Two ambassadors in the house!
Miguel E. Basáñez, the Mexican Ambassador to the US, visited with Fernando Valenzuela and Dodgers President Stand Kasten yesterday morning. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. He took a tour of the stadium with Fernando; who was named an presidential ambassador for citizenship and naturalization by Obama last year.
Below are more links to check out:
- This makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy that they have charged someone, but sad that this crap still happens. Via Tracy Bloom at KTLA 5, "Palos Verdes Man Charged in Dodger Stadium Parking Lot Assault."
Michael Rae Papayans, 27, was accused of punching a 50-year-old man in the head in the stadium parking lot on Oct. 9, following Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the L.A. Dodgers and the New York Mets, the DA’s office said in a news release.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "A-Gon confident LA will win NL West again."
"We have probably the deepest team in baseball. We'll be able to afford almost any injury, and a lot of teams can't say that. Every team goes through a lot of injuries. If you ever think you won't, you're not looking at baseball from a realistic standpoint. You prepare by adding depth, by having six or seven starters for the rotation instead of just five, by having extra bodies that can fill in to keep the same talent level on the field. If teams aren't prepared for that, they will fall off."
- In Unpublished Black History by Rachel L. Swarns, Darcy Eveleigh and Damien Cave at the NY Times; "A Dodger in Ebbets Field on Its Final Day." They explore an previously unpublished photograph of Roy Campanella at Ebbets Field.
- Here's a sneak peek at Topps 2016 Chrome Baseball set slated for an early October release. At right is a cool looking Corey Seager card. Go here to see more preview pics at Cardboard Connection.
- Jonah Keri at Sports Illustrated shares his preseason team rankings, here. He has the Dodgers at #4.
The projection systems expect a strong season from much cheaper Greinke alternative Scott Kazmir, an even stronger season from Rookie of the Year favorite Corey Seager, and one of the best records in baseball for a Dodgers club as deep as any seen at Chavez Ravine since the days before Swindlin’ Frank McCourt started robbing his own organization blind. Getting another big arm for the bullpen wouldn’t hurt, but there’s enough here to get the Dodgers to the trade deadline in playoff contention, at which point Friedman could flex a little of that financial might and talent depth to make a deal.
- Clayton Kersahw won the day with the below tweet.
Just wanted to thank my trainer this offseason for all the hours she worked with me. #thirdlovehandle pic.twitter.com/u5b1UcZeXD— Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) February 18, 2016
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