Since pitchers won’t take at-bats regularly any longer, quickly what is your favorite Dodgers pitcher hitting moment? Personally, I’d have to go with Clayton Kershaw hitting a home run and pitching eight shutout innings on Opening Day against the Giants in 2013.
As far as the new draft lottery goes, that came out of the blue. The NBA has a draft lottery, for the sole reason of preventing teams from intentionally tanking their seasons.
Generally how the lottery works is they randomly select codes, the worse the record the better chance the team has for the number one pick. It will be interesting to see if the MLB will implement the same structure. There’s been times in which the order of the draft remains unchanged and there’s been times in which a team moves up ten spots.
The actual lottery takes place behind closed doors with only a few selected people to watch, and then they announce it publicly, opening envelopes with the team name.
It will be interesting to see how MLB approaches this method. While Rob Manfred has a tendency to mess up things that were perfectly fine, we’ll see how it turns out.
As far Dodgers news goes, they continue to fill out their minor league roster. Most recently they signed Chris Betts (no relation to Mookie Betts) to a minor league contract. The catching prospect was drafted in the second round back in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers also signed former Angels pitching prospect Cole Duensing.
These moves usually go under the radar but who knows, as Justin Turner was signed to a minor league contract eight years ago and that was one of the best moves in Dodger history.
Let’s hope we can get the wheels turning ong Spring Training soon.
There’s a big football game this weekend and Kershaw is expected to be in attendance to support his good friend and Rams quarterback, Matthew Stafford.
Once this lockout ends, all Dodger fans surely hope Kershaw remains in L.A., but baseball can’t come soon enough.