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We're Giving Away Free Trips to Florida!
2006-01-31 13:48
by Jon Weisman

Kurt Ainsworth and Ramon Martinez, come on down!

No, not our old friend Ramon. Different Ramon.

I don't predict either Ainsworth or Martinez will make it past the Showcase Showdown.

2006-01-31 15:18:43
1.   Icaros
No Robby Thompson? How about Johnnie LeMaster?
2006-01-31 15:34:23
2.   King of the Hobos
If Ainsworth can be healthy, he could be very useful. He was a pretty good pitcher before injuries prevented him from pitching over the last 3 seasons. Plus he's only 27. Of course, he needs to figure out how to be healthy

Hopefully Martinez is nothing more than Schrager/Nakamura's replacement

2006-01-31 15:38:18
3.   Bob Timmermann
It's only a matter of time before Hal Lanier or Andre Rodgers get a call.

Although Rodgers isn't all that good anymore. You know, being dead and all.

2006-01-31 15:47:58
4.   Bob Timmermann
I also wonder if teams are inviting a few more players to spring training to fill in for guys who are going ot be in the WBC.
2006-01-31 15:50:49
5.   overkill94
Thank Choi martinez's contract isn't guaranteed, that would have been a waste of money. I like the Ainsworth signing though, this could be Chris Carpenteresque with a guy trying to resurrect a once promising career after a rash of injuries.

While we're at it, I'm not sold on Dioner this year, what's Kurt Manwaring doing these days?

2006-01-31 16:02:29
6.   D4P
Johnnie LeMaster homered in the very first MLB game I ever attended, at The Stick in 1983.
2006-01-31 16:05:08
7.   Dr Gonzo
With expansion and the dilution of pitching, being dead isn't the drawback it used to be. We signed Scott Erickson last year, didn't we?
2006-01-31 16:29:30
8.   Doug N
Slightly OT, but I will be in Florida with the Dodgers, too. Of course, I wasn't invited so much as I will pay for the privilege. Will anyone else be visiting Vero Beach?
2006-01-31 16:39:19
9.   Woody
My wife and I go every year for a few games, since it is within driving distance. We are actually planning on moving to the Vero area this spring. Maybe I can get a job on the grounds crew.
2006-01-31 16:42:04
10.   Jon Weisman
9 - Maybe you can get a job as backup shortstop.
2006-01-31 17:22:28
11.   Blue in SF
Fantastically off-topic, but a guy at work just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and shared some photos with us, including many interesting ones of the Iraqi children. I thought this crowd might particularly enjoy seeing this one:
2006-01-31 17:26:57
12.   Woody
Jon, more likely they'd hire me as a backstop rather than a shortstop. My range isn't what it once was now that I'm 57 (wasn't that good when I was 17 for that matter).

11-The kid looks a bit like Cesar Izturis.

2006-01-31 17:37:42
13.   Bob Timmermann
I hope that's an officially licensed Dodgers cap!
2006-01-31 18:04:04
14.   Jon Weisman
The google ad for this post says"

Junk Car Removal
Free removal service for junk cars in Florida. Fast and Easy!

2006-01-31 18:14:59
15.   Jon Weisman
Kobe is 18-for-19 on free throws with 18 minutes to go in the game.
2006-01-31 18:46:24
16.   King of the Hobos
4 Last year, we had 18 NRIs. This year, we're at 15. We're now at:

OF: Meadows, Weber, Kemp
IF: Truby, Martinez, Abreu
C: Bellorin, Borders
P: Wunsch, Beimel, Sele, Billingsley, Orenduff, Stults, Ainsworth

Notice the lack of 1Bs. Also remember Choi, Nomar, and Saenz will be in the WBC. Looks like Loney, Kent, and Guzman could get a lot of 1B time this spring

2006-01-31 19:06:19
17.   Bob Timmermann
Panamanian papers say Saenz isn't going to play in the WBC. He doesn't get along with the Panamanian baseball federation president.
2006-01-31 23:04:28
18.   Andrew Shimmin
11- Great pic; thanks for linking it.
2006-02-01 06:40:13
19.   Murray
Ned Coletti is going after all his old prospects/cronies. That must be discouraging.
2006-02-01 08:16:15
20.   KCDodger

Not to start a larger conversation, but didn't DePodesta do the same thing to some extent with guys like Edwards, Rose, Flores, Grabowski and Myrow?

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