Spring Training is Here

Spring Training is Here

1949 Brooklyn Dodgers huddled around new mechanical age “Foster Pitching Arm”.

Rejoice! Our winter doldrums have ended. Glorious Spring Training is upon us. It’s time for Dodgers baseball!

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62 Responses to Spring Training is Here

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Can anyone name those players (other than Jackie Robinson?)

  2. enchantedbeaver says:

    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in the United States, NedCo proudly presents this box set of three 8-Track tapes of all your favorites:

    I Want To Kick Ned’s Can
    They Left Him Stranded There
    Squeeze Squeeze Me
    His Glove’s Blue
    [He’s a real] No Hit Man
    Eight Errs a Week
    Next Time Please Slide
    Glove Like Doo
    Pist, No Clout
    A Hard Day’s Flight
    Donnie’s Dungarees
    All We Need’s a Glove
    Nobody Fields, Whatever
    Run Into An Out
    Contracts That We Really Regret
    I Steal Signs
    Ken’s A Hack Writer
    [We’re going] Nowhere Stan

    And as an added bonus, never released singles of:

    You’re Sunday Line-ups are Funny (Don’t think that I appreciate them)
    Yelp! (I got butt buddies) [v chip not included]

    ©NedCo Broken Records 2014

    Not sold in stores. Offer void where prohibited or wherever good taste applies. Not endorsed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ned Colletti, The Beatles or Michael Jackson’s Estate, their families, nor anyone with common sense. Could be harmful if listened to. NJ and CA add sales tax. No returns, all sales final.

  3. JhallWally says:

    Nice Beav… LOL…
    I can’t believe, “All you need is PVL’s”, is not on there.

    Or, Eight Injuries A WeeK”….

  4. JhallWally says:

    Well, it was about 20 years ago today,
    O’Mally sold the team away,
    They’ve been something less than worthwhile,
    Not a lot of reasons for smiles,

    So let me introduce to you, the one and only Nedcompoop,

    Nedcompoop’s PVL Band…..

    It’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill,
    I can’t hit, or run, or throw no more, but Ned he flips the bill…

  5. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Over here on the east coast we are still in the middle of winter and it’s been a very snowy season this year.

  6. lbirken says:

    I see Spring Training has opened for the fans as well with some already in mid season form.

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    Ken’s a hack writer… writer… writer…

    Both Sirs and madams thought it was a fluke
    But his Hall of Fame ballot proved he was a kook
    Writes him a column with a style that’s queer
    And he has a job, damned if he’s not the Dodger’s beat writer
    He’s the beat writer

    They’re all quirky stories from a quirky man
    You have to read them twice just to understand
    His job is keeping on the Dodger’s trail
    It’s a heady job, but he’s just another wannabe writer
    He’s a hack writer.

    Ken’s a hack writer… writer… writer…

    Wrote a thousand stories, some ‘bout Matt and Phew
    And an unglam item ‘bout ol’ you know who
    Some days are short quips, hardly worth your while
    He’ll do a story, then he’ll change it round cuz he’s a recycler
    He’s a recycler

    He’ll style his column with a font just right
    And he’ll write another for us overnight
    If you want to read it better have a beer
    But he has his take and he’s the Dodger’s beat writer
    He’s the beat writer

    Ken’s a hack writer… writer… writer…
    Ken’s a hack writer, he’s a hack writer
    Ken’s a hack writer, he’s a hack writer
    Ken’s a hack writer, he’s a hack writer
    Ken’s a hack writer, he’s a hack writer (fade out)

    Title: Ken’s A Hack Writer
    Artist: Neddie and the Blowhards
    8-Track: NedCo’s Tribute To The Beatles

    ©NedCo Broken Records 2014

  8. Was watching ESPN earlier this morning and found it quite interesting how they were measuring starting pitchers using Clayton Kershaw as the template they were measuring against. They were measuring not only ability but leadership skills as well. Pretty cool, huh?

  9. 32and53fan says:

    It looks like no body wants to name those players. I found this caption after I posted the picture:
    “1949 Brooklyn Dodgers image huddled around new mechanical age “Foster Pitching Arm”. Pitcher Johnny Van Cuyk placing ball on arm with his teammates looking on (from L-R) Buddy Hicks, Cal Abrams (nice ascot!), Preacher Roe, Jackie Robinson, Harry Taylor, Rex Barney, Van Cuyk, Erv Palica, Bob Austen, Clyde King, and Paul Minnear. Very interesting image at the dawn of the time when technology was being utilized to enhance a ballplayers ability. “

  10. kahliforni says:

    Listened to a hack on sports radio this morning saying Puig ought to bat 6th or 7th. Discounting the energy he brings to any line-up (wasted when near the end of a batting order), I looked up on-base percentage, as in Moneyball. Name of the game is for a player to get on base so he can touch home plate and a score a run, right? So who do you think finished 1-2-3 for the Dodgers in OBP last year? In order, Hanley…Yasiel…Andre. And who do you suppose led team in walks? Andre. So can we please quiet all the “trade Ethier” banter? By the way, Puig finished second to Gonzalez in runs scored (scoring only three fewer), but with 200 fewer ABs. Ah, stats!

