The Dodgers are teaching their youngsters a new dance. I suspect we'll be seeing this move when they finally decide to release their own version of the 'Harlem Shake', pic via Jon SooHoo. Check out more pics from yesterday at Camelback Ranch, via Jon SooHoo.
- Scott Andes at Lasorda's Lair puts up a great interview with writer David Fanucchi, who has written a book about the 2000 US Olympic Baseball team managed by Tommy Lasorda.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo writes an excellent piece on Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The good part in all this, in a camp of great expectations where you can't fling a pitcher's arm without taking out a star player or two, Ryu seems to be adjusting. When he was done throwing his 40 pitches, Ryu was met by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and led into a quick meeting with Koufax, not far from where the golf cart fiasco had occurred. In his soft voice, which was translated for Ryu, Koufax, in about three minutes, taught Ryu a new grip for his curve ball.
- So, what's the deal with the Lego obsession I've been seeing online? Flip Flop Fly Ballin' shares his Fernando Valenzuela Lego sculpture.
- The Baseball Professor ranks the 10 Most Overrated Ballplayers in fantasy Baseball, and Hanley Ramirez comes in at #4. He also profiles Zack Greinke, here.
- Joseph White at CTPost.com tells us that Walter Johnson's family has put some of his personal memorabilia on auction.
"I spent a lot of time at the ballpark," Carolyn Thomas (Walter Johnson's daughter) said. "I grew up there and used to hang out in the office all the time. I remember Joe Cronin courting Mildred Robertson (Griffith's niece, later Cronin's wife). They used to flirt in the office there while we were hanging around. I was very comfortable in the ballpark."
Carolyn Thomas was only 4 when her father retired, so she remembers Johnson less as a player and more as a manager and later a farmer — and as a hero to the city. She said one of her most vivid memories was "being impatient about getting into the stadium because everybody wanted his autograph, and he never turned anybody away."
- Via Jon Saraceno at USA Today tells us that Pete Rose is pleading with MLB and Topps to not take away his accomplishments on the field due to his ban from gambling as a manager.
"I am not asking for anyone to feel sorry for me. I am asking only that Topps/MLB not compound my punishment by deleting the truth of what I achieved,'' Rose said in a statement released to USA TODAY Sports. "Please believe me, I have suffered very much for what I did, but I need to respond when what I did fair and square in baseball is taken away from me too. That is neither fair nor honest.''
- In the video below, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discusses the impact of Sandy Koufax's appearance at Spring Training.
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