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Chase Utley wins 2016 Roy Campanella Award


Chase Utley was selected as the recipient of the Dodgers’ 2016 Roy Campanella Award — which is voted on by Dodger players and coaches.

The Campanella Award is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher.

Previous winners are Rafael Furcal (2006), Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012), Clayton Kershaw (2013 and 2014) and Zack Greinke (2015).

— Cary Osborne

#VinTop20: No. 6, Roy Campanella tribute


Between now and Vin Scully Appreciation Day on September 23, the Dodgers are revealing the results of the fan vote ranking Scully’s top 20 Dodger calls of all time, one at each home game. Here’s No. 6: the 1959 Coliseum tribute to Roy Campanella.

— Jon Weisman

No. 7, Don Larsen’s perfect game
No. 8, Monday captures the flag
No. 9, ‘We go to Chicago!’
No. 10, Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter
No. 11, Joe Ferguson’s throw
No. 12, Fernandomania begins
No. 13, ‘The Squeeze!’
No. 14, Nomo’s No-No
No. 15, the 4+1 Game
No. 16, Don Drysdale’s streak stays alive
No. 17, Mike Piazza, Giant-slayer
No. 18, Yasiel Puig’s first slam
No. 19, Manny’s Bobbleslam
No. 20, Mark McGwire hits it way, way out

Catcher steals make a rare return for Dodger offense


Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Howie Kendrick, LF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Andrew Toles, RF
Joc Pederson, CF
Scott Kazmir, P

By Jon Weisman

In the very first game after A.J. Ellis stole his first base in the Majors on Wednesday, Yasmani Grandal stole his first base as a Dodger on Friday.

Grandal, whose steal came in his 191st game as a Dodger, did have three thefts with the Padres in 2014. Nevertheless, to say this week’s sequence of events was unusual is an understatement.


In case you missed it: Kool Kenley

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers

For more images from today, visit the Dodgers Photog Blog.

By Jon Weisman

Let’s recap the first Saturday of Spring Training …

Bridges to history: Last links to retired numbers

Reese Fairly

By Jon Weisman

With the Dodgers celebrating their 10 retired numbers in a pin series this year, I was curious who was the last active player to take the field with each of these legends. Here’s what I found:

1 Pee Wee Reese
Ron Fairly, who was 19 when making his debut with the 40-year-old Reese as a teammate on the 1958 “Welcome to Los Angeles” Dodgers, was 40 himself when he played his last big-league game in 1978. Years between Reese’s first game and Fairly’s last: 38


Ultimate presents: Most valuable Dodger memorabilia

Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series jersey. Photo: SCP Auctions

Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series jersey. Photo: SCP Auctions

By Cary Osborne

What is the most valuable piece of Dodger memorabilia?


Coming to terms with baseball and change

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By Cary Osborne

Maybe this is part of my own healing writing this.

I grew up during the time of Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken. One man has a statue outside of Petco Park that reads “Mr. Padre.” The other is arguably more significant to the city of Baltimore than Edgar Allen Poe.

They were the ideal Major Leaguers to me — players who were stars, who you never feared would be traded or leave as a free agent. Players who started and ended their baseball careers in the same place.

Sandy Koufax poses for a portrait circa 1962. Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos

Sandy Koufax poses for a portrait circa 1962. Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos

Before them, Ted Williams was only a Red Sock, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio were only Yankees, and Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale were only Dodgers. And the thought of them in any other uniform is sacrilegious.

But I learned that they are the exception and not the rule. More often than not, our favorite players eventually end up leaving our favorite teams. And it’s not easy to stomach.

I hurt when Mike Piazza was traded. I was sad to see some recent players go. And I mentioned earlier that I grew up during the Gwynn-Ripken era. That was also the same period when I saw Orel Hershiser wear a Giants uniform and Fernando Valenzuela was an Angel and a Padre.

Now we’re in a more urgent era, where there is more equity in baseball, and competition off the field makes the game ever-evolving. Hence, the following:

There are only four players in the big leagues who have been on the same team since 2004 — Joe Mauer, David Wright, Ryan Howard and Yadier Molina. And there are no players from the 2011 Padres, Diamondbacks or Cubs who are on their current rosters.

From that 2011 season, only Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen remain on the Dodgers. Since 2006, Ethier’s first season, he has played the most games of any Major League outfielder for the same team. Every outfielder in the top 10 games played since 2006 has played on at least two teams. Only four National League starters have been with their team longer than Kershaw — Adam Wainwright (St. Louis, 2005), Matt Cain (San Francisco, 2005), Homer Bailey (Cincinnati, 2007) and free agent Tim Lincecum (San Francisco, 2007).

With that urgency brings a thinner line between risk and reward. Maybe the following shows that a free agent’s team knows him best — and therefore has a more difficult decision on what it wants to do when a player comes up for free agency.

Top-level free agents over the age of 30 typically don’t re-sign with their teams. In the 2013 and 2014 offseasons, 56 free agents who were age 30 or older and had been All-Stars at some point in their career signed Major League contracts. Of those 56, just 10 re-signed with the team they played with the year before. That’s less than 20 percent. The only player who signed a contract of more than three years was Victor Martinez, who inked a four-year deal with Detroit in 2014. Brian Wilson, who signed a two-year pact with the Dodgers, is one of the 10.

I’m not trying to destroy the idea of a player being with the same team his whole career or a major portion of it, as would have been the case if Zack Greinke had re-signed with the Dodgers. I’m just mindful that Mr. Padre and Cal Ripken longevity is uncommon.

Players who remain with the same team their whole career — like with Robinson, Campanella, Koufax, Drysