First Day of Workouts – Josh Rawitch

If the sight of Eric Gagne on the mound doesn’t excite Dodger fans, I’m not sure what will. Eric threw a bullpen session today, as did several other Dodgers, including Danys Baez and Derek Lowe. Also on the mound were some of the prospects you’ve all been hearing a lot about like Chad Billingsley and Justin Orenduff. No one is going full speed just yet, but the pop of the catcher’s mitt was a great sound here at Dodgertown. Hundreds of fans were gathered around the "old strings" area, where Dodger greats like Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser used to throw their ‘pens, too.

Nomar_and_grady Nomar Garciaparra also worked out at first base, which was great to see. As you might have read in the L.A. Times, he came down to Dodger Stadium earlier this month to work out with Eddie Murray and get a jump on Spring Training. That really impressed a lot of people around here – just the fact that he wanted to see what it was like to play the position at Dodger Stadium, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to simulate game action at Chavez Ravine while he was at Dodgertown. In the photo, he and Grady Little got a chance to catch up out on one of the fields here after the drills were done.

A couple more guys arrived here today, including new shortstop Rafael Furcal. Not surprisingly, he was a little lost when I ran into him trying to find the clubhouse, as he’d never been here before as a member of the Dodgers. I was able to give him a ride on the golf cart and he got a chance to meet his new teammates and take his physical, which all players do upon their arrival.

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87 comments

  1. raydar7@sbcglobal.net

    Hi Josh,

    It’s great hearing about what happens behind the scenes. It’s going to be a great year for the Dodgers. If you bleed Blue…it’s a very exciting time!! Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more blogs.

    Best always,

    Ray

  2. rlm@scareduck.com

    Pretty serious aliasing on Nomar’s cap. Maybe you ought to think about using Photoshop to shrink these boys down to size before publishing them…

  3. kyle.coffin@sralliance.org

    Josh –
    You mentioned Nomar “wanted to see what it was like to play the position at Dodger Stadium.” How much like DS are the ballparks in Dodgertown? Are the dimensions built the same so players get a feel for the foul lines and basepaths? I’ve always been curious about that…

  4. JhallWally

    Hate to say it, but, I’m torn between winning and losing tonight. I’d like Kersh to do well and pick up a win. However, it will probably be better for the team in the long run if we completely tank the next 10-12 games.

    • trublu4ever

      I was talking to Nellyjune about that at lunch today. The Giants would love us to win (the only time ever pulling for us) but, I really do want the guys to do well. I hate losing! However, if we win a few games, Ned might really do something stupid…..once again!

  5. JhallWally

    [UPDATED 3:39 p.m.: The statement from Ryan Kirkpatrick, an attorney for Frank McCourt:
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    “Jamie McCourt continues to live a lifestyle that simply is not sustainable. She has seven homes which Frank pays for, and despite many requests, she has refused to sell or rent any of them. No one needs seven houses. Beyond covering her home expenses, Frank has been paying her $225,000 a month to support her unrestrained style of living. Today’s request by Frank simply reflects economic reality.”
    .

    The statement from Matthew Hiltzik, a spokesman for Jamie McCourt:
    “Frank’s hypocrisy and deceit know no bounds. It’s inexplicable that Frank has single-handedly destroyed the value of the Dodgers in the nearly two years since Jamie was last involved with the team. If Frank’s personal financial situation is really so dire, why doesn’t he just sell his half of the Dodger assets?”]
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    According to the filing, McCourt has incurred legal bills of $9.38 million over the last 12 months, not including any bankruptcy-related work. Of that total, $3.44 million remains unpaid.

  6. trublu4ever

    The U.S. Trustee overseeing the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy urged the judge to reject the team’s request to borrow as much a $150 million from a JP Morgan Chase and Co. unit, saying the Dodgers didn’t properly disclose a loan fee.

      • enchantedTheBeav

        That can come in Sept Tru. No way I want Ned being a buyer the next couple of weeks. That happens, we’ll be looking 7-8 years to rebuild this team instead of 3-4.

      • trublu4ever

        Yep…September it will be. I think the Dbacks or Rockies will pass the Giants anyway. I don’t even want them to make it in as a wild card.

      • selltheteam

        It’s a sad state of affairs when a Dodger fan is rooting against Kershaw. But that’s where I am tonight. Maybe we can lose it when Donnie brings in the bullpen.

  7. selltheteam

    Dumb question, I know. But, once again, why is Uribe on this team? And why is he hitting in the two-hole? Or should I say not hitting in the two-hole?

  8. nedsajerk

    Pitcher

    Year

    Strikeouts

    Sandy Koufax

    1962

    208

    Sandy Koufax

    1965

    204

    Sandy Koufax

    1966

    185

    Sandy Koufax

    1963

    170

    Don Drysdale

    1960

    162

    Hideo Nomo

    1995

    161

    Bill Singer

    1969

    159

    Sandy Koufax

    1961

    157

    Sandy Koufax

    1964

    156

    Fernando Valenzuela

    1981

    156

    Dazzy Vance

    1925

    153

    Don Drysdale

    1963

    151

    Clayton Kershaw

    2011

    147

  9. nedsajerk

    Central W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10
    Pittsburgh Pirates 48 43 .527 — 23-22 25-21 10-14 21-12 9-10 Won 2 7-3
    St. Louis Cardinals 49 44 .527 — 25-21 24-23 9-9 18-15 14-13 Lost 1 4-6
    Milwaukee Brewers 49 45 .521 0.5 33-14 16-31 13-11 20-17 10-8 Lost 2 4-6
    Cincinnati Reds 46 47 .495 3.0 24-21 22-26 3-7 27-19 10-9 Won 1 4-6
    Chicago Cubs 38 56 .404 11.5 21-27 17-29 7-8 12-24 14-14 Won 1 4-6
    Houston Astros 30 63 .323 19.0 14-34 16-29 5-17 14-25 7-10 Lost 5 1-9

  10. nedsajerk

    Congratulation Braves on being the 5th teams in history with 10,000 wins great accomplishment but they also on there way to 10,000 losses. I hate the Yankees so much but how come they only have 9,723 wins ranked them 9th and they behind the Giants, Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals, Braves, Reds, and Pirates.

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