Monday, February 17, 2014

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training: Full-Squad Workout #4

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.
(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN:  For many, Presidents Day is a day spent away from the office or school, but the Dodgers were back at work today for their fourth full-squad workout of the spring. Dodger hitters faced live pitching for the first time as Zack Greinke, Chris Withrow, Javy Guerra, Jose Dominguez, Sam Demel, Daniel Moskos and Red Patterson tossed live batting practice on Fields 1 and 2. In addition, Paul Maholm, Paco Rodriguez and Jamey Wright threw regular bullpens.
(Hershiser, Honeycutt and Koufax, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

HAIL TO THE CHIEF(S): A select trio of Dodger greatness appeared at spring workouts this morning at Camelback Ranch as Tommy Davis, Orel Hershiser and Sandy Koufax watched and offered advice to the current Boys in Blue. Combined, the three of them were members of eight Dodger World Series teams, while winning four Cy Young Awards, two batting titles and an MVP Award.
  • As in years past, Davis, a three-time All-Star and 1962 and 1963 NL batting champion, will serve as a special instructor during Spring Training.
  • Koufax, a Dodger special advisor to the chairman, arrived at Camelback Ranch yesterday for his annual visit. Last month, the seven-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner and 1963 NL MVP, presented Clayton Kershaw with his 2013 NL Cy Young Award at the annual BBWAA Awards dinner in New York.
  • Hershiser, the 1988 Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, arrived at Spring Training today along with fellow Dodger broadcaster John Hartung to begin filming a series of long-form interviews for the “Connected With” program on SportsNet LA. During the next few days, Hershiser, Hartung and Alanna Rizzo will sit down for extended interviews with Don Mattingly, Hanley Ramirez, Clayton Kershaw, Brian Wilson, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Chris Perez, Dan Haren, A.J. Ellis and Carl Crawford for the network, which launches on February 25.
    (Matt Kemp and Sandy Koufax, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)
I DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIM: Another Spring Training reportee today was Dodger Talk co-host David Vassegh. The program, which will be hosted by Vassegh, Kevin Kennedy and Jorge Jarrin,  re-launches tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT on Dodgers Radio AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles and will air every Monday-Saturday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. PT, except when there’s a conflict with UCLA basketball, when the show can be heard immediately following hoops. As always, fans are encouraged to join the conversation by calling in or sending in their questions via Twitter using the hashtag #DodgerTalk.
(Tommy Lasorda and Andre Ethier, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

AN OFFICIAL PORTRAIT: On Thursday, the Dodgers will hold their annual Photo Day starting at 7:00 a.m. with players, coaches and staff showing their pearly whites for a variety of media outlets, including SportsNet LA,, USA Today, Baseball Digest, Topps and Getty.

NRI SPOTLIGHT: Left-hander Chris Reed is making his first appearance in big league camp this year after going 4-11 with one save and a 3.86 ERA in 29 games (25 starts) with Double-A Chattanooga last season. Reed, who enters his fourth professional season rated as the Dodgers’ No. 8 prospect by Baseball America, has limited opponents to a .244 batting average during the course of his career, including a .188 mark against left-handers. The former Stanford Cardinal and Cleveland High School graduate (Reseda, CA) was originally selected by the Dodgers with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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Happy President's Day!

On this President's Day holiday, I thought I would take a brief moment to share some vintage postcards featuring George Washington that I have in my collection.

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The Roger Craig 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet

Here is my third installment featuring the 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet set.  Go here to see my past post showcasing this set; including complete scans of both the Vin Scully/Jerry Doggett and Walter Alston booklets.

Roger Craig is a name that both young and old Dodger fans know well.  He managed the San Francisco Giants from 1985 to 1992; having coined the motto 'Humm Baby' as they won the NL West Division title in 1987 (Boo!).  Craig was also a born and bred Dodger (Yeah!).  He was signed as an amateur by the team in 1950, made his debut with Brooklyn in 1955 and would pitch 7 seasons in Blue.

In 1955, he started Game 5 of the World Series against the Yankees, and won.  He went 6 innings and gave up just 2 runs.  This victory allowed the Dodgers to take a 3 to 2 Series lead.

His forte on the mound was the split-fingered fastball; which he taught to ballplayers after his playing career was over.  He would go on to be a pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros and San Diego Padres, before being the Giants skipper. 

1961 was his last season as a Dodger.  He would be taken in the MLB Expansion Draft by the New York Mets at the end of the season.  So, he was a part of the very first Mets team, and lost the first game in team history (11-4 against St. Louis).  Steve Treder at Baseball Analyst wrote a great biography about him that you can check out here.

Below are complete scans of every page from Roger Craig's 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet.  Click any pic to embiggen.

UPDATE:  I didn't even realize this until I saw a tweet from Night Owl Cards.  Today is Roger Craig's 84th birthday.  Happy Birthday, Roger!

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Blog Kiosk: 2/17/2014 - Dodgers Links - Not Overworking Clayton, Kemp and Ethier Still a Target for Boston

The mad rush for autographs has begun.  Check out Yasiel Puig signing for fans above.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.  On a side note, if you're heading out to Camelback Ranch for autographs please don't rush, be rude, push or shove.  It's meant to be fun, not a fight. Case in point, check out these idiots in a YouTube video who had to be restrained at Camelback Ranch.  According to the person who posted the video, these folks tried to do something they weren't suppose to do.  Then, started being unruly to security when they couldn't get their way.  Don't be like them.
“We’ve very mindful of Clayton and the number of innings he pitched last year, [and] the short winter,” Mattingly said. “We’re not going to be cautious and baby him, but we have to make sure we pay attention to how many innings this guy’s throwing. We know he’s a workhorse. He’s deep into a lot of games, so it’s going to translate into a lot of innings. If we can cut an inning here or an inning there, we’re going to try to take care of him.”
“He needs someone to kick him in the butt, that’s why he would be perfect in Boston with [Dustin] Pedroia. That’s his buddy, and Pedroia would get the most out of him. He doesn’t have anyone like that in LA.”
Is that the résumé of a superstar? No, not even close. Kemp was awesome in 2011, maybe the best player in baseball. But that's one year of awesomeness. He was very good in 2008 and 2009, not so good in 2010 when his average fell to .249 and his defense was disastrous according to the metrics (-37 Defensive Runs Saved). As the season approaches, there is growing fan concern about distribution. Will anybody be able to watch SportsNet LA?
Kasten: Like every city with a new deal, it will work itself out in due course. Everyone has the same goal. The distributor wants eyeballs on system. The Dodgers and TimeWarner want the most homes watching. We all have the same goal. In city after city, there's a push and pull through the process, but every case gets worked out.

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