May 18, 2013 |
On the morning that would deliver to the Dodgers their greatest arm in two generations, Clayton Kershaw awoke with a thought. The baseball draft was not televised in 2006. Each team made its picks on a secure conference call line with the league office. If you wanted to know which team had drafted you, then you could wait for a phone call or follow along on the Internet. "I thought I was going," Kershaw said, "to the Tigers. " How he ended up with the Dodgers is a compelling tale.
June 30, 2012 |
The Dodgers have finalized an agreement with their first-round draft pick, infielder Corey Seager of Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, N.C. Seager will receive a bonus of $2.35 million, according to people familiar with the deal who spoke under the condition of anonymity because it isn't expected to be announced until Saturday. Seager was selected with the 18th overall pick, which was designated a slot value of $1.95 million by the commissioner's office. The deadline to sign draft picks is July 13. Seager, 18, is the younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager . He was the first position player to be taken with the Dodgers' top pick since first baseman James Loney in 2002.
August 6, 2013 |
After spending a couple of months as Yasiel Puig's around-the-clock companion, Tim Bravo returned to work Tuesday as a special education teacher in New Mexico. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for the faculty at Las Cruces High. Bravo was enlisted by the Dodgers to be Puig's English teacher, but became someone far more important , living with the 22-year-old Cuban refugee and helping him become accustomed to life in the United States. A former college teammate of scouting director Logan White, Bravo had previously worked as the Dodgers' part-time director of cultural assimilation.
November 5, 2012 |
Come one, come all! The more the merrier. The Dodgers can always find another chair in their conference room. When team part-owner and Chief Executive Stan Kasten first observed the Dodgers' organization and stated that he thought the front office was thin in places, little did anyone realize how much he meant thin in management. On Monday the Dodgers added yet another to General Manager Ned Colletti's stable of baseball minds, hiring veteran Pat Corrales as a special assistant.
June 7, 2013 |
For two hours, all Logan White could do was sit in his car in the Thomas Stadium parking lot as a thunderstorm rained down on Johnson City, Tenn. It was the night of Friday, May 17, and the Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting was waiting for a live look at Jacksonville pitcher Chris Anderson, a hard-throwing junior right-hander with three major league-ready pitches and a powerful 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame. Anderson was already White's likely target with the Dodgers' No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball amateur draft -- a player who reminds White of power pitchers Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling.
October 26, 2008 |
The last great player to come through Dodgertown might never play for the Dodgers. David Price, emerging as a star before October eyes, started his professional career there this spring, with six starts for the Vero Beach Devil Rays. Most players rent a home in the community, Price said, but he lived on the Dodgertown campus. "I loved it," he said. "Probably the best place I stayed all year. " The Dodgers move their spring training base to Arizona next year, but they moved their Class-A team from Vero Beach, Fla., to San Bernardino two years ago, with the Rays fielding a team at Dodgertown.