Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work they go…

After their winter hiatus, the MLB players, starting with pitchers and catchers have reported to work, followed in a few days by position players.  Actually, some guys have already been working out at their spring training camps.  Today’s well paid players are a far cry from those of 55 years ago.  They have the luxury of doing what they want during the winter, without financial worries.

I remember a picture of Dodger backup catcher Joe Pignatano in the 1958 yearbook, carrying big pipe wrenches up against his shoulders as if he were carrying baseball bats.  Back then, most players had a job in the winter to make ends meet.  Pignatano was the original Joe the Plumber.  In the Home Run Derby show, filmed in 1960 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, future Hall of Fame players competed for a prize of $2000 for the winner, $1000 for the loser, and $500 for hitting three homers in a row.  You could tell that the money was  enough to really make a difference for those guys.

DODGERS’ KEY SPRING DATES

(All times Pacific)

Tuesday – Pitchers and catchers report

Saturday – First full-squad workout

Sat., Feb. 23 – Cactus League opener vs. White Sox at Camelback Ranch, 12 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 28 – Vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch, 12 p.m.

Fri., March 1 – Split-squad vs. Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 12 p.m.

Sat., March 2 – World Baseball Classic begins in Japan and Taiwan

Wed., March 6 – Split-squad vs. WBC Team Mexico at Camelback Ranch, 12 p.m.

March 17-19 – WBC championship round in San Francisco

Thu., March 21 – Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation benefit game vs. Cubs in Tucson, 1 p.m.

Thu., March 28 – Freeway Series vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, 7 p.m.; Split-squad exhibition in Rancho Cucamonga, 6 p.m.

Fri., March 29 – Freeway Series vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m.

Sat., March 30 – Freeway Series vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, 6 p.m.

Mon., April 1 – Opening Day: vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium, 1:10 p.m. PT, ESPN

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46 Responses to Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work they go…

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Welcome to baseball season, 2013!

  2. crzblue says:

    Hi ho! Hi ho! Off to work we go! Happy P&C !!

  3. This is the first time in my life I’m REALLY getting ready for spring training.

  4. Dodger4life says:

    I just read that Hairston will be on first base.. In what was described as a four corners defense…

  5. Dodger4life says:

    Welcome to Dodgers baseball everyone…

  6. Did anyone else notice that even Belisario is on time to ST this year?

  7. Dodger4life says:

    I read somewhere that Honeycutt had seen Belisario at dev. camp a couple weeks ago…Hairston was my first thought too…I hope he’s in shape! Washington scored almost 600 runs last season…coming up, just short of 100 games as well, or something like that…

  8. colliethec says:

    Well the “Dark Season” is officially over! Let’s get this party started!!

  9. nellyjune says:

    So excited about getting this season started!

  10. 32and53fan says:

    As Kenan Thompson’s character says on SNL, “Wassup wid dat?
    In his new book, Mike Piazza disses Vin Scully.
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-mike-piazza-vin-scully-book-20130213,0,4321626.story
    This will not endear Piazza to many Dodger fans.

  11. Dodger4life says:

    Meanwhile back in New York…Frank McCourt has just asked Mike Piazza to be his Valentine…What a couple of….

  12. kahliforni says:

    Piazza is delusional…probably brain atrophy caused by PEDs. He and Dusty Baker choose to bad-mouth the organization that made them famous. A couple of loser, bitter whiners.

  13. All I can say is the situation between the Dodgers and Piazza that exist is sad.

  14. enchantedbeaver says:

    In reading an article or two about Piazza’s book, seems he was going to practice karate or some such crap so that when he met up with Clemens again he could kick his ass.

    What a pussy. Make unfounded claims about an 80+ year old man, and don’t do anything but posture instead of take action against a guy that beaned you AT THE TIME he beaned you.

    Used to irritate me that they traded him all those years ago. Now he can go screw himself, and if he ever does make the HOF, PLEASE go in as a Met.

    • trublu4ever says:

      He is planning on going in (if he does) as a Met, He must have forgotten it was Tommy Lasorda who gave him his shot at making it in the majors. I am truly disappointed in him.

  15. kahliforni says:

    62nd round draft pick…set all offensive records for a catcher because he was a DH in catcher’s gear. Terrible defense. His all-time percentage for throwing out runners: 23%. Ouch! Roy Campanella: 57% Yogi Berra: 49% Johnny Bench: 43% Gary Carter: 35% Carlton Fisk: 34% Mike Scioscia: 34%

    Hate to be catty…but don’t knock Vin Scully!

