The final day in Dodgertown – Josh Rawitch

So this is it. Our final day in Dodgertown and while everyone can’t wait for the season to start, it’s always a little sad saying goodbye to this incredible complex. For those who haven’t been here, you should start planning your trip for 2007, as this is truly a unique experience unlike any other in baseball.

Today’s lineup against the Nationals includes Dioner Navarro, who’s back in the lineup after straining his hamstring last week.

Kenny Lofton, CF; Jose Cruz, LF; J.D. Drew, RF; Jeff Kent, 2B; Nomar Garciaparra, 1B; Bill Mueller, 3B; Ramon Martinez, SS; Dioner Navarro, C; Derek Lowe, P

Throughout the spring, I’ve had the chance to highlight some of the stories by our beat writers, but I’ve been getting a hard time from Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register about not plugging him on the blog. He’s done a nice job covering the team this spring and for the past couple years, so be sure to take a look at his coverage on a regular basis.

I’m hoping to add a little more later this morning if news warrants…



    Once in a blue moon a player comes along that you just know is going to be a super star. On occasion he is missed by the organization. (Sammy Sosa, Lois Gonzales, et-al) I sincerely hope that somebody in the Dodger dugout realizes that the next Super Star could be CODY ROSS


    While I like Cody Ross and was happy when he was aqquired from Detriot a few years ago, I am not sure that he is a superstar. He looks just like Jason Repko did last Spring to me. The question is do we keep him or Repko. If you look at the stats it is close. Same age, same size, right handed hitters. The big difference is Repko has at least performed fair at the major league level and is a much better fielder. Cody Ross has had chances with two teams in the high minors to prove himself as well as with late season call-ups with two teams. Tough call but I have to side with Repko.


    Speaking of GM’s, I expect GM Colletti has done an especially remarkable job in a short while filling the roster with hard working players while protecting the prospects and not handing out long term contracts. He also really seems to understand pitching needs.For us mere fans, it seems we can see his plan. I can only surmise how difficult their job is because it so often must play to others expectaions. I can’t help but think Dan Evans was such a case. The successful team two year ago was basically his, the stocked farm system was born under his watch and it seems to me he made the laughed at trade of Kevin Brown for Weaver and Brazoban. Not funny last two years. Have followed the Dodgers since the early 50’s and look forward to the next few years.
    Harold Uhlman – Lunenburg, NS, Canada

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