Daily Distractions: A bad spring training pic as the Dodgers get down to business.

Camelback Ranch Glendale

That photo won’t make the Bad Spring Training TwitPics hall of shame, but that’s only because I didn’t post it on Twitter. It was the sight greeting everyone at Camelback Ranch on the first day of spring training Tuesday morning.

Tuesday was an inherently eventful day, typically droll as spring training days go but more exciting than the last four and a half months of no baseball. I posted the blow-by-blow on my Twitter account, which you can follow here if you’re not doing so already. The question of what the Dodgers will do with their eight starting pitchers dominated the dialogue. You can read all about that here.

Today marks the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. Manager Don Mattingly was in rare form, using humor to deflect questions about his expiring contract. Comparing himself to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal of former Oakland manger Art Howe on a one-year contract with the Moneyball A’s, he told reporters at Camelback Ranch, “I’m built better than that guy.”

There’s no contest, really (see here and here). Onto some heavier material, because we can’t get much lighter …

• Janet Marie Smith, in a Q&A about the changes coming to Dodger Stadium: “I think there’s just a certain standard that we as Americans have become accustomed to that is better than the one that we had in 1962 when the park opened.”

• A while back, I linked to a story here reporting that Bruce Chen was poised to become the first major leaguer to play for China in the World Baseball Classic. That’s not happening anymore.

• This month, ESPN.com is letting you vote on the top moments in black sports history. Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier is on the list. Not on the list: Barack Obama bowling.

• Happy 23rd birthday to Nate Eovaldi.

• Finally, the 73rd-best song released between 1996 and 2011:

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