Pitchers and Catchers Report


Oh, happy day!  Spring will be here soon.


63 thoughts on “Pitchers and Catchers Report

  1. And so the long journey begins. When the season began last year I was still exhausted and drained from the previous season. One would think I would feel the same this season but perhaps because there is so little drama going into this season with regard to a change in managers and the signings of Jansen and Turner (I did not expect them to sign both), I am ready for baseball.

    I do find it necessary to comment about all the “excitement” about Magic Johnson having a role with the Lakers. I find all this interest about what he can bring to that organization interesting, as if he has the magic bullet (pun intended) to solve all their problems. Some have pointed to his role with the Dodgers as an example of what he might be able to contribute without any explanation of exactly what he has contributed to the Dodgers. Does anyone know what he has done for the Dodgers? I still cringe when he is referred to as an owner. In my mind, an owner is involved and has responsibility (and accountability) for the organization. I understand Magic’s share of ownership is small in comparison to other owners but that seldom is mentioned. I am not saying he cannot help the Lakers; perhaps given the right role and resources, he can help. I would caution Laker fans to not get too excited about this until they know more information.

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  2. It should be very exciting going for the fifth division title in a row before setting out in the postseason which this team is predicted to be very successful in.


  3. I’m ready…I discovered Bed, Bath and Beyond this winter and came home with an espresso machine.

    The games continue past midnight up here.


  4. I’m giving odds on various starting pitchers doing a decent job of being starting pitchers for the Dodgers in 2017:

    Ryu 5/1
    McCarthy 2/1
    Kazmir 3/2
    Rich Hill 2/1 on going 30 starts


    • When the Dodgers first signed him to the eight year contract, there was some fear that he would blow out his elbow and need Tommy John surgery. He got through the 2016 successfully, pitching well, and not injuring his elbow. His final 2016 record was 16-11 with an ERA of 3.48 in 32 starts. I wish for many more years like that. Will he be better in 2017 than 2016? That would be awesome.


  5. Never fear, the outfielders are here. There are still eight outfielders on the 40-man roster:

    # Name B/T Ht Wt DOB
    50 Brett Eibner R/R 6’4″ 225lbs 12/2/88
    16 Andre Ethier L/L 6’2″ 210lbs 4/10/82
    14 Enrique Hernandez R/R 5’11” 200lbs 8/24/91
    31 Joc Pederson L/L 6’1″ 220lbs 4/21/92
    66 Yasiel Puig R/R 6’2″ 240lbs 12/7/90
    21 Trayce Thompson R/R 6’3″ 225lbs 3/15/91
    60 Andrew Toles L/R 5’10” 185lbs 5/24/92
    33 Scott Van Slyke R/R 6’4″ 215lbs 7/24/86

    Hernandez is both an infielder and an outfielder. Also, if Ethier and Toles don’t cut it, Cody Bellinger could be called up at any time.


  6. Doc anticipates Puiggy to get the majority of time out in right field this season.

    Says, Yasiel has slimmed down and also improved his swing mechanics over the winter.

    Austin Barnes will wear the catchers gear only this Spring.


  7. I wonder how much time Bellinger will get at first when games begin if the Dodgers intend to use Utley and Forsyth at first during the season. Those guys need the work and Bellinger has little if any chance of making the club with the players already there.


  8. According to the Dodger site, Roberts is looking at Puig as the everyday right fielder. In some ways I like Ethier better, but the reasons for going with Puig are obvious. Ethier wouldn’t embarrass us,but Yasiel has it over him in age, speed, arm strength and just strength in general. A pro type attitude may be a different matter, so we’ll see if he’s matured a bit. I like Roberts saying, in effect, “There it is, take it.” If he can’t seize the chance, Ethier will be there.

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      • Ethier I think would be easier to move at the trade deadline when only half of that contract remains. Still, I really don’t see them trading him. I think they’ll be content to keep him on board as a wily veteran bat off the bench and let him play out his contract.

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  9. Hey all, do you have to pay to get in Camelback Ranch if you just want to checkout the back fields? I was thinking that maybe I’d swing by there for a couple hours on my way home on the 6th.


  10. I took a quick look at the Camelback Ranch website and could not find anything about paying to get in, just the prices for the games. Parking is free, I did see that.

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  11. I’m just funning Beav. You should take in a game. Get an autograph and some photos for those grandkids of yours.

    Lord knows I would.


  12. Thanks guys! I figured you had to pay to see a “real” game, but knowing the Guggs, I thought they’d at least hit you up for parking if not a knothole to look through. I thought maybe I’d stop by and at least checkout and walk around the complex on my way back from SoCal.

    I’m sure had Ned and Donnie still been there I’d have gotten the [VIP] treatment, but the times have changed.


  13. I noticed the article about Magic Johnson taken over as President of the LA Lakers’ basketball operation in New York’s Daily News. Funny, no mention about him being a part owner of the Dodgers.


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