J. P. Hoornstra, Whittier Daily News

J. P. Hoornstra

Whittier Daily News

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Recent articles by J.:

Hoornstra: This Baseball Hall of Fame ballot isn’t news

Casting an anonymous ballot for who deserves to be enshrined in Cooperstown protects the freedom of thought that keeps the voting process from homogenization → Read More

Left-handed hitters like Joc Pederson could thrive in shift-free 2023 and in free agency

Left-handed hitters like the Giants’ Joc Pederson, who thrive in the absence of infield shifts, should have it good in 2023 and in free agency. → Read More

Hoornstra: Making peace with the slow pace of MLB’s offseason

Each November, teams and fans wait for the biggest of the big-name free agents to find a new home – a process that sometimes takes months, not days or weeks, and results in unfair comparisons to th… → Read More

Dodgers free agents, Part VI: Who else should the Dodgers bring back?

Chris Martin and Tommy Kahnle showed flashes of excellence out of the bullpen, enough to make the postseason roster. Anyone else? → Read More

Dodgers free agents, Part V: Justin Turner’s reunion tour feels less inevitable this time

The Dodgers declined Justin Turner’s $16 million option for 2023. → Read More

Dodgers free agents, Part IV: Tyler Anderson faces a big decision

Whether or not he accepts the Dodgers’ qualifying offer, Anderson has reinvigorated his career with a strong 2022. → Read More

Dodgers free agents, Part III: Assessing Andrew Heaney’s new lease on life

The left-hander revived his career in Los Angeles, but also suffered from injuries and occasional ineffectiveness. Where does that leave him for 2023? → Read More

Hoornstra: Welcome to the off-season, metaphorically speaking

This off-season will be different than years past for several reasons, only some of which are by design. → Read More

Dodgers free agents, Part II: Where does Clayton Kershaw want to be?

You won’t find a franchise and a player more comfortable with each other, but the allure of playing close to family and friends in Texas is real. Where does the future Hall of Famer want to wind do… → Read More

Dodgers free agents, Part I: Trea Turner is in driver’s seat

Headed for a bidding war as one of four premier free-agent shortstops, Turner enters the offseason in a very enviable position. → Read More

Dodgers’ Julio Urías, Dave Roberts among BBWAA award finalists

Urías is a first-time finalist for the NL Cy Young Award, and Roberts is in the running for his second NL Manager of the Year award. → Read More

Hoornstra: Roz Wyman oversaw Dodgers’ complicated origin story in Los Angeles

The former L.A. City Council member played a significant role in the team’s beginnings here, but her death last week is a reminder that there were many sides to the “battle royal” involving Chavez … → Read More

Hoornstra: With or without the Dodgers, the World Series still matters; you can book it

Being a champion means more than you know. Not to the participants – they talk about it all the time, enough to sound cliché – but to the people that surround them in a ritual-obsessed society. In … → Read More

Hoornstra: Making sense of MLB’s postseason rollercoaster is a fool’s game

The best team doesn’t always win, which can be as frustrating as it is exhilarating. Just ask the Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman. → Read More

Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson ready for NLDS Games 3 and 4

“I’m not going to try to pretend like I have a plan,” said Gonsolin, who has only thrown two innings outside of intrasquad play since August. → Read More

Hoornstra: What MLB’s playoff format lacks in integrity, it makes up for in star power

The choice between integrity and star power really does present an either-or quandary. Did MLB make the right choice? → Read More

Clayton Kershaw sets postseason strikeout record in Dodgers’ NLDS loss

Kershaw, who allowed three runs in the Padres’ 5-3 Game 2 victory, did not factor into the decision but he did surpass Justin Verlander in MLB’s postseason record book. → Read More

Dodgers save flamethrowers early in NLDS against Padres

No team fared worse at the plate against pitches 96 mph and faster this season than the Padres, and no team fared better than the Dodgers. → Read More

Dodgers’ Game 1 relief parade offers element of surprise

Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, Brusdar Graterol and Chris Martin close out a 5-3 victory in the NLDS opener against the Padres without allowing a run. → Read More

Dodgers’ Craig Kimbrel left off NLDS roster after inconsistent season

Blake Treinen and Dustin May were deemed healthy enough to be included on the roster, and Manager Dave Roberts said other relievers had been more consistent and matched up with the Padres better th… → Read More