Leading off, we’re talking about leading off …
- Yasiel Puig, who was a rather unlikely leadoff hitter in his Major League debut before settling in a bit lower in the order, could return to the top spot for a number of games this year, Don Mattingly tells Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. On-base percentage has a lot to do with it, especially if he can continue to develop patience at the plate when needed.
- Dodger coach Mark McGwire talked to MLB Network Radio about Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Guerrero.
- Here’s more FanFest 2014 coverage from Blue Heaven, Feelin’ Kinda Blue and Sons of Steve Garvey. Blue Heaven’s post has links to even more coverage.
- Meanwhile, the Sons will be traveling to cover the Dodgers in Australia.
- Jackie Robinson as radio host? Ernest Reyes of Blue Heaven passes along this three-minute sample. I’ve felt from time to time that Robinson’s voice resembles Tony Gwynn’s.
- Dodgers Digest reaches its top 10 in its top 50 Dodger prospect ratings, and orders the top five as Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, Julio Urias and Alex Guerrero.
- Bill Shaikin of the Times is pumped – and getting pumped – for baseball season in Los Angeles.
- Briefly-a-Dodger reliever Carlos Marmol remains unsigned but might finally be nearing a deal to move elsewhere, says Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Hardball Talk).