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China Games To Be Televised
2008-03-13 13:11
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

KCAL Channel 9 will televise the Dodgers' first game in China at 10 p.m. Friday, according to Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News, and FSN Prime will follow up with the second game 24 hours later.

Also, the Dodgers' final game in Vero Beach will only be available at MLB.com, Hoffarth said.

Update: At Inside the Dodgers, traveling secretary Scott Akasaki writes about the team's overseas trip.

* * *

It could be just posturing by the team, but Kevin Baxter of the Times writes that "the Dodgers, who reportedly investigated several trade scenarios, (are) now saying they'll address their third base problems from within."

The disclosure comes in a short profile of Blake DeWitt, who had his second good outing in three games. "What's unlikely to happen is the left-hand-hitting DeWitt sticking with the big-league club despite his .333 spring average," Baxter says. "(But) even if he doesn't make the team out of spring training, he has given the coaches something to remember."

Baxter also notes that Tony Abreu was cleared to resume baseball activities and took batting practice and fielded grounders today.

Meanwhile, Tony Jackson of the Daily News notes that coach Larry Bowa has begun getting impatient with Delwyn Young, who made two errors today and has been struggling at the plate.

Comments (102)
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2008-03-13 13:16:17
1.   LogikReader
YAY!!!!!!

I was just talking about this game during lunch.

2008-03-13 13:19:57
2.   silverwidow
cargill was wondering if DeWitt will start in AAA...the answer is no. He hasn't hit well enough in Jacksonville to deserve a promotion. That said, he is a really good prospect.
2008-03-13 13:20:33
3.   natepurcell
Tony Jackson is essentially clamoring for a Joe Crede trade.

Blake Dewitt! YOU MY BOY!

2008-03-13 13:20:46
4.   natepurcell
2

Lets start him in the majors.

2008-03-13 13:24:27
5.   underdog
Jackson schmackson, the Dodgers aren't gonna trade for Crede or Inge. I think it more likely they make a trade for a valuable backup who could start for awhile, like Esteban German. But the better Hu and Dewitt do, the better off we all will be.
2008-03-13 13:25:13
6.   Bluebleeder87
woo!!
2008-03-13 13:25:34
7.   trainwreck
Isn't Crede hurt?
2008-03-13 13:26:22
8.   silverwidow
7 Bad back
2008-03-13 13:27:34
9.   Bob Timmermann
I'm wondering if the Dodgers just aren't going to use someone in a studio in L.A. to call the game.
2008-03-13 13:31:10
10.   fiddlestick
Are there any spots remaining in either of the Fantasy Leagues?

It looks like my normal league is falling through this year.

2008-03-13 13:31:59
11.   Daniel Zappala
Why can't MLB put the spring training games that are on MLB.tv onto the Extra Innings package on DirecTV?
2008-03-13 13:34:52
12.   Suffering Bruin
I've been trying to get my students more interested in baseball. One of my students--bright kid, real smart--just now said we should trade Kershaw to bring back Adrian Beltre.

There are times when I feel like I'm not getting through to my students. This is one of those times.

2008-03-13 13:36:09
13.   Bob Timmermann
11
MLB.TV is one contract and Extra Innings is another contract. And never the twain shall meet.
2008-03-13 13:36:42
14.   vegasblueman
Will the coliseum game be aired anywhere other than KCAL? We get Prime Ticket here in Vegas but not KCAL.
2008-03-13 13:37:57
15.   underdog
I see that the smackdown has already been laid upon Tony Jackson in the comments on his blog after the Crede posting, so no need to pile on more. I like the one from a "Paul DePodesta".
2008-03-13 13:38:27
16.   underdog
12 Plaschke has children?
2008-03-13 13:42:39
17.   cargill06
12 how old?
2008-03-13 13:43:28
18.   vegasblueman
12 & 16 - I went to Florida last weekend and saw the Friday 3/7 game. Who did I stand next to for half an inning? Yep. Plaschke himself. I asked him about the Pierre column he wrote last week and he was cordial enough to discuss it. He really swears up and down that he thinks Pierre is a better player than Ethier. After he went down to his seat, Ethier lead off the next inning with a solo shot and Pierre made the last out with a pop-up. I tried to look for him so I could rub it in his dumb face.
2008-03-13 13:46:44
19.   Dark Horse
15-I think what's frustrating (as one of the layers of said smackdown) is that Tony's clearly figured out that posting such inane stuff drives up traffic on the blog. Hence, he's going to continue posting it. And I'm going to continue to try--hopefully with more success in the future--not to rise to the bait.

