Dodgers Reportedly Sign Mark Prior as Bullpen Coach

The Dodgers have reportedly hired Mark Prior to become their new bullpen coach, according to a source of Yahoo’s Tim Brown.

Brown announced the speculation on his Twitter account.

Prior, 37, is a former Major-League pitcher who pitched in five big-league seasons. He compiled a record of 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA with the Cubs, including going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003.

After being labeled a can’t-miss talent by his personal pitching coach Tom House, Prior’s delivery went from being praised to questioned following several arm injuries hampered his career.

He announced his retirement in 2013. His ratio of 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings trails only Randy Johnson (10.6) among pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched.

In 2015 he took over as the Padres’ Minor League pitching coordinator, working with each of the team’s affiliates for three days at a time.

Prior seems to be a good fit with the Dodgers because of the can’t-miss ability he once possessed; plus, his experience with minor-league pitchers bodes well as he knows how to work with talent of that age as it comes into the big leagues and a different culture.

In an interview with in 2015, Prior said that he “loved every minute of it, and helping to achieve their (the pitchers) dream, whether it be a small part of it or a large part.”

One prospect that Prior had a hand in improving is Michel Baez. The 21-year-old Cuban pitcher got off to a rough start, including an early outing where he allowed four runs in 5.0 innings pitched.

Baez wound up finishing the season with a record of 7-2 with a 2.54 ERA. He also boasted an impressive strikeout/9 ratio of 12.6. It is exciting to see what he can do with the Dodgers pitchers going forward.

Las Vegas Sportsbooks Take $11.4M Hit On Baseball In November

With the Los Angeles Dodgers losing the World Series on Nov. 1, there were many who in essence, lost — including Las Vegas sportsbooks, who saw an $11 million loss because of baseball alone.

Bettors choosing for the Houston Astros to win the World Series were satisfied with the 5-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. In total, the $11.4 million loss for the month (in one day) was the largest baseball hit seen for the state’s regulated books, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Also included were bets made on the Astros to win Game 7.

The previous mark was set in November 1999 when the Yankees beat the Braves to win the World Series. That year, the books lost $6.2 million.

Sports books have reportedly recovered from the hit thanks to big wins in football and basketball. Overall, the sportsbooks won $9.8 million in November, which records the 52nd consecutive month in which the books have come up on top, a streak dating back to July 2013.

Through December, sportsbooks have won a net $213.6 million in 2017, which currently stands as the fourth-most lucrative year ever. At the top is 2015, when the books netted $231.7 million.