Even Open Tryout Players Get Two Year Deals


Since there’s not a whole lot going on in big league camp right now, at least until exhibition games begin on Monday, I can’t help but pass along this delightful story from Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA on Dodger batboy Francisco “Chico” Herrera:

That story begins six months ago during a batting practice at Dodger Stadium. For years, Dodgers players have commented to him that he had a good arm or made some good, athletic plays while they were shagging fly balls during batting practice. Herrera took the compliments in stride. He’d been the best player on his team at Hollywood High and was now the starting shortstop at Valley College in North Hollywood. But what did that matter out here on a big league diamond?

This time one Dodger went a step further.

Jon Garland and I were playing catch in the outfield,” Herrera said. “He was hurting at the time, but he could still play catch and he’s like, ‘You really do have a good arm. When are you going to try out?’”

Try out?

And try out he did, as one of what Eric Stephen reports was a record 125 people at the annual open tryout at Camelback Ranch today. You’ll never hear of 99% of those names, and with good reason, though there were a few players with some professional experience: Dylan Hernandez reports that former Rangers righty Wes Littleton (21 games with Texas between 2006-08) and Giants catching prospect Todd Jennings were present, as well as 28-year-old Japanese righty Hiroki Sanada, who was posted earlier this offseason with no bids. In addition, 13-year vet Doug Davis was there along with Jarrad Page, a seven-year veteran of the NFL who was an outfielder with UCLA before heading to the NFL. Jackson reports that there’s likely to be one signing (perhaps two), though of course that would just be to a zero-risk minor-league deal, much like Randy Keisler last year. If so, Davis is probably the best bet, despite his 1-7, 6.50 showing for the Cubs last year.

8 comments
AA
AA

I had great seats to game 1 of the NLCS in 2009 (you know, the one where Sherrill turned into a pumpkin and hung a curve to Ibanez) and was sitting in excellent box seats right near where Chico Herrera was warming up Andre Ethier and Jayson Werth. My dad, who is from Iran and is not a big baseball fan, was there and even he noticed the guy's arm.

Kirk Davenport
Kirk Davenport

Apropos of nothing... Hardball Times just posted an article by Dan Lependorf that claimed Matt Kemp consistently hit the second longest home runs last year - Mike Stanton (now wishing to be known as Giancarlo Stanton - his real name) is cited as hitting the longest on average. Kemp was listed as hitting homers that averaged 412 feet to Stanton's 417 feet We all knew Kemp to be hitting some long balls. Prince Fielder was cited as having the longest homer of the year at 484 feet http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/who-consistently-hit-the-longest-home-runs-in-2011/ There are some flaws in this article as it does not take into consideration park sizes. Many of Kemp's 395 foot balls were outs and not counted in his average while players in smaller parks hit 378 (or less) foot homers that dragged their average down. Also a commenter posted a link to another article that stated graphically that Justin Upton hit the longer shots on average Unfortunately for Kemp, his long home runs only count the same as a 302 foot chip shot that barely makes it over the wall in Fenway. Mickey Mantle's 634 and 656 foot dingers only counted once also http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2004/EricaRosenthal.shtml

Paul
Paul

I remember one of Kemp's dingers hit the hot dog stand at the back of Coor's Field. Everyone was worried about letting him hit that day because he had a tight hamstring and might not be able to run the bases. I still remember Vin saying "And he won't have to run. He can just jog." Also, the one that got stuck in the scoreboard at Miller Park. Even Prince Fielder was amazed.

Dave Pomerantz
Dave Pomerantz

I think I remember the Coors Field hot dog stand shot - if it's the same one I'm thinking of, it was an absolute missile (as opposed to a high arching moon shot) that nearly took out a fan walking along the concourse.

Paul
Paul

Ha! I think I was at the game where he hit the one you're talking about. I was sitting in Mannywood (RIP) and I watched it sore above the loge level and land just to the left of the overprice gift shop.

badger3
badger3

I saw Upton hit one against Carpenter that went over 470. Those no-doubters are exciting. Kemp puts on a show in Glendale every year, hitting them consistently over the center field fence. I am guessing Prince will hit some shots in Detroit. That right field fence is a lot closer than it is in Milwaukee. . For what it's worth, Dr. Adair in "The Physics of Baseball" calculated a baseball cannot travel more than 545'. Nobody has ever hit one 600 Here, you can figure it out yourself: . [delta]P=PR-PL=1/2 Þair [vL2 - vR2 ]

Bip
Bip

I wonder if they'll give multi-year deals to fans next. Fingers crossed.

SteveT
SteveT

Clipper Darrell?

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