Still, at the end of the day these umps are graded and evaluated by their accuracy, so they shouldn't be out there fuckin around and holding grudges anyway.
     
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    On the otherhand, with his baseball career uncertain, maybe he can step up his boxing and make a run for a heavyweight division title.
     
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    When I was 19, I went to a gym in Santa Ana that had open boxing workouts on Tuesday nights. I was fit, 185, and could fight ... or so I thought.

    Two hours later, I was arm weary, beat to fuck, and thoroughly humbled by four 160 lb Mexican kids who barely spoke English and never took the SAT. That was more education than I got in five years of college. Tough emmeffers.
     
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    Four 160 lb. guys at the same time? Shit...what did you expect?
     
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