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 12, 2010 |
There was a time when Jay Gibbons was so desperate to find a job that he wrote a letter to every major league team promising to donate his salary to charity if they signed him to a contract. That was in 2008. Asked if he still intended to do so, Gibbons smiled. "I'm going to hold on to my money now," the outfielder said. "I've got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment enough. " Until Gibbons was promoted to the majors from triple-A on Sunday, he hadn't played in the big leagues since 2007, when he hit .230 for the Baltimore Orioles and was named in the Mitchell Report for receiving shipments of human growth hormone and testosterone.
June 7, 2013 |
Your browser does not support iframes. When a group of Dodgers scouts traveled to Mexico last spring, Yasiel Puig wasn't the only top prospect they signed. In fact, he wasn't the first. Days before they signed Puig, the Dodgers reached an agreement with Mexican left-hander Julio Urias . Urias, 16, is now pitching for the Dodgers' Class-A affiliate based in Great Lakes, Mich., becoming the Midwest League's youngest player in more than two decades. Urias earned his first professional victory Thursday night, as he held West Michigan to one hit over five scoreless innings.
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.
June 13, 2013 |
Dodgers draft picks Chris Anderson and Tom Windle sat next to each other in the team's dugout Wednesday afternoon. No. 13 jerseys donned, the two young pitchers formed a potential look into the Dodgers' future before a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, it was also a look into the past. Anderson and Windle both played in the Northwest Suburban Conference in Minnesota and were the top two players listed in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's conference most-valuable-player race three years ago. “We've known each other since we were very little, which is pretty cool,” Anderson said.