It's just so difficult. Crede. Pierre. (Who "WILL"--sic--"be the starting left-fielder...") It's tough to take that stuff lying down, even if TJ's just talking out of his, um, hat.

2008-03-13 13:59:23
20.   trainwreck
Man, Pac-10 refs are so terrible.
2008-03-13 13:59:27
21.   cargill06
what happened to the crisp pagen trade?
2008-03-13 14:08:48
22.   Jon Weisman
20 - What happened? I just saw that USC won.
2008-03-13 14:12:39
23.   underdog
20 I turned it on for the end. Should that rebound and score been a no call? Looked like a foul but that they had been letting them play the rest of the game...
2008-03-13 14:13:37
24.   trainwreck
Pendergraph had a put-back dunk to tie the game up with 16 seconds left. They somehow called an over-the-back foul on him, even though the USC player was coming from the other side and Pendergraph clearly just out rebounded him. Pendergraph fouled out and USC got to shoot free throws to put the game away.
2008-03-13 14:13:41
25.   gibsonhobbs88
10 - I had 2 owners in my Yahoo rotisserie league drop out earlier this league. I have 8 owners signed in but have 1-2 spots open. If interested, write to me at my yahoo address, sportnut19882003@yahoo.com. We are holding an offline draft in Northridge on April 13 and will be retroactively having the stats added in one of the days after the draft. The returning owners did have the option of protecting up to 4 players. Any new owners will be allowed to catch up in the first two rounds of a supplemental draft before a primary snake draft will be held. I will give you more details if you are interested. This league is in its 5th year.
2008-03-13 14:14:28
26.   Xeifrank
That's great that the games in China are going to be televised. Will be nice to get a look at the Olympic Stadium and any other features they may do on Beijing and the surrounding areas. At night it will be difficult to see how bad the pollution is, hopefully they will make some mention of it. When I was in Beijing last March, as UCLA was ripping through the NCAA tournament, the main Olympic site was like the Green Zone. No tourists were allowed near it. Hope the guys can atleast do a little sightseeing, even with the shortened visit. Atleast Guo's name will be pronounced correctly by the locals.

vr, Xei

2008-03-13 14:15:21
27.   trainwreck
23
The USC player was not set and Pendergraph pretty much just jumped higher than him.
2008-03-13 14:16:01
28.   Xeifrank
10. Friends of DT has openings in both Roto and H2H, email me for info. Both are online yahoo snake drafts. (xeifrank@yahoo.com)
vr, Xei
2008-03-13 14:16:58
29.   trainwreck
28
The H2H has openings now?
2008-03-13 14:18:37
30.   Jon Weisman
updates to this post above.
2008-03-13 14:22:15
31.   Jon Weisman
26 - I'm sure there's a local announcer there capable of mispronouncing it :)
2008-03-13 14:22:41
32.   MC Safety
I sent you an email regarding your h2h league Frank.
2008-03-13 14:23:14
33.   fanerman
I read in the SF Chronicle that the Giants are "reportedly scouting Brandon Inge."
2008-03-13 14:26:35
34.   Eric Stephen
USC has held up their end of the bargain. It's up to UCLA to beat Cal tonight to give the city of LA its rubber match.
2008-03-13 14:27:30
35.   LogikReader
Will be nice to get a look at the Olympic Stadium and any other features they may do on Beijing and the surrounding areas. At night it will be difficult to see how bad the pollution is

On the other hand, the game will be played at 1pm Bejing time, even though that means 10pm out here the night before.

