Nomar Garciaparra joins the Dodgers Broadcasting crew! The local boy from Whittier, California returns to the Dodgers!
Nomar is expected to do pre-and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.
the Dodgers are also pursuing ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser to be an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team, according to USA Today. Hershiser is also currently with ESPn, though is contract will soon expire.
Ref: La Times, USA Today.
Camelback Ranch or Bust
Spring Training here we come! We drive Saturday night from the LA area bound to Glendale, AZ or Bust! We’ll see if we get stopped because we are Hispanics J We’ll report from Arizona. Countdown: Five days!
37 days till Opening Day
When I first heard that ESPN wanted to broadcast Opening Day for The Dodgers against the Giants, I was not happy. My first thought was “Oh NO!” No Vin Scully!” That is sacrilegious! Vin is entering his 62nd season as voice of the Dodgers and this will be his 54th home opener in Los Angeles
But serenity has been restored! It has been announced that Vin will be covering the game on the radio doing innings one to three and seven to nine. Ah! I feel much better. Listening to Vin Scully makes TV unnessary but I’ll be at the game!
Opening Day was supposed to be Friday April 1‘st but because of ESPN, it will be Thursday March 31st at 5.P.M Pacific Time. Unlike some, I was able to change my vacation day. BTW, I argued with my boss that it should be a holiday since I call Dodger Stadium, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine but he would not buy it.
ref: MLB.com, Baseball-fever.
Jon Weisman of ESPN posted in his blog Dodger Thought This:
Last time the Dodgers won a Gold Glove at the following positions:
C – Russell Martin, 2007
1B – Steve Garvey, 1977
2B – Orlando Hudson, 2009
SS – Cesar Izturis, 2004
3B – None
OF – Matt Kemp, 2009
OF – Steve Finley, 2004
OF – Raul Mondesi, 1997
P – Greg Maddux, 2008
Third Base, none!!?? I went back to look at all the NL Gold glove winners
1957 Frank Malzone Red Sox (AL)
1958 – 1961 Ken Boyer Cardinals.
1962 Jim Davenport Giants
1963 Ken Boyer Cardinals
1964 – 1968 Ron Santo Cubs
1969 Clete Boyer Atlanta Braves
1970 – 1974 Doug Rader Houston Astros
1975 Ken Reitz Cardinals
1976 – 1984 Mike Schmidt. Phillies. Too bad for Ron Cey.
1985 Tim Wallach Expos
1986 Mike Schmidt Phillies
1987 Terry Pendleton Cardinals
1988 Tim Wallach Expos
1989 Terry Pendleton Cardinals
1990 Tim Wallach Expos
1991 Matt Williams Giants
1992 Terry Pendleton Cardinals
1993 Matt Williams Giants
1994 Terry Pendleton Cardinals
1995 -1997 Ken Caminiti Padres
1998 Scott Rollen Phillies
1999 Robyn Ventura Mets
2000 – 2001 Scott Rollen Phillies
2002 Scott Rollen Phillies/Cardinals
2003-2004 Scott Rollen Cardinals
2005 Mike Lowell Marlins
2006 Scott Rollen Cardinals
2007 – 2008 David Wright Mets
2009 Brian Zimmerman Nationals
2010 Scott Rollen Reds
If Mike Schmidt had not cornered the 3rd base corner for 10 years, Ron Cey might have had a chance. Also had Adrian Beltre not abandoned the Dodgers, he would have had a good chance of getting that first gold glove with the Dodgers. I know…IF. That hot corner has been very cold to the Dodgers.
Also, It has been 36 years since the last time a Dodger won a GG at first when Steve Garvey won it last. Although James Loney is a good defensive 1st baseman, he got heavy competition with With Jeff’s boy (Pujols) and Adrian Gonzales.
BTW, Gil Hodges was the first 1st base Gold Gloves (Both Leagues) in 1957. He went on to have another in 58 and 59. Wes Parker had six gold gloves at first (1967 – 1972) and Garvey with four (1974-1977)
So that is 13 gold gloves for the Dodgers at First and none at Third.
Last year I included the story about Joe Pierre that Rhett Bollinger of MLB wrote in this post the Power of a Blog Joe was invited by the Dodgers to join the first ITD tour.
To the right is the cage where Kirk Gibson hit the most dramatic homerun in Dodger history. This image of Kirk Gibson pumping his fist along with Mel Didie’s quote was added afterwards. Kirk Gibson was pleased when he saw it.
I am glad we ran into Manny Mota so that I could tell him what a wonderful job he and Pepe Yniguez are doing on the Spanish TV station. Thank you so much Manny for spending time with us. Muchisimas gracias Manny!
I am taking a picture of the mirror image. Look at the guy with Kershaw’s number 22! I like how that came out. Number 22 by the way is the number I came in at in the latest MLB fan blog ranking! Thank you all that visit my humble blog!
Kuo going by as we were in the batting cage by the Dodger Bullpen