September 21, 2014

Notes from Spring Training: Day 10

From the Dodgers official Spring Training media notes for Tuesday, March 2nd:

CHALK IT UP!: The Dodgers capitalized on three walks and rallied for four runs in the fifth to defeat the White Sox 4-2 in a seven-inning “B” game this morning. Seven Dodger pitchers tossed 1.0 inning each with LHP Eric Stults (12 pitches) getting the start and allowing one hit with two strikeouts. RHP Charlie Haeger (24 pitches) allowed a leadoff solo homer to Josh Kroeger and walked a batter in his inning of work and RHP Travis Schlichting allowed an unearned run on two hits. SS Ivan DeJesus’bases-loaded single in the fifth plated two for Los Angeles ’ first hit of the game and 3B Russell Mitchell followed with an RBI double. RHP Carlos Monasterios picked up the win with a perfect fourth inning and LHP Armando Zerpa, RHP Javy Guerra and RHP Kenley Jansen closed out the game with 3.0 scoreless innings.

COOPERSTOWN, ARIZONA: The Dodgers welcomed two Hall of Famers to the Ranch today with broadcaster Jaime Jarrin arriving in town and left-hander Sandy Koufax returning for a second day of work with Dodger pitchers.

START SPREADING THE NEWS:With the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch as the background, Matt Kemp took part in an afternoon photo shoot for GQ Magazine. Kemp’s spread highlighted polo shirts and will be newsstands this May. The Dodgers also welcomed ESPN’s E:60, MLB International, NESN and Time Warner’s Dodgers on Demand to the Ranch today.

GOOD ‘OL OISK: The Dodgers would like to congratulate legendary pitcher Carl Erskine on winning the 2010 Sachem Award, which is the highest honor the state of Indiana can bestow. The award, which was given to Erskine today by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, is presented annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana . Previous recipients include college basketball coaching legend John Wooden and the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Erskine, 83, pitched for Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1948-59 and won 122 games, pitched in five World Series, made the National League All-Star team and threw two no-hitters.

VEGAS, BABY: Tickets went on sale yesterday for the Dodgers-Reds heavyweight battle in Las Vegas on March 31. Los Angeles will send a split squad to Cashman Field with the rest of the club remaining in Glendale to battle the Giants.  Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster and over the phone at 1-800-745-3000.

IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME: Yes, the Dodgers won the “B” game today, but the real Cactus League slate officially kicks off on Friday when the Dodgers play a “road” game against the Chicago White Sox. As of this moment, Vicente Padilla will start the contest for the Dodgers and be followed to the mound by RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Scott Dohmann and RHP Jon Link. The White Sox are scheduled to counter with LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Scott Linebrink, RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Santo Luis and RHP Freddie Dolsi.

HOME SWEET HOME:The Dodgers kick off their home slate at Camelback Ranch on Saturday against the White Sox as LHP Eric Stults makes his first official start of Spring after taking the hill in today’s “B” game. RHP James McDonald, RHP Eric Gagne, RHP Jeff Weaver, RHP Cory Wade, RHP Travis Schlichting and RHP Russ Ortiz are also scheduled to pitch for Los Angeles . RHP Freddy Garcia will take the hill for Chicago .

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 6: Dodgers single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. online, by phone and at Dodger Stadium. The team will hold an on-sale event in Lot P at Dodger Stadium with Dodger legends Ron Cey and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, and all fans purchasing at least one ticket will receive two free tickets to the Dodgers’ exhibition home opener against the Indians on April 1. Dodger Dogs will be available for $2 and merchandise kiosks will be open as well.

Notes from Spring Training: Day Nine

From the Dodgers official Spring Training media notes for Monday, March 1st:

LEARNING FROM THE BEST:  The Dodgers would like to welcome Hall of Fame left-hander Sandy Koufax to Camelback Ranch. The legendary southpaw talked pitching with Eric Stults, Josh Lindblom and Jon Link before leading a MAP (Mental Approach to Pitching) session for all pitchers prior to the morning workout. He then observed hurlers Lindblom, Scott Elbert, Chad Billingsley and Ramon Troncoso during their bullpens, spending some extra time with Billingsley and taking in Maury Wills’ bunting drills at Maury’s Pit.

DIALING IT UP:  Today the Dodgers welcomed broadcasters Charley Steiner and Pepe Yñiguez to Camelback Ranch.  Steiner will kick off his sixth season and Yñiguez his 13th year with the club on the Dodger Radio Network’s broadcast of the Spring Opener this Friday on KABC 790 and KHJ 930 in Los Angeles.

