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Troncoso departure leaves Elbert as dean of Dodger bullpen

Dodgers vs. White Sox (in honor of Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation), 1:05 p.m.
Dodgers at Royals, 4:05 p.m.

Now that Ramon Troncoso has been designated for assignment by the Dodgers, the last man standing from the 2009 Dodger bullpen is Scott Elbert, who pitched 19 2/3 innings that year with a 5.03 ERA.

Of the 25 men who pitched for the Dodgers in 2009, from Jonathan Broxton to Mark Loretta, 20 are gone and only three will be on the 2012 Opening Day roster. The five who remain in the organization in 2012 are Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Elbert, Ronald Belisario (who was added to the 40-man roster Thursday but must still serve a 25-game suspension) and reacquired minor-leaguer Brent Leach. Troncoso could return to the Dodger farm system if he clears waivers.

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  • “Blue Revolution,” a documentary about the Dodger fan efforts to remove Frank McCourt as owner of the Dodgers, is screening tonight at 8 p.m. at Dodger Art Shop on 1321 W. Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
  • Shameful: Nominations for the top moments in Dodger Stadium history at the team’s official website don’t include “THE SQUEEZE!”
  • The Union Station-Dodger Stadium shuttle is back in service for 2012. It’s free for game-ticket holders.
  • You can audition March 31 to sing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium.
  • The future is now (for the time being): Nathan Eovaldi, Allen Webster, Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Ethan Martin, Angel Sanchez and Shawn Tolleson are scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers in Tucson today.
  • J.P. Hoornstra of the Daily News has a story on the Dodgers’ current place in the scouts-stats world.
  • The son of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy blogger Roberto Baly loves him some Tim Belcher.
  • Jamie Moyer threw four perfect innings Thursday to improve his chances of making Colorado’s starting rotation at age 49. As David Pinto of Baseball Musings notes, Moyer has struck out seven and walked none in nine innings this spring. “I’m still not convinced this is a good idea, considering a) how Moyer pitched in 2010, and b) Coors Field,” Rob Neyer adds at Baseball Nation. “But of course, it’s impossible to help pulling for him to pitch again in the majors, and pitch well.”
  • Bill James has an interesting piece at Grantland (via Baseball Think Factory) about the history of fan behavior as it relates to prison life.
  • As I’ve often said, sometimes the best (or only good) part of a story on The Onion is the headline.  Here’s a case where the story lives up to the promise of the headline, “Grounder So Routine Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong, Nothing At All” …


Last year’s Spring Training revisited


Going where the wind takes you, being who you are


  1. a

    I looked at the list on the website and those are all favorite Dodger moment. A group of 8th graders in the Parkman Jr. High bike racks after school, with a transistor radio between us. Listening to Vinnie talking about Vic Davalillo and Manny Mota..Davalillo being, oh, about 120 years old to us kids. Pinch hits..beating the Phillies. Pandemonium among the bikes! Timeless.

  2. Anonymous

    OK, no the Squeeze, but they will allow us to vote for El Presidente throwing a Perfecto against us.

  3. This is encouraging, if of course something we all want to wait and see on.
    Dylan Hernandez ‏ @dylanohernandez: Chad Billingsley says change in mechanics added life to fastball; A.J. Ellis says he could be on verge of breakthrough:,0,826396.story

  4. Mitch Miller

    I don’t know if anyone remembers an old DT thread on the Toaster when the trolley was first announced.  There were quite a few Ned-parodying responses that had me giggling.

  5. Anonymous

    Very interesting and easy to follow ESPN magazine article on the importance of biomechanics in pitching and how most teams ignore it, to their own peril. 

  6. First three Dodger batters: Gordon triple, Ellis and Kemp doubles.

    • Man, I wish I could listen to that game instead of the Royals game, though there will be some intriguing rookies playing in this one.

  7. Anonymous

    Kemp with the HR!

  8. Gordon now 3 for 3 with a steal, Kemp now with a double and a homer.

    • Contrasting June and September of 2011, Gordon walked more and struck out less down the stretch.  Quick learner.  Seems to have picked up where he left off which was “on fire”.

  9. Man, Jerry Hairston with another error. This with the bases loaded. 

  10. Anonymous

    Don’t look now, but Mark Ellis is having a pretty good spring too.

  11. Good day for the offense. 

  12. Anonymous

    Santos Rodríguez has a spring training ERA of 135.

  13. Anonymous

    Pure speculation on my part but, if my memory is correct than Hairston has made all his errors on throws, he could have a shoulder problem.

  14. Anonymous

    Good day for the offense and EORR(Eovaldi?) This is all spring training optimism, but Dee and Matt are providing the important  parts of an awesome offense. If Ethier and Loney could be consistant all year, these elements would make a great team. Of course, this means guys continuing good springs, and other guys being consistent, and that would take a degree of fortune. There is no one else who could help at present. But if a new owner could obtain just two bats, the Dodgers would be a high percentage going concern.

  15. Anonymous

    Scotty will never fill Broxton’s chair in the pen.

    • Anonymous

      Presumably it takes two guys to fill Broxton’s chair judging from that photo the Royals sent out this month.

      • Anonymous

        There’s a “one leg at a time” joke in there somewhere.

  16. Anonymous

    The pitching turnover is amazing .

  17. Anonymous

    Here’s a link from the article on pitching mechanics that timmer recommended below. It contrasts Greg Maddox’s delivery with Stephen Strasburg’s using helpful drawings. 

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