He will receive the Community Advocate’s Award at a dinner on Saturday night. His son, longtime Dodgers employee and well-known radio traffic reporter Jorge Jarrin, will present the award, which I’m sure makes it even more special for Jaime, one of the truly classy people in the Dodgers organization and a member of the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also will be honored with the society’s Outstanding Role Model Award. Congratulations to both.
Want to work at Dodger Stadium this season? Here’s how, in the form of an official press release from the club:
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will hold a Job Fair this weekend to fill more than 500 seasonal opportunities with the club and its partners who operate at Dodger Stadium.
The fair takes place in the Stadium Club and third baseline suites starting at 10 a.m. and continues through 4 p.m. on February 28 and March 1. Among the positions available are ushers, security, maintenance, and food service positions with Levy Restaurants.
Starting at 9:30 a.m., prospective applicants can enter the Sunset Gate, where they will receive descriptions of the various positions available.
During the season, more than 3,000 people work game days at Dodger Stadium.
In addition to the Dodgers’ event this weekend, Dodger Stadium will be the site for the 14th annual Community Job Fair, Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event gives opportunities for interaction with various organizations within the public and private sector. Last year, approximately 4,000 participants from throughout Southern California met representatives from Bally total Fitness, Federal Express, Macy’s, Coca-Cola, Sears, Primerica, University of Southern California, and the United States Secret Service.
As always, it’s airs on KABC (790-AM). It will run weeknights from 6-7 Pacific, and tomorrow night’s debut will feature Joe Torre at 6:30. On weekends, it will begin as soon as the postgame show ends and run for an hour on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays.
Russell Martin, Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson WON’T be making the bus trip to Mesa to play the Cubs. Torre said he wants to keep his new doubleplay combo together, so they’ll either make trips together or stay back together, and tomorrow, they’re staying back. He said Martin will catch a couple of games before leaving next week for the WBC, but Jonathan Broxton will pitch only once before he leaves for the WBC. … At the Dodgers’ request, both teams will use the DH in tomorrow’s game even though it involves two N.L. clubs. … The bus leaves the Dodgers’ complex at 9:30 a.m., phx time, and the Dodgers will take batting practice at HoHoKam Park in Mesa because this is one of the longer trips of the spring — actually THE longest of the non-Tucson trips. For the shorter trips, the team will take BP in Glendale and then bus over.
As today’s abbreviated workout was finishing up, Joe Torre called the entire team together on one of the back fields and announced that everyone was going sprint from home plate to first base and then second base, one at a time, before heading back to the clubhouse. He told speedy newcomer Orlando Hudson, the veteran 2B who was signed last weekend to a one-year, $3.38 million contract, to “show everyone how it’s done.” Hudson obliged, burning his way up the line, making a tight turn and then pulling into second as teammates cheered him on in the background. As Hudson arrived at second, he stopped and turned around, whereupon he saw the rest of the team walking off the field. And a good laugh was had by all.
“He got me,” Hudson said a few minutes later in the clubhouse. “That is the first time I had a joke played on me by a coach since I have been in the game. But it’s good if it keeps everybody loose, because if you play this game tight, you won’t have any success at all. I didn’t expect that from Mr. Torre. The first voice I heard was Russell Martin saying, `That-a-boy O-Dawg!.’ I turned around, and everybody was walking away. It was just a fun thing. It’s all good.”
They’re actually working in the media room this morning, and there is a clear sheet of masking film taped to the wall less than six inches from my laptop. There is still an endless parade of guys in hard hats and orange vests walking through on a regular basis, and the other day, a couple of guys set up a ladder in the clubhouse, a few feet from the lockers of Delwyn Young and Jason Repko, and did something in the ceiling. One of the guys climbed the ladder and pushed aside a ceiling tile, and the whole upper half of his body disappeared into the ceiling, all this while Dodgers players dressed and prepared for that morning’s workout while apparently not even noticing that there was a ladder in the middle of the clubhouse and a torso-less pair of legs hanging down from the ceiling. We’re actually leaving here in about five weeks, so it’s hard to imagine they’ll actually get the place finished at any point. To see it in its full glory, you’ll probably have to wait until 2010. Right now, there are a lot of big, unpaved parking lots and several large pieces of Caterpillar construction parked all over the place.
The cortisone shot either didn’t take or didn’t hit the right spot. He had hoped to be pitching again within a week, but that now seems unlikely. We may NEVER see this guy in the majors again, the way things are going. And to think, there was a time when he was a decent major-league closer. … By the way, Cory Wade and Hong-Chih Kuo played catch today. Both of them are doing well and should be back on regular programs in a few days.
OK, I’m giving you fair warning that this is going to give you a headache. I can’t imagine what the conversation must have been like when Colletti and Ng were working these details out with O-Dawg’s agent. But here it is:
$380,000 signing bonus, deferred without interest to a time not designated
$3 million base salary for 2009
$150,000 each for 150 and 175 plate appearances
$200,000 each for 200, 225, 250, 275 and 300 plate appearances
$250,000 each for 325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500, 525, 550, 575 PAs
and then, there is this:
$10,000 for EVERY plate appearance from PA #576 through PA #632. That’s 57 PAs for total of $570,000.
also, BEGINNING WITH 550 PAs, every one of these incentives, including that $570k, is deferred without interest to a time not designated. And the contract requires O-Dawg to donate $25,000 to the Dodgers Dream Foundation, something I’m sure he has no problem with because he is heavily involved in charity work to begin with, with a focus on the battle against autism.
Have you hit the Advil yet?
I haven’t heard it, but from what I understand, what he reported was that he had heard the Manny Ramirez signing might get done this week. Well, yeah. It MIGHT get done this week. It also might NOT get done this week. It also might not get done AT ALL. So there you go. All we know at this point is the same thing we all reported on Sunday, that Ned Colletti told us he and Scott Boras had talked more about Manny in the previous seven days than they had in the previous few months. I did check with Ned against this morning, very briefly, and he said there was nothing new. I asked if things were moving backward, and he said, “If things were moving backward, they wouldn’t exist.” I think he was being flippant. I have to believe there has been SOME progress. But there doesn’t appear to be any breaking news at this point.
He threw 11 pitches, nine for strikes, and retired three (Juan Pierre, Mark Loretta, Matt Kemp) of the four batters he faced. Casey Blake was the only guy to reach, pulling a first-pitch smash down the third-base line on which Luis Maza made a diving stop. He threw high to first, allowing Blake to reach, but in a regular-season game, it would have been scored a hit because fielder’s are rarely penalized for a bad throw after taking away a sure hit with the glove. Anyway, Schmidt said he felt great, but he admitted that he’ll never have a high-90s fastball. In the same breath, he said that shouldn’t mean a dramatic change to the type of pitcher he is.
“I always tried to pitch like I was a finesse guy anyway, trying to mix it up all the time and trying to hit my spots. I’ll try to take the same approach. The first time I had surgery in 2000, I started off at 85 (mph) … and I was effective then. Some of my better games were when I had less velocity. I know I can do it. It’s just a matter of getting my command.”
Schmidt admitted it will take a little while for that to happen, but he said he expects it to happen sometime during spring training.
By the way, Greg Miller had a rough inning because of a defensive miscue behind him, but other than that, he was around the plate. That was good to see. He’s a great kid, and everyone is rooting for him.