Clayton Kershaw was in Oklahoma City yesterday to attend the Warren Spahn Award gala in his honor. While there he stopped by the new Dodgers AAA home. In the photo above he sports the teams new cap. Pic via twitter @okc_dodgers. Below is another photo of him with his newest award, via @okc_dodgers on twitter.
Below are some more links to check out:
- Check out a fantastic graphic of Vin Scully by M. Brown at the Left Field Pavilion.
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, "Jose De Leon: The shape of things to come."
“Coming to my first training, I didn’t know what to expect,” De Leon said. “I didn’t work as hard as I should have in the offseason. Then I got to Spring Training, and they opened my eyes. “(Former Dodger vice president of player development De Jon Watson) said, ‘Hey, you came in out of shape. You can’t come here to get ready. You come here to try and make a team.’ ”
- AJ Ellis thanked the fans for their support, via twitter:
Thanks @Dodgers fans for the outpouring of positive responses to today's news. Honored and excited to be a part of this team.
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) January 14, 2015
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Mattingly addresses center-field battle, roster reshaping." A video is included in the link.
Mattingly didn't rule out Ethier working his way back into the mix even after losing his starting job in 2014, when he hit .249 with only four home runs.
"Put up numbers, you play. Simple," said Mattingly. "If you win the job, you're playing."
Mattingly said Pederson would have "an opportunity to compete, but I don't think we should hand anything over."
- Via JP Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers, "Don Mattingly embraces the use of analytics." JP shares a video of what Mattingly says.
- Via Adrian Garcia at Lasorda's Lair, "Zaidi Suggests A Big Run For Moncada."
“Moncada we’ve scouted extensively … We have the checkbook, young elite talent is the most valuable asset to have… This is probably going to be one of those investments where you don’t want to leave any stone unturned
- Via Andrew Dys at the Charlotte Observer, "Trailblazing Negro League baseball star, Rock Hill native Carl Long dies." He broke the color barrier in the Carolina League.
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