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Tim Flannery: Hey, Padres fans, it's your fault

latimes.com — Tim Flannery, a longtime coach for the San Diego Padres and then the San Francisco Giants , plays in a band. Its name:  Tim Flannery and the Lunatic Fringe , a nod to the tag former Giants General Manager Brian Sabean once famously used to describe  his critics among the fan base.

Angels to try for world record for selfie-sticks

latimes.com — The Angels announced their promotional schedule Tuesday, and amid the traditional assortment of bobblehead dolls, caps and fireworks nights, this stood out: Selfie-stick night. No, really. On May 6, the Angels said they would try "to set the Guinness World Record® for the largest gathering of...

Angels cut Taylor Featherston, add left-handed reliever

latimes.com — Taylor Featherston had no business spending all of last season on the roster of a contender. But he did, because the Angels had to keep the infielder on the major league team all year or risk losing him to another team. Featherston batted . 162, the lowest of any major leaguer with at least 150...

A new season means a new role for Howie Kendrick

latimes.com — Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 career innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back. In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the draft...
Feb 04, 2016

#Dodgers report: Kendrick, Puig, Ethier, Crawford, Turner, more: lat.ms/1T0MZTY

Feb 04, 2016

RT @BillShaikin: #Dodgers report: Kendrick, Puig, Ethier, Crawford, Turner, more: lat.ms/1T0MZTY

After brief time with Dodgers, Greg Maddux bid goodbye as Clayton Kershaw was saying hello

latimes.com — The final act of Greg Maddux's distinguished career was an ignoble one. He wandered in from the Dodgers' bullpen in the third inning, with his team losing. He departed in the fifth inning, his team even further behind. "A very special day for me," Maddux said.
Feb 02, 2016

In Greg Maddux's last game, he was a middle reliever. So was Clayton Kershaw: latimes.com/sports/dodgers… #Dodgers

Dodgers' Vin Scully hopes to end his career in San Francisco

latimes.com — Vin Scully said Saturday he hopes to end his Hall of Fame career as the voice of the Dodgers by calling a game against the rival Giants - in San Francisco. The Dodgers conclude the regular season at AT&T Park on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Jan 30, 2016

RT @latimes: Dodgers announcer Vin Scully hopes to call his final game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco lat.ms/1RSQ6x5 pic.twitter.com/YW3vjwrjfO

Jan 30, 2016

RT @latimes: Dodgers announcer Vin Scully hopes to call his final game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco lat.ms/1RSQ6x5 pic.twitter.com/YW3vjwrjfO

Jan 30, 2016

RT @latimes: Dodgers announcer Vin Scully hopes to call his final game on Oct. 2 in San Francisco lat.ms/1RSQ6x5 pic.twitter.com/YW3vjwrjfO

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As Dodgers ticket prices rise it's fair to ask: Is baseball pricing itself out of the family market?

latimes.com — By now, we should be numb to the cost of supporting our favorite teams. We shrug, and we pay up, and up, and up. And then, one day, something makes you go, "Huh." This was my "huh" moment on Friday: $48 for a seat in the left-field bleachers at Dodger Stadium?
Jan 30, 2016

Bill Shaikin asks a big-picture question about the increased cost of Dodger ticket prices. latimes.com/sports/dodgers…

Chase Utley's appeal hearing will probably happen during spring training

latimes.com — Chase Utley is expected to get his chance to appeal his two-game suspension, probably during spring training. No date has been set for the appeal hearing, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. If the full suspension is upheld, Utley would miss the first...
Jan 29, 2016

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Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

latimes.com — Impose the designated hitter upon the National League and, next thing you know, the Dodgers and Angels could be playing in the same division. The DH in the NL could lead to the demise of the NL as we know it.
Jan 28, 2016

There is a time to consider the DH in the NL. It's not now. Here's when: lat.ms/1SmE4KX

Jan 29, 2016

There is a time to consider the DH in NL. It's not now. Here's when: lat.ms/1SmE4KX

Jan 29, 2016

RT @BillShaikin: There is a time to consider the DH in NL. It's not now. Here's when: lat.ms/1SmE4KX

The draft that doomed the Angels

latimes.com — There is no better fit between a team and a remaining free agent than the Angels and power-hitting left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. However, with owner Arte Moreno reluctant to pay a luxury tax and to sign Cespedes for at least five years, the Angels are expected to let the opportunity pass.
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Feb 11, 2016

@Lewis_Alcindor True, but Manfred has told them to stay in Oakland.

Feb 11, 2016

@Ruthie__Cohen Right. More importantly, the MLB commissioner has told the A's to stay in Oakland.

Feb 11, 2016

@Ruthie__Cohen So they didn't threaten to leave their market, right?

Feb 11, 2016

The Oakland team that's looked at L.A., Las Vegas and San Antonio isn't the A's. twitter.com/JoeStiglichCSN…

Feb 11, 2016

O'Malley family is part of Padres ownership. Peter O'Malley & Nomo are partners in old Dodgertown (Vero Beach) site. twitter.com/Padres/status/…

Feb 11, 2016

Pretty much. Dodgers farm system ranked #23 by BA the year McCourt sold to Guggenheim. twitter.com/kbteach_1/stat…


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