Players Work Out at Dodger Stadium, David Price Donates to Minor Leaguers

After another week when it seemed promising that Major League Basbeall owners and players association would finally work all their issues out, we still are not any closer to knowing if baseball will actually happens this season.

If the league were to resume somewhere around the Fourth of July, the clock is nearing midnight for baseball to get its act together. June is starting on Monday, and teams will need at least two if not three weeks of a second spring training to be ready to play again. Maybe, finally forced up against a hard deadline, they will make their decision one way or another.

States are starting to open up, and some players have started working out together at Dodger Stadium. Chris Taylor was on “Live from the Sunset Strip”, a live Instagram show with pitcher Ross Stripling, and talked about who had been taking advantage of being close to Dodger Stadium while quarantining.

“I’m good. I mean, I guess as good as I can be. We can finally get into the stadium the last couple weeks, so that’s been good. … It’s been me, Seager, Barnes, J.T., DJ (Peters), Kenley, Woody and Scotty. They basically let two to three guys come in at a time and we get like two hours.”

Enrique Hernandez, Cody Bellinger, and Julio Urías have been working out at Camelback Ranch. Urias, Alex Wood, Scott Alexander, and Kenley Jansen have all taken advantage of being able to pitch off the mound ahead of a possible start to the season.

In other news, hundreds of minor league players were released from their teams, and hundreds more will be released in the coming week. While there are always players released in this way, this is especially devastating to players who will not be able to realize their dream of playing in the big leagues. There will most likely not be any minor league games this season with the pandemic wreaking havoc on the league. Major league rosters will be expanded if there is baseball, adding to the difficulty of fielding minor league teams.

There is no word of which Dodger minor leaguers were released, if any. The Dodgers organization has pledged to continue to pay their minor leaguers through the end of June. Each will be given a weekly stipend of $400.

In an incredible act of generosity, pitcher David Price is going to donate $1000 of his own money to all players within the Dodgers farm system not currently on the 40-man roster. Reportedly, Price did not want this to be publicized, but a minor leaguer leaked it. For someone who has not pitched a meaningful game yet for his new team, it just goes to show what a class act the Dodgers acquired in the trade with the Boston Red Sox that also included Mookie Betts.

 

A Look Back at the 2002 Dodgers

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If you’re a fan who follows the history of the Dodgers closely (or if you’re a fan who personally witnessed the misery of not making the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season), you’ll remember that 2002 was pretty much the year of just two players—outfielder Shawn Green and reliever Eric Gagne.

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Will MLB’s Proposed Restrictions Change the Way Baseball Is Played for Good?

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Another week and we’re not really any closer to knowing if we’re going to see Dodgers baseball this season. On Thursday, the MLBPA delivered its proposal to MLB and word came Friday that MLB will return with its concerns and any possible changes on Tuesday.

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Dodgers Named Finalist for ESPN’S Sports Humanitarian Team of Year

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The Dodgers on Wednesday were named a finalist for the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, as announced by ESPN. The honor comes in recognition of the club’s official charity, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).

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State Governors Signal Approvals for Live Sporting Events

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Just like we said in Sunday’s column, “outlooks on the COVID-19 pandemic sometimes change daily, causing bursts of optimism one day and spurts of pessimism the next.”

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Too Many Uncertainties Still Linger Around a Potential 2020 MLB Season

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For what has felt like months now, we have seemingly been hearing an entirely new proposal almost every week about how the 2020 Major League Baseball season may ultimately be structured.

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Dodgers Opinions: Thoughts on the Owners vs. Players & Short Season Ramifications

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I had really hoped that by the time my turn to write for this fine little blog again had rolled around, there would actually be something more concrete about the season to discuss. After all, the MLB had said it was sending their proposal to the players’ union early in the week. But there hasn’t been too much chatter about that yet, except for the whole fighting over money thing.

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What an Abbreviated 2020 MLB Draft Means for Dodgers

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If you have already heard the news surrounding the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft, you’ll know that this year’s version will still happen, but it will be cut back to just five rounds, shortening the annual event by a whopping 35 rounds.

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Latest on Resumption of Major League Baseball

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In the week since we’ve last spoken, baseball, perhaps, has inched closer to possibly having a season.

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Who Remembers the Underachieving 2010 Dodgers?

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Without question, one could write a full-length, comprehensive novel about the trials and tribulations of the 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers.

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