  11. Dodger4life says:

    Can anyone remember who the winning pitcher was in game 4 of the 2013 NLDS???

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I know one thing we won. I looked up to see who the winning pitcher was but I don’t know if that’s fair. I made a scrap book of Dodger post season games.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    I just read the piece on Miguel Rojas over at Dodger Insider.

    http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/02/13/mattingly-compares-miguel-rojas-defense-to-omar-vizquel/

    Which made me think about khali’s thought as to putting the best available glove at shortstop even if he probably won’t hit much
    .
    (although, something hints Seager was what he had in mind at the time?)

    It also made me think about enchanted’s thought… that he hopes Dee Gordon pans out this season…

    I was also reminded of how messagebear is a big Van Slyke supporter.

    One of the 4 outfielders will no doubt occupy one spot… If all remain healthy.

    I realize injuries can make the circumstances play out any which way… So, assuming we get to Opening Day with a healthy front 11 counting the backup catcher and extra outfielder…

    I suppose there is also the possibility of having an extra arm in the pen or since the 5th starter won’t be needed until mid April one less…

    So, for the sake of conversation about the Dodgers, quickly approaching 2014 season…

    Who are your odds on favorite’s to be the Dodgers bench players on Opening Day?

    I am interested to hear how you would prefer this situation to play itself out given the group Ned has put forth as of today… (feel free to count the newly acquired Cuban kid in as well).

    • Dodger4life says:

      I’m also unsure if Van Slyke, who is the only viable option at first in the event Agon is unavailable (other than Uribe whom is fragile himself)… can be sent to the minors without clearing waivers again (which I doubt would happen)? Turner is another option and I suppose the phantom DL thing could prolong a guy’s longevity too? In the back of my head, I see Dodgereric pulling for Bill Buckner to come out of retirement… he can still hit can’t he???

  14. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It looks like, to me, we have a good assortment of second baseman and a good group of guys that could close on days that Jansen doesn’t. Both these situations seem very inrteresting to me.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Such is true obf, I’m just waiting out the rain today and started running scenarios through my mind. I do realize that Spring Training should reveal the eventual outcome… but, thought it would be fun to speak about how we would like to see it play out…
      .
      Anyone think they’ll go with 4 starters and rule 5 pick Seth Rosin in the pen?

      • crash24now says:

        I don’t see where Rosin fits except in the bag.

        See my list below for the bullpen.

        The starting pitcher list is rather long:

        1. Kershaw
        2. Greinke
        3. Ryu
        4. Haren
        5. Maholm
        6. Beckett (if he’s got the nerve)
        7. Billz
        8. Zach Lee
        9. Seth Rosin ?
        10. Fife
        11. Magill – I’m only happy if he comes after the top ten.

        As a Rule 5 pick, Rosin will likely be jettisoned rather than kept on the 25 man roster.

  15. crash24now says:

    Donnie boy likes five position players on the bench. I would like those to be the best possible options for (a) covering our butts should someone go down – yes, it will happen, (b) pinch-hitting, and (c) help us defensively.

    That being said, without yet seeing any Spring Training results, and assuming (big assumption) that Guerrero wins the starting 2nd base job:

    1. Fedex as backup catcher (there just aren’t many choices)
    2. The fourth all-star! outfielder
    3. Dee Gordon – with added muscle, can now get as many outfield hits as infield hits
    4. Scott Van Slyke – power off the bench, plus can cover 1st base
    5. Arruebuerreuna – who wins out over Rojas, just due to the massive length of his name.

  16. crash24now says:

    Relievers I’d like to see in the bullpen (and those I don’t want to see)

    1. Jansen
    2. The Beard
    3. Paco
    4. JP Howell
    5. Withrow
    6. Dominguez
    7. Perez

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxRelieversxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    1. League

    Now, for the extra special, just-retired:

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxRelievers’ Sistersxxxxxxxxxxxx
    1. Blake Hawksworth’s sister

    • Dodger4life says:

      Barring injury… Jamey Wright and his $1.8MM contract will be in there somewhere.

