Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard will start the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)
GLENDALE, Ariz. — There are 33 pitchers listed on the Dodgers’ major-league spring training roster. Don Mattingly and his staff have mapped out a plan whereby “you’ll see pretty much everybody those first four days, or most everybody.”
Erik Bedard will start the Dodgers’ Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday, also against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. They’re both scheduled to throw two innings in the game, plus another inning in the Dodgers’ bullpen after that.
“Even saying that,” Mattingly said, “there will be some type of pitch count that you’re protecting. I’m not going to let a guy go out there if he gets caught in an inning. We’ll stop it.”
GLENDALE, Ariz. – A linked chain of metal fences line the dirt paths at Camelback Ranch, separating fans from the players and coaches who walk from field to field. Most of the players probably don’t need the protection. Demand for autographs is high but the fervor is usually calm. Remember, there are 61 players in camp. Most won’t start the season in the majors, and none of them are Matt Kemp. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gets his share of autograph requests too, but he’s not exactly fending off the pens and baseballs and hats.
The man who needs the metal fences the most is a slender 79-year-old who lives in rural Pennsylvania. Sandy Koufax, the Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-”special advisor,” is here all week — advising, watching, chatting. Sometimes he signs autographs.
Koufax is not expected to arrive today until later in the morning, maybe noon local time. That — and intermittent rain throughout the morning — did not stop Koufax fans from lining up behind the fence at 5 a.m.
Here’s what the line looked like by 9:30:
We think this story ends with Koufax signing autographs for some of those people, and not signing for others.
That’s how it usually ends at least. If not … updates throughout the day.
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.