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 MLB.com.
- 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.