China Roster Announced
A few housekeeing things before we get to the headline information.
I’m sure many of you read Tony Jackson’s blog on the Daily News website, which is a good source for a beat writer’s perspective on day-to-day life in the bigs. Yesterday, he kindly pointed out that the new 2008 Information Guide has been published and is available for our media to help them cover the team (it will also be for sale this year at the Top of the Park Gift Shop and the Dodgers Clubhouse Shop at Universal CityWalk).
Tony mentioned the images on the cover, as well as the inclusion of Chan Ho Park, so I figured I’d explain the reasoning. As part of the 50th anniversary celebration this year, we’ll be highlighting a number of things, including the organization’s role historically in the pioneering of baseball in America and around the world. Whether it’s Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo, or Chan Ho Park the Dodgers have a history of being the first, or among the first, to reach various races, religions, and countries in spreading the game of baseball. Hence the reason why Chan Ho Park, the first Korean in Major League history and the team’s last 18-game winner, is on the cover with so many Dodger legends.
And while we’re on the subject of spreading the game internationally, we are announcing our roster for the two-game series in China and here it is:
Falkenborg, Hull, Koplove, Kuo, Miller, Orenduff, Park, Riley, Shackelford, Stults, Sturtze and Troncoso.
Ardoin, Ellis, May
Chavez, Garciaparra, J. Gonzalez, Hu, Lindsey, Martinez, Tiffee, Sweeney
Griffin, Jones, Kemp, Lombard, Paul, Ruan
Overall, it’s a good group of guys that includes four players with more than 10 years of big league service, in addition to some of our most talented younger players who have recently reached the big leagues. We were able to also make sure that the team in Vero Beach is filled with well known players so that the games there continue to be exciting for many reasons, not the least of which are Tommy Lasorda’s role as manager of that team.
Speaking of which, Tommy posted a blog today about his trip to see the former President Bush.
And finally, here’s the lineup for today’s game against the Orioles, with John "T-Bone" Shelby set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.