Pitchers & Catchers Report; Life Worth Living Again

What's at the kiosk? I must know. (via)

What’s at the kiosk? I must know. (via)

It’s been just over four months since the Dodgers last took the field, and while they managed to add Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, J.P. Howell, Skip Schumaker, and a ton of non-roster hopefuls in that time, it’s actually been a quieter offseason than we thought it might be. When all you can do is speculate due to the lack of any new data coming in, you can only talk about huge questions marks like Carl Crawford, Chad Billingsley, & Luis Cruz so much — at some point, the story has to actually get written.

Today, we’re finally making our first small steps towards that goal and away from the long, cold, interminable winter, thanks to the four most glorious words in the English language: “Pitchers and catchers report.” 28 pitchers — from Juan Abreu to Chris Withrow — will join A.J. Ellis and five catchers who are not A.J. Ellis in Camelback ranch today, with the first official workout being tomorrow. (Several have been in Arizona for some time already, of course.)

Position players report on Friday, and the first game of the spring is a week from Saturday, when the Dodgers face their Camelback partners Chicago on February 23. Sadly, we may not get our first glimpse of the team on television until well into March, though that may change as we start to get the broadcast schedules of other teams in the Cactus League who may be televising games of their own here and there.

We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting closer. In the next few days and weeks, players will get hurt, they’ll get cut, and they’ll potentially get traded. Who am I kidding, though? I’m away on vacation until Thursday — yes, I wrote this post three days ago — and judging by past history, Aaron Harang will somehow have been traded for Michael Bourn while I’m away.

774 comments
Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Why do I read Mark Saxon's Dodgers Blog on ESPNLA? In today's he says the Dodgers have a need for a better defensive CF.

 

I ask you, is Matt Kemp not an amazingly talented OF?

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Yes the gray caps don't really match the uni's. I ordered one. I get another option when wearing different colors... Nothing beats the blue caps, but for fans wanting to try different colors and looks I like it.

efb
efb

We're going to fuckin dominate 2013!

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

evidently we don't warrant a new post this morning. 

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

 @Omer We do have a better defensive CF in house in Tony Gwynn Jr, but the writer probably meant something different.  I did not read the article.  IMO Kemp is still learning defensively, he's pretty good (and outstanding at times) but his physical talents sometimes make up for poor routes, etc.  

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Omer he's okay. Good range, but routes can be a bit iffy.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Omer well he isnt totally off base. Kemp's defense isn't the greatest. I'd prefer him in RF

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

@capnsparrow just the gray one... If your gonna wear the blue one might as well go with the original blue ... Gray is more drastic so style purposes I got that one :P

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

 @capnsparrow  @EephusBlue  @efb  @GordonMoody  @Kemps Shoe SMS caps, you're showing your age there.  It's a phone company racket where text messaging gets a wopping 400% markup to cost of actual service. Phone companies didn't think you'd need more than 140 characters. Twitter, in its early days was built to be also a phone client.  You'd pay cheaper, but they'd still charge you on the phone side, not the internet side.  

 

Re: writing Eephus.  The maxum is keep writing and you'll get better.  Even 140 characters at a time will make you a better writer if done well. ie. Consciously trying to write well.