By Yvonne Carrasco
Just days after Dodger first baseman Adrian Gonzalez led a hitting clinic at Garfield High School in East L.A., he arrived in Mexico City to officially kick off the Telmex Adrian Gonzalez baseball league for youngsters ages 14 to 15.
Telmex is a Mexican telecommunications company headquartered in Mexico City that provides telecommunications products and services in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and other countries in Latin America.
Gonzalez launched the Telmex Adrian Gonzalez baseball league alongside Telmex Foundation director Arturo Elias Ayub. Elias says that last year, approximately 6,000 youngsters participated in Telmex League baseball and predicts the number will increase to more than 10,000 with Gonzalez’s support.
At today’s announcement, Gonzalez and Ayub were also among the 2014 Telmex baseball league champs, a group of youngsters from Mexico City. Gonzalez spoke to the group on the importance of growing baseball in Mexico.
By Jon Weisman
As often as the top Dodger minor leaguers get recognized for their potential, I never get tired of it …
- Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Darnell Sweeney and Scott Schebler all finished in the top 10 of Carson Cistulli’s admittedly very rough attempt to determine Wins Above Replacement for 2014 minor leaguers at FanGraphs. Bonus: Austin Barnes was 16th.
- Seager and Urias are in the top 10 of Keith Law’s new prospect rankings at ESPN, with Joc Pederson 28th and Grant Holmes 79th. An excerpt: “Kyle Seager has turned into one of the top 20 players in the majors, but even as good as he is, brother Corey has the potential to be much better.
- Urias is the No. 1 left-handed pitcher in MLB’s prospect positional rankings, with Pederson the No. 2 outfielder and Seager No. 4 at shortstop.
- Al Campanis’ many achievements with the Dodgers, before his “Nightline” demise, are reviewed by Mark Armour and Dan Leavitt, who are promoting their book, “In Pursuit of Pennants.” They rank Campanis No. 13 all-time among general managers.
- Promotions update: Juan Uribe (July 11) and Yasiel Puig (July 19) Bobblehead dates are set. And here’s more:
- J.P Hoornstra of the Daily News caught up with Justin Turner, who talked about his busy offseason workouts. “I think the key to anything is obviously being on the field and staying healthy,” Turner said. “That was my emphasis this offseason, was to focus on that. Get stronger, get leaner, do some running stuff and prevent any breakdowns.”
- Here are photo highlights from Tuesday’s caravan stop at Cesar Chavez Elementary School and Wednesday’s activities, featuring Turner.
- More on video below …
On this date in 1988, the Dodgers signed free-agent outfielder Kirk Gibson to a three-year contract. The Dodgers wanted to trade third baseman Pedro Guerrero to the Tigers in exchange for Gibson during the 1987 winter meetings, but backed out of the deal when it became apparent Gibson might become part of a “new look” free agent class, which originated from a 1985 grievance by the Players Association that asserted several free agents had their market values affected by collusion on the part of the baseball owners.
By Cary Osborne
The Dodgers have launched Dodgers Destinations, a travel package to see the boys in blue play the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets on the road and an out-of-towner package to see the Dodgers face two of their biggest rivals, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels, at Dodger Stadium.
Here’s why it’s so cool. The Dodgers have your hotel set up and your in-stadium excursions planned.
By Cary Osborne
A couple of weeks back, we asked Dodger pitching coach Rick Honeycutt if it were possible for Clayton Kershaw to improve somewhere and if so, how? Because Kershaw has been so good (and so consistent), Honeycutt didn’t really have an answer.
However, there is one place, albeit an ever-so-slight part of his game in an extraordinary 2014 season, where Kershaw was not as superb as he had been in previous years. Yet it can be argued that he’s still the most dominant pitcher in the game in that area.
Make sure you check out the Dodgers’ guide to Saturday’s free FanFest at Dodger Stadium, which can be downloaded over at the official FanFest page. Above, you can see what will be the lay of the land. Again, this is the first year that FanFest is taking place on the Dodger Stadium field.
— Jon Weisman
By Jon Weisman
On Day 2 of the Dodgers’ Pitching in the Community caravan (presented by Bank of America) today, Dodger alumni including Al Downing, Lee Lacy (pictured), Tim Leary and Dennis Powell visited Hollenbeck Middle School for a project with City Year, which “works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide.”
Next, the caravan visited the After-School All-Stars at Cesar Chavez Elementary, led by Al Ferrara, Matt Luke Luke, Powell, Dodger employees and Bank of America volunteers. After-School All-Stars Los Angeles “educates, enlightens and inspires young people by providing dynamic and exciting opportunities for success, while cultivating self-esteem, leadership and respect to help build healthier communities.”
For more photos from today, visit LA Photog Blog.
By Jon Weisman
Hi. Here are the uniform numbers for the offseason additions to the 40-man roster: