Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Position Players Report, Pitchers & Catchers Workout #5

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.  See what they've written below.
(No, you!  Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014)

JUST A DAY AWAY: Today marked the report date for position players and was the fifth day of workouts for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. The first full-squad workout of the 2014 season is scheduled for tomorrow.

WELCOME TO THE RANCH: In advance of tomorrow’s full-squad team meeting, Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten arrived at Camelback Ranch – Glendale today, along with Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen. In addition to a number of Dodger personnel, SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo, Vice President of Production Larry Meyers and Senior Producer Pat Becher arrived on site this afternoon.
(Lon Rosen at Tommy Lasorda, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014)

ALL DODGERS, ALL THE TIME: We’re just 12 days away from the launch of SportsNet LA on February 25, the new 24-hour-a-day network of the Dodgers. SNLA will televise all of this year’s Dodger Cactus League games, with the exception of two split-squad games, giving fans more Spring Training coverage than ever before. In addition to airing games during Spring Training, SportsNet LA will also air a nightly show, “Access SportsNet: Dodgers,” at 7:00 p.m. PT.
(pic tweeted by Alanna Rizzo)

NRI SPOTLIGHT: Outfielder Joc Pederson begins his first big league camp tomorrow (officially) as the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect, according to Baseball America. The 21-year-old has posted solid numbers in four minor league seasons since being selected in the 11th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, compiling a .301 career batting average with a .394 on-base percentage, 51 home runs and 193 RBI in 320 games between five levels of the Dodgers’ system. Last season, Pederson was honored as a 2013 Double-A Southern League Mid-season and Postseason All-Star and also selected to the MLB All-Star Futures Game, batting .278 with 22 homers and 58 RBI in 123 games for Chattanooga. Pederson, who was also named the Dodgers’ Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year in 2012, hails from Palo Alto, CA.

“BLACK JACK” MCDOWELL: It was announced today that Jack McDowell will manage the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors in 2014, his first season in the Dodger organization and as a coach at the professional level. The Southern Californian native and former Stanford All-American was a former three-time All Star and 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner who pitched for the White Sox (1987-94), Yankees (1995), Indians (1996-97) and Angels (1998-99) in his 12-year Major League career. McDowell posted a career 127-87 record with a 3.85 ERA in 277 appearances (275 starts) and in 1993 with the White Sox, the year in which he won the Cy Young award, McDowell posted a 22-10 record with 10 complete games and four shutouts. From 1987-1999, he was among ML leaders in wins (127, T-9th), shutouts (13, 6th), innings pitched (1889.0, 9th), strikeouts (1311, 10th), ERA (3.85, 7th), and opponent’s batting average (.257, 11th).

INTERNATIONAL SIGNING: Today the Dodgers signed 18-year-old international outfield prospect Carlos Mosquera from Panama City, Panama (signing scout: Luis Molina).
(Don Mattingly, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

SPRING CLEANING: The circular displays honoring the 10 retired numbers in Dodger history are being moved from the outfield pavilion overhangs to the left field club level balcony, in a placement opposite the World Series banners on the right field side of the club level. In addition, the palm trees known as the Three Sisters, which were temporarily moved to protect them during the stadium improvements beyond the bullpen, will be moved back in next week, according to Senior Vice President of Planning and Development Janet Marie Smith.
(Here's a rendering of the retired numbers placement, via Dodger Insider)

AMATEUR HOUR: College baseball takes center stage at Camelback Ranch-Glendale this weekend when Seth Rosin’s Minnesota Golden Gophers face Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti’s alma mater, the Northern Illinois Huskies, in a three-game series to open their 2014 seasons. The Gophers and Huskies will meet in the Camelback Ranch main stadium at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday, February 14-16. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase during workouts and the college games.

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