Several Dodgers' spent yesterday afternoon with survivors and first responders involved with the recent San Bernardino terrorist attack. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It's amazing to see," Ethier said. "Being in Arizona, you know what happened, but you can't realize the impact and the magnitude like when you come here and see it first hand, even two months after. You ask them how they're doing and everyone says, 'One day at a time.' You hope you can brighten their day, even though you know they have a long, tough road to recovery."This was a part of the clubs continuing "Love L.A." Community Tour throughout the Southland. BTW, Andre also commented about losing Zack Greinke in the same article above:
"It hurts big losing Zack," Ethier said. "Personally, he is one of the better friends I had on the team. It hurts a lot to lose a guy like him, but that happens in any sport and especially baseball. But it happens and we've got to move on and figure a way to get better, and we'll see in a couple weeks.Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter/Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Check out more photos from yesterdays event from Jon SooHoo here. Below are more links to check out:
- Could something be brewing? The Dodgers announced yesterday that they have outrighted pitcher Brandon Beachy to their Triple-A roster, with the right-hander still set to appear at big league camp during Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. This move means they now have 39 players on the 40 man roster. So, why do they need the extra room on the roster?
- Listen to Dave Roberts on Inside the Locker Room with Petros and Money, here.
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, "Dodger third-base coach Chris Woodward will make you believe."
“The biggest thing for me is the fight the ballplayer has,” Woodward said. “They look at it from a softball standpoint, where it’s more like a recreational kind of, ‘Let’s go have a few beers after the game.’ The competition part was kind of lacking. That’s one thing I want to create in the ballplayers. It’s an uphill fight, but if you do it right you can establish baseball the right way.”
- Panini America released a whole bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2015 National Treasures College set; including a pic of Jackie Robinson in an UCLA uniform (a track uni?). See that on the right. Go here to check out more photos. This set officially hits stores on Friday.
- Via JP Hoornstra at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, "Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is slimming down at the team’s request."
“This year, 280,” he said in English, breaking into a grin. “I’m so fat.”
After a pause, Puig said he now weighs 240 pounds. That’s 15 pounds lower than his listed weight in last year’s media guide.
“I’m working to slim down,” he said. “Maybe when we go into spring training, 236 or 237.”
- Guess who's #1 in MLB Pipeline's list of top shorstop prospects? Corey Seager, of course! Via Jim Callis at MLB.com, "Top 10 shortstops."
His brother Kyle is an All-Star, and Corey should be even better. He led the Minors in hitting (.349) and doubles (50) in 2014, then batted .337/.425/.561 during a September callup last year -- at age 21. Seager may eventually move to third base, but his combination of a sweet left-handed stroke, bat speed, strength, uncanny feel for hitting and mature approach give him a higher offensive ceiling than any Major League shortstop except for Carlos Correa.
- Via Barry Lewis at Tulsa World, "New manager Ryan Garko learned from Drillers legend Bobby Jones."
“One of the best parts was I got to play for Bobby Jones. He was a treat to play for. He was in a tough spot because that was a veteran club, a lot of guys going back and forth and didn’t want to be there. But Bobby handled it great. Everybody who has been around Bobby knows what a great baseball guy he is.”
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