August 19, 2010 |
Even now, just days after signing the player most major league teams considered unsignable, Dodgers Assistant General Manager Logan White won't say exactly how he pulled it off. No good magician, it seems, gives up his secrets. But White will talk about the props he used to lure first-round draft pick Zach Lee and his family away from football — a newspaper article and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner. The newspaper story, White said, discussed how the pressure to meet expectations immediately had some pro football stars referring to the NFL as the Not For Long league.
August 20, 2010
Logan White brags how he lured first-round draft pick Zach Lee to give up football and instead sign with the Dodgers with the use of a newspaper article and a mention of Kurt Warner. I imagine the conversation went something like this: Logan White: The Dodgers offer you a $5.25-million signing bonus. Zach Lee: Where do I sign?! White: Did you know that Kurt Warner didn't reach the NFL until he was 27 years old? Lee: That's $5.25 million over five years, right?
August 14, 2010 |
All spring Zach Lee was telling anyone who would listen that he was more interested in playing college football than professional baseball. Apparently, the Dodgers weren't listening. Because in June they drafted him anyway and two months later Lee, true to his words, is taking snaps at Louisiana State while the Dodgers are left facing a Monday evening deadline to talk him back to baseball or forfeit their first-round pick. And that's going to be hard to do since Lee says he and the Dodgers haven't talked since draft day, two days before he started summer school at LSU. "I haven't really heard anything from them," Lee told reporters at LSU football media day last week.
June 4, 2011
Class; City; W-L ; Comment AAA; Albuquerque; 29-24; Dee Gordon hitting .304 with 20 steals in 23 tries. AA; Chattanooga; 25-29; Shawn Tolleson continues quick climb, allows one hit in two outings. A; Rancho Cucamonga; 31-23; OF Angelo Songco hits .331 with six homers in May. A; Great Lakes; 29-25; Zach Lee allows 6 runs, retires 2 batters in return from MRI. R; Ogden; 0-0; Season begins June 20.
March 24, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Andre Ethier is paying for new uniforms for the baseball team at inner-city Camelback High. Ethier attended nearby St. Mary's High in Phoenix. “I've been pretty excited and choked up about this,” Camelback Coach Todd Goertzen said. Camelback reached the state finals in 1985, but the baseball program declined as the surrounding neighborhood changed. Most of the players are sons of Mexican immigrants who didn't play baseball before high school because of the high cost of equipment.
June 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia Dee Gordon might have benefited from playing out the remainder of the triple-A season and waiting until September for his first major league call-up, General Manager Ned Colletti conceded. But the Dodgers couldn't wait, not with Rafael Furcal on the disabled list. So, the Dodgers called up their top position player prospect Monday, the same day they activated infielder Juan Uribe , outfielder Marcus Thames and reliever Blake Hawksworth . The Dodgers cleared room on their active roster by sending John Ely and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to triple-A Albuquerque and designating Juan Castro and Jay Gibbons for assignment.