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Magic Makes a Play for the Dodgers

At this point, the question has become, who isn’t interested in buying the Dodgers? Everyone from Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser to Larry King and Mark Cuban are in the mix.

Now, according to LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke, recently divested Lakers part-owner Magic Johnson plans to join the Frank McCourt bankruptcy sweepstakes:

Johnson would be the face of a high-powered ownership group that would include Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, and Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, a financial services firm that controls over $125 billion in assets. The firm is headquartered in Chicago and New York, with an office in Los Angeles.

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Matt Kemp Nominated for Sports Illustrated Honor

Matt Kemp had a career 2011 season (.324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 40 SB) despite a disappointing 82-79 record for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

However, his outstanding play on the field didn’t go unnoticed, as Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter has nominated the Gold Glove center fielder for their “Sportsman of the Year” award:

According to Baseball Reference’s Wins Above Replacement metric, Kemp completed the best season for any player, of any ilk, since Barry Bonds in 2004. His statistics alone should make him a strong contender to be named SI’s Sportsman of the Year. But the circumstances in which Kemp produced his historic season — the unrelenting way in which he brought pride to a legendary franchise that had been all but strip-mined of the stuff — should make him the award winner.

Sports Illustrated will announce its winner on Dec. 6. If Kemp is selected, he would be the third Dodger to win the honor, joining Sandy Koufax (1965) and Orel Hershiser (1988).

Orel Hershiser Continues to Shine on ESPN Radio

Five years ago, 1983-1994 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser resigned from the front office of the Texas Rangers. Now here he is, providing color commentary on ESPN Radio for a World Series that involves his former managerial posting.

Hershiser and play-by-play partner Dan Shulman are a relatively recent ESPN TV-radio pairing; for the 2011 Cardinals-Rangers showdown, they are joined once again by ex-manager Bobby Valentine. At the close of  a Dodgers season of despair, it really has been a pleasure to be reminded during the ALCS and World Series of Hershiser’s very high baseball IQ.

Many color commentators are occasionally guilty of stretching or padding. Not so with Hershisher. Much like the pinpoint control that he used to wield from the pitching mound, this guy is dialed into the game with unerring, clear-eyed precision. In just a few years, he has become one of radio’s most commanding baseball experts.

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