Dodger Thoughts: Vance Lovelace
Catching up today on some news new and old. Many of these items were tweeted by me over the past several days – don't hesitate to follow.
- Bill Shaikin of the Times explains why Frank McCourt won't renege on selling the Dodgers.
- Here's a great piece by Chad Moriyama on the lazy comparisons baseball folk have been making between potential big-leaguer Yu Darvish and other pitchers from Asia.
- Roughly 40 percent of the 2012 Dodger roster will be at least 33 years old next year, writes Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness.
- Vance Lovelace and Rick Ragazzo will have greater influence in the Dodger front office, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
... Lovelace, previously a special assistant to the GM and director of player scouting, is now director of professional personnel. Ragazzo, previously a special assistant to the GM, is now director of pro scouting. ...
... Logan White remains assistant GM in charge for amateur (Draft) and international scouting and DeJon Watson remains assistant GM for player development (Minor Leagues). Tony Howell and Ken Bracey remain as special assistants to Colletti. ...
- More than five years ago, I wrote about the legal action over payment of former Dodger Paul Shuey's 2004 salary. Amazingly, as Shaikin notes at the Times, the battle is still going on.
- Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, Ron Cey, Mike Scioscia, Tommy Lasorda, Walter Alston and Fernando Valenzuela will all be featured in one way or another among the Dodgers' 2012 bobbleheads.
- Rubby De La Rosa's injury was costly to the Dodgers in more ways than one, notes Mike Newman of Fangraphs.
- Edwin Jackson is a better sign than C.J. Wilson, writes Joe Sheehan at SI.com.
- Dodger hitting guru Dave Hansen is holding a baseball camp for kids ages 7-15 beginning December 19, according to Roberto Baly at Vin Scully Is My Homeboy.
- From Steve Dilbeck at the Times' Dodgers Blog: "INK BLUE."
- Change in the National League West: San Diego traded Mat Latos to Cincinnati for Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger, while Colorado signed Michael Cuddyer for three years and $30 million. John Sickels has more on the Padres' pickups at Minor League Ball, and there's more reaction compiled at MLB Trade Rumors.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to recoup millions through a buyback of stadium construction bonds, reports Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal.
- Kirk Gibson: The NL's most untraditional manager? Maybe so, says Jacob Peterson of Beyond the Boxscore.
- USC grad Jason Lane, 35 this month, is returning to his pitching roots to try to keep his baseball career alive.
- Dwight Evans was one of my favorite non-Dodgers of my younger years. Here's a nice piece on him by David Laurila at Fangraphs.
- Harrison Ford has been cast as Branch Rickey and newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in the film "42," reports Justin Kroll of Variety.
- "Moneyball" received four Golden Globe nominations from the decidedly unsporty Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the latest sign of appreciation for the film from a non-baseball audience.
- A post at Variety's On the Air blog by me extolls the virtues of "Bosom Buddies."
Kyle Terada/US PresswireChad Billingsley is digging fielding practice today at Camelback Ranch.Friend this ...
- Ronald Belisario says he just needs to replace a lost passport, and that "of course" he is going to Spring Training.
- Ned Colletti isn't rushing to offer a laurel and hearty handshake.
- Matt Kemp couldn't wait to start his baserunning training with Davey Lopes.
- Don Mattingly feels like the eye in the hurricane.
- Gabe Kapler is a happy and hopeful Dodger (and doesn't want to be the one to tell you he has more managerial experience than Don Mattingly).
- Clayton Kershaw always enjoys a good laugh with his buddy Hiroki.
- Jon Garland had a happy first day throwing in Arizona with Hiroki.
- A.J. Ellis is trying not to be frustrated.
- Dana Eveland is not in the moon over his hammy.
- Jonathan Broxton's calendar does not say 2010.
- Tony Gwynn Jr. might be a left fielder after all.
- Vicente Padilla isn't a relief pitcher ... yet.
- Jeff Weaver is hanging by the phone.
- Hong-Chih Kuo pledges allegiance to the pitching schedule.
- Manny Ramirez is an eager beaver.
- Casey Blake is gettin' in some last-minute wrestling-watching.
- Dee Gordon has heard it all before, but you can't shake his confidence.
- Josh Rawitch thinks this might be the best time to be at Camelback Ranch.
- Gary Sheffield is not thinking about how destiny will reunite him with Mike Piazza in 2014.
- Vance Lovelace is thankful for the opportunity to have a career in baseball after his playing days ended.
- Sandy Koufax is smiling.