Here Comes Spring Training

The Super Bowl is over and the sports world is shifting it’s focus to Major League Baseball!

It was a productive off-season for the Dodgers and they will enter Spring Training with their best lineup in many years.  Because of this, there will be intense pressure on Don Mattingly and the players to reach the World Series.  According to Magic, any result other than playing in the Fall Classic will be a failure.

What do you think the biggest question marks will be as the Dodgers report to Camelback Ranch?

Camelback RanchWikipedia: Camelback Ranch – Glendale is a stadium in Phoenix, Arizona owned and operated by Glendale, Arizona.

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36 Responses to Here Comes Spring Training

  1. 32and53fan says:

    According to Tim Wallach, Hanley Ramirez will be “fine”, he just needs to not wait for the ball so much. He also indicated that is what happens when playing third base for so long.
    I will believe he will be okay at short when I see it.

    In the Hardball Times, Don Mattingly said he would rather have Ramirez in camp: “It’s really hard to say, ‘Don’t play for your country,’” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters recently at a charity event. “I’m kind of torn. Selfishly, I’d like Hanley to be in camp playing short every day.”

    I still don’t know why, when they are paying him $15.5 million this year, the Dodgers don’t tell him his defense at shortstop was sub-standard and he needs to put in lots of time, in camp, before the season starts. It sounds like Hanley is the selfish one.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    To me the biggest question marks would be Billz and our bench production.

  3. grizzy says:

    Who plays short.

  4. Dodger4life says:

    How Juan Uribe is still in camp

  5. Dodger4life says:

    Or…Will we break camp healthy squad.

  6. Dodger4life says:

    My eyes are still adjusting this morning…
    .
    Or will we break camp as a healthy ball club.

  7. I’m not much for predictions, all I will say is that it’s a good feeling to read how much confidence ownership has in the team. This also means there’ll be plenty of pressure all around especially on Mattingly.

  8. crash24now says:

    What kind of shape is Carl Crawford in? When will he start playing left field on a regular basis? How effective will he be?

    What are we going to do with eight starting pitchers? Can Ryu be a key part of the starting rotation? What’s the health status of Billz and Lilly? When will Capuano and/or Harang be traded and for whom?

  9. kahliforni says:

    As long as Donnie is on the hot seat, how about the Dodgers’ medical staff? And how about a bit of honesty from the players when they’re dinged? This playing hurt crap or hiding injuries is NOT helping matters. Where’s the communication? Who’s running the show???????????? Donnie? Ned? Stan? The ex-Laker? The businessmen?

  10. crash24now says:

    NOW can Matt Kemp retroactively receive the 2011 MVP Award???

    Braun’s name in Miami PED clinic papers

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130205&content_id=41426796&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

  11. Dodger4life says:

    I’m still wondering who Gonzo’s back up is…

  12. Dodger4life says:

    I don’t think Uribe will make it through spring training…Just saying!

  13. kahliforni says:

    Perhaps McGwire has a clause in his contract that if he can get Uribe to hit again like a normal major league ball player he will earn a couple extra bucks…

  14. Dodger4life says:

    Juan Uribe reached first base a total of 55 times last season…
    .
    With that number being used as the target,, would you bet over or under this season?

  15. Dodger4life says:

    I’m going with the under, I don’t see Uribe getting enough opportunities to reach base that many times…

  16. lbirken says:

    Interesting that a team with such a high payroll and all the moves that have been made so far should have so many issues going into Spring training.

  17. Dodger4life says:

    I’ll step out here a bit and say…It sure would be nice to see Dee, grow some this season…Doesn’t have to be a gargantuan improvement either…A little more maturity on both sides of the field at seasons end, and we just may have a ball player!

  18. Dodger4life says:

    I mean if the team is going to become more patient with the pitch count…Sure would be simpler if #9 was on base!

  19. Dodger4life says:

    I know a few years ago, when they said Andre #16 couldn’t drive the ball the other way…He did! And since according to Kahli they’re passing a hat around the front office for McGwire…Throw in some lefty bucks…Heck this kind’a like a floating crap table now…Put a sawbuck behind the line on $16 for me will Ya?

  20. Dodger4life says:

    I think S chumaker if healthy, will be a big lift to this team…He will fill his role! Hanley needs to become more assertive, as was described by Wallach…but not just by getting to the ball faster, but providing enthusiasm through out the game. Hanley needs to become good energy….110% all the time!
    .
    I think Cruz is the best available option for Gonzo’s relief, at this moment… Although, we may have available arms to exchange…as spring moves along. Rolen would of slot in nicely here. I’m just rambling now…
    .
    We’re almost there…( Someone should write a song? )

  21. The article by Ken Gurnick today, on the Dodger website, “Dodgers add Lowe to bullpen with Minor League deal”. How many others of you thought it might be Derek Lowe?

  22. 32and53fan says:

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  23. colliethec says:

    Hello there everybody! Long time no chat. Sorry I’ve not been able to be around all that much. Last season I tried to spend a little less time on the laptop when Wifey was around & I was playing ball a few nights a week. So OTD took the hit! I’m hoping to be able to be a little more online with you guys this season as it’s so much fun chatting with all of you! Take care & Go Blue!!!!!

  24. dodgereric says:

    I have to say that I am less-than-enchanted (no pun intended, though I am) with Ramirez’ attitude toward the upcoming season. And it would appear that management is ball-less in the way they’re handling him to this point.

    Old-school as I am, I believe it’s about the team. If they want Ramirez to play 3B, then he should be saying, “Well, they’re paying me $15 million, so I’ll be more than happy to do whatever they want.” And be happy about it.

    You don’t hear that. You hear stuff like, “Oh, it’s hard to say you shouldn’t play for your country.”

    How about this: “Listen Hanley. You suck at short. We asked you to work on it during the off season. You refused. You’re our 3B now. If you don’t like it, you don’t have a no-trade. It will be off to Houston for you.”

    I’d love the clubhouse to be cancer-free. I’m not sure Ramirez will contribute positively to that end if they’re afraid to hurt his psyche.

    • colliethec says:

      Totally agree Eric. It reminds me of Manny. Also I wonder what Uribe will be like when he checks in. Is he going to be in shape? Has he given any effort to get better? Has anyone checked in with him this off season? That will be telling.

      It seems as if some of these players are selfish. I was hoping that the new management would go to these players and tell them that they’ve put money and resources into winning & that now it’s the players turn. That they are all for one and one for all. If they are able to get the players to buy into the fact that they won’t win without a team effort.

      I don’t focus on the Giants but as a Manager at the beginning of spring, I would pull them all together and show them some video of the Giants run through the playoffs last year — and point out what made that team get a ring was effort and realizing that it wasn’t one of them but all of them working together. Then ask them if they want a ring & if they don’t, let me know and I’ll talk to Ned and we’ll get you headed in that other direction. This team has a large amount of personalities and management will need to make sure they are all on the same page.

      • JhallWally says:

        Just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the problems with this team. Too many injury and ego issues. And Dildon is just not the right manager. He’s a sycophant yes man. Geez!!

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