2008-03-13 14:29:53
36.   underdog
27 Yah, yer right, I saw the replay a couple of times after that and.. bad call. Hate to see the game come down to that.

Man, too bad UCLA is playing Cal - I'd be prone to root for Cal against anyone else.

33 They were originally scouting Crede, but guess his back issues scared them off. Poor Giants, I almost feel sorry for them. Inge in general doesn't make any sense, but I can see how the Giants would want him anyway.

And, yay, the new Times piece cited in Jon's update made me happy.

2008-03-13 14:35:46
37.   Brent Knapp
Well I'm taking off for Vero Beach tomorrow night and am going to the game on the 17th. I've never been to Vero, or Spring training at all and am looking for advice. I'm bringing a case of balls and some sharpies. Anyone have other hints, places to go in Vero? Thanks. I will kick Tony Abreu in the groin for those of us that are unhappy with him.
2008-03-13 14:36:06
38.   fiddlestick
28. Email sent re: H2H
2008-03-13 14:37:05
39.   blue22
33/36 - Ha, I just made a similar point on Jackson's blog. Maybe Ned is trying to create a sense of urgency up in SF to make a move on one of those guys.

And Inge is the Caucasian Pedro Feliz. Seems like he'd be a natural fit up in Giant land.

2008-03-13 14:39:43
40.   blue22
28 - Did you see my post on offensive categories in the Roto league? Seems like a good compromise wrt average and OPS, and I don't see any reason why we can't have 6 offensive categories vs only 5 pitching.
2008-03-13 14:40:41
41.   trainwreck
Looks like Westbrook has ankle supports on.
2008-03-13 14:42:50
42.   cargill06
Larry Bowa has begun getting impatient with Delwyn Young, who made two errors today and has been struggling at the plate.

if they ever make a grumpierer old men i know where they should start looking for the lead role.

2008-03-13 14:48:33
43.   wireroom
42 Yeah, someone tell that grouch to chill out and let DY get the kinks out. He has played out of position for most of the spring and they should realize that his bat is going to come around once things settle down. I have really been pulling for that guy and want to see him get his fair chance.
2008-03-13 14:50:14
44.   Xeifrank
29/32. I opened a 2nd H2H league and the Roto had one opening as of last night. I posted all the draft info on one of the previous threads, you can search through the last two or three threads for my name and find the info. I don't have it with me at this time.
vr, Xei
2008-03-13 14:52:23
45.   Xeifrank
35. Duh, yeah my bad. Day game in China. :)
Should be able to gauge how the air pollution is. If it's clean up at all. Chances are they will just wait til summer time to shut down the coal factories, limit the cars and gawd knows what else. Bad thing about this March time frame, is that they always get a day or two of really bad dust storms blowing in off of the Gobi.
vr, Xei
2008-03-13 14:53:19
46.   Xeifrank
40. Prefer not to go with 6x6. OPS instead of average gives too much weight to sluggers. OBP would be better if we change anything, imho.
vr, Xei
2008-03-13 14:54:40
47.   trainwreck
A Dragovic sighting in the first half is a good sign.
2008-03-13 14:59:07
48.   fanerman
40 Having more categories in hitting than pitching means pitchers are less important for the fantasy team. That's why it's not as good.
2008-03-13 15:05:55
49.   Jon Weisman
Two points, two rebounds, two fouls for Love.
2008-03-13 15:15:19
50.   MC Safety
44 Alright Frank, Mothers of Invention successfully signed in. Looks like you got 8 teams so far.
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2008-03-13 15:20:06
51.   Bob Timmermann
I guess the Cal-UCLA Round III is not going to be as close as the last one.

