- The Dodgers rank 22nd among organizations in minor-league propsects, according to Keith Law of ESPN.com.
- Tom Hawthorn of the Toronto Globe & Mail writes about Allan Simpson and the story of how Baseball America was founded.
- True Blue L.A. offers a guide to visiting Camelback Ranch.
- Teenage Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the top minor-league prospect in baseball by MLB.com.
- John Sickels looks back at the top 50 hitting prospects of 2006 at Minor League Ball. Shed a tear for Joel Guzman.
- Pitcher and used-car salesman Brandon Webb will take that old clunker off your hands, he tells the Dallas Morning News (link via Baseball Musings).
- Webb’s former Arizona teammate, Micah Owings, has returned to the Diamondbacks, who might use him as a true two-way player, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
- Rob Neyer of ESPN.com questions whether, after decades, he is still a Royals fan.
Manny Ramirez is alive! He took batting practice at Dodger Stadium tonight and is close to a rehab assignment. Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com has details.
Rafael Furcal felt tightness and will be held back from starting a rehab assignment for at least a couple more days.
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Question: Are the Rockies more disappointing than the Dodgers this season, less or the same?
Related: Bob Timmermann explores “The Dodgers in 2010: The Year of Crabbiness” at L.A. Observed’s Native Intelligence.
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- Zach Lee is expected to make an appearance at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, the team said.
- Lou Gehrig might not have had Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), reports Alan Schwarz in a fascinating New York Times article.
- Josh Wilker has a fine piece about Mickey Rivers today at Cardboard Gods.
- Remember Brent Mayne, he of the last Dodger catching tandem that couldn’t hit straight before this one? Mayne has a blog and an interesting post about ballplayers as social misfits. (via Hardball Talk).
- If it’s an upset that the Padres are in first place and the Dodgers are in fourth, it’s another upset that the Dodgers had a more satisfying 2010 draft than the Padres did. Paul DePodesta tells the story of what happened to leave San Diego’s front office disappointed at It Might Be Dangerous … You Go First.
- Claudio Vargas has been granted his release by Albuquerque, the Isotopes said.
- Former Dodger prospect Andrew Lambo has had his second setback of 2010 — a shoulder injury, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Sweet-hitting pitcher Micah Owings, whose career ERA and slugging percentage each start with the number five, has been designated for assignment by Cincinnati.