About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Report: Dodgers re-sign Howie Kendrick to two-year contract, pending physical.

The Dodgers have re-signed second baseman Howie Kendrick to a two-year contract pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The Dodgers have not confirmed the announcement.

Kendrick, who turns 33 in July, appeared in 117 games last season, his fewest this decade, by virtue of a hamstring injury. He posted a .295/.336/.409 slash line along with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.

The Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year, $7 million contract in December. He and Enrique Hernandez stood to split time at second base if the Dodgers didn’t bring back Kendrick. The Dodgers also acquired Micah Johnson, a left-handed hitting second baseman, from the Chicago White Sox in the trade that sent Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw inadvertently broke the news earlier Friday.

Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall, Kershaw said of the team’s position players, “obviously Howie’s still in the mix. Other than Jimmy (Rollins) I feel like we have our team back.”

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‘Vin Scully Avenue’ becomes official; name change could happen in 30 days.

Vin Scully Way

A general view of a street sign honoring Vin Scully and Duke Snider at the former Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida in 1998. (L.A. Daily News file photo)

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a proposal Friday to rename Elysian Park Avenue from Sunset Blvd. to Stadium Way “Vin Scully Avenue.”

Councilman Gilbert Cedillo, who introduced the motion Tuesday, said that the name change could become official in 30 days, per city law.

“We have a community outreach requirement,” Cedillo said. “We’ll start today to see if the neighbors have input.”

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Report: Dodgers trying to bring back Howie Kendrick.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick hit nine nine home runs and drove in 54 in his first season with the Dodgers. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Howie Kendrick, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Dodgers at the end of last season, could return in 2016 according to a report Friday morning.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported via Twitter that the Dodgers are “making progress” on a new contract with the free agent second baseman.

Because Kendrick rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer, the team stands to gain a compensatory draft pick (after the first round) if he signs somewhere else.

Kendrick, who turns 33 in July, appeared in 117 games last season, his fewest this decade, by virtue of a hamstring injury. He posted a .295/.336/.409 slash line along with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.

The Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year, $7 million contract in December. He and Enrique Hernandez stood to split time at second base if the Dodgers didn’t bring back Kendrick. The Dodgers also acquired Micah Johnson, a left-handed hitting second baseman, from the Chicago White Sox in the trade that sent Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds.

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Season in review about nothing: Chin-Hui Tsao, ‘The Abstinence.’

Chin-Hui Tsao

After signing with the Dodgers, Chin-Hui Tsao appeared in 39 games (five in the majors) following six years away from organized baseball. (Getty Images)

This is Part 50 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.

Chin-Hui Tsao, RP

Key stats: 5 G, 8 ER in 7 innings while pitching; 1.000/1.000/2.000 slash line while batting.

Seinfeld episode: “The Abstinence” (Season 8, Episode 9)

Key quote: “I used to share that same outlook. But now, I have so many things to occupy my mind. For instance, the atom.”

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Fernando Valenzuela is a government spokesperson for citizenship now.

Fernando Valenzuela became a household name in Los Angeles many years before he became a United States citizen. When he did take a test and an oath and join about 8,000 others at a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center last summer, Valenzuela did something he never could at Dodger Stadium: He blended in.

Now, Valenzuela is in the spotlight again. The retired pitcher and current Dodgers broadcaster joined Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on a conference call Thursday to stress the importance of citizenship. Valenzuela is officially a “Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization,” the public face of a nationwide movement to encourage legal permanent residents, especially from Mexico, to apply for U.S. citizenship.

“I get to vote in my first presidential election,” Valenzuela said. “If anybody has a chance, an opportunity to be a citizen, why not? They can do it. It’s very important.”

The message is simple, but it may be powerful. Few names and faces are more recognizable in the local Mexican-American community than Valenzuela’s. On Friday, leaders from the civic and private sectors will convene in Los Angeles to further the goal of encouraging citizenship. Valenzuela’s involvement from this point forward isn’t clear, but for a day his message was.

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