      • crash24now says:

        He probably will take the Withrow or Dominguez spot until they are deemed by Ned to be “ready” (aka out of options). Unfortunately, League will likely take the other bullpen using the same illogic.

        • Dodger4life says:

          Maybe Ned will ship League off to someone who needs bullpen help and pick up an old Hank Williams and Johnny Cash Cd in return??? I mean asking for vinyl would probably be a deal killer…

  17. kahliforni says:

    I just have to believe the Dodgers will do SOMETHING during Spring Training to improve the bench. How can they spend zillions on everyday players and then saddle the team with a bunch of C+ utility players? I thought Kasten and the Guggenheim capitalists wanted to win a championship? Bases loaded…bottom of the 9th…and now pinch-hitting….Gordon? Van Slyke? No Name?

  18. Dodger4life says:

    After nine days I let the horse run free
    ‘Cause the desert had turned to sea

    So, anyone have any suggestions on whom they would prefer be added in the way of a valued bench bat?

    Oldbrooklynfan, it is just starting to warm up out here in Idaho… and the rain has melted the snow… which is now mud. Hang in there…

    • crash24now says:

      The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground
      And a perfect disguise above

      How about Stephen Drew? He’s a free agent, plays ss, aged 30, career OBP of .329, and hit 13 taters last year.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I was looking at JimThome , Billy Butler (29)… He has a team option in 15, can play 1st base, has played LF although is mainly a designated hitter who has a career OBP of .364, hit 15 taters last year and could probably be acquired for cost controlled pitching help. Something we have.

        • crash24now says:

          I definitely like his nickname – Country Breakfast.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Yeah, me too… I was just looking through free agents in 2015 and found him. His stats and Van Slyke’s stats from last season look to me at least, to be somewhat similar… Although, “Country Breakfast” has been smashin’ the taters for the past 7 seasons. But, he is a defensive liability… and a whole lot more money than Van Slyke.

    • JhallWally says:

      We are going to be eating alot of salary in the next 3-4 years…
      I’m glad the Guggeheim’s are flush with cash… We’re going to need it…..

  19. Dodger4life says:

    I managed to get my baseball fix in today… Listening to the Oregon State game against Nebraska.

    During which time I started thinking that the utility spot might be Turners to lose, due to his bat. I’m not sure, but I think Gordon has one option left, not to say they wouldn’t keep them both?

    I also took a peak at Van Slyke’s stats and in limited time (156 PA) the guy had some success banging 7 balls over the outfield wall with 8 doubles. This was a big turn around from the previous season. With a hypothetical (600 PA) it would put him on track to smack 28 over the wall. His batting average was .240 which doesn’t exactly give you the utmost confidence in his ability to come through in a pinch though.

    Bully

    1) Jansen
    2) Wilson
    3) Perez
    4) Wright
    5) Howell
    6) Maholm
    7) League

    These guys all have big league contracts, so barring an injury/trade/DFA/restricted list… there isn’t much room left.

    I also thought about the type of spring Figgins needs to have… in order to make the team on Opening Day. I’m guessing it’d have to rival Puigmania… If he shows that he has some potential left, and agrees, he might parlay some time in AAA, into a later call up?

    They have an assortment of what appears to be solid gloves in youngsters (which might not bode too well for Sellers and his 40 man spot?) such as Rojas and Arruebarruena, albeit, they haven’t shown much offensively. Arruebarruena in my opinion will get sent somewhere to get better instruction. Leaving Rojas as the first available glove in the event of an injury to an infielder. And with the amount of money they have given Guerrero and the fact that Ellis was let go, I think he’d have to have a bad spring not to play 2nd.

    Which makes me think … League… Gordon… and Van Slyke are under watchful eyes and thoughtful minds, maybe a little more so than others this spring.

    Which also makes me believe, that as kahli and enchanted have stated previously… Cowboy Ned will somehow corral a rainy day mudder with no name, before too long.

    Beckett if he has a good spring will be in the rotation… if not, I think he will decide on how to proceed. Which could open up a spot for some young arms in the pen, based on match-ups, as well as performance and Paco being a lefty.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Man, I LOVE wasting time thinking about Our Beloved Dodgers…

      It’s Time For Dodger Baseball…

      This is OUR YEAR everyone…

      I sense kahli shall be springing for some fine Scotch Whiskey this coming fall!

  20. lbirken says:

    I still find it interesting we have spent so much time talking about the bench. It was not that long ago Ned pulled names out of a hat to find everyday players.

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