Dave Roberts on his first Spring Training as the Dodgers’ manager.

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New manager Dave Roberts said he’ll continue the tradition of using Dodger alumni as spring training instructors. Don Newcome (left), Tommy Lasorda (second from right) and Maury Wills (far right) have all coached or spoken to players in recent years. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)


PASADENA — Dave Roberts is less than two months into his job as the Dodgers’ manager. Speaking at John Muir High School on Tuesday afternoon, part of the team’s annual community caravan tour, Roberts said he has touched base with most of his players, “quite often actually.”

After his engagement at the high school, Roberts said he planned to pop into Dodger Stadium, where the club’s Player Development staff is holding a leadership camp with select minor leaguers.

There’s still plenty on his docket between now and the time pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training — Feb. 19, a mere 24 days away. To that end, Roberts touched on a few aspects of what lies ahead in his first camp:

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When is the Dodgers’ FanFest? A brief FYI.

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Dodger Stadium will host the fourth annual FanFest on January 30. (Staff photo)

The fourth annual FanFest at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking gates open at 9:30 a.m. Parking and admission are both free of charge.

For the first time, fans will require a ticket to obtain the event. Anyone planning to attend will need to go online and download the free ticket from www.dodgers.com/fanfest.

Here’s more about the event, per a team press release:

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Third annual Clayton Kershaw ping pong tournament details announced.

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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (holding the Stella Artois can) and comedian George Lopez play ping pong at Dodger Stadium in 2014. (David Crane/Staff photographer)

Jimmy Kimmel will again host Clayton Kershaw’s annual PingPong4Purpose tournament July 30 at Dodger Stadium. More details, and a tentative list of celebrity participants, were announced in a press release Monday.

Tickets for the public are available; see below in the full release:

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Former Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley ordered to begin jail sentence.

Milton BradleyFormer Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley (right) has been ordered to serve a 32-month jail sentence for abusing his deceased wife, according to a report that detailed Bradley’s hearing Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Sports Illustrated had the scoop on its website today:

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