We are days away from the official start of Spring Training. This coming Wednesday Dodger pitchers and catcher must report to Camelback Ranch.
BTW, I thought I would also put up a fantastic aerial pic of the Coliseum that was taken during the Dodgers very first home game there in 1958. A crowd of 78,682 attended.
Pic at the very top via @Dodgers on twitter. The pic on the right is via Cut4 on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- Happy Birthday, Ernie Rudolph, Eddie Pye & Nathan Eovaldi!
- As you likely know by now, it has been reported widely over the weekend that the Dodgers have re-signed veteran infielder Chase Utley and signed free agent veteran outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to one-year contracts. I'll be sure to make some fantasy Baseball cards shortly. Both signings have yet to be confirmed by the Dodgers.
- Via Erin Edwards at Dodger Insider; "Dodger fans help the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation make a difference." The Dodger FanFest raised nearly $200,000.
- Ken Gurnick at MLB.com provides a sneak peek at the potential Dodgers 25-man roster. Check that out here.
- Deogolf at When Topps Had Balls shares a fantastic fantasy Baseball card he made of Sandy Koufax. Check it out here.
- Per Mike Ozanian at Forbes; "Why The Dodgers Are Rooting For Kushner To Buy The Marlins."
The Dodgers have to be rooting for the Kushners. If the Marlins deal goes down for $1.6 billion, the value of all MLB teams will go up--especially a big-market, popular brand like the Dodgers. You can bet the minority stake valuation will go up to around $3 billion from $2.5 billion.
- Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Spring drama? Seven players for two spots is L.A.'s early theme."
“There are only so many starting rotation spots,” manager Dave Roberts said recently. “I hope we don’t have to exhaust all those starters as we did this past season. But knowing [president of baseball operations] Andrew [Friedman] and this front office for a year, obviously depth is very important to our front office. And it really played itself out last year.”
“As we look around here today, we have a lot of starting pitching depth, but as we finish spring training, guys like Alex Wood, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, they’re going to have to pitch somewhere,” Roberts said. “So whether it is out of the rotation or potentially out of the pen, I don’t know that answer right now.”
- This is funny stuff. Via Chad Moriyama at Dodgers Digest; "Kenta Maeda’s off-season workout includes tormenting translator Will Ireton."
- Kershaw loves hockey, too. Clayton appeared in a promotional video for the Dallas Stars hockey club. Watch it below.
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