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

  • Madison Bumgarner and the perils of product placement

    Madison Bumgarner and the perils of product placement

    If you’re a Ford dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area, this would be a good time to lay low. Stoking anger among the customer base generally is not a wise marketing strategy. But when San Francisco Giants fans turned on their televisions last weekend, they saw their ace pitcher in a Ford commercial...

  • Three up, three down: A look at what's trending in the MLB

    Three up, three down: A look at what's trending in the MLB

    A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball: THREE UP Power of Brew: Chris Carter tied for the National League lead last season with 41 home runs. The Brewers let him go — for nothing! — and replaced him with Eric Thames, who had washed out of the majors in 2012 but hit 124 home runs in...

  • MLB's most popular jerseys: Cubs, Clayton Kershaw, more Cubs

    MLB's most popular jerseys: Cubs, Clayton Kershaw, more Cubs

    If you measure popularity by jersey sales, four of the five most popular players in the major leagues play for the Chicago Cubs. The other one is Clayton Kershaw. To sell jerseys, apparently, it helps to play for the team that just won its first World Series in 108 years, or to be baseball’s best...

  • Dodgers' season-ticket wait list is no more

    Dodgers' season-ticket wait list is no more

    The Dodgers’ waiting list for season tickets is no more. After three years in which the Dodgers capped season tickets at 35,000 and established a waiting list, season tickets are currently on sale for all levels of Dodger Stadium, at a prorated price. In the 2015-16 offseason, the Dodgers said...

  • Rob Manfred has a vision to improve baseball and it's more radical than you think

    Rob Manfred has a vision to improve baseball and it's more radical than you think

    Pace of play this, and pace of play that. Rob Manfred did not want to talk about it. Not at first, anyway. The commissioner of baseball wanted to play football trivia. Let’s do this. “Bob Griese,” Manfred said. “Great quarterback. Won two Super Bowls. You know how many passes he threw in those...

  • Clayton Kershaw rips Rockies' Tyler Anderson after Dodgers' 4-2 win

    Clayton Kershaw rips Rockies' Tyler Anderson after Dodgers' 4-2 win

    As Dave Roberts spoke with reporters Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers had played 15 games this season. They had 147 to play, and yet the Dodgers manager actually used the words “must win.” In just about any other context, you would suspect the Dodgers had gone into panic mode. But Wednesday was...

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