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In case you missed it: Former Dodger reliever Hawksworth reportedly retires

Los Angeles Dodgers workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

By Jon Weisman

A brief set of links today, but look for more news soon as position players officially get their Spring Training underway.

  • Former Dodger reliever Blake Hawksworth, who struggled with injuries the past couple of years, has retired to go to work for his agent, Scott Boras, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Hawksworth had a 4.08 ERA for the Dodgers in 2011, which appears to have turned out to be the 30-year-old’s final MLB season.
  • Stephen Fife is slowing down his Spring Training preparation in the interests of long-term health, writes Ken Gurnick of
  • Don Mattingly shared his thoughts on the retirement of Derek Jeter with Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. There has been a Mattingly or a Jeter on the Yankees for 33 consecutive seasons.
  • Jon SooHoo’s gallery from today is a click away.

Ten bullet points

Fire when ready, Gridley …

  • The Dodgers re-signed Trent Oeltjen to a minor-league contract, reports Tony Jackson of (among other notes).
  • Former Dodger manager Jim Tracy, now with Colorado, is recovering from a mild arrhythmia that caused him to collapse shortly after midnight Tuesday. The Associated Press has details.
  • Clayton Kershaw is married! Check out the pictures at Vin Scully Is My Homeboy.
  • More great news: Longtime friend of Dodger Thoughts Jay Jaffe has been voted into the Baseball Writers Association of America.
  • This book, A Brief History of American Sports, was co-authored by Elliott J. Gorn, whom I took “Sport in American Life” from at Stanford when he was a visiting professor 21 years ago.
  • I like these Dodgers-Fritos collectibles featuring Larry Sherry and Charley Neal, showcased by Blue Heaven.
  • Who are the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame? Baseball Past & Present offers a list, based on the vote of 63 people including Josh Wilker of Cardboard Gods.
  • King Kaufman argues for the value of being average.
  • Alex Belth of Bronx Banter has the best piece I’ve seen on Derek Jeter this offseason.
  • Longtime Dodger Thoughts readers might recall how big a fan of Spalding Gray I’ve been. Stephen Soderbergh has a new documentary about the monologist/actor, writes David Ng at Culture Monster. LACMA will screen it Monday.

Unthinkable or thinkable: A Joe Torre-Derek Jeter reunion in Los Angeles?

This is not a rumor I’m starting.  There is no evidence that this is being discussed or will ever happen. Everything I’ve heard is that the Yankee will finish his career as a Yankee.

But that sort of talk has been wrong in the past. And so I submit to you that there are far more outlandish possibilities than Joe Torre returning as Dodger manager next season and successfully recommending that the team sign free agent infielder Derek Jeter.

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