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Los Angeles Times

Bill Shaikin

Writer

Bill Shaikin is the national baseball reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has worked at The Times since 1997 and has covered baseball for Southern California newspapers since 1989. He was the beat writer when the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and the Angels won the World Series in 2002, two events considered beyond improbable before they happened. He graduated from UC Berkeley and hopes to see the Golden Bears in the Rose Bowl during his lifetime, just once.

Recent Articles

  • Angels cut Taylor Featherston, add left-handed reliever

    Angels cut Taylor Featherston, add left-handed reliever

    Taylor Featherston had no business spending all of last season on the roster of a contender. But he did, because the Angels had to keep the infielder on the major league team all year or risk losing him to another team. Featherston batted .162, the lowest of any major leaguer with at least 150...

  • A new season means a new role for Howie Kendrick

    A new season means a new role for Howie Kendrick

    Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 career innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back.In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the draft...

  • Dodgers' Vin Scully hopes to end his career in San Francisco

    Dodgers' Vin Scully hopes to end his career in San Francisco

    Vin Scully said Saturday he hopes to end his Hall of Fame career as the voice of the Dodgers by calling a game against the rival Giants — in San Francisco. The Dodgers conclude the regular season at AT&T Park on Sunday, Oct. 2. Scully grew up in New York, where the Giants and Dodgers both played...

  • As Dodgers ticket prices rise it's fair to ask: Is baseball pricing itself out of the family market?

    As Dodgers ticket prices rise it's fair to ask: Is baseball pricing itself out of the family market?

    By now, we should be numb to the cost of supporting our favorite teams. We shrug, and we pay up, and up, and up. And then, one day, something makes you go, "Huh." This was my "huh" moment on Friday: $48 for a seat in the left-field bleachers at Dodger Stadium? Not every seat, and not every game....

  • Chase Utley's appeal hearing will probably happen during spring training

    Chase Utley's appeal hearing will probably happen during spring training

    Chase Utley is expected to get his chance to appeal his two-game suspension, probably during spring training. No date has been set for the appeal hearing, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. If the full suspension is upheld, Utley would miss the first...

  • Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

    Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

    Impose the designated hitter upon the National League and, next thing you know, the Dodgers and Angels could be playing in the same division. The DH in the NL could lead to the demise of the NL as we know it. And that's an unnecessarily significant issue for baseball owners to consider now, as...

  • The draft that doomed the Angels

    The draft that doomed the Angels

    There is no better fit between a team and a remaining free agent than the Angels and power-hitting left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. However, with owner Arte Moreno reluctant to pay a luxury tax and to sign Cespedes for at least five years, the Angels are expected to let the opportunity pass. The Angels...

  • Free agents still available make for a solid baseball lineup

    Free agents still available make for a solid baseball lineup

    It has been a long time, Rams, so long that the Dodgers played a game in the Coliseum more recently than you have. It has been a long time too, Rams, since you had a winning season. That was 2003, when Eric Gagne won the National League Cy Young Award and the Angels still played at Edison Field....

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