Countdown to Camelback

January 26, 2014


Camelback Ranch Baseball Training Facility used by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox

The long winter season is soon to give way to the time when the baseball players return to their spring training homes. In the Dodgers case, it seems that the biggest hole is the one created by the departure of Nick Punto, Skip Schumacher, and Mark Ellis. There is nobody on the bench that can step in late in the game and provide a bat with power. They need solid a middle infielder and a solid corner player to provide coverage for the times when the starters are unable to go.

It will be interesting to see what Colletti and company will come up with in the next several weeks before opening day.


Jaime Jarrin Honored

January 25, 2014


I had the privilege to attend the luncheon where the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters honored Jaime Jarrin with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award, presented by Vin Scully. I was happy to give Emma Amaya, AKA Crzblue, the opportunity to attend as my guest. She did a great job of writing about the event on her blog.

The Dodgers web site posted a nice video of the day:

The Homies Are Ready

January 21, 2014


This was on Facebook today. My comment:
“Dodgers P.R. peeps be like…
No fucking way this picture gets on our homie social media sites.”

Fans are getting anxious for more news. Some writers are saying the Cubs are going all out to land Tanaka. Does anybody here know how the bidding process works? I assume that it works like an auction where all bidders keep bidding until they decide that the price is too high. If Tanaka and his wife care about other factors, it seems that L.A. is the best fit, based on all the Japanese culture and other opportunities here.

Where Are They Now?

January 17, 2014

where-are-they-now-the-cast-of-the-sandlotIt was just two and a half years ago when the Dodgers traded away their future, can’t miss star outfielder, Travon Robinson. On July 31, 2011, he was traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Seattle Mariners. The Boston Red Sox sent Juan Rodriguez (minors), Tim Federowicz and Stephen Fife to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Boston Red Sox sent Chih-Hsien Chiang (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. The Seattle Mariners sent Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox.

Some of us were not happy and blasted Ned Colletti in the August 1, 2011 post, “Ned Half Franked it” :

“Trayvon Robinson, former standout at Crenshaw High was traded to the Red Sox for a Catcher, RP, and a SP. What’s the problem here.? They’re all 24 and older, in AA ball, not very good offensively or refined in pitching mechanics or 2nd out pitches. The two pitchers figure to become relief pitchers in the long run, and the 24 yr old Catcher, whom is being touted as the next coming of David Ross, not much offense, but plenty defense, career backup type player, for a budding big leaguer who led the team in HR’s, RBI’s etc., is just that, not much. We needed offense, blue chip players, but instead we got the busted items from the 99 cent only store.

We got a pretty good backup catcher in FedEx, and a very capable reserve pitcher in Barney (Fife) while Travon is currently out of a job after the following transactions:
November 20, 2012: Traded by the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles for Robert Andino.
November 5, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
In 288 career at bats, Robinson has compiled a.215/.272/.330 line.

This just goes to show that some highly thought of prospects never pan out. And that maybe Colletti and his staff know just a little more than those of us in the peanut gallery.

Can you think of other Dodgers “can’t miss” prospects that never made it?

Kershaw Signs Extension

January 15, 2014

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers just agreed on a seven year contract worth 210 million dollars, with an opt-out clause after five years.

Is he worth $30,000,000 per year? I guess so… it’s only a little more than the price for a family of four to get an annual pass to Disneyland.


January 9, 2014


It is too late to keep farting around, just read the picture. :-\