You know Spring Training is around the corner when the Dodgers trucks are packed up and shipped to Arizona. Via a pic by the @Dodgers on twitter, they filled them with cargo and arrived safely in Glendale on Saturday. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Each truck holds 20 tons of gear, which includes computers and front-office supplies and even a 1,500-pound bobblehead of Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, which normally resides at the Lasorda Italian Restaurant behind the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium.In other developments, the Dodgers ground crew have been hard at work transforming the field at Dodger Stadium into game-ready shape. Check out the process in all of its time-lapsed glory in the tweet below:
- This Mike Trout rumors are proof of how bored sports writers are, and how gullible reporters think fans are.
- Fantastic. Jeff Sanders at the San Diego Tribune writes, "How San Diego's Dave Roberts won the Los Angeles Dodgers over."
Outside, the No. 42 that once emblazoned Robinson’s Dodgers jersey hangs below the outfield’s pavilion roofing, the sacred number peeled right from a Brooklyn-era jersey that Dave Roberts wears today as a storied franchise’s first minority manager.
“I asked him about that just before he was hired,” Waymon Roberts acknowledged while standing off to the corner following his son’s official introduction. “It initially didn’t register that it was such a big deal.”
- Via Andy McCullough at the LA Times, "How the new Dodgers manager is preparing his team for success."
"The No. 1 goal ... is for us ... to create an unbreakable bond within the group," Roberts said over breakfast at a cafe in Carlsbad. "Where no distractions ... get us away from staying together ... or getting our focus off track."
"Good things come to those who wait," as the old adage goes, so I elected not to ding Buehler for the surgery because the value when healthy is just too significant to downgrade. Buehler is the last prospect ranked before the elite tiers, and has the highest floor and ceiling of pitching prospects rated thus far. Though this review will likely look the same at this time next season, be patient, because Buehler could be battling for the position of top pitching prospect in the system at some point in 2017.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Montas may miss 4 months after rib surgery."
Rookie right-hander Frankie Montas, the centerpiece for the Dodgers in a December three-team trade, will miss two to four months after undergoing rib resection surgery on Friday, it was announced.
According to the club, Montas had a stress reaction in his rib, and the procedure was performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas. Pearl performed a similar operation for thoracic outlet syndrome on Josh Beckett two years ago when the veteran right-hander experienced numbness in his pitching hand. Beckett returned to action, threw a no-hitter, then retired at the end of the 2014 season.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Great Lakes Loons unveil new logos, uniforms for 2016."
- Via Bill Plaschke at the LA Times, "His job is a hunt-and-peck type of thing at Dodger Stadium."
This is a Valentine's Day tale about the hopeless romantic who spends his summers scouring the Los Angeles sports landscape looking for love. His cuddly nickname is "Panda," he's been married 21 years to a woman with whom he's had four wedding ceremonies, and he has a job where every day is sprinkled with tiny candy hearts.
Valdivia directs the Dodger Stadium Kiss Cam.
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