A.J. Ellis Gets Featured In the New York Times (Plus Saturday Lineups)

92topps_ajellisYou know who will never stop being awesome and still doesn’t seem to get enough credit for it outside of Dodger circles? A.J. Ellis.

Today, that error has been rectified in some small way by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, who checks in with a feature about Ellis’ long road to success. It’s mostly story that we know already, though this section stands out:

For the Dodgers, a team with eight legitimate starting pitchers, no bauble seems too excessive. That is why Ellis worried last winter, just for a moment, when he saw a report that the team had interest in the veteran catcher A. J. Pierzynski, a free agent.

“But that night I got a text message from Ned Colletti,” Ellis said, referring to the Dodgers’ general manager. “Just sent me a basic text: ‘Just want you to know, you’re my catcher, you’re my guy.’ That was awesome, to have that reassurance to know that I was part of their plan.”

That’s a classy move by Colletti, though a better move might have been to never have had interest in Pierzynski in the first place (if that report was even true) and especially to not have buried Ellis behind the execrable Dioner Navarro.

Dodgers
Rangers
CF
Amezaga
2B
Kinsler
3B
Punto
LF
Murphy
1B
Hairston
DH
Berkman
RF
Puig
3B
Beltre
2B
Schumaker
1B
Baker
LF
Castellanos
RF
Adduci
C
Wallach
C
Soto
SS
Gordon
CF
Martin
P
Kershaw
SS
Sardinas

On to today’s entry in the never ending march of spring baseball, Ellis is not in the lineup and neither is Tim Federowicz, giving Matt Wallach a rare start with the main team. He’ll be catching Clayton Kershaw, who could go up to six innings today, and if he stays behind the plate, he’ll see Javy Guerra, J.P. Howell, & Brandon League.

I think it says a lot about Yasiel Puig that when you look at the lineup he’s the name that actually sticks out as far as excitement purposes over Kershaw, but you’ll only get to see him if you have access to Fox Sports Southwest, because this is a Rangers-only broadcast. (Update: it appears the Rangers are not broadcasting this game.)

In quick injury news:

Zack Greinke played catch today “with no discomfort” and should get in a bullpen session tomorrow, says Ken Gurnick. Carl Crawford is tentatively scheduled to make his debut at designated hitter tomorrow against the Brewers, in a game to be started by Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Justin Sellers is still down for the day with a sprained ankle.

433 comments
capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Get ready for those hideous green jerseys today! Blech! 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Wow kershaw only needed 70 pitches to get through 6 innings. Gotta love that control

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Sounds like the Dodgers just signed a dude from the Netherlands WBC team.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

As an American citizen, I am embarrassed to note that the Netherlands lasted longer than the U.S. in the WBC.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

two televised dodger baseball games today!

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

I guess Eephus meant "later," as in tomorrow.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Done and done! Finished the printing. I'll post pics later if anyone is interested 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Deuce with a bunch of guys who have never set foot in Europe, ever.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@Mike Petriello @Disgruntled Goat @Deuce The WBC shouldn't be taken as whoever wins is the best at baseball. It should be a showcase for the best young players from all these countries with some Big Leaguers mixed in to keep folks interested. I think its fun and I have enjoyed it thus far.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Mike Petriello @Disgruntled Goat @Deuce oh yeah, i don't think it proves anything and i don't particularly care who wins..or i didn't at the beginning, i've taken a liking to DR. Hoping the final is them and Japan now. 

that guy you retweeted complaining about the wbc being shoved down his throat, i L'dOL. Close your eyes, man. If you see an article about the WBC, don't read it. 

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

@Mike Petriello @Disgruntled Goat @Deuce   No doubt.  I don't think the early U.S. elimination really means much, as teams with a national team have the advantage.  That being said, money rules all, and I don't see any way to have a true WBC tourney.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Disgruntled Goat @Deuce @Mike Petriello I totally agree, but I feel it's two separate issues.

Do I like real, exciting baseball during March? Hell yes.

Do I think that a tournament that's missing most of the best players and has very tough pitch count rules approximates real baseball or is usable in any way to indicate which country is really "the best"? No way.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Deuce @Mike Petriello is a flawed tournament, no doubt. but it's free baseball during spring training when i've been starving for baseball all winter long. i welcome it. 


and the games i've watched have been good.