THE SITUATION:  The Dodgers opened this morning’s practice with a situational hitting and baserunning drill that had players work on bunting, hit-and-run plays, advancing a baserunner from second to third base and bringing a runner in from third on a contact play.  The drill, devised by Bob Schaefer and Jeff Pentland, comprised of four teams chosen by captains Rafael Furcal, Matt Kemp, James Loney and Russell Martin with points awarded for successful conversions. Today’s winners were Team Loney and Team Furcal with the round robin competition continuing over the next few days.

MONEY BALL: In his recently published book Gold Mine 2010, baseball analyst Bill James rated the Dodgers No. 11 in “Young Talent Inventory” overall and first in young pitching talent.  Making James’ top 20 list of young Major League ballplayers was center fielder Matt Kemp, who ranked No. 11.

GOOD ‘OL OISK: The Dodgers would like to congratulate legendary pitcher Carl Erskine on winning the 2010 Sachem Award, which is the highest honor the state of Indiana can bestow. The award, which will be given to Erskine tomorrow by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, is presented annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana. Previous recipients include college basketball coaching legend John Wooden and the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Erskine, 83, pitched for Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1948-59 and won 122 games, pitched in five World Series, made the National League All-Star team and threw two no-hitters.

BRING YOUR “A” GAME: Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. on Field 1, the Dodgers and White Sox will square off in the first “B” game of Spring Training. Lefty Eric Stults will get the start with RHP Travis Schlichting, LHP Brent Leach, RHP Carlos Monasterios, LHP Armando Zerpa, RHP Javy Guerra and RHP Kenley Jansen scheduled to pitch.  The White Sox will counter with Gavin Floyd, Carlos Torres, Daniel Cabrera and Daniel Hudson.

IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME: Yes, there is a “B” game scheduled for March 2, but the real Cactus League slate officially kicks off March 5 when the Dodgers play a “road” game against the Chicago White Sox. As of this moment, Vicente Padilla will start the contest for the Dodgers and be followed to the mound by RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Scott Dohmann and RHP Jon Link. The White Sox are scheduled to counter with LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Scott Linebrink, RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Santo Luis and RHP Freddie Dolsi.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 6: Dodgers single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. online, by phone and at Dodger Stadium. The team will hold an on-sale event in Lot P at Dodger Stadium with Dodger legends Ron Cey and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, and all fans purchasing at least one ticket will receive two free tickets to the Dodgers’ exhibition home opener against the Indians on April 1. Dodger Dogs will be available for $2 and merchandise kiosks will be open as well.

Notes from Spring Training: Day Eight

From the Dodgers official Spring Training media notes for Sunday, February 27:

VALLEY OF THE SUN?: An expected inch of rain and unplayable fields forced the Dodgers indoors on Sunday, marking the first time that the club has had an all-indoor workout at Camelback Ranch.  Fresh off his curveball tutorial from Sandy Koufax at last night’s Safe at Home Charity event, Clayton Kershaw joined Eric Gagné, Josh Towers, Russ Ortiz, Jeff Weaver, Charlie Haeger, Jon Link, Brent Leach, Cory Wade, Juan Perez, Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen in throwing bullpens in the covered batting cages this afternoon.  Position players followed with a round of batting practice in the cages.

SUN SALUTATION: Local instructor Katherine Roberts led approximately 30 Dodgers in a 45-minute abdominal and lower back yoga session this morning. The Dodgers started offering yoga classes last season and will continue to have classes available to Major Leaguers every Sunday and to minor leaguers every Wednesday during Spring Training.

MAJORING IN THE MINOR: Baseball America’s top-rated Dodger prospect, Dee Gordon, and top picks from the last three drafts Aaron Miller, Ethan Martin and Chris Withrow were among 48 minor league players to kick off early workouts on the minor league side of the complex yesterday. The rest of the minor league pitchers and catchers will report on March 4 with the full squad beginning workouts on March 10.

GOOD ‘OL OISK: The Dodgers would like to congratulate legendary pitcher Carl Erskine on winning the 2010 Sachem Award, which is the highest honor the state of Indiana can bestow. The award, which will be given to Erskine this week by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, is presented annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana. Previous recipients include college basketball coaching legend John Wooden and the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Erskine, 83, pitched for Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1948-59 and won 122 games, pitched in five World Series, made the National League All-Star team and threw two no-hitters.

BRING YOUR “A” GAME: On Tuesday, the Dodgers and White Sox will square off in the first “B” game of Spring Training. Lefty Eric Stults will get the start with Travis Schlichting, Brent Leach, Carlos Monasterios, Armando Zerpa, Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen scheduled to pitch.  The White Sox will counter with Gavin Floyd, Carlos Torres, Daniel Cabrera and Daniel Hudson.

IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME: Yes, there is a “B” game scheduled for March 2, but the real Cactus League slate officially kicks off March 5 when the Dodgers play a “road” game against the Chicago White Sox. As of this moment, Vicente Padilla will start the contest for the Dodgers and be followed to the mound by RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Scott Dohmann and RHP Jon Link. The White Sox are scheduled to counter with LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Scott Linebrink, RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Santo Luis and RHP Freddie Dolsi.

LITTLE BIG LITTLE: Tonight from 6:00-8:00 p.m. James Loney, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Russell Martin, James McDonald, Clayton Kershaw, Cory Wade, Blake DeWitt, Brent Leach, Trayvon Robinson and Kenley Jansen are scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the Ahwatukee Little League at 4700 East Warner Road in Phoenix .  Autographs are available for a $5 donation and the event will occur rain or shine. Dodger Assistant GM, Scouting Logan White and Assistant GM, Player Development De Jon Watson are permanent fixtures in the grandstands at Ahwatukee to scout this hotbed of amateur talent which includes their sons Logan Jr. and Michael

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 6: Dodgers single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 a.m. online, by phone and at Dodger Stadium. The team will hold an on-sale event in Lot P at Dodger Stadium with Dodger legends Ron Cey and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, and all fans purchasing at least one ticket will receive two free tickets to the Dodgers’ exhibition home opener against the Indians on April 1. Dodger Dogs will be available for $2 and merchandise kiosks will be open as well.

Notes from Spring Training: Day Seven

From the Dodgers official Spring Training media notes for Saturday, February 26:

THE LITTLEST DODGER: With all that was going on this morning (Photo Day, eye exams, uniform sizing, lab work), the best moment of the day came when Dodger hurler Jeff Weaver returned to camp with news of a happy, healthy baby boy named Drake. Drake was born on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and weighed in at exactly eight pounds on the nose.

GOOD ‘OL OISK: The Dodgers would like to congratulate legendary pitcher Carl Erskine on winning the 2010 Sachem Award, which is the highest honor the state of Indiana can bestow. The award, which will be given to Erskine next week by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, is presented annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana . Previous recipients include college basketball coaching legend John Wooden and the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Erskine, 83, pitched for Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1948-59 and won 122 games, pitched in five World Series, made the National League All-Star team and threw two no-hitters.

IT’S ABOUT THAT TIME: Yes, there is a “B” game scheduled for March 2, but the real Cactus League slate officially kicks off March 5 when the Dodgers play a “road” game against the Chicago White Sox. As of this moment, Vicente Padilla will start the contest for the Dodgers and be followed to the mound by RHP Ramon Ortiz, RHP Charlie Haeger, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Scott Dohmann and RHP Jon Link. The White Sox are scheduled to counter with LHP Mark Buehrle, RHP Jeff Marquez, RHP Scott Linebrink, RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Santo Luis and RHP Freddie Dolsi.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORIES: Today was 2010 Photo Day at Camelback Ranch, where KCAL, Sony, Associated Press, Getty Images, MLB Photos, UPI, Photofile, Apple Daily (Taiwan), Liberty Times (Taiwan) and Topps took pictures of all the Dodgers in Major League camp. In addition, members of the Dodger Sports Lab are here from Los Angeles conducting interviews and running the “green screen” video shoots for the DodgerVision scoreboard.  

LITTLE BIG LITTLE: Tomorrow from 6:00-8:00 p.m. James Loney, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Russell Martin, James McDonald, Clayton Kershaw, Cory Wade, Blake DeWitt, Brent Leach, Trayvon Robinson and Kenley Jansen are scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the Ahwatukee Little League at 4700 East Warner Road in Phoenix .  Autographs are available for a $5 donation and the event will occur rain or shine. Dodger Assistant GM, Scouting Logan White and Assistant GM, Player Development De Jon Watson are permanent fixtures in the grandstands at Ahwatukee to scout this hotbed of amateur talent which includes their sons Logan Jr. and Michael

SANDY AND JOE: Tonight is the night that Dodger Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax and Dodger Manager Joe Torre will raise money and awareness for Torre’s foundation “Safe at Home,” by taking part in an event at LA Live’s Nokia Theater. Tickets can still be purchased via ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. Torre left Camelback Ranch this afternoon along with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, hitting coach Don Mattingly, team photographer Jon SooHoo and his assistant, Chris Romanello . The Dodger manager will fly back to the desert after the event and be back in Arizona late tonight.        

