Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spring Training Notes - Kershaw, Belisario, Broxton, Kemp (Does not blame Rihanna)

I'm enjoying reading all these Baseball news!

Not surprised, glad Clayton Kershaw was picked up to be the Opening Day starter. From Ken Gurnick of {linked here}

Clayton Kershaw wasn't surprised Wednesday when Don Mattingly named the left-hander the Dodgers' Opening Day starting pitcher, because Mattingly told Kershaw he would almost as soon as he was named manager in September. 

"We talked last year before the season ended, and he asked if I thought I'd be ready for it," said Kershaw. "It's exciting. It's good to know I have a set date. When the schedule came out, I saw we were playing the Giants, [Tim] Lincecum. It should be fun. 

"I don't take it lightly. It's a sign of recognition by the manager, an acknowledgment given to you. It's something I feel honored to get."

I'm starting to like Don Mattingly even more. It's not a surprise but it's still great to hear that Kershaw will open the season. He deserves it.

And how about Ronald Belisario? He's not coming. He's out for the season. Oh wait, he is coming. He just lost his passport. His agent doesn't even know what's going on.

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times has all the details. {linked here}

Ronald Belisario failed to report to the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch spring training complex Wednesday — no surprise considering the hard-throwing reliever was a late arrival in each of the last two years.

But Belisario's latest round of visa problems appear to be far more serious than they have been in the past, and his agent said he would probably miss the entire 2011 season.

But news came this morning that Belisario will report and that he just lost his passport. {linked here}

Ronald Belisario told a Venezuelan newspaper that he lost his passport and that he should be able to report to camp soon after obtaining a new one.

But that's news to Belisario’s agent, Paul Kinzer, who said on Wednesday that his client will probably miss the entire season because of his inability to gain legal entry into the United States.

"That would be news to me," Kinzer said. "I hope that's true."

Oh and Jonathan Broxton will be the closer. From {linked here}

Manager Don Mattingly reiterated Wednesday that Jonathan Broxton is the Dodgers' closer. 

"It's because of who he is and the success he's had," Mattingly said of Broxton, who saved last year's All-Star Game but also lost his job in August to Hong-Chih Kuo, whose brittle elbow prevents him from assuming the job full time. 

"Sometimes things start snowballing and it's hard to get out of that. All we can do is learn from our mistakes and move forward. If I'm him, I don't want to keep talking about the past. I think he's in a good frame of mind."

In other news....

Matt Kemp joined Mason & Ireland 710am last Tuesday. Does not blame Rihanna for his 2010 season. 

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Other links -

  • Check out this post from Linda. She's the one that Kemp told her "You have 1000 autographs!" {linked here}
  • A report from Josh of DodgerBobble on the new Dodgers Dreamfield in Northridge. {linked here}