Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez fresh off of his rehab assignment is back with the team three weeks ahead of schedule, and for the depleted team not a moment too soon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers received bad news that Hanley Ramirez will require thumb surgery, and will be sidelined approximately two months. Ramirez suffered the injury during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) championship representing the Dominican Republic in the third inning while chasing down as ground ball.
The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez get an MRI on his thumb, due to injury suffered in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) championship game on Tuesday.
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp who is recovering from off season shoulder surgery, and is said to look leaner and in better shape. Kemp is ready to be the leadership voice inside the Dodgers clubhouse. Despite his declarations and goals for the season to just simply remain healthy, his attitude is ready for the Dodgers to take their commanding place in the National League.
Kemp’s attitude and presence is truly being felt inside the Spring Training clubhouse at Camelback Ranch from him singing loudly to his favorite music, to horsing around with with various pitchers. To slapping Hanley Ramirez along the back, his energy is infectious amongst all of his teammates. He is as positive as he is loud and connecting, there is no question that the chemistry is imperative to the success of this 2013 Dodgers team.
“We brought in a lot of guys, but this is Matt’s team, and everybody in here wants it to be Matt’s team. He’s such a big player, such a big personality, it should be his team,” said Mark Ellis Dodgers second baseman.
Despite the other primetime players on this team like Andre Either, Adrian Gonzales, Hanley Ramirez, Zack Greinke, or Clayton Kershaw, Kemp simply has that magic touch.
Kemp has truly stepped into elite company with being a public leader of a major franchise, like Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, or Chris Paul with the Clippers, now Kemp has an opportunity to stand an deliver. And looks ready to not only lead verbally but most importantly by example.
Kemp is focused, as he discussed his recent weight loss and his readiness to lead this team to a championship. ”I’m playing center field, so I can’t be out there and be all heavy and try to run around and make plays like Mike Trout. I have to be light to do things like that.” Kemp gave props to the Angels superstar, who was last season’s AL Rookie of the Year.
Kemp will not only have to stay healthy, but reach back to his amazing 2011 season, where he put up MVP type numbers in order to take this team higher heights this season.
Saturday was the first day of Spring Training action for the Los Angeles Dodgers who have high expectations this season not just by the team but fans as well.
At their Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers got blasted by their Spring Training neighbor Chicago White Sox 9-0. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had a rough start as he allowed two runs and four hits in just two innings of action.
But relax everyone, it’s just Spring Training this is exactly what this time is for to improve and fine tune most mistakes before April 1st which is Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.
On Sunday the two teams battle each other at 12:30PM PST in Glendale, Arizona.
After many improvements on and off the field, the Los Angeles Dodgers return a legend near the front office as they return the team to greatness.
The Los Angeles Dodgers $2 million catcher AJ Ellis, has recovered fully from off season knee surgery. Ellis who showcased his leadership in his first full season is already participating in off season baseball drills. He recovered from the October 5th proceder that required some clean up in his medial and lateral meniscus.
Despite the construction of renovating Dodger Stadium, fans came out in droves for the Dodgers annual Fan Fest that took place this past Saturday.
After many months of speculation and back forth between FOX Sports and Time Warner, the new Los Angeles Dodgers deal has been finalized. The winner beyond the fans is Time Warner who will distribute a new network dedicated to Dodger baseball, SportsNet LA.
The Dodgers more than likely will not have to go through the confusion the same way, the Laker fans had to experience missing games during negations were taking place between Time Warner and various outlets (DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast). The SportsNet LA deal that Time Warner customers will pay is about $4 a month for the new channel, and the various carriers mentioned above should expect to pay about $5 a month.
At the same time the Guggenheim Group is all about being fan friendly, creating the best experience for Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium as well as away from the stadium.
“We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want — more content and more Dodger baseball — was to launch our own network,” said Dodgers owner Mark Walter.
An exciting time as the Dodgers gear up to make a serious World Series title run this season, their mindset is to win right now.