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Dodgers web musings: Reaction to the commie invasion

Good news! No word today of any offers for the Dodgers from former KGB leaders, Kim Il Sung Inc. or the Illuminati.

Kinda makes you all warm inside, huh?

Yep, one day after The Times’ Bill Shaikin wrote of a local businessman, backed with funds from the People’s Republic of China,  making a record offer of $1.2 billion for the Dodgers, people are still trying to make sense of it.

Major League Baseball apparently was not too impressed, but then there is probably precious little involving Frank McCourt that would impress them these days, save for his announcing he is officially putting the team up for sale to the highest bidder.

That 21-day window in the offer makes it seem all but impossible, anyway, and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan views the messy ongoing struggles of the Dodgers and Mets as teams united by greed, "excess, profiteering, power -- the usual ills that come with entities worth billions of dollars and the people who live in the netherworld that rewards their pursuit."

Coming next, a bid from the legion of the dead!

Harold Meyerson in The Times writes that if the deal with the Chinese were to actually go through, the Dodgers would become the  "very symbol of the decline of American capitalism." Like McCourt doesn’t have enough to worry about.

Paul Oberjuerge wrote he’s so fed up with McCourt that "As long as they don’t sell 'The Book of Mao' at the concession stands and brutally crack down on fans who boo the club … we’d be good!' "

And then in a video (sort of), Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi said the Dodgers' ownership mess is taking so much of MLB’s attention it is holding up the progress of the Astros' sale.


Non-communist Dodgers’ news on the Web:

-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez says that not only is Casey Blake headed for season-ending surgery, but Juan Uribe likely is too.

-- Mike Petriello fantasizes over Uribe just staying away at MikeSciosciasTragicIllness.

-- Hernandez also credits rookie Dee Gordon with sparking the Dodgers victory Thursday in his return from the disabled list.

-- The Times’ Bill Plaschke thinks Matt Kemp is the National League MVP and Clayton Kershaw its Cy Young winner. Hold tight, still a month to go.

-- Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman, however, said voters put emphasis on "valuable" and only lists Kemp as his fifth-leading candidate, while tabbing Kershaw at No. 1.

-- The McCourts have actually sold one of their seven homes.

-- Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins compares two stars reacting very differently to the crossroads in their careers, the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier and the Padres’ Heath Bell.

-- ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson looks at Jamey Carroll after the Dodgers failed to move him at the trading deadline.

-- Fox Sports’ Joe McDonnell thinks Juan Rivera is building a case to return next season.

-- The Register’s Howard Cole tries to find worse baseball things than Eugenio Velez’ 0-for-30 start to his career as a Dodger.

-- And for those of you who enjoy videos of old Dodgers, here’s one of Don Drysdale in a Vitalis commercial that also features ex-Giants manager Herman Franks.


 -- Steve Dilbeck

Feeling for the hitless wonder that is Eugenio Velez

I feel for Eugenio Velez.

I know, not a popular sentiment. It’s so much more fun to laugh at his 0-for-25 start as a Dodger. EugeniO-for-whatever. In truth, I snicker too, though not without a tinge of guilt.

It’s not his fault he’s in this situation. In most any other organization –- that would be one that hasn’t been decimated by injuries all season -– he doesn’t get a sniff with the major league club.

But the Dodgers are so depleted that he remains in the majors. Anyway, in their minds, he’s more valuable than calling up Ivan De Jesus Jr. If that logic escapes you, don’t blame him.

Here are a couple of surprising notes about Velez, at least considering his current state: 1) He actually had 160 career major league hits with the Giants; 2) He was triple-A Albuquerque’s leading hitter (.339) when called up.

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James Loney could pitch for Dodgers on Sunday -- seriously

While most of his teammates were in the clubhouse on Sunday morning, James Loney ran onto the grass at Coors Field and started playing long toss. Soon he was in the bullpen, throwing off the mound.

Loney is starting at first base and batting sixth against the Colorado Rockies, but Manager Don Mattingly said he told Loney that he could be called on to pitch in an emergency.

“Let’s hope we don’t see it today,” Mattingly said.

The Dodgers used all of their pitchers in a 7-6, 13-inning loss to the Rockies on Saturday night.

Hiroki Kuroda, who started on Friday, skipped his regularly scheduled bullpen session and volunteered to pitch an inning in relief. Utilityman Eugenio Velez, who is batting .000, is also under consideration to pitch.

“I’m on deck, I’m on deck,” Loney told his teammates in the clubhouse.

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When the numbers look bad for the Dodgers

Lpn9o0nc The Dodgers didn't get to 52-62 by a twist of fate. First, a scroll through some bad numbers:

-- The Dodgers are 14-43 when the opposing team scores first.

-- They are 4-50 when they trail after six innings, 2-53 when they trail after seven and 1-57 when they trail after eight.

-- They are 14-50 when they score three or fewer runs.

-- They are 5-46 when they have fewer hits than their opponent.

-- In 22 games, Hong-Chih Kuo has a 12.46 ERA, and opponents are batting .296 against him.

-- Eugenio Velez is 0-for-19.

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Dodgers send Dee Gordon to triple A

Gordon3 Dee Gordon’s first stint in the major leagues came to an end Monday, when the Dodgers sent the speedy shortstop to triple-A Albuquerque.

With Rafael Furcal back on the active roster, the 23-year-old Gordon was faced with the prospect of losing at-bats, something Dodgers management said was unacceptable.

“This is the best thing for Dee right now,” Manager Don Mattingly said. “If Dee’s going to be here, he needs to be playing.”

Gordon’s place on the active roster was taken by former San Francisco Giants utilityman Eugenio Velez, who was hitting .335 in 55 games in triple A.

Gordon batted .232 and stole eight bases in his 22 games with the Dodgers.

He said he returned to the minor leagues with added confidence.

“I can play at this level,” said Gordon, the son of former major league reliever Tom Gordon. “That’s not even a question in my mind.”

Mattingly said he was impressed by Gordon’s desire to be great.

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Tim Redding not expecting to be sidelined

Tim-redding_300 A day after he was removed from a game because of back pain, fifth-starter candidate Tim Redding said he was able to throw without any discomfort.

Redding said he expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday, as was previously scheduled.

Redding said he started feeling pain in the lower-right area of his back in the second inning of the Dodgers' 6-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. He left the game in the fourth inning.

John Ely, the Dodgers' other fifth-starter candidate, was optioned to minor-league camp, where it will be easier for him to remain on a starter's schedule. The Dodgers don't need a fifth starter until April 12.

In other news, the Dodgers reassigned Eugenio Velez to minor-league camp and granted Ron Mahay his release.

The Dodgers' lineup Saturday versus the San Diego Padres in Peoria:

Rafael Furcal SS
Xavier Paul LF
Andre Ethier RF
Matt Kemp CF
James Loney 1B
Juan Uribe 3B
Rod Barajas C
Jamey Carroll 2B
Clayton Kershaw SP

-- Dylan Hernandez, reporting from Phoenix

Photo: Tim Redding delivers a pitch Friday against the Diamondbacks. Credit: Chris Morrison / US Presswire


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