Dodger Stadium sits in a vast parking lot on top of a hill. So vast that they used it to film scenes from that last “Star Trek” movie that were supposed to talk place on another freakin’ planet. Aside from the ballpark itself, it’s a big, open, mostly empty space.
Which has many people looking at that $2 billion price the new owners paid for the place and assuming that they’ll try to use that land to create some more income:
Developer Ken Lombard, a former business partner of Johnson, said the Dodgers property is ideally situated for an urban development.
“You could create a community up there,” said Lombard, who runs the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center. “You have the chance to do something very interesting, probably a mixture of residential and retail.”
I’m assuming that would lead to years of battles with the neighbors from surrounding areas. And, as the article suggests, the possibility that simply demolishing Dodger Stadium and building a new downtown ballpark could be considered, if only as a bluff.
Justin Verlander is approaching the tail end of a fantastic year with the Astros — arguably one of his best in the last decade — and on Saturday, he kicked off his last regular season start at Minute Maid Park with a strikeout, his 270th of the year. While that’s still a few shy of Max Scherzer‘s league-best mark of 290, it was a new personal record for Verlander, who had yet to beat the previous career record he set with 269 strikeouts in 2009.
Verlander’s moment arrived at the top of the first inning on a seven-pitch called strikeout against the Angels’ Kole Calhoun. Cole worked a 2-2 count, then fouled off a pair of 95-MPH fastballs before missing the seventh and final pitch at the top of the strike zone.
Jose Fernandez battled twice as long in the next at-bat, albeit with far more disastrous results. His 14-pitch duel against the Astros’ righty ended when he caught a fastball on his hand and was forced to come out of the game.
After expending a total of 27 pitches in the first inning, however, Verlander returned in the second to strike out the side, then logged another pair of strikeouts in the third. With six strikeouts through three innings, he boosted his season strikeout total to 275 — just a hair above fellow Houston righty Gerrit Cole (and all other AL pitchers), who previously led the team with 272 whiffs on the year.