Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw takes part in a spring training workout… (Jae C. Hong / Associated…)
It’s spring, so it’s almost required you get a tad overexcited, dream big, imagine all things good for your favorite little baseball team.
So for those who love the Boys in Blue, here’s one to get those happy feet going like Snoopy in the summer – Clayton Kershaw can win 300 games!
Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi examines Kershaw’s chances of joining the exclusive 300 Club. One player who thinks the left-hander has a solid chance is Greg Maddux, who did win 300 and was briefly Kershaw’s teammate.
Morosi points out Kershaw not only started young and throws in pitcher-friendly Dodger Stadium, but also that he has slightly more wins (47) than Maddux (45) at the same point in his career.
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-- Meanwhile, Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang tells The Times’ Dylan Hernandez he hopes to pitch at least 200 innings this season, a plateau he hasn’t reached since 2007.
-- In a video, the good Andre Ethier tells Steve Lyons of Fox he thinks rehabbing his knee “may be able to jump start” this season. Also, Lyons says he thinks the Dodgers “may be able to run away” with the division.
-- Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Bob Keisser said Commissioner Bud Selig remains complicit in the ongoing mess that is Frank McCourt’s ownership and sale of the team.
-- Hoping it’s so: Hall of Fame baseball writer Ross Newhan thinks McCourt trying to hold onto the parking lots is a bargaining chip.
-- Ugh. In an editorial, The Times opines that fans should remember the main goal is for Los Angeles to rid itself of McCourt, owner of the Dodgers, not land baron.
-- Back to dreaming big: Manager Don Mattingly tells ESPN/LA he wants James Loney to drive in 90-100 runs. Actually, he’s driven in 90 twice.
-- Dee Gordon tells Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick he’s been battling doubters his whole life, so he won’t let concerns about his slight frame or on-base percentage slow him down.
-- ESPN/LA’s Ramon Shelburne on the likable long shot that is team bat boy Chico Herrera joining the Dodgers' open tryout camp Thursday in Phoenix.
-- Jason McIntyre of Big Lead Sports does a Q&A with ex-Times scribe and current Yahoo Sports baseball writer Tim Brown. Says Brown: “I left the only job I ever wanted to protect the only career I ever wanted.”
-- And here is Brown on the Arizona Diamondbacks being out to prove last season was no fluke.