The knuckleball pitch has always been one of my favorites to watch. When done well, a pitcher can fool the best hitters. There has been some great knuckleball pitchers in baseball history. Tom Candiotti, Charlie Hough, The Niekro brothers, Tim Wakefield and Hoyt Wilhelm. The Dodgers had a knuckleballer a few years ago by the name of Charlie Haeger. There were times when he looked brilliant, but generally he sucked. Charlie was a non-roster invitee with the Mariners this year. I don't believe that me made the club.
There are also a few players in baseball history that threw the knuckleball that you may not think of.
Want to know how to throw the knuckleball? Check out this video. Luckily the guy in the video is a lefty like me! Sorry if you're a righty.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Clayton was all smiles as usual. Perhaps after hearing the news of Chad's new contract he is getting anxious to cash in also.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Games- 25 AB- 53 H- 11 R- 5 RBI- 3 SB- 3 CS- 1 BB- 10 SO- 10 AVG- .208 OBP- .344
Friday, March 25, 2011
During Spring Training 2009, Ivan broke his leg during a an early morning "B" game while sliding into home. He was the Dodgers 2008 minor league player of the year. He is the son of Ivan DeJesus, who played in the big leagues from 1974-1988. His dad is now the Third Base Coach with the Chicago Cubs. Congrats Ivan! Now you need a lower number, 65 has to go!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Through 18 games this spring, Matt is batting .320 Slugging .720 with 5 HR and 16 Hits. 9 out of his 16 hits were for extra bases. He also has 3 stolen bases out of 4 attempts. Photo Courtesy of Jon SooHoo
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
With Carl Crawford gone, I hope for the Rays that Manny will boost attendance and hopefully help that team get a new stadium. Manny is back to being Manny. For those who still love Manny, The Rays come to Anaheim June 6-8th.
Manny is having a really good spring. Stats are below.
Games- 17 AB- 40 H- 14 R- 6 HR- 3 RBI- 9 BB- 4 SO- 5 AVG- .350 OBP- .404 SLG- .625
Where is Ronnie? It is mind blowing to think that a young guy with so much talent can just ruin his chances to be in the big leagues. So many guys would give anything to have a chance to make the 25 man roster. Where is Ronnie? Ahhh, who cares. Whats that, Kuo? Not on the roster? Monestarios and Kuo cant seem to find him. Heck, his own agent can't either.
I'm sure many Dodgers fan miss seeing the O-Dawg in Dodger Blue. I know I certainly do. After having an injury plagued season with the Twins last year, he has moved south to "The Whale's Vagina" San Diego. Attention Dodgers fans- save yourself the time and don't bother asking him to sign anything Dodgers related. The O-Dawg is still bitter. He will say no! He is a really nice guy, I had to opportunity of attending a charity even that he help when he was with the Dodgers. He is just bitter about Belliard taking his spot in the playoffs. Below is his spring state line as of today. (Not bad)
Games- 13 AB- 37 H-13 R- 6 HR- 1 RBI- 6 BB- 3 SO-7 SB-1 CS- 0 AVG- .351 OBP- .400
I am sure if you were to ask Dodgers fans about Russell Martin, you're going to get a mixed review. Love him or hate him, we have to get over that and realize he is gone. If you followed the news regarding his departure, it seemed weird that he accepted a contract similar to what the Dodgers offered him. I am sure there is more to the story than the casual fan knows, so we will leave it at that. Ive had the chance to talk to Russ on several occasions, not just at games, but outside the ball park, and I will say that he is one of the nicest guys you will meet. Granted, he looks like a D-bag wearing Ed Hardy and all that Hollywood crap, but he truly is a great guy. Very humble and very open to answering questions. I wish him the best in New York! Here is his spring stat line as of today.
Games- 14 AB- 36 H- 8 R- 7 HR-1 BB- 7 SO- 3 SB- 1 CS- 0 AVG- .222 OBP- . 349
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
For you baseball card collectors, the 2011 Topps Heritage were just released. I haven't seen then in Target yet, but I did just order a box from Topps.com. This years set is based on the 1962 Topps set. These cards look great and will look even better autographed. Dodgers that were included in the set are: Clayton Kershaw, Juan Uribe, Matt Kemp,Ted Lilly, Jon Garland, Don Mattingly, Hideki Kuroda, Casey Blake, Jonathan Broxton, Chad Billingsley, Andre Ethier, James Loney, Rafael Furcal, Kenley Jansen and Russell Mitchell. Props to Russ and Kenley for getting their rookie cards!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Opening day 2011 is right around the corner. After a dismal 2010 campaign, I am anxious to get the season started. Hopefully with a healthy pitching staff led my Kershaw and our batting lineup led by Ethier and a slimmed down Matt Kemp, the Dodgers will be back to their winning ways.