  16. koufax1963 says:

    Happy Valentines day all, Just returned from Disneyland myself and drove past dodger mecca, yea Im ready for opening day. Nice to hear good reports on our new korean pitcher, and yea Ive lost all respect for piazza, except his hitting. and I did notice belisario reported, all good stuff. I just wonder what deal will get pulled later with lilly, harang and capuano? Now colletti and mattingly have the pieces in place, well actually there is a lot of unknowns, but that is what ST is for. GO DODGERS!

  17. In case you haven’t see it, here’s that dastardly Vin Scully interview of Mike Piazza:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/

    “Then there was the incident with the strawberries. THAT’S when they all turned against me…”

  18. Personally, I think that was a great interview, it’s very hard to see what went wrong. It’s unbelievable that Mike can take something negative out of it or anyone else for that matter.
    All I know is I hated to see him go, for whatever reason but it’s all water under the bridge now.

  19. Dodger4life says:

    It looks like the Korean, has a good sense of humor,..A.J.’s comments about his arsenal were nice, as well… I don’t care how fast he ran on the first day of spring…Welcome Ryu!

  20. lbirken says:

    Sad to read about Piazza’s silly comments.

  21. 32and53fan says:

    Yesterday was Ron Cey’s 65th birthday. Steve Dilbeck’s blog provided the link to Cey’s recording career. http://www.bighairplasticgrass.com/2011/02/happy-ron-cey-day.html
    After listening to the songs, I doubt if even NedCo Broken Records would sign him. I’ll let Enchanted be the judge of that.

  22. Happy belated birthday then, to Ron Cey.

  23. JhallWally says:

    Yea, Spring Training… Hope springs eternal… Everyone has a shot. Except Houston. How screwed are they?!!!!

    I’m anxious to see what our guys can do. I like the starting pitching and the bullpen. If used properly…. Can Dildon do that?

    I’m not as optimistic about our offense and defense. Too many questions…. It could be real good if everything goes right, but, it could get real bad real quick if just a couple of things go wrong. Which, in a full baseball season, they usually do.

    I’m not getting my hopes up… I just don’t see great things for this team as currently configured….

    88 wins, tops. I will elaborate later on where I see the major fails and shortcomings…

    I hope they prove me wrong……

  24. Wow, There’s a chance for me to get an autograph from Koufax. I’ll try my best even if I have to spend a day on line waiting for it.

  25. I won’t be there until Friday.

  26. JhallWally says:

    No surprise, there is trade interest in Capuano and not for Harang. The Dodgers would be foolish to trade Capuano unless they get a great haul in return.. Billz will go down in May and they will need Cap. He would be an excellent 4th starter. As a matter of fact, I would pencil him in as the 4th starter now. Let Rye, Billz, Lilly, and Harang go after the 5th spot..

    Can we officially say that the Ned signings of Lilly, Uribe, and Guerre a couple of years ago has turned out to be a complete bust? I think we all knew at the time they were terrible signings.

    I still can’t figure out why the Dodgers keep Nedcompoop around.

    Geez!!!!!

    • crash24now says:

      I’m looking forward to the $7 million man Uribe riding the pine all year long, and ending the season one-for-fifty-three.

      Actually, can’t we just DFA him now?

      • 32and53fan says:

        I am hoping that Mark McGwire can work with Uribe and make a positive difference in his hitting. However, I won’t hold my breath. At least he is good defensively.

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          One of the other Dodger blogs several days ago showed the before and after difference in OBP for several of the Cards players after McGwire took over as batting coach. Even if he has half the effectiveness he did in St.L we should see a marked improvement in offense.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Even if we have health concerns along the way…McGwires approach to hitting’seems promising. What I need to see out of Uribe is a calculated spring training at the plate…with positive results…practice is over Juan!!

          • trublu4ever says:

            What I want to see is Uribe gone!

  27. koufax1963 says:

    My immediate concern is Belisario, playing in the “international” series for Venezuela, I trust he keeps clean, No Cocaine, and his visa stays valid. He must of built some good trust among the Dodgers last year, I hope he holds his end of the deal. GO Dodgers!

  28. Dodger4life says:

    Look, I like Donnie…Y’all can say what you want, need…But he has done a fair job up to this point. That being said…His layed back attitude… getting everyone to love him and believe in his thing… Needs to bring forth. .. a harvest, unlike any we have seen before…Joe Torre had a recipe similar…He also had Derick Jeter…Hanley in my opinion is a big key…when he is happy, flamboyant…He is fun, in a baseball sense…Factor Mr. Kemp and his Triggernomics…into this positive equation…for a whole season…We have an offense…Gonzo, Dre…and I will throw it all out right now that Dre will become the most improved ball player this season…On a team with perhaps Uribe!!!

  29. crash24now says:

    Live baseball today…and it’s on the radio!

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