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Dodgers minor leaguers suspended for marijuana use

An increasing number of Americans believe marijuana should be decriminalized, but on Tuesday came a sobering reminder that testing positive for the drug can still have significant consequences.

In the case of left-hander Robert Carson, it will cost him a place in the Dodgers’ major league spring training camp.

Carson was one of two Dodgers minor leaguers who were suspended for 50 games for second positive tests for drugs of abuse. The other was Theo Alexander, a 20-year-old outfielder.

The players tested positive for marijuana, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Carson, 26, appeared in 31 major league games with the New York Mets from 2012-2013. He was in spring training with the Angels last year and went on to pitch for the Dodgers’ triple-A affiliate. Carson pitched in the Dominican league this winter and was invited to the Dodgers’ spring training camp as a non-roster player.

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Son Jorge to join father Jaime Jarrin in Dodger radio booth in 2015

Jorge Jarrin will join his father, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, in calling Dodgers games in Spanish this season on KTNQ-AM (1020).

Jorge Jarrin will be switching roles with Pepe Yniguez, who has shared the radio booth with Jaime Jarrin since 1999. The Dodgers will double the number of games it will offer on SportsNet LA-Spanish this season, broadcasting 150 games on TV, with Yniguez handling the play-by-play and former Dodgers greats Fernando Valenzuela and Manny Mota sharing the job as analyst.

Valenzuela is expected to do 120 games and Mota the rest. Last year, Jorge Jarrin and Mota were the lead broadcasters on SportsNet LA-Spanish.

On Monday, both Jarrins were honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters, with Jaime winning for best foreign-language radio play-by-play broadcaster and his son taking home the same prize for TV play-by-play.

Jaime Jarrin, 79, was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Like you needed another reason to admire Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw

He’s emerging as the most dominant pitcher of his generation. He’s renowned for his work ethic, competitiveness, faith and humanitarianism. All at the age of 26.

Now, though, it appears we need to add one more superlative to his resume:

The man can deliver a killer speech.

His acceptance speech over the weekend in New York for capturing the National League Cy Young and MVP awards – the day after his wife Ellen gave birth to their first child – was one to remember. It was at times humorous, poignant and magnanimous, and came complete with an ending sure to warm the hearts of the Dodger faithful.

Maybe he can become a professional speech writer in his next career. Of course, he’s getting a lot of practice at this. It was his third Cy Young award. He came off very human and humble, probably more the Kershaw whom the public expects, and less the sometimes prickly Kershaw who comes across to the media in the clubhouse.

If I tell you the premise of his speech, maybe you'll think it’s a...

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Just how badly does South Korean group want a piece of Dodgers?

Let’s say you had a lot of money. No, more than that. Way more than that. Like you were a billionaire.

OK, this is going to take some serious imagination, but play along. The Times’ Bill Shaikin reported a group of South Korean investors are in negotiations to purchase a minority share in the Dodgers. The Korea Joongang Daily, one of two South Korean newspapers that first reported the talks, said the investment group hoped to buy a 20% stake for about $370 million.

Now that seems askew for a couple of reasons. First, the price. A 20% share at that figure would value the Dodgers at $1.85 billion, which is less than the $2.15 billion the Dodgers ownership group paid for the team in 2012.

Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly told The Times back at the end of 2012 that Guggenheim Baseball Management already valued the team at $3 billion. That would make a 20% stake – assuming the Dodgers don’t believe the value of the team hasn’t risen in the last two years – at $600 million. That’s a...

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Ex-Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly accused of insurance fraud

Former Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who retired in 2013, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly filing a false insurance claim.

According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the charges stem from a claim Lilly filed in regard to damage sustained by a recreational vehicle he owned. The California Department of Insurance alleges Lilly's RV was damaged before he purchased insurance on the vehicle and made a claim.

Authorities said Lilly sought an estimate for the damage from a body shop on March 19. The estimate, which was for $4,600, was then filed into an insurance database.

Lilly then bought an insurance policy from Progressive five days later and claimed the damage on March 28, authorities said.

Lilly has been charged by the San Luis Obispo County district attorney's office with filing a false insurance claim, filing a false statement in connection to the claim and concealing a material fact in connection with the claim.

Lilly, 39, faces a maximum penalty of five years...

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New list of Dodgers' top prospects no longer includes Zach Lee

When a lad and leaving my job as a supermarket clerk to join the family business, one of my customers gave me a little plastic statue of Snoopy doing his happy dance with an inscription from that great philosopher of our time, Linus, that read:

“There is no heavier a burden than a great potential.”

Tell it to Zach Lee.

Lee was considered a great coup when the Dodgers drafted the right-hander with the No. 1 pick in 2010. He spurned a quarterback scholarship at LSU and signed a record $5.25-million deal with the Dodgers, then owned by Frank McCourt.

And if Lee never exactly dominated early in the minors, he still showed definite promise and the word was usually he’d become a middle of the order starter.

Only for now, the shine seems off his star. He struggled in his first season at triple-A last year (7-13, 5.38 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) and never received a call-up when the Dodgers were struggling for a fifth starter during the season nor in September when rosters where expanded.

Now he’s fallen...

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