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Camelback Ranch Report – Noon – March 22nd

Camelback Ranch Report – Noon – March 22nd


The View From The Coaches Tower of the Minor League Games

  • Jamie Hoffman was returned to the Dodgers by the Yanks who took him in Rule 5 (as I suspected).  This is the second time the Dodgers almost lost him.  Is he back for good?    The Dodgers should be much better at AAA.
  • Some Dodger Brass feel that Charlie Haeger cannot pitch in Arizona or Colorado because of the “air” (their explanation of why he isn’t having a good spring).  If that is true, how can he play for a team in the NL West?  If that is true, why is Haeger still on the team?  On one hand, Torre praises him, but on the other hand he won’t pitch him in Colorado or outside in Arizona.  Go figure.
  • Russ Martin was hit on the arm or wrist by a pitch today and is sore, but allegedly OK.
  • Some Angel fans was heckling Tommy and in Classic Tommieese, he said ” The only Angels are in Heaven and they are all Ex-Dodgers.  The __________________ Angels are in Anaheim, how can they be called the Los Angeles Angels?”
  • SHOCK – Angel Berroa released!  What took them so long?
  • Joe Torre says he will name the Opening Day Stater on Thursday … and will be there.
  • Through the grapevine, I have gathered that the Dodgers are really pissed at Belisario and will “punish” him by keeping him in Arizona for a few weeks followed by a few week at AAA.  We’ll see if they do that or need him sooner….

Morning Minor League Game:

  • Lucas May hit an opposite field blast off of Alberto Bastardo that got out in a hurry…
  • Charlie Haeger pitched 5 or 6 innings (maybe more – I left early) and dominated A and AA players.  It’s hard to tell how good he was because of the competition he faced.

Today’s Game at Camelback Ranch:

  1. DeWitt 2B
  2. Blake 3B
  3. Ethier  RF
  4. Ramirez  LF
  5. Loney  1B
  6. Anderson  DH
  7. Hu  SS
  8. Repko  CF
  9. Monasterios  P

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20 Responses to “Camelback Ranch Report – Noon – March 22nd”

  1. Ken says:

    Mark – I just heard that on Page 1946 of the US Health Care Bill that an amendment to the Americans Disability Act requires all websites to have an EDIT function in order to prevent people with disabilities from having to put up with the emotinoal stress that naturally occurs when they make typing mistakes and they subsequently are looked down upon by the non-disabled. All web-sites have one week after the President signs the Bill into law to conform. The legistative intent specifically discusses the similarity of wheelchair person needing ramps and people with disfunctional fingers needing EDIT buttons.

  2. Ken says:

    So another potential #5 bits the dust.

  3. lawdog says:

    What Ken said! We need an edit button! That’s the ticket! I’m tired of looking felony stupid in front of all the people who lurk and/or post on this blog!

    From rotoworld…

    Dodgers released RHP Eric Gagne.

    His second stint with the team lasted all of a month and could signal the end of the line for the former Cy Young winner. Gagne had said previously that he was willing to put in some time at Triple-A in order to make it back to the majors, but either that changed or the Dodgers decided there wasn’t much point to trying it. He hasn’t been healthy and effective since mid-2008.

    “Tis true, ’tis pity. And pity ’tis, ’tis true.

  4. mark says:

    Send me $500 and I’ll put in an Edit button.

  5. Ty says:

    Charlie Haeger will be a career journeyman

    • train says:

      Haeger’s splits last year were like 5+era in the thin air of Albuquerque and low 2′s ERA on the road…The air does make a difference to a knuckleballer..about the edit buttton, spellcheck anybody?

  6. Badger says:

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is tahtthe frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit any porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, butthe wrod as a wlohe.

    Ken, you have an edit button so you have no scuses. Besides, who really cares about msplt wrods. Methinks we have to be used to it by now.

    Gagne released. Gee, didn’t see that one coming.

    Just like I said earlier, Belisario will be pitching for the Dodgers soon, and I say it will be in the month of April. Why would I say that you ask? 70.2 2.04. Don’t kid yourself, pitchers who can pitch like this won’t be “punished” for long. It doesn’t matter if these guys have their heads up their ass, if they pitch or hit, they will play. As soon as they can’t, they will be released.

    Did I mention Mauer and the $184 million? Yeah, I guess I did.

    Jamie Hoffman, a .283 lifetime minor league hitter with no power couldn’t crack the 14 man position roster of the Yankees? Hmm. Imagine that. We won’t need him either.

