True Blue LA Podcasts
We kick off 2022 by catching up on MLB labor negotiations (hint: you haven’t missed much), look at Brandon Gomes getting promoted to general manager and other Dodgers front office hires, plus a brief look at the international signing period.
Longtime Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges was elected to the Hall of Fame on his 35th try. Plus Dodgers minor league news, including the Rule 5 Draft and Triple-A Oklahoma City getting bought. Also, a pair of Dodgers coaches interviewed to be the Mets manager, Danny Duffy had surgery, and Yasiel Puig confidentially settled a pair of sexual assault allegations in 2017.
Major League Baseball owners locked out the players on December 2 after the expiration of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. But not before a spending spree that saw former Dodgers Corey Seager and Max Scherzer cash in elsewhere as free agents, and Chris Taylor returned to Los Angeles on a four-year, $60 million contract.
Guessing the 2022 teams for Dodgers free agents Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen, Max Scherzer, Chris Taylor, and more. Plus, a closer look at the Dodgers’ signing of Andrew Heaney and why it happened so early in the offseason.
The Dodgers in the National League Championship Series did not take advantage of opportunities in the first two games in Atlanta, falling behind 2-0 after two walk-off wins by the Braves. Poor hitting, bad baserunning, and pitching decisions have cost the Dodgers dearly.
The Dodgers withstood the Giants in an classic, exhausting five-game series, finally surpassing the 109-win NL West champions. That earned Los Angeles a return trip to the National League Championship Series against the Braves in a rematch of the seven-game 2020 classic tilt.
Just like the first two games of the National League Division Series in San Francisco, the Dodgers and Giants splits Games 3 and 4 at Dodger Stadium. Max Scherzer was fantastic on a windy night in Los Angeles, but the Dodgers were shut out for the second time in the series. The Dodgers found their offense to stay alive in Game 4, a game in which Walker Buehler added to his postseason lore by starting on three days rest for the first time.
The Dodgers won a thrilling National League wild card game thanks to a home run by Chris Taylor, the fourth walk-off home run in franchise history. That set up an historic NLDS matchup with the Giants, the first time the Dodgers and Giants will meet in the playoffs, and the first time two MLB teams with 105 or more wins will meet in the postseason.
The Dodgers finished their regular season with a flourish, winning their final seven games to tie a franchise record with 106 wins, only to finish in second place in their own division, barely. A look at the red-hot Dodgers offense, a preview of the wild card game against the Cardinals, and how much of a bummer it is that Clayton Kershaw and Max Muncy suffered serious injuries in the final weekend.
As the season enters its final weeks, the Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw (and Tony Gonsolin) back in their starting rotation, getting ready for October. They also have Gavin Lux back, rejuvenated and playing a new position after getting optioned in August.
A look at the amazing Max Scherzer, who has a 1.05 ERA in his first seven starts with the Dodgers, who have needed every bit of it to stay in contention in the National League West. Plus a look at last week’s series loss to the Giants, the pending return of Clayton Kershaw, and AJ Pollock’s hamstring injury.
A look at how the Dodgers have used rest for their position players and pitchers, plus several Dodgers questions about Corey Seager’s free agency, Will Smith’s postseason starts at catcher, and who has more Hall of Famers between the current Dodgers and Lakers.
The Dodgers have added several players over the last few weeks. Max Scherzer and Trea Turner are the headliners from the trade deadline. But there have been several other waiver claims, signings, and call ups on the fringes as the Dodgers try to fill a pitching gap they will have until September.
At the trade deadline, the Dodgers acquired Max Scherzer, who is starting this week, and Danny Duffy, who will be ready in late August or early September. But with two starting pitchers currently on the injured list, did they add enough pitching to the staff?
The Dodgers made a huge splash at the MLB trade deadline, adding future Hall of Fame pitcher Max Scherzer to shore up a leaky starting rotation and infielder Trea Turner in a blockbuster deal with the Nationals. A look back at all the deals at the trade deadline, and more.
Mookie Betts went on the injured list for the first time in three years with hip inflammation, after missing a week’s worth of games. Cody Bellinger has hurt off and on since November, and after snapping a long hitless streak he got hurt, too. Corey Seager still entering his 11th week on the injured list. The Dodgers depth chart is getting tested with only a few days until the MLB trade deadline.
Trevor Bauer is accused of assault and a Los Angeles judge granted a temporary restraining order against him, with a hearing date in court set for July 23. Bauer was placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball on July 2. Here’s what comes next for Bauer and the Dodgers.
A couple of former All-Stars returned to the Dodgers lineup and were the best hitters in a week that ended with a four-game winning streak. It followed a four-game losing streak, which included a three-game sweep by the division-rival Padres and the Cubs throwing a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium. That skid was called "embarrassing" and "a wake-up call" by the team.
We went two weeks in between True Blue LA podcasts, so we caught up on Dodgers news in the interim, including both Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger getting hurt and concluding their injured list stints within that time. Also, 30-somethings Andy Burns and Steven Souza Jr. debuted with the Dodgers, and 2017 draft pick Zach Reks made his MLB debut.
Jon Weisman updated his seminal book, ‘100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’ after the Dodgers won the 2020 World Series, and included so many eventful things that happened in the eight years since the previous edition published, the most prolific stretch for the franchise in at least 50 years.
We briefly recap the latest kerfuffle surrounding MLB with foreign substances on baseballs, including Trevor Bauer’s comments. And we also compare the first 60 games of 2021 to the 60-game 2020 season, recap the last week, and answer mailbag questions that mostly have to do with the trade deadline.
A look back at Max Muncy’s incredible May, and how he’s become a heightened version of his 2018-19 self, a strike zone-owning power hitter who has kept the Dodgers offense afloat amid several injuries. Also, some of those injured players have returned or are close to returning.
The Dodgers won eight straight games for the second time in 2021, and have moved near the top of the National League West, fueled by a starting rotation that is the backbone of the team and an offense that is coming back around after a three-week slump.