True Blue LA Podcasts
The first incarnation of Dodgers-Padres was even better than advertised, providing some heightened April intensity. We also had Jackie Robinson Day and a huge week for David Price, plus several injury updates.
The Dodgers won three of four games against the Rockies at Coors Field in their first series of 2021, and the weekend was full of weirdness, including a home run over the fence that wasn’t, a ball brought back from over the fence that was a home run, a cat on the field, malfunctioning fountains, and more.
With opening day rapidly approaching for the Dodgers, we look back at recent spring trainings, plus some news: Cody Bellinger is back, with a new batting stance; Clayton Kershaw will start opening day, again; and Corey Seager keeps hitting home runs.
The Dodgers did what we thought they’d do all along, re-signing Justin Turner, this time to a two-year, $34 million deal with an option for 2023. The Dodgers are well into the competitive balance tax for 2021, and have set themselves up in a strong position for both this year and, with only a few key decisions looming, for next year as well.
Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer signed with the Dodgers for a reported three-year, $102 million, including record salaries of $40 million and $45 million in the first two years.
A look at a letter from the Cactus League to MLB, reportedly spurred on by MLB, asking for spring training to be delayed, which was disingenuous at best, and just a glimpse into MLB owners not wanting to pay players for a full season in 2021 when there won’t be full stadiums all year long.
A look back at the life of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who spent a remarkable 71 years in the Dodgers organization as a player, coach, scout, manager, general manager, and front office executive. Plus more hot stove bullpen news relating to this year’s Dodgers.
The Padres traded for two frontline starters (Blake Snell and Yu Darvish) and signed an infielder (Ha-seong Kim), and look every bit as loaded as the Dodgers. We look at how the Dodgers will respond, or if they even need to, and the timing of the slow MLB offseason distorts such things.
The Dodgers lost eight minor league players in MLB’s Rule 5 Draft, but also gained two players. They also signed six players to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to big league camp, including Brandon Morrow, Jimmy Nelson, Brock Stewart, and Tim Federowicz, all of whom have been with the Dodgers previously.
Corey Knebel, one of the top relief pitchers in baseball for the Brewers before Tommy John surgery in 2019, was acquired by the Dodgers before MLB’s non-tender deadline, looking for a bounceback in the Los Angeles bullpen.
The Dodgers offseason is here, with the biggest news so far shoulder surgery for Cody Bellinger, who dislocated his right shoulder celebrating his pennant-winning home run in Game 7 of the NLCS. We also set the stage for free agency, the 40-man roster, and old friend Kim Ng getting hired as GM in Miami.
The Dodgers won the World Series for the first time in 32 years, beating the Rays in six games, thanks to Herculean performances by Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urías, and many more. We rehash the series, and the culmination of a long time coming for the franchise.
The Dodgers were running the same script of every recent playoff loss through four games of the NLCS. Then, they woke up and claimed their third trip to the World Series in four seasons. We look back at a grueling series against the Braves, and look ahead to a World Series featuring the teams with the two best records in baseball.
The Dodgers made quick work of the Milwaukee Brewers and Clayton Kershaw had his best postseason start. Now it’s time for the showdown with the Padres in an exciting NLDS.
The Dodgers are down to three healthy starting pitchers at the moment, with just two weeks left in the regular season, and Kenley Jansen just had his worst two outings of the year, including a five-run meltdown against the Astros.
The Dodgers consolidated things a bit with the trade of Ross Stripling, providing a clear runway for their young pitchers down the stretch. They also had the best 40-game start in the history of the franchise, and are a lock to win their 8th straight division title.
The Dodgers and Giants did not play Wednesday, one of three MLB games postponed to protest racial injustice. The process showed the leadership of Mookie Betts, and the rest of the Dodgers supporting their teammate.
Back-to-back 11-strikeout games by Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler highlighted the week for the Dodgers, which also included Keibert Ruiz hitting a home run in his first at-bat, and Austin Barnes posting a career-best hitting streak with a nod to Mookie Betts.
A look back at last week for the Dodgers, including LA still having not lost a series, Mookie Betts hitting three home runs in a game and helping the less fortunate, Clayton Kershaw delivering a vintage performance and helping kids, and Cody Bellinger snap out of a helacious slump.
We are one week into the 2020 MLB season, but with 20 percent of the league sidelined by coronavirus outbreaks, reports say the season cut be shut down soon. But there is probably too much money at stake to pull the plug now.