By Jon Weisman
It happens in the blink of an eye, give or take some blinks …
- The Los Angeles Sports Council is holding a fan vote for the area’s top sports (loosely defined) moments of the year. Dodger nominees are “Puig-Mania Sweeps L.A.,” “Dodgers Advance to NLCS” and “Kershaw Wins Cy Young Award.”
- Dodger teenager Julio Urias took the No. 5 spot in MLB.com’s ratings of left-handed pitching prospects.
- Baseball Prospectus is hosting a gathering April 26 at Dodger Stadium that includes special guests and a Q&A leading into the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies.
- For those still tracking Hiroki Kuroda, an analysis by Alex Skillin of Beyond the Box Score is optimistic about his chances for success for the Yankees at age 39 (his birthday is February 10).
- Former Dodger catcher Rod Barajas has been hired to manage the Padres’ Rookie League team in the Arizona League, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com (via MLB Trade Rumors) — but he still hasn’t ruled out playing again. (Whether other teams have ruled it out, I leave for you to speculate.) After a .625 OPS in 2012 for Pittsburgh, the 38-year-old Barajas was out of action in 2013.