Wednesday, February 23, 2011
PART DEUX: The Dodgers held their second full-squad workout today at Camelback Ranch – Glendale, touching on the basics of bunt plays as well as infield/outfield drills. Following the workout, Davey Lopes held a special baserunning session with speedsters Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Rafael Furcal, Tony Gwynn, Xavier Paul and Trayvon Robinson.
HILLTOPPERS: Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw threw live batting practice this morning as did Blake Hawksworth, Kenley Jansen, Ramon Troncoso, Lance Cormier and Mike MacDougal. The Dodgers’ two Spring Training opening starters Hiroki Kuroda (at Angels) and Tim Redding (at Giants) threw regular bullpens along with Carlos Monasterios, Rubby De La Rosa and Wilkin De La Rosa.
REMEMBER THE TITAN: Congratulations to Dodger third base coach Tim Wallach on his upcoming induction into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame! As a senior at Cal State – Fullerton in 1979, Wallach led the Titans to a College World Series title and was also selected as a first-team All-American by ABCA and The Sporting News in addition to winning the Golden Spikes Award. Wallach and the other members of the 2011 Hall of Fame class will be honored during an induction ceremony on July 3 in Lubbock, Texas.
Here are the 4 greatest pinch hitters of all time wearing Dodger Blue.
- HUSTLE AND BUS-TLE: It was a busy day at Camelback Ranch – Glendale as players were shuffled in between green screens for Dodger broadcast partner KCAL, sessions with MLB Productions, filming segments with the club’s in-house DodgerVision crew and interviews with ESPN Baseball analysts John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez, who were in town with Baseball Tonight’s Spring Training Bus Tour. The DodgerVision crew of Lauryn Lukin, Greg Taylor, J.D. Pruess, Tom Darin, Erick Vasquez and Cat Belanger has been in town for the last few days gathering footage for various Dodger Media Network shows and asking questions of the players that will air on the big board this season.
- A HURTING CHIEF: Following testing done yesterday in Los Angeles, it was determined that Vicente Padilla will need surgery to fix the right radial nerve that was being entrapped by one of the deep muscles in his forearm. The surgery will be performed tomorrow by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Shin at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic to release the muscle and free up the nerve. A timetable for his return will be laid out following the surgery, but General Manager Ned Colletti said that he expects Padilla to return at some point during the first half of the season.
MEET JOE BLOCK: The Dodgers would like to welcome new DodgerTalk co-host Joe Block to Camelback Ranch – Glendale as he joins Josh Suchon on the popular KABC 790 postgame program. Block spent the last four years as the host of “Hornets OT,” a call-in show that follows New Orleans Hornets broadcasts, but is quite familiar with the Dodgers after serving as the Jacksonville Suns’ play-by-play broadcaster back when Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Hong-Chih Kuo, Jonathan Broxton, James Loney and Scott Elbert were with the Double-A club.
FYI, during Hot Stove earlier this past Monday, MLB Network premiered the 45-second spot “All in One Place,” which gathers some of the biggest names from baseball’s past and present inside our own Studio 42.
Jackie Robinson walks out of the dugout; Sandy Koufax shakes hands with Walter Johnson while George Brett and Bob Gibson look on; Josh Hamilton talks with Willie Stargell and Lou Gehrig; Albert Pujols and Pedro Martinez walk with Juan Marichal. The spot is meant to take a step back from the everyday and focus on MLB Network’s coverage of all of baseball.
Below is a very well done insert set using a vintage 19th century design- the 1887 "N184" W. S. Kimball Champions. Both Pee Wee Reese and Clayton Kershaw are including in the 50 card set.
I really don't like the look of these cards, but since our ace is included I figured I show showcase it here.
Here are a couple Throwback Commemorative Patch cards of Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw. I believe these can be found in blaster boxes at you local retail store.
Here are the two Dodgers in the Glove Leather Cards. They are pieces of real leather with the players last name and number embroidered at the center. There are is also a parallel version in black leather. Even more intriguing is a 1 of 1 version that has the players nickname embroidered instead. As far as I know, neither of these rare variations for Kershaw and Ethier have been pulled yet.
Here is the black leather parallel numbered to 99.