Sitting way up high like I did last night made me realize that many shots carry from behind the backboard and into the rim.

2008-03-13 15:40:42
52.   Jim Hitchcock
Billy Crystal, playing DH (in his words, designated Hebrew) for the NY Yankees, struck out on six pitches in his first AB today.
2008-03-13 15:48:19
53.   trainwreck
Kevin Love is good in case anyone did not know.
2008-03-13 15:53:00
54.   Bob Timmermann
Kevin Love is good in case anyone did not know.

Better than ...

(Jon clubs Bob over the head with a truncheon before he says it again. When he wakes up, he wonders where Jon got his truncheon.)

2008-03-13 16:00:46
55.   Johnny Nucleo
37 Hints: unlike me, show up early and have a map of Vero so you know where the stadium is. I didn't find that there were a lot of signs pointing the way. Other than that, just relax and enjoy.
2008-03-13 16:02:19
56.   Dodgers49
14. Will the coliseum game be aired anywhere other than KCAL? We get Prime Ticket here in Vegas but not KCAL.

Apparently not for Dodgers fans in Las Vegas. But it depends on your definition of anywhere. :-)
Gen3Blue will probably be happy to know that the Red Sox are televising it on NESN.

2008-03-13 16:15:01
57.   Bluebleeder87
52 does he at least look some what like a ball player?
2008-03-13 16:17:50
58.   ryu
Weather condition at Staples Center: raining three pointers.

UCLA 12 for 19 so far from long distance.

2008-03-13 16:18:35
59.   Bluebleeder87
me & billy crystal are bonded by hight so i'm rooting for him to get a hit
2008-03-13 16:19:12
60.   Jim Hitchcock
52 No idea. But he is 60 years old.
2008-03-13 16:19:47
61.   fanerman
A Cal comeback seems unlikely at this point.
2008-03-13 16:20:20
62.   Bluebleeder87
let the record show that I am a little taller them him though.
2008-03-13 16:20:58
63.   blue22
48 - But there are more offensive roster spots than pitchers. Shouldn't they count for more in the scoring?
2008-03-13 16:22:14
64.   Xeifrank
54. But how does his game translate to the NBA, where his size is not such an advantage and his quickness ???.

vr, Xei

2008-03-13 16:37:09
65.   Bob Timmermann
64
I don't speak NBA.
2008-03-13 16:38:31
66.   Xeifrank
65. How about NNBA?
vr, Xei
2008-03-13 16:49:15
67.   Eric Stephen
65
I'm dying to post as Barbara Billingsley, but I don't want to make this a racial issue.
2008-03-13 16:51:18
68.   Jim Hitchcock
me & billy crystal are bonded by hight so i'm rooting for him to get a hit

A guy I work with, 81 years old and all of 5'2", went down today to apply today to be the stand in for Joe Pesci in his role as Joe Conforte, one time owner of the Mustang Ranch.

2008-03-13 16:53:01
69.   RELX
A question--I have been thinking about finally getting MLB TV. For those who have it, what are the pros and cons? Is it reliable? They offer a regular subscription for $89.95, and a hi-res one for $119.95--is there a great difference between the two? Also, being a Dodger fan in New York, how many Dodger games per season can I expect to see?

Thanks,
Robert

2008-03-13 16:58:37
70.   gpellamjr
69 I really like mlbtv. Last year I had both mlbtv and EI. Given how horrible non-HD looks on my TV, the poor picture quality (though improved now in 700K) is not such a disadvantage. You'll also get more games than with EI. Last year with the cable package the Dodger game at 10 EST was often blocked by some 8 hour Yankee-Red Sox game, while there were channels designated for MLB EI that weren't being used. And then some games were just inexplicably absent. As far as I can remember from the last two years, mlbtv has had every game that wasn't blacked out either by FOX or ESPN, or whatever, or because they were playing Cincinnati/Pittsburgh.

