DodgersDigest.com is ranking the top 100 prospects in the organization. Here’s their fourth installment, with prospects 40-31. The list:
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax presented Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw with his
annual 2014 Cy Young and MVP awards on Saturday in New York. The ceremony, hosted by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, was also the last event attended Bud Selig attended as an active commissioner. Here’s the video of the presentation, courtesy of MLB.com:
Writes Alexandra Pierce:
Lilly, who lives in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three separate charges filed by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.
All involve vehicle insurance fraud.
According to the California Department of Insurance, Lilly damaged his RV worth around $200,000 but did not file a claim until after he purchased insurance on the vehicle. The amount of the claim is not known at this time.
Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham alleges the crimes happened in March of last year.
“I can tell you that he’s charged with three different felony counts. The first is filing a false insurance claim. The second one is a false statement in support of a claim and the third one has to do with failing to disclose a material fact in connection with an insurance claim,” Cunningham said.
The Dodgers announced all the major details for their annual FanFest on Thursday. The free event will be held Saturday, January 31 at Dodger Stadium from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature appearances and autograph availability from Dodger players, coaches and alumni.
Parking gates A, C and E open at 9:30 a.m. and fans may enter the stadium through the left or right field plaza gates at 10 a.m.
Here are the scheduled autograph times and locations:
The Dodgers announced Thursday that individual tickets to all 2015 games and a “very limited number of Opening Day tickets” will be available for purchase online at 10 a.m. Friday, January 30.
Fans will also be able to buy Opening Day mini plans and individual game tickets, excluding Opening Day, at FanFest on January 31 at Dodger Stadium.
According to a club release, “The best way to guarantee Opening Day tickets is to purchase a mini plan. More information on Dodger mini plans can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/miniplans.”
More FanFest info to come.
When they were still in high school, Dodgers pitchers Brett Anderson and Clayton Kershaw played for the 18-and-under national team. It was quite a roster — former Dodgers pitcher Shawn Tolleson was on it, too.
So when the Dodgers signed Anderson in December to a one-year contract, it reunited two pitchers who grew up about five hours apart (Anderson in Stillwater, Oklahoma; Kershaw in Dallas).
Wednesday, speaking on a conference call with reporters, Anderson flashed back to the summer of 2005.
“It was kind of right before he became Clayton Kershaw,” Anderson said. “He had some hype. That summer between his junior and senior year, he had a tremendous arm. He flipped that switch. Next thing you know, he’s the Clayton Kershaw we all know now.
“I think he was the third or fourth starter on our 18-under team. Next thing you know, he’s the biggest left-handed prospect in the country. Now he’s arguably the best pitcher in the last decade or so.”
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson, whose 2014 season ended prematurely because of a bulging disk in his back, provided a brief progress report on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
Anderson had surgery August 15 on a herniated disk between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. He still hasn’t begun throwing off a mound, but he’s increased his flat-ground work to approximately 160 feet and recently began throwing breaking balls.
“I feel good,” Anderson said. “I’ve been throwing with Max Scherzer and some other guys at Fischer Sports (a physical therapy institute in Phoenix). I should be good to go come spring training.”
The left-hander said he expects to begin throwing off a mound next week. Last April, Anderson fractured his left index finger when it was hit by a baseball during batting practice, but that is no longer an issue. The back has been his focus this off-season.
“I’m doing a bunch of core stuff nobody likes to do,” Anderson said. “I won’t have a 6-pack but I’m trying to strengthen everything possible.”
More to come from Anderson’s conference call.