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February 28, 1986 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Manager Tom Lasorda made a phone call to Pedro Guerrero Thursday, and it wasn't to wish him a happy Dominican Independence Day. The Dodger manager wanted to find out when Guerrero planned to arrive here, where the Dodgers completed their second day of workouts without their perennial February no-show. "Pete said he didn't feel good, that he had the grippe," said Lasorda, who passed along that bulletin without batting an eye. "He said he should be in Saturday. He can't wait till he gets here."
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March 28, 2004 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers are considering offering Ralph Avila, who had presided over the organization's Latin America program for more than 20 years, a meaningful position in baseball operations, a club official said Saturday. Avila, who in 1999 served a one-year suspension for his role in the improper signing of third baseman Adrian Beltre, recently met with executives at Dodgertown. Avila has been an advisor in the Latin America operation, mostly a ceremonial position.
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March 19, 1999 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dodger Vice President Ralph Avila, who presided over the organization's highly successful Latin American program for more than 20 years, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the year. Avila, who signed and helped develop dozens of major leaguers during his 30 years in the organization, will remain with the Dodgers as a special advisor to President Bob Graziano. Avila, 69, revealed his plans during a party here at Dodgertown for reporters visiting from the Dominican Republic.
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March 19, 1999 | JASON REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dodger Vice President Ralph Avila, who presided over the organization's highly successful Latin American program for more than 20 years, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the year. Avila, who signed and helped develop dozens of major leaguers during his 30 years in the organization, will remain with the Dodgers as a special advisor to President Bob Graziano. Avila, 69, revealed his plans during a party here at Dodgertown for reporters visiting from the Dominican Republic.
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March 28, 2004 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers are considering offering Ralph Avila, who had presided over the organization's Latin America program for more than 20 years, a meaningful position in baseball operations, a club official said Saturday. Avila, who in 1999 served a one-year suspension for his role in the improper signing of third baseman Adrian Beltre, recently met with executives at Dodgertown. Avila has been an advisor in the Latin America operation, mostly a ceremonial position.
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February 22, 1988 | SAM McMANIS
Pedro Guerrero, whose tardiness in reporting to spring training is legendary, has informed Dodger management that he will report on Thursday, two days after the balance of the roster is first allowed to report. If Guerrero does report Thursday, it will be the second straight spring he has not been late. Last season, Guerrero was the first Dodger to report, in order to rehabilitate his injured knee.
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February 12, 1991 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The next batter steps carefully around the piles of manure and up to the piece of cardboard that is home plate. He waves his chipped aluminum bat. His bright face hardens. The pitcher, standing in a clearing amid infield weeds, prepares to wind up. Wait! Time out! Two naked children run through the infield, their dust-covered buns eventually disappearing into a bush behind first base. The batter returns to the cardboard.
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February 19, 1993 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Darryl Strawberry went with Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda to meet the team plane when it arrived from Los Angeles on Thursday. Strawberry has been working out at Dodgertown since Monday and Lasorda has also been in camp a few days. Strawberry says he is feeling fine. "I never had a bad season before," said Strawberry, who hit .237 with five homers and 37 runs batted in last season. "This year I have got to play some baseball."
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September 7, 1996 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Fred Claire, Dodger executive vice president, sought permission from the National League office for Brett Butler to carry a bottle of water in his back pocket, if needed. "If you can put a can of tobacco, which we don't allow, in your pocket," Claire argued, "why couldn't you carry a bottle of water?" The league office agreed, and permission was granted. * The Dodgers recalled outfielder Roger Cedeno and Karim Garcia, and with the activation of Butler, now have 36 players on the active roster. .
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June 6, 1996 | BOB NIGHTENGALE
Bullpen coach Mark Cresse's 18-year-old son, Brad, was drafted in the 34th round by the Dodgers. Cresse was heartbroken Tuesday when his son went undrafted in the first 19 rounds. "Yesterday was the second-worst day in my life," Cresse said. "My dad dying was No. 1." Cresse was hoping that Brad, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound catcher from Marina High in Huntington Beach, would be drafted in the first four rounds.
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February 12, 1991 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The next batter steps carefully around the piles of manure and up to the piece of cardboard that is home plate. He waves his chipped aluminum bat. His bright face hardens. The pitcher, standing in a clearing amid infield weeds, prepares to wind up. Wait! Time out! Two naked children run through the infield, their dust-covered buns eventually disappearing into a bush behind first base. The batter returns to the cardboard.
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February 22, 1988 | SAM McMANIS
Pedro Guerrero, whose tardiness in reporting to spring training is legendary, has informed Dodger management that he will report on Thursday, two days after the balance of the roster is first allowed to report. If Guerrero does report Thursday, it will be the second straight spring he has not been late. Last season, Guerrero was the first Dodger to report, in order to rehabilitate his injured knee.
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February 28, 1986 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
Manager Tom Lasorda made a phone call to Pedro Guerrero Thursday, and it wasn't to wish him a happy Dominican Independence Day. The Dodger manager wanted to find out when Guerrero planned to arrive here, where the Dodgers completed their second day of workouts without their perennial February no-show. "Pete said he didn't feel good, that he had the grippe," said Lasorda, who passed along that bulletin without batting an eye. "He said he should be in Saturday. He can't wait till he gets here."
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December 21, 1999 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As baseball Commissioner Bud Selig prepared an explanation Monday for today's ruling on Adrian Beltre's request for free agency, the agent for the Dodger third baseman and officials of the players' union were preparing their response. Scott Boras and union officials in New York, anticipating that Selig will not declare Beltre a free agent, began to organize evidence they hope will free the player from his Dodger contract.
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February 25, 1993 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There were no contract holdouts, no visa problems and no personal tragedies as all the players on the Dodgers' 40-man roster reported to camp Wednesday. Todd Worrell, the hope of the bullpen, threw off the mound for the first time this spring. Shortstop Jose Offerman, second baseman Jody Reed and first baseman Eric Karros, the hopes of the team's defensive turnaround, took batting practice and fielded together for the first time. Worrell threw for 15 minutes and said he felt good.
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