All things being equal, I'd rather sit in front of my TV than my computer. But all things aren't equal, so it's a closer call.

2008-03-13 17:09:27
71.   vegasblueman
37

I was there last weekend and I also went last year. The best advice I can give is to arrive early (like 10:00am) so that you can see all the warming up on the back fields. Although the stadium is great and much has been written about it, the most intimate experience will be before the game on the back fields. As far as autographs go, it is sort of hit or miss. When the players are walking to the stadium from the back fields (about an hour before game time) is a good chance and other than that just have what you want signed out and ready to hand to the player.

For accomodations, I wouldn't really suggest staying in Vero. It's expensive and there isn't a whole lot to do after the game. I stayed up the coast in Cocoa Beach one night, and Satellite Beach another. Any of the beach towns up the coast is going to give you more options at night. Plus, if you are flying into/out of Orlando, this puts you closer to the airport.

Everybody has been writing a lot about Dodgertown. It really was special for me. But keep in mind, it's not going to change your life. And it's not like the players are going to sit down and have a beer with you or anything. The best thing you can do is soak up the environment, talk baseball with all the knowledgeable Florida fans, see you favorite players up close, and proudly tell everyone next year in Arizona that you saw Dodgertown.

2008-03-13 17:28:16
72.   Humma Kavula
If anyone here does the New York Times crossword, but hasn't gotten around to today's puzzle, be forewarned: it's both challenging and unsatisfying and will prompt many rule one violations.
2008-03-13 17:33:11
73.   Johnson
72 At the rate I'm getting through my page-a-day calendars I'll be getting to it sometime in 2011. I think I'll have forgotten the warning at that point.
2008-03-13 17:40:55
74.   Humma Kavula
73 I used to love those page-a-day calendars. Then, in 2006 (I think), they published all the same puzzles that they had published in 2005. Or maybe it was 2007/2006. Doesn't matter.

So now I buy the "Easy to Not-So-Easy" puzzle collections. I like knowing the difficulty of the puzzle I'm doing and that one collection has every type of puzzle, Monday through Saturday, divided up by day.

2008-03-13 17:42:13
75.   underdog
69 MLBTV's definitely worth it for me since I'm also outside LA. I had some problems at first with it since I have a Mac, but if you download Flip4Mac you'll be able to run the MLB Player WMP style with very few problems. It also depends on your connection, of course - we have a cable connection in our bldg and a wireless router, I use both but recommend running off the ethernet directly to make sure it's as fast as possible. And even then, it still hangs up on me sometimes, on the Mac. When I watch it on Windows at work it doesn't stick as much but I still sometimes have to reload it. But in general it works great, and the new player is pretty cool (though a little buggier so far). Mostly, few problems and get to see a lot of games. But as GP says above, watching on TV would be preferable if you have that choice and can pay a bit more for EI.
2008-03-13 17:49:04
76.   fanerman
63 Hmm. That's a good point. I was just thinking about traditional fantasy leagues and the depths people are used to having. Now that makes me wonder the depth of useful fantasy hitters versus useful fantasy pitchers, and how changing the number of categories would affect each.
2008-03-13 17:58:15
77.   Sam DC
Lurch!

http://tinyurl.com/3ys6qn

2008-03-13 18:18:02
78.   Andrew Shimmin
I didn't know the Nats had both Boones in camp.
2008-03-13 18:21:26
79.   Bob Timmermann
The Cougar fans outnumber the Duck fans here at Staples.

But there isn't a big crowd. I assume the place will fill up later for the Stanford game.

Last night, ASU fans were heckling unnamed fans, but the ASU fans aren't around tonight.