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 6: Dodgers single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 am online, by phone and at Dodger Stadium. The team will hold an on-sale event in Lot P at Dodger Stadium with Dodger legends Ron Cey and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, and all fans purchasing at least one ticket will receive two free tickets to the Dodgers’ exhibition home opener against the Indians on April 1. Dodger Dogs will be available for $2 and merchandise kiosks will be open as well.

JOE COLLEGE: Tomorrow morning is the inaugural “Dodgertown Classic” at Dodger Stadium, featuring two of our local Pac-10 schools in action on the diamond. The University of Southern California will take on the University of California , Los Angeles in the main event at 2 p.m. The undercard at 10 a.m. will put baseball powers Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State on display. Tickets for the event cost $5 and can be purchased in advance at dodgers.com/classic and in person at USC and UCLA campus box offices. Day of game tickets can be purchased at Dodger Stadium for $10.

Notes from Spring Training: Day Six

From the Dodgers official Spring Training media notes for Friday, February 25 (sorry these are late!):

COVERING THEIR BASES: After a morning meeting with Manager Joe Torre, the Dodgers opened their first full-squad workout with an impassioned baserunning lecture led by Third Base Coach Larry Bowa.  Los Angeles also went over bunt coverages and fielding fundamentals at today’s workout, which concluded with baserunning drills.

IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL: The Dodgers and White Sox will face off for seven innings in the first “B” game of Spring Training on March 2 at 11:00 am on Field 1. Eric Stults, Travis Schlichting, Brent Leach, Carlos Monasterios, Armando Zerpa, Javy Guerra and Kenley Jansen are slated to pitch for Los Angeles .  The Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule two days later against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch with Vicente Padilla getting the starting nod.  Eric Stults is set to start their “home” opener against the White Sox on March 6, followed in the rotation by Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda.

LITTLE BIG LITTLE: This Sunday from 6:00-8:00 pm, James Loney, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley, Russell Martin, James McDonald, Clayton Kershaw, Cory Wade, Blake DeWitt, Brent Leach, Trayvon Robinson and Kenley Jansen are scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for the Ahwatukee Little League at 4700 East Warner Road in Phoenix.  Autographs are available for a $5 donation and the event will occur rain or shine. Dodger Assistant GM, Scouting Logan White and Assistant GM, Player Development De Jon Watson are permanent fixtures in the grandstands at Ahwatukee to scout this hotbed of amateur talent which includes their sons Logan Jr. and Michael

KODACHROME: Tomorrow is 2010 photo day for the Dodgers. Among the many media and sports entities that will be on site are KCAL, Sony, Associated Press, Getty Images, MLB Photos, UPI , US Presswire and Topps.

DRYSDALE TODAY, KOUFAX TOMORROW: The Dodgers welcomed Ann Meyers Drysdale to Camelback Ranch this morning to visit with Dodger Manager Joe Torre.  In the next few days, Torre will have the honor of visiting with namesakes for both of the Dodgers’ two practice squads, which are dubbed Team Drysdale and Team Koufax.

LEGENDS NIGHT: Boy is that an understatement. Tomorrow night, Dodger Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax and Dodger Manager Joe Torre will raise money and awareness for Torre’s foundation “Safe at Home,” by taking part in an event at LA Live’s Nokia Theater. Tickets can be purchased via ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.

JOE COLLEGE: This Sunday is the inaugural “Dodgertown Classic” at Dodger Stadium, featuring two of our local Pac-10 schools in action on the diamond. The University of Southern California will take on the University of California , Los Angeles in the main event at 2 p.m. The undercard at 10 a.m. will put baseball powers Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State on display. Tickets for the event cost $5 and can be purchased in advance at dodgers.com and in person at USC and UCLA campus box offices. Day of game tickets can be purchased at Dodger Stadium for $10.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 6: Dodgers single-game tickets go on sale on Saturday, March 6 at 10:00 am online, by phone and at Dodger Stadium. The team will hold an on-sale event in Lot P at Dodger Stadium with Dodger legends Ron Cey and “Sweet” Lou Johnson, and all fans purchasing at least one ticket will receive two free tickets to the Dodgers’ exhibition home opener against the Indians on April 1. Dodger Dogs will be available for $2 and merchandise kiosks will be open as well.

POINT AND SHOOT: MLB Network announced that it would be televising 78 Spring Training contests over four weeks beginning March 2. The Dodgers will air on MLB Network five times via tape delay: March 6 vs. Chicago (AL), March 9 vs. Colorado , March 17 vs. Chicago (AL), March 26 vs. Kansas City and April 3 vs. the Angels. In addition, MLB Network will also broadcast the Dodgers and Diamondbacks live from Camelback Ranch – Glendale on March 10 at 3 P.M. EST/12 P.M. PST.