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Kershaw vs. Bumgarner — Executives And Scouts Weigh In

Clayton Kershaw compiled one of the more historically dominant seasons in 2014 and it's led to a plethora of awards for the southpaw. Kershaw pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a second straight NL West title while simultaneously setting the benchmark for pitchers. Unfortunately for Kershaw and the Dodgers, he again ran into trouble in the postseason against the St. Louis Cardinals, which took some of the s ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: Kenley Jansen

The length of a baseball season is not something to underestimate. A 162-game schedule leaves many players either exhausted or injured during some point in the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers learned this lesson first hand and suffered crucial injuries throughout the season. However, one player managed to remain healthy and exerted his dominance in the National League. Kenley Jansen came into this season on ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: Hanley Ramirez

After a hot finish to the 2013 season and entering the final year on his contract, Hanley Ramirez faced high expectations last season. Ramirez failed to meet the standard he set as he battled his way through a season riddled by injury. The 30-year-old shortstop suffered calf and oblique injuries, among other ailments but was only placed on the disabled list once. While Ramirez faced criticism for his the de ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: Hyun-Jin Ryu

Under the Guggenheim Baseball Management group, the dedication to a quick turnaround was apparent. The new ownership approved of the Los Angeles Dodgers historic trade with the Boston Red Sox and were aggressive in free agency prior to the 2013 season. One of the team's signings was Hyun-Jin Ryu, who starred in South Korea before making the leap to the United States. Ryu was impressive in his rookie season ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: J.P. Howell

In his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, J.P. Howell established himself as one of the more dependable relievers for manager Don Mattingly. Howell signed a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2016. With Paco Rodriguez spending much of the season in the Minors, Howell was often the lone lefty in the Dodgers' bullpen. Manager Don Mattingly said in April he wasn't concerned by that, conside ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: Dee Gordon

No one expected Dee Gordon to win the starting job at second base, much less have the season he did. Gordon entered Spring Training in a competition at second against heavy favorite Alex Guerrero, among others. Gordon showed improvement at the plate and his range as a natural shortstop provided for a strong glove at the other middle infield position. After playing no more than 87 games in any of his first t ...

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This Day In Dodgers History: Roy Campanella Named MVP In 1951

Given the number of historically great talents that have played for the Dodgers during the franchise's time in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, the debate as to who the greatest or most influential Dodger is largely goes unsettled. One name that tends to fly under the radar is Roy Campanella, who starred behind the plate for 10 seasons as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier wh ...

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Dodgers Nation Wishes Fernando Valenzuela A Happy Birthday

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a long history of starting pitchers that more than left their mark on the game. However, only one of the famed pitchers had a name applied to the craze he inspired and that's Fernando Valenzuela. Valenzuela debuted with the Dodgers in 1980, but his spotlight came to fruition the following season when he took the mound on Opening Day in 1981. The Mexican native replaced the injur ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: Juan Uribe

After an above-par 2013 postseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to gamble on Juan Uribe one more time. The team offered the 35-year-old another crack at being the starting third baseman by re-signing him to a two-year contract. Uribe built on the momentum he established late in 2013 and put together a 2014 campaign that had not been seen out of him in his tenure in Los Angeles. Although he battled somew ...

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Dodgers 2014 Player Reviews: Carl Crawford

Coming into the 2014 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield was once again an unsettled position group. Matt Kemp was still recovering from offseason surgery, but figured to return and take claim of center field. As he did in 2013, Carl Crawford was platooning in left field as manager Don Mattingly shuffled his outfielders largely dependent on matchups. Although the situation led to moments of frustration ...

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