2008-03-13 18:46:18
80.   Bluebleeder87
Billy Crystal didn't look all that bad, considering...
2008-03-13 19:01:27
81.   Brent Knapp
55 71 Thanks for your advice. Arizona will be so much easier for all of us to get to starting next year.
2008-03-13 19:03:38
82.   Marty
Interesting Lost tonight
2008-03-13 19:10:43
83.   Dodgers49
Torre's plan manufactured

http://www.presstelegram.com/sports/ci_8554659

2008-03-13 19:13:59
84.   underdog
82 Shhh!

Okay, better make sure Tivo's set, as I have a 9pm (!) soccer game tonight.

2008-03-13 19:15:30
85.   underdog
83 This was kind of cute in that article:
>>Closer Takashi Saito, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game because of a strained right calf, was all set to throw batting practice against Mark Sweeney and Jeff Kent when Sweeney, who was standing in the cage, said, "Wait a minute, we're not ready yet."

With that, Sweeney, Kent and Nomar Garciaparra, who was standing nearby, all tied Japanese "hachimaki" headbands around their heads, each with the Rising Sun painted on the front. Actually, they were baseball sanitary socks rigged to look like hachimaki, but the effect was the same. The gallery of fans standing behind the backstop broke into laughter, and Saito laughed so hard that he fell to one knee on the mound.

A relaxed Saito threw 26 pitches without difficulty. Although he will need at least one more session of batting practice before appearing in a game, it now appears he will have plenty of time to be ready for the start of the season.<<

2008-03-13 19:17:38
86.   Bob Timmermann
You mean Hurley throws a no-hitter on "Lost" tonight?
2008-03-13 19:33:50
87.   underdog
Someone always gets hit on "Lost."
2008-03-13 20:08:32
88.   Jon Weisman
One new post up top that points out three other posts. But chat can continue here.

Got it?

2008-03-13 20:11:32
89.   Dodgers49
This was kind of surprising. I figured he's be around for as long as Tim Wakefield was on the roster.

Red Sox Release Mirabelli

http://www.nbc10.com/mlb/15586529/detail.html

2008-03-13 20:13:16
90.   Jon Weisman
Man, Mike Montgomery needs a higher chair. He's not a short man, but it's just not fair to sit him next to Don McLean like that.
2008-03-13 20:45:08
91.   El Lay Dave
89 As noted at the Griddle. : )
http://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/922731.html
2008-03-13 21:16:00
92.   Bluebleeder87
Mirabelli is a VERY solid catch & throw guy with a really nice bat I wonder why the BoSox let him go, I'm kind of surprised.
2008-03-13 21:20:58
93.   El Lay Dave
Just guessing but Mirabelli is 37 and the bat hasn't shown much in a couple years. Maybe he just looks done.
2008-03-13 21:29:19
94.   Daniel Zappala
Major bummer for Hawaii to lose to Boise State. You always want that 10-win team to have a chance to advance to the tourney.
2008-03-13 21:46:31
95.   Bob Timmermann
Mitch Johnson shoots like David Eckstein throws.
2008-03-13 21:58:21
96.   Bob Timmermann
I can't picture Stanford pulling away in this one.
2008-03-13 22:12:51
97.   Bob Timmermann
The unnameds seem to have run out of gas.
2008-03-13 22:16:37
98.   bigcpa
Yahoo! has come up with a jinx-free name for the mythical creature:

http://tinyurl.com/3d93ah

2008-03-13 22:25:18
99.   Bumsrap
88 - CCCH?
2008-03-13 22:58:48
100.   Dodgers49
Dodgers get ready to make history in China

>> Kemp bestowed the honor of playing center field in the first game to Andruw Jones, the only other projected starter to land in China on Thursday night.

Manager Joe Torre told Kemp and Jones that they would each play in center one game and be the designated hitter in the other, and that it was up to them to figure out who would play where on what day. <<

http://tinyurl.com/2nhrtl

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2008-03-13 23:37:56
101.   underdog
98 "Kershawn?" Yikes.

Kershawn Johnson.

Beats Kerplunk, I suppose.

2008-03-13 23:43:42
102.   Jon Weisman
Real new post up top.

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