Wow! Check out this fantastic group of four photos aligned as a panorama of the Brooklyn Dodgers outfield wall, circa 1943. (eBay Link)
Below are more links to check:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their legendary holdout when they signed contracts for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively. The holdout last 32 days. In 1981 the Dodgers traded Mickey Hatcher (and a couple other minor leaguers) to the Twins for Kenny Landreaux. In 1988 the Dodgers signed free veteran catcher Rick Dempsey.
- Happy Birthday, Nig Fuller!
- Video: Hear from Clayton Kershaw after giving up two earned runs in his final start of the spring. (Video Link)
- Video: Kelli Tennant caught up with Dave Roberts to talk about the starting rotation going into the season. (Video Link)
- Via Ben Nuckols at the AP; "Vin Scully on opening day: 'I'll probably have things to do'"
"I just sat there, and I was not happy, I'll be honest. So I realized that although I love the game, what I loved more was broadcasting it," (Vin Scully) said.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Scott Van Slyke working his way back for Dodgers."
“I feel like this year is a little bit mechanical. I heard Brandon [McCarthy] talk about his competition muscle, and that’s an awesome way to put it,” Van Slyke said. “When I get in the box, I think about where my hands are and working on things in the box.
- The pitching staff appears to be set, via a tweet from Andy McCullough:
So the rotation: Kershaw, Maeda, Hill, McCarthy and Ryu.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) March 29, 2017
The bullpen: Jansen, Romo, Dayton, Avilan, Hatcher, Wood, Stripling.
- Via Chris Anders at Beyond the Boxscore; "Luis Avilan’s dominant pitch: Last season Dodgers reliever Luis Avilan found success by relying on his changeup more than ever."
As is usually the case in baseball — and life, if we’re being honest — success is due to a combination of factors, not just one singular element. With Avilan, he was able to find a more steady release point which then seemed to enable him to locate the pitch more consistently. This in turn allowed him to use his changeup more often and more effectively against hitters of both handedness.
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