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.

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.

SportsNet LA releases spring training schedule.

Vin Scully

Vin Scully is coming to Arizona to broadcast the Dodgers’ March 27 game against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)

SportsNet LA announced Thursday that it will televise 31 of the Dodgers’ 35 spring training games.

Vin Scully will call four spring training telecasts: all three Freeway Series games, April 2-4 against the Angels, and a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 27 in Glendale, Arizona. Charley Steiner will be joined by analysts Rick Monday, Kevin Kennedy and Orel Hershiser during the other SNLA broadcasts.

Currently, four Dodgers split-squad games will not air live: March 20, 21 and 29 against the Texas Rangers, and March 6 against the Brewers. The games March 20 and 21 are to be played indoors at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The March 6 game is scheduled to air on MLB Network on a delay. This broadcast will not be blacked out by SportsNet LA, according to a spokesperson for the network.

MLB Network previously announced that it is broadcasting three Dodgers Cactus League games live: March 5 vs. the White Sox, March 11 vs. the Cubs and March 12 vs. the Padres. However, these games will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

(Related: Cable merger would broaden Dodgers’ TV reach, but not all are thrilled)

Here’s more from a Dodgers press release Thursday:
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