I made my plans and got my tickets yesterday for Camelback Ranch. I will be there on March 20th through March 27th. My wife and son will be flying in on the 25th to see the last 3 games with me. I haven’t gotten the away game tickets, but I’ll work on that next week. It’s going to be a great Spring Training. Like Roger mentioned last week, there seems to be gloom and doom by lots of commenters on this board, but that is not a concept shared by most of the national media (which worries me).
There is a Mini-Camp in late January at Camelback and I was going to have Rory (Badger) cover it, but after talking with Josh Rawitch, it looks like there will be no media. Maybe Badger can rent a helicoptor and fly around taking pictures for us.
Voldomer will be there from March 8-13 and has said that he will provide updates and photos as well. Badger lives near there, so hopefully he can do the same.
I plan to have LA LodgerTalk T-Shirts available by the End of January – stay tuned, because they will be VERY COOL! At a very good price I might add….
Some fans have asked which young players have the best chance of making the team. Here’s my list (in no particular order):
- Josh Lindblom (middle relief)
- Xavier Paul (4th OF) – This guy has a bat with a lot of pop (great “gap” power) and the best arm in the organization.
- Carlos Monasterios (5th Starter) – He has looked good in the Winter League
- Armando Zerpa (middle relief) – Just because he’s LH and they have to keep him or lose him.
- Brent Leach (middle relief) – We have already seen that he has good stuff… and he’s LH
- Travis Schlichting (middle relief) – See Brent Leach, but he’s not LH
Jon Link, Chin-lung Hu, Scott Elbert (who may not be rookies), Jason Repko and AJ Ellis also have a crack at making the team.
Several sources have reported that Jason Repko signed a $500,000.00 deal with the Dodgers to avaoid arbitration. Just a few weeks ago, most bloggers were saying that he would be “non-tendered.”
Below is the Spring Training Schedule