Spring Training Report

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We haven’t had a new post in a while, so here’s just a few notes about how Spring Training is shaping up.

  • Kent Maeda threw a bullpen set to Yasmani Grandal, and all the Japanese media went nuts.
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a bullpen set.  He’s roughly two weeks behind the other pitchers, but that’s not bad.  So far so good.
  • Yasiel Puig showed up at Spring Training in lean form.  He looks about 40 pounds less than his 2015 Spring Training form.
  • The Dodgers signed Yaisel Sierra to a six year, $30 million contract and plan to use him as a starting pitcher.  The guy throws a four-seam fastball up to 98 MPH!
  • Vin Scully will broadcast one game from Arizona, and all three Freeway Series games against the Angels during Spring Training.
  • SNLA will cut production costs by trimming the number of Spring Training games that they televise.
  • During the regular season, Dodger games still will not be available to the majority of television owners in Los Angeles.
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30 thoughts on “Spring Training Report

  1. I’ll pose another question…
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    Alex Wood – Does he go up or down in the rotation during the season? The answer may be both, if so, which one comes first?

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    • Starts the year as #5 in the rotation, but only because Ryu is not ready. By May, Ryu is ready, and Wood goes to OK City. Then he comes back when one of the others gets hurt.

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  2. Random Thoughts: How did I not know the baseball in Japan is smaller than the one we use here in the U.S.? Good thing I already know how to spell Yasiel. I have been waiting for a long, long time to see Cubans play in the Major Leagues but I had no idea the Dodgers would try to corner the market on them. Will anyone notice the cuts made at Sportsnet LA (other than the people who lose their jobs because of those cuts)? Interesting that the Dodger front office continues to grow while their cable TV network has to cut costs. Do the Dodgers have someone in the organization who monitors all the negative comments about the TV deal on every official Dodger post on Facebook? How many starting pitchers will the Dodgers use this season? Glad to see Puig show up leaner but what excuse will be used if he has any injury issues that keep him out of the lineup for significant periods of time? When did I become so cynical?

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  3. New information on Alex Wood came out last night. He was pitching with a bone bruise in his right ankle last year while with the Dodgers. He injured the ankle in his last game with the Braves just before the trade. Take a look at his ERA with the Braves – 3.10 – compared to with the Dodgers – 4.35.

    Supposedly this bruise healed up after the season ended. What if he goes back to averaging a 3.10 ERA in 2016?

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  4. I admit my cynicism has more to do with all the drama we have seen with Dodger ownership after the O’Malley’s. I still like the game and the excitement of a pennant race. Also, fans have become so much more vocal because of social media and blogs such as this that allow instant communication. Sometimes it gets tiring to hear so much negativity.

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  5. Im excited. I trust the Dodgers stay healthy. Spring Training and hope is eternal for a World Series Win. Then the the real season will start. It will be a Challenge. I feel good about a healthy Kendrick, Turner, Puig, Gonzo, DRE, Grandal in the line up. Throw a more seasoned Pederson and seager in too. Lead-off hitter, Oh MY? Im looking to a starting staff that will bring even better results and an Improved BP.
    Now lets get Vinny in to every living room in the LA area, I just think the dodgers organization could subsidize the Cable venture, certainly the money they are not paying Grienke could be used in that manner.
    After O’Malley, it has been hell for the Dodgers and their Fans, I dont want to be repeating this for another 20 years, substituting “Vinny” for “O’Malley”
    GO DODGERS!

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  6. “[Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.”

    ― A. Bartlett Giamatti

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  7. Sometimes I think the opinion of the Utley slide last year for many fans was based on what team you were rooting for. Not in my case.

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