So while there haven’t been any trades or acquisitions since my last post, there have been a few things going on. First, the Dodgers are holding a Prospect Development Program that is giving many of the Dodger minor league players the chance to see Dodger Stadium, workout with future teammates and coaches, and learn how to be a big league player. I think that this is an awesome opportunity for these young players as it will give them the chance to understand what Dodger baseball is all about. I also think it’s great that many of the current Dodgers, such as Kemp, Loney, and Andruw Jones, attended in order to get ready for spring training and meet the younger guys. It shows that the Dodgers mean business and hopefully this program will continue for years to come.
Other news has to do with the Dodgers agreeing to contracts with Repko and Proctor, while Beimel will probably go to arbitration. I like Proctor, and I think that he provides a solid effort out of the bullpen. Repko, however, I could do without. I know that he would be on the team anyways whether we signed him now or he went to arbitration, so we didn’t really have a choice, but I just want to take this time to talk about how much I don’t like him. I know he’s a hustle player and gives 100%, but he just isn’t good enough to be on the Dodgers. He has no power, is not a very good outfielder, and basically takes playing time away from better players. His only asset, his speed, has been hindered over the past 2 years due to injury, so I doubt his running ability will ever be the same again. And, he injured Furcal last year, so that is also why I don’t like him. We already have enough backup outfielders with Delwyn Young and Ethier/Pierre on the bench, so lets just keep Repko at AAA until he gets hurt, or until all of our other outfield options go on the DL.
Lastly, I want to mention my bobblehead collection, and give the Dodgers some suggestions for next year. I know that the team has probably already decided on who they are going to give out this year, but I really think we need to see players like Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and even Johnny Podres who passed away recently. Anyways, the ones I currently have are: Shawn Green, Hideo Nomo, Russell Martin, Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent, Tommy Lasorda, Rafael Furcal, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Fernando Valenzuela, Ceaser Izturis, Don Drysdale, Don Newcombe, Eric Gagne, and Paul Lo Duca.