March 2019 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Dodgers Hit Record 8 HRs On Opening Day

Mar 29, 2019 8:17 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-5 on Thursday, crushing an Opening Day-record eight home runs in the process.

The eight home runs tied a franchise record for a single game -- also done May 23, 2002, when Shawn Green hit four -- and marked the first time in the live ball era that six players on any one team went deep on Opening Day.

"It's probably not going to always be like that," Cody Bellinger said, "but it's great to start off the season like that."

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Brad Miller Opts Out Of Deal With Dodgers

Mar 22, 2019 8:00 AM

Brad Miller has decided to opt out of his Minor League contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Miller, 29, joined the Dodgers in hopes of resurrecting his career.

He hit 30 home runs as recently as 2016.

In 254 plate appearances last season, Miller hit .248/.311/.413.

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Clayton Kershaw Won't Be Ready For Opening Day

Mar 19, 2019 8:01 AM

Clayton Kershaw won't be ready for Opening Day, according to Dave Roberts.

Kershaw has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring and has yet to pitch in an official Cactus League game.

The left-hander, however, has been throwing and completed a bullpen session without any issues on Sunday.

"When he's ready to pitch for us is when he'll pitch for us," Roberts said.

Kershaw has started eight-straight Opening Days for the Dodgers.

ESPN

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Dodgers Promote Brandon Gomes To VP, Assistant GM

Mar 18, 2019 7:54 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant general manager.

The former Major League pitcher had been serving as director of player development since 2016.

The 34-year-old joined the Dodgers after a five-year run with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Associated Press

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Clayton Kershaw Unlikely To Be Ready For Opening Day

Mar 16, 2019 7:29 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acknowledged that it's unlikely Clayton Kershaw will be ready to pitch by Opening Day.

Kershaw has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring and has yet to pitch in an official Cactus League game.

The Dodgers will open the season on March 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"It's unlikely," Dave Roberts said. "Unlikely is fair. But I don't want to close the door, but it's more, obviously, when you look at the calendar, it's more unlikely."

ESPN

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Clayton Kershaw May Not Be Ready For Start Of Season

Mar 5, 2019 7:59 AM

Clayton Kershaw resumed throwing from flat ground on Monday, but there remains a chance that he won't be ready for Opening Day.

Kershaw reported feeling shoulder discomfort last week.

"The main thing is he's trending in the right direction," Dave Roberts said. "When he's game-ready is when he's game-ready."

Kershaw has made eight straight Opening Day starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Kershaw's Shoulder Better, But Still Not Throwing

Mar 2, 2019 4:56 PM

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has not resumed throwing since he stopped Monday while feeling shoulder discomfort.

Kershaw, who felt discomfort while playing catch, told manager Dave Roberts that his shoulder feels better.

espn.com

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Dodgers Were Willing To Offer Bryce Harper $45M Per Year

Mar 1, 2019 8:04 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to offer Bryce Harper $45 million per year in their talks with the outfielder, according to a report.

Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The deal with the Dodgers would have been over four years, which would have allowed Harper to become a free agent again at age 30. He also would have set the record for baseball's highest AAV.

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