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MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments
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MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments

Feb 24 2014, 2:09am CST | by

Australian organizers of Major League Baseball's opening series on March 22 and 23 in Sydney which pits the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments, which state there is nothing to be excited about the games Down Under.

Australian organizers of the upcoming MLB opening series featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments.  The uproar stems from...

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MLB: Aussie Officials Upset at Dodgers SP Zack Greinke's Comments

Feb 24 2014, 2:09am CST | by

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Australian organizers of Major League Baseball's opening series on March 22 and 23 in Sydney which pits the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments, which state there is nothing to be excited about the games Down Under.

Australian organizers of the upcoming MLB opening series featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are upset at Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke's comments. 

The uproar stems from Greinke's comments in an interview with ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon on Feb. 22: 

"I would say there is absolutely zero excitement for it. There just isn't any excitement to it. I can't think of one reason to be excited for it."

A featured article on The Sydney Morning Herald the day after captures the sentiments of the organizers on Greinke.

"Organizers in Sydney are far from thrilled with Greinke's outburst but are holding off on making comment until they've spoken to relevant parties in America.

"The opening series at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) has been planned in close consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Dodgers and Diamondbacks clubs, and Australian baseball representatives have now asked for a please explain.

"The MLB's landmark move to open the season proper in Australia for the first time means the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are starting their season more than a week before the rest of the league.

"Arizona pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Patrick Corbin have spoken of their desire to be a part of history in Sydney, but it seems big brothers the Dodgers may feel the venture is beneatt them."

Saxon, in a separate update, writes the Dodgers responded to the controversy by way of a statement from Dodgers president Stan Kasten.

"Zack has this endearing, contrarian quality to him that we all know and love about him. He's famously focused and meticulous about his training regimen. It's what makes him so good and such a  great teammate. This is clearly going to alter his routine. I understand that aspect of it.

"But my problem right now is trying to make room for all the people that want to go -- players, family, front office people. As an organization, we couldn't be more excited about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

According to Saxon, Kasten took the Atlanta Hawks on a tour of the former Soviet Union when he was a front office executive of the team. He has also been on overseas baseball trips. Kasten told Saxon players normally have a favorable mindset about the trips upon their return home. 

The Dodgers have yet to name the starters for the two games in Sydny which will be on March 22 and 23. They are toying with the idea of resting 25-year-old ace Clayton Kershaw so that he'll be ready for the United States opener on March 30.

Greinke told Saxon he is all right with the idea of pitching in Sydney.  

 
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Sep 18 2014 11:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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Dodgers rally past Cubs, extend lead in NL West

Sep 18 2014 11:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHICAGO — Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Thursday night and extend their lead in the NL West. The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh but six of their eight hitters reached base against reliever Neil Ramirez with five hits and an error. Cubs rookie second baseman Logan Watkins couldn’t handle Juan Uribe’s hard-hit grounder with one out. That allowed the first ru ...
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14 hours ago

Dodgers rally past Cubs, extend lead in NL West

Sep 18 2014 11:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHICAGO — About the only thing the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t mastered in the NL West pennant race is the art of the comeback. That is until Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 to extend their division lead. The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh, but six of their eight hitters reached bas ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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14 hours ago

Dodgers rally past Cubs, extend lead in NL West

Sep 18 2014 11:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHICAGO — Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Thursday night and extend their lead in the NL West. The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh but six of their eight hitters reached base against reliever Neil Ramirez with five hits and an error. Cubs rookie second baseman Logan Watkins couldn’t handle Juan Uribe ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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14 hours ago

Dodgers rally past Cubs, extend lead in NL West

Sep 18 2014 11:19pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CHICAGO — About the only thing the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t mastered in the NL West pennant race is the art of the comeback. That is until Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 to extend their division lead. The Dodgers trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh, but six of their eight hitters reached base against reliever Neil Ramirez with five ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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Sep 13 2014 11:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings and hit his fourth career home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the San Francisco Giants 17-0 on Saturday night to build on their lead in the NL West. One day after being held to three hits in a 9-0 loss, the Dodgers doubled that output in the first inning against Giants starter Tim Hudson then coasted behind Greinke’s 15th win this season. Greinke (15-8) combined with three relievers on ...
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5 days ago

Dodgers get 24 hits in 17-0 dismantling of Giants

Sep 13 2014 11:39pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings and hit his fourth career home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the San Francisco Giants 17-0 on Saturday night to build on their lead in the NL West. One day after being held to three hits in a 9-0 loss, the Dodgers doubled that output in the first inning against Giants starter Tim Hudson then coasted behind Greinke’s 15th win this season. Greinke (15-8) combined with three relievers on the shutout and improved to 4-0 ...
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