In a neverending quest to find something negative on an otherwise positive night, The Times’ Bill Shaikin writes that Raul Mondesi was "roundly booed" when he was showed on DodgerVision last night. I’m not sure if any of you were at the game last night but I’m pretty sure that they were saying "Rauuuul," as they have for nearly every at-bat the guy had here from his rookie season on. Hardly an egregious error, but I certainly don’t want people to think that a former Rookie of the Year is unappreciated around here, especially given that he’s running for office in the Dominican Republic.
Actually, he already holds an office as a diputado, the equivalent of the House of Representatives in the D.R., but there’s been talk of running for mayor in his hometown, too. Tim Brown, formerly of the Times and now with Yahoo Sports, caught up with Raul at yesterday’s game and should have something forthcoming on the former Dodger right fielder so keep an eye out on his upcoming columns.
Of course, if I’m going to criticize the Times, I should also point out a great article today by Bill Plaschke about California’s new all-time home run hitter for a high school player, Mike Moustakas. Yes, he happens to go to my alma mater, Chatsworth, and play for my old coach, Tom Meusborn, but that’s not why I’m pointing this out. It’s actually a refreshing story about what happens to the record-breaking baseball that doesn’t have anything to do with eBay. Moustakas and another Chatsworth player, Matt Dominguez, are both expected to go in the first round (possibly the first 10 picks) of next month’s First-Year Player Draft.
MLB.com has all sorts of draft coverage and for the first time, the first day of the draft will be televised on ESPN2, which is great for the game of baseball. We’ve seen how the NFL and NBA have turned their drafts into an event and I’m hopeful that over time, MLB will have a similar buzz surrounding it.