February 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers' Duke Snider, 84, Dies
Duke Snider, the longtime center fielder for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980, died on Sunday morning following an undisclosed illness, both the Dodgers and the Baseball Hall of Fame have announced. He was 84. Snider was the Dodgers' primary center fielder from 1947-62 and generally is considered one of the greatest among a long line of superb players who have worn the Dodgers uniform during the franchise's long, storied history, as reported by ESPN.com.
Padilla Could Throw In 3-4 Weeks
The Dodgers are hopeful that after Vicente Padilla underwent surgery to free a nerve that was trapped by a muscle in his right forearm that he could begin playing catch before the end of spring training. Los Angeles will still be without Padilla to begin the season. The surgery was performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Steve Shin, who conveyed the results to Dodgers trainer Stan Conte at Camelback Ranch. "Stan said it went well," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "[Padilla] is supposed to be back in Arizona sometime [on Friday], and he'll start the rehab process. What I got was that his best outlook is three or four weeks, then he'll start tossing."
Vicente Padilla Having Elbow Surgery
Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla will undergo surgery on Thursday to free the troublesome nerve at the top of his right elbow. Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said the team's medical staff preferred to wait until after the surgery before offering a prediction on how long Padilla is likely to be sidelined. Padilla, 33, also spent 18 days on the disabled list last summer with a bulging disc in his neck.
Padilla To Have MRI On Elbow
Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla left spring training and was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles on Tuesday for an MRI exam after experiencing pain in his right elbow. The pain is described as similar to what Padilla experienced last April before he was diagnosed with a nerve injury that sidelined him for two months.
Mattingly Admits He Has Felt Jitters
First-year Dodgers manager Don Mattingly conceded he had some jitters about standing up to give the first speech to the entire team when the position players arrive in camp Monday. "How long have I been thinking about it? The whole winter," Mattingly said when asked about the speech. "A lot of it is talking from your heart, but making sure I have some type of direction. "You make notes over time. There will be parts of that speech from things I might have heard my second spring training that I ever went to as a player." Mattingly said he was nervous when talking to the pitchers and catchers when they reported Wednesday. "It's the first time. You're starting out and you're trying to create an environment and let the players know how you think," Mattingly said.
Frank McCourt 'Confident' He'll Own Dodgers
Frank McCourt remains confident, despite his recent legal setbacks, that he will be able to retain ownership of the Dodgers once his divorce from wife Jamie McCourt is settled. "We're just going to go through that process," he said. "And I'm very, very confident, at the end of the process, I'm going to own the baseball team and someday my four kids are. My confidence in that has not changed a bit, based on what we've gone through. That's how I continue to proceed on a daily basis."
Cimoli, First Dodgers Batter, Dies At 81
Gino Cimoli, the first batter in Los Angeles Dodgers history, passed away Saturday at age 81, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Cimoli came up with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 at age 26 and was the leadoff batter in the inaugural major league regular season game in California, on April 15, 1958 at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. He struck out in Los Angeles' 8-0 loss to the Giants.
Dodgers, Loney Agree To $4.8M Contract
The Dodgers resolved their last pending arbitration case on Friday, agreeing to terms with James Loney on a one-year, $4.875 million contract a week before the club was scheduled to go to a hearing with the first baseman. Loney receives a raise of $1.775 million from his 2010 salary of $3.1 million. The sides settled $100,000 below the midpoint between the arbitration numbers filed by Loney ($5.25 million) and by the club ($4.7 million).
Dodgers Sign Rincon To Minors Deal
The Dodgers have signed veteran right-hander Juan Rincon to a minor league contract. The deal doesn't include an invitation to major league spring training, nor does it include any guarantee of anything. "He does have some pedigree, and that's not a bad thing," said DeJon Watson, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for player development who negotiated the deal with Rincon. "This is a one-month look. We have seen his numbers, but we had good reports on him, so we'll bring him into camp and see where he is."
Dodgers Sign Aaron Miles
The Dodgers have signed veteran infielder Aaron Miles to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Miles, 34, will compete with fellow non-roster invitee Juan Castro and longtime prospect Ivan De Jesus Jr. for a second utility infield spot.
Dodgers To Wear Throwbacks Six Times
The Dodgers are asking fans to vote on what throwback uniforms they'll wear.
Dodgers Sign Southpaw Specialist Mahay To Minor League Deal
Ron Mahay worked to a 3.44 ERA in 41 games for the Twins last season.
Without Guaranteed Offer, Dye Looking At Retirement
Jermaine Dye has yet to receive a guaranteed contract offer for the 2011 season and it will likely lead him to retirement.