Yasiel Puig sure seems to be enjoyinh himself in Japan. He is adapting himself to the culture quite well. Pic above via @DodgersPR on twitter.
Below are some links to check out:
- The 2015 Spring Training schedule has just been released. Check out Jon Weisman's post at Dodger Insider for details, here. The first game is on March 4th and Cactus League play ends on April 1st.
- Via David Hood at True Blue LA, "Andrew Friedman & the minor leagues."
For their perceived shortcomings in drafting and development, the previous regime has left Friedman with a pretty solid base of young, controllable talent, at least at the top. Given the successes Friedman has had with such talent, and empowered with superior resources to augment this base, it should be worth watching how true he stays to the trends he developed in Tampa Bay.
- Night Owl Cards shares his 1955 copy of Baseball Digest with Don Newcombe on the cover.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "New Dodgers GM Zaidi gives Ellis vote of confidence."
"He's a leader on the team," Zaidi said of Ellis. "He has a relationship with the pitching staff, and we are very mindful of that. Part of this process is to understand the dynamics of the relationships, and he's a big part of the team and the preparation and comfort level of the pitchers."
- Via Nick Diunte at Examiner.com, former Brooklyn Dodgers "Wayne Terwilliger recounts entering the Battle of Saipan in World War II."
“As soon as we got over the reef,” he said, “we were in range of the Japanese, and they started shooting. I started seeing these puffs of water all around us, and it took a second to realize what was causing them. Then we heard small arms fire hitting our tank, and the reality sank in: There were people on that island who wanted us dead.”
- Via William Boor at MLB.com, "Dodgers' Sweeney drives in five to lead Desert Dogs."
- Via Drake Witham at TWC SportsNet LA, "Kershaw stacks up well with those who swept the MVP and Cy Young awards."
- As much as I hate the current situation regarding the Slava Voynov suspension (LA Kings defenseman) for suspicion of domestic violence, I agree with my friend Bobby Scribe at Surly & Scribe, "Dean Lombardi Needs to Sack Up – Slava Should Remain Suspended and No Cap Relief Should be Awarded."
In short, I hold the very unpopular (but objective) opinion that Dean Lombardi can complain all he wants but until the PD and DA confirm they are done and no charges are being filed, Slava should remain suspended and the franchise should bear the consequences of its player’s actions.
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