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Dodgers web musings: SI gives detailed look at Bryan Stow fallout

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Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins takes a long look at owner Frank McCourt and the effect of the Bryan Stow beating on opening day in a piece titled "The Day That Damned the Dodgers."

Jenkins offered the most detailed piece I’ve seen on how the day’s events unfolded, Stow’s less-than-perfect past and some damning comments, including this one from Supervisor Mike Antonovich:

"What happened [to Stow] was the direct result of a culture McCourt allowed to exist in and out of the stadium. It was barbaric."

Also on the Web:

-- The San Bernardino Sun’s Pete Marshall offers a review of Dodger first-round pick Chris Reed’s professional debut Wednesday. He threw two scoreless innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

-- The Times’ Jim Peltz said manager Don Mattingly is taking a watchful approach to James Loney’s sudden hot streak (11 for 17).

-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick writes Ted Lilly is crediting his speedy recovery from a stiff neck to the acupuncture performed by team massage therapist Ichiro Tani.

-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman looks at the ups and downs of Chad Billingsley and wonders if he isn’t slipping just as he should be entering his prime.

-- This is from Tuesday, but if you missed The Times’ T.J. Simers wondering if Vin Scully can make the grade, take a look. There’s no end to this stuff.

-- In the wake of opening day, and last weekend’s violence at Candlestick Park, The Times’ Jason Wells writes on Assemblyman Mike Gato’s effort to write legislation to deter violence at sporting events.

-- The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sandy Spieczny looks at the Cy Young chances of Clayton Kershaw. Mike Petriello of MikeSckosciasTragicIllness thinks it will come down to a two-man race between Roy Halladay and Kershaw, and uses sabermetrics to analyze the two.

-- The Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer said Ned Colletti is on the short list for the Cubs’ GM job.

-- Sons of Steve Garvey’s anonymous Steve Sax attends Dodgers game in St. Louis as a member of the media. Unknown if he wore a mask.

-- Former draft pick Jordan Pratt didn’t make it with the Dodgers after eight years in the minors but is now a walk-on wide receiver at Stanford.

  

 -- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Bryan Stow. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times.

Dodgers sign No.1 pick Chris Reed [Updated]

Reed_640 Without much of the suspense and intrigue of last season, the Dodgers have signed their No.1 draft pick from the June amateur draft.

Team officials are expected to announce later this morning that they have signed Stanford left-hander Chris Reed, a source confirmed.

[Updated, 11:30 a.m., Aug.12: The Dodgers have officially announced Reed's signing.]

Last year, many didn't give the Dodgers much of a shot at signing their No.1 pick, Zach Lee, because he had committed to LSU to play quarterback. At the eleventh hour, they signed Lee for a club record $5.25 million.

Of course, the team wasn't in bankruptcy then.

Still, there wasn't nearly the organizational angst over signing Reed, a former Reseda Cleveland High School star. The only potential hiccup was that he was represented by agent Scott Boras, who in 2005 represented Luke Hocheva, the last No.1 pick the Dodgers failed to sign.

ESPN L.A.'s Tony Jackson reported that Reed accepted a signing bonus of just under $1.6 million.

Reed is scheduled to be at Friday night's Dodgers game against the Astros. He will be assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga, a fairly high start, though it does keep him in California the next month.

The 6-foot-5 Reed was the 16th overall selection in the June draft. In his junior year at Stanford last season, he went 6-2 with nine saves and a 2.65 ERA. He was the Cardinal closer, and although he started only one game, the Dodgers initially plan to use him in the rotation.

Right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan from Oklahoma City University, selected in the fourth round, is now the Dodgers' only top-10 pick who has yet to sign.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Stanford relief pitcher Chris Reed throws to the plate against Fullerton during the seventh inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on June 4. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press

Chris Reed: From obscurity to first-round pick

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Chris Reed
was second-team all-league as a high school senior in the San Fernando Valley and he pitched sparingly in his first two years at Stanford. But last May, Reed set a goal for himself: to be a first-round draft pick.

“I knew I could outwork everybody else,” he said. “I was blessed with some good height, and being a lefty, I had the tools. I decided to develop them.”

Reed his completed his transformation from unknown to top prospect on Monday, when the Dodgers drafted him with the 16th pick of the first round.

“It’s obviously a dramatic transformation from where I was,” Reed said. “I worked hard to get here.”

Reed has been closing this year for Stanford, which will visit North Carolina in the Super Regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament.

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