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The Biggest Penny News of Spring Training
by Jon Weisman

Fourteen breaking balls.

Meanwhile, for chit-chat on a fairly random topic, join in today's discussion on The Griddle: How many players would the ideal major league roster have?

2005-03-14 17:54:18
1.   Todd
Well it's good to know "the smile on his face was genuine". Nah, in truth, that certainly is good news. Hopefully he'll continue to feel good out there on the mound .
2005-03-15 07:07:27
2.   Colorado Blue
I for one have been pleased with Dodger's management philosophy on Penny's return... you can feel the mainstream media just pushing for Penny's quick return; questioning his opening day readiness as if somehow the Dodger's season hinges on Penny pitching on opening day. Meanwhile, Depo et. al. have stated that Penny is on his own schedule, as he knows his arm better than anyone. Kudos!
The breaking balls is certainly good news... I meant the pitches, not the media's incessant probing for problems ;)
2005-03-15 07:25:43
3.   Jeromy
I agree with Colorado Blue. It is nice to hear Penny's progress with breaking pitches, but it is even more reassuring that the Dodgers are letting him progress at his own pace--no matter how anxious everyone is to seeing him throw at 100%. I believe the Dodgers are deep enough at starting pitching to withstand a delay with Penny and/or Perez at the start of the season. Erickson has thrown very well to the point where Ken Gurnick is ready to give him a rotation spot. Ishii seems to have pitched well. Jackson's rain shortened outing yesterday wasn't that good, but there obviously talent there.
2005-03-15 08:12:13
4.   Sushirabbit
Yeah to all that. Plus, I pitched a 1-error no hitter with Lowe in MLB 2005 on my playstation. :-)

EA games seems to think that Valentine can't throw from 3rd to 1st. Hope that is not correct. Anyway, I know there is no real connection to reality, but then spring training is spring training, too. I'm betting on Penny returning to form, as I am keeping him as a keeper in my keeper league.

2005-03-15 09:07:26
5.   Bob Timmermann
Presumably, if you can throw the ball from SS to 1B, throwing from 3B to 1B is easier and often a shorter throw.
2005-03-15 09:19:28
6.   Icaros

I hit two home runs with Valentin the other day in a game against the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

He's only made one error at third for me so far, but Choi has had to dig a few of his throws from the dirt.

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