Juan Uribe and Alexander Guerrero walk past as Manny Mota looks on. Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
- Via David Golebiewski at Daily Gammons, "Can Kemp reclaim inner part of the plate?"
Last year, though? Kemp admitted he couldn’t do a lot of things while his body betrayed him. One of those things he couldn’t do was drive inside pitches: he didn’t hit a single home run on an inner-third pitch while slugging .290. Among the 249 hitters seeing at least 350 inside pitches last season, Kemp ranked 225th in slugging. A couple years ago, he did more damage than Miguel Cabrera when pitches challenged him inside. Last season, he inflicted less pain than Jose Tabata and Gregor Blanco.
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "Mattingly considering second-base platoon".
- Daniel Brim at Dodgers Digest wonders, "What Would A Platoon At Second Base Look Like?"
- Via JP Hoornstra at the LA Daily News writes, "Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley content being patient while recovering".
“I talked to Chris Capuano, because he’s gone through two,” Billingsley said. “He said, ‘Don’t try to rush it whatsoever,’ because when you first start throwing in August and you get a few weeks into it ... you feel like you can throw harder. But no, stay back. The idea is to be patient with it and don’t try to do too much. When you start rushing, you pop it.”
- Mark Langill at Dodger Insider provides a brief historical look at the Dodgers move to Los Angeles. He is the Dodgers team historian.
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider takes a look at the Top 10 Dodger home runs of 2013.
- Dustin Nosler of Dodger Digest writes, "Looking at Dodgers’ propects on Top 100 lists".
- I found this interview by Joe Morgan with Bill James engrossing. They talk about sabermetrics, and the conflicts that have existed between Morgan and his understanding of it and Hall of Fame voting. One thing I learned is that, apparently, Joe Morgan isn't opposed to statistical analysis. (Hat Tip: Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider)
- I love this. Via Mark Townsend at Big League Stew, "A Joe Maddon ‘Mr. Potato Head’ is coming in 2014". So, when is a Tommy Lasorda or Juan Uribe Mr. Potato Head coming out?
- This might be the luckiest dog in the world. A stray was found roaming around the Brewers Spring facility and was quickly adopted as their Spring mascot. He has been named Hank - after Milwaukee legend Hank Aaron. Read all about it here, via John & Cait... Plus Nine.
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