St. Patrick's Day in Vero – Mark Langill

GreenjacketIt was a quiet morning in Vero Beach in the Major League clubhouse because the Dodgers play host to the New York Mets in a night game at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach. The Dodger players won’t report to the clubhouse until 3 p.m. Brett Tomko is scheduled to oppose New York’s Steve Trachsel. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, there will be green-colored bases and the players will wear green "LA" caps.

But the minor league complex was busy Friday morning as team photographer Jon SooHoo and minor league administrator Chris Haydock conducted the annual "photo day." A conga-line of ballplayers and coaches stretched along the hallway adjacent to the minor leaue clubhouse beginning at 7 a.m. The minor leaguers wear blue-colored mesh Dodger jerseys for their workouts, but for the official mug shot, they chose from four different-sized white home uniform tops, the same "look" as the big leaguers’ photo day on March 1. Each held a piece of paper with their last name to identify the subject, followed by a few more frames without the paper. These photos are used to supply other publications, such as Baseball America, or if a player’s hometown newspaper calls looking for the latest photo of the particular player.

… Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully is expected to arrive this afternoon. Broadcaster Steve Lyons and his father, Richard, arrived during Thursday’s game in Vero Beach. Also in camp today is the family of Dodger bench coach Dave Jauss: wife Billie, sons D.J., Charley and Will.

… And a Happy 35th Birthday to Dodger third baseman Bill Mueller.

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