    Anybody know how much Belliard weighs?

  7. mark says:


    If Haeger is a career journeyman, I would take that.

    Interesting possibility with Hoffman…

  8. A Shot of Haeger says:

    Found this on

    Could The Yankees Get Hoffmann Back?

    By Mike Axisa [March 22 at 4:45pm CST]

    Earlier today the Yankees returned Rule 5 selection Jamie Hoffmann to the Dodgers, however the doesn’t mean they lost him forever. Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News notes that there have been “plenty of whispers in recent weeks” about the two teams working out a trade to keep Hoffmann in pinstripes, possibly involving Chad Gaudin or Sergio Mitre.

    Los Angeles already has plenty of options in camp for the back of their rotation, though many of those pitchers have unfavorable contract situations. Both Gaudin and Mitre are out of options, but there’s a chance the Dodgers’ brass feels more comfortable when one of them in the rotation instead of their current fifth starter hodgepodge. Last week we heard that the Yanks were “almost certain” to deal one of the Gaudin or Mitre.

    If a trade is made, it would allow the Yankees to stash Hoffmann in Triple-A, something they couldn’t do with the Rule 5 strings attached. After dealing both Melky Cabrera and Austin Jackson earlier this offseason, the team is looking to rebuild some outfield depth.

  9. Roger Dodger says:

    So far I have taken over 400 pictures of the minor league camp, the major league camp, games, and some fan shots. Mark has posted a few of them over the last three days –

    We plan to make a file for Spring Training and post several hundred of the best. So keep posted until we post.

    Today during the game, I visited with many fans at different parts of the park. Some Angel fans for about three innings. One of them is from Washington and a Nat’s fan. The other guy is both an Angeles and Dodgers fan. They were in their 50s+ and we had a great talk on present / older days in baseball.

    Talked with a Cubs fan from Iowa. He was all decked out in Cub’s stuff. We talked several innings. When I told him that I was one of the original Bleacher Bums in Chicago, in the mid-196os when I was there in graduate school, he went nuts. This was his first time at Camelback and thought it was great.

    Also talked with some Red Sox fans from upper NY state for an inning. They really like the Camelback facilities.

    All in all, the Dodgers three games that Mark and I have seen, they have not been hitting. Paul really screwed up a play in centerfield yesteray. Repko made a great catch in center today.

    Tomorrow is an off day. We do an interview at noon tomorrow and maybe a few more pictures.

  10. Badger says:

    Yes, Gaudin could be interesting. He has had a couple of good years in the AL, and a couple of bad ones in the NL. Still, we won’t be needing Hoffman and we will be needing experienced pitching.

  11. Ken says:

    Gaudin has post season experience and he pitched for the Yanks so Ned and Joe must love him!! However he is only 27.

  12. Badger says:

    Not old enough.


  13. mark says:

    Gaudin was put on waivers by the Yanks.

  14. steevo17 says:

    Here’s a great take from Hardball Times, actually written by Joshua Fisher who runs

    Interesting possibility on trading Hoffman for Gaudin (my preference over Mitre), who could fit as the #5. Fangraphs has Gaudin projected in 2010 as a 7-10 win, 130-150 IP, 4.50 ERA type starter. I would take those numbers from the back of the rotation. He projects better in 2010 than Monasterios, Stults & Haeger. Although Haeger projects similar stats according to both CHONE and ZiPS.

    Lotsa numbers, I know, but its still an interesting possibility and possibly a good move for the Dodgers.

    My amended starting lineup as of today:
    1. Furcal SS (Having a decent spring w/.357 OBP and 7 BB/3 K ratio)
    2. DeWitt 2B (Still stinging it at .368/.467/.632 …WOW!)
    3. Kemp CF (He belongs at #3 as long as DeWitt is ripping the ball.)
    4. Ethier RF (Clearly the cleanup hitter)
    5. Ramirez LF (Manny being Manny, would die if he ever did hit #5)
    6. Loney 1B (Batting .308 with his usual stellar defense)
    7. Blake 3B (Hitting and fielding well this spring)
    8. Ellis C (I would bat Martin here too when he returns)

    2010 will be a Dodger Blue year. Keep up the great posts guys.

    • steevo17 says:

      Since Gaudin was put on waivers, we should take a look at him. Ned?

      Great to hold onto Hoffman too, nice depth for our OF.


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