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Houston Mitchell

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Houston Mitchell is an assistant sports editor and host of the Sports Now blog for the Los Angeles Times. Mitchell was born in Redondo Beach and has lived in the Los Angeles area his entire life. He has worked for The Times since 1991 and hopes no one ever figures out that he gets paid to watch and write about sports for a living.

Recent Articles

  • Dodgers Dugout: Clayton Kershaw knows what Dodgers fans want

    Dodgers Dugout: Clayton Kershaw knows what Dodgers fans want

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I'm wondering: Can we harness the energy Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band uses in one show and use it to power Dodger Stadium for the season? Kershaw gets it There’s  more than one reason that Clayton...

  • Baseball analytics: Are you hip to WAR, BABIP and FIP?

    Baseball analytics: Are you hip to WAR, BABIP and FIP?

    Some baseball questions answered using analytics. WAR WAR (Wins above Replacement) is a complicated equation that answers the question: "If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a minor leaguer, how much value would the team be losing?” You can learn more about WAR at...

  • Dodgers Dugout: A statue? Solving the TV deal? How would you honor Vin Scully?

    Dodgers Dugout: A statue? Solving the TV deal? How would you honor Vin Scully?

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I'm wondering: If Vin Scully talks into a microphone, but 70% of Dodgers fans can’t hear it, does that mean he never spoke? Honoring Vin Scully A few newsletters ago, I asked you to send in your ideas on how...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Giants have the best overall bullpen in the NL West

    Dodgers Dugout: Giants have the best overall bullpen in the NL West

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is  Houston Mitchell, reminding you not to make too much out of spring training stats because they usually don’t mean a thing. Although we would all feel better if Joc Pederson wasn’t one for seven with six strikeouts. The bullpen Continuing...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Who will replace Brett Anderson, and why won't it be Julio Urias?

    Dodgers Dugout: Who will replace Brett Anderson, and why won't it be Julio Urias?

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m happy there’s baseball being played again, even if it is only exhibition games. Ouch, my back! Remember how the Dodgers gave pitcher Brett Anderson a $15.8-million qualifying offer so they could get a draft...

  • Former pro wrestling star Hayabusa dies at 47

    Former Japanese pro wrestling star Hayabusa (real name Eiji Ezaki) died Thursday from a brain hemorrhage. He was 47. Hayabusa is considered by many to be one of the greatest high-flying wrestlers of all time, and he was the top star of Japan's Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling from 1994 to 2001....

  • Brandi Chastain says she will donate her brain for CTE research

    Brandi Chastain says she will donate her brain for CTE research

    Brandi Chastain, best known as the player who scored the game-winning penalty kick that gave the United States the 1999 Women's World Cup title, announced Thursday that she will donate her brain for concussion research when she dies. "It is really about: How I can help impact soccer beyond scoring...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Kenley Jansen gives the Dodgers a leg up at closer

    Dodgers Dugout: Kenley Jansen gives the Dodgers a leg up at closer

    Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and my TV is warmed up and ready to go ..... not that I can watch the Dodgers on it. The closer Continuing our rankings of the NL West teams at various positions, let’s turn to the closers. If you want to see the...

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