Dave Roberts has taken his position as manager of the Dodgers to new heights. Not only has be got the ear and respect of the clubhouse, but he also takes seriously the role he plays as a representative of the diversity sought by Jackie Robinson. Per Fabian Ardaya at MLB.com:
In an event on Friday with children from elementary schools throughout Glendale, Ariz., at the Dodgers' Spring Training complex at Camelback Ranch, Roberts sought to echo the legacy of Robinson -- perhaps the most notable figure in the history of the franchise.Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
"He paved the way for all of us," Roberts said. "[His teammates] used to talk about what Jackie went through. A lot of times, what Jackie did was, beyond being a great baseball player, he was a guy who was just so tough."
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1938 the Dodgers received first baseman Dolph Camilli from the Phillies for an outfield prospect named Eddie Morgan. In 1948 the Dodgers traded second baseman Eddie Stanky to the Boston Braves. Stanky is famous for yelling at Phillies coach Ben Chapman during a game the prior season due to his racist insults directed at Jackie Robinson.
- Happy Birthday, Frank Gatins, John McMakin, George Mohart, Doug Podbielan, Greg Hannahs, Terry Adams & Marcus Thames!
- You can now follow Ned Colletti on twitter here:
Well it took awhile but finally made it to this side of the world. Let's have fun, talk sports and enjoy life along the way. #letsgo— Ned Colletti (@realnedcolletti) March 3, 2017
- Video: Go behind-the-scenes as the Dodgers have their first full team meeting on the first day of full squad workouts. (video link)
- Podcast: Casey Stern and Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM; "LAD President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman discusses the team's off-season moves." (link here) Mark Polishuk at MLB Trade Rumors shares his notes from the talk, here.
- Here is an interview with Julio Urias, via Marly Rivera at ESPN: "For Dodgers' Julio Urias, learning curve just as steep off the field."
What was the greatest culture shock coming to the United States?
Urias: The truth is that I experienced this when I was 16, in 2013. It was difficult, mainly because of the language, which I am still learning, and second because of the food, which was very difficult. That year we got fatter. But now with those three, four [teammates] we have around here it's been a little easier for me.
- Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Ryu's control sharp in batting-practice outing." Ryu is expected to make his first start in a game this week.
"It was good overall and I especially want to highlight the command I had today," Ryu said.
- David Hood at True Blue LA takes a look at; "Dodgers 2017 top prospects: No. 1, Cody Bellinger."
- Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA chats about; "Istler and Spitzbarth – Two young Dodgers to keep an eye on."
"I'm just learning about him too," said Honeycutt, a former Major League pitcher himself, to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. "I like how he comes right at you, just so aggressive, no fear. Obviously, good stuff, but sometimes guys think their way into negative things. Then other guys just want an opportunity to open some eyes."
- Via Charlie De Biase Jr. at silive.com; "Shea Spitzbarth starting to open eyes at L.A. Dodgers camp."
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