Mr. Spock, a Dodger?

The actor who played Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series and movies, Leonard Nimoy, died today. Here’s something you might not have known: He once played for a certain baseball team in Brooklyn.

An IMDB.com synopsis for the movie reads:

Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric’s fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team’s success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb.

Hopefully this gives you second thoughts about your screenplay about a cat owning a baseball team.

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Sandy Koufax watches Julio Urias in the bullpen today (photo).

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Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias posted this photo to his Instagram account Thursday, along with the caption:

“Que personaje de los mejores zurdos en el negocio Mr. Sandy koufax.. bendecido por mi dios #teamwey”. Roughly translated: “The VIP from the best left-hander in the business Mr. Sandy Koufax … blessed by my God #teamway”

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Report: Matt Kemp says the Padres have the best outfield in baseball.

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Former Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp believes he’s part of the best outfield in baseball in San Diego. (Associated Press)

Is Matt Kemp trolling the Dodgers, or just being himself? Or both?

Kemp told MLB.com that the Padres have the best outfield in baseball: “You can write it down — and print it.”

Writes Lyle Spencer:

Judging by the clubhouse crowd gathered around him, with animated conversation flowing around the comparative talents of NBA superstars Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry and LeBron James, Kemp has swiftly won over his new teammates with his vibrant personality.

This is not the Matt Kemp often seen alone with his thoughts the past few years at Dodger Stadium, frustrated by multiple injuries and a shifting role in the midst of an array of outfielders.

This Kemp is fully engaged, eyes alive, sparkling. The best player in the game in 2011, finally healthy and coming off a huge second half last season, he is eager to get started with turning the remodeled Padres into a force in the National League.

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Report: Dodgers receive 2015 draft bonus pool, 2015-16 international bonus pool allotments.

According to BaseballAmerica.com, all 30 teams have received their 2015 draft bonus pool and 2015-16 international bonus pool allotments.

For the Dodgers, their draft bonus pool will be $6,954,700 and their international bonus pool will be $2,020,300.

The international bonus pool money is particularly important. By not signing Yoan Moncada (or even offering him a contract, for that matter), the Dodgers can sign certain international players to a bonus greater than $300,000. That puts them at a competitive advantage over their National League West rival Diamondbacks, who forfeited that right by signing Yoan Lopez. Writes Ben Badler:

The Angels, Rays, Red Sox and Yankees will also be unable to sign any pool-eligible players for more than $300,000 during the 2015-16 signing period. They do still keep their entire bonus pool, however, and are free to trade the individual slot values that comprise their pool.

 

While the majority of July 2 signings come from Latin America, especially the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, the bonus pools cover players classified as international amateurs from all countries not subject to the June draft. Cuban players are subject to the bonus pools as well, unless they are at least 23 years old and have played five or more seasons in Serie Nacional, in which case they are exempt.

Infielder Hector Olivera, to whom the Dodgers have been linked, isn’t subject to the international bonus pool restriction. Pitcher Yadier Alvarez is.

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Five more Dodgers spring training games won’t be blacked out in Southern California.

The Angels released their complete spring training television schedule on Thursday. The good news for Dodgers fans: Their five head-to-head games against the Dodgers (March 19, March 28 and April 2-4) will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

The April 4 game is on KCOP, the April 2 game is on Prime Ticket, and the other three are on Fox Sports West.

Other than a tape-delayed March 6 game against the Milwaukee Brewers on MLB Network, these are the only spring training games available on TV to non-Time Warner Cable subscribers. Currently, SportsNet LA is only available to Time Warner subscribers in Southern California.

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Chad Gaudin signs minor-league deal with Dodgers after missing all of 2014.

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Chad Gaudin went 5-2 with a 3.06 earned-run average for the San Francisco Giants in 2013. He did not pitch last season. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers signed veteran pitcher Chad Gaudin to a minor-league contract Wednesday with an invitation to major-league camp.

Gaudin, 31, has pitched for nine teams since breaking in with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003. That doesn’t include a brief look in the Philadelphia Philies’ camp last season, which ended when he failed his physical.

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Dodgers’ Zack Greinke throws his first bullpen of spring training.

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Zack Greinke thinks he’s “three or four days behind some guys” in spring training. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his first of the spring. It was Greinke’s first time off a mound since he received a lubricating injection in his right elbow last week.

Greinke said he threw all fastballs at a typical effort for a bullpen at this time of year — that is, submaximal.

Greinke declined to comment on the effect of the injection, but manager Don Mattingly said that Greinke has had the injection at the beginning of every camp with the Dodgers. He appears to be on track with a normal spring training.

“I think I’m going to be three or four days behind some guys,” Greinke said. “I’m not trying to push it.”

Greinke might not have enough arm strength built up to throw live batting practice to hitters. That could begin by the end of the week, once position players have reported to camp. But again, this is all normal for him.

At least there is no regular-season game in Sydney to prepare for, an idea Greinke did not personally endorse last year.

“I think that caused some trouble with a lot of pitchers, having to get ready extra fast,” Greinke said. “It just was a weird situation last year.”

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Dodgers ‘player meetings’ are tomorrow.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers coaches and executives have already met to discuss the long list of pitchers and catchers in camp this year. Tomorrow, they will discuss position players.

What’s that about?

“Every spring you go over guys in camp,” manager Don Mattingly said. “There’ll be kids here we don’t know from other organizations. We get to talk about them a little bit. There’s younger guys that are in camp from Double-A, whatever, that we haven’t seen a lot. Player development people can help you get a sense for this kid, that kid. It’s just all information as far as where we’re going, what’s the plan, just so everybody has a familiarity with everyone as we get into camp.”

Mattingly reiterated that he expects all players to report on time Wednesday. If someone is injured or delayed for any reason, he’ll find out for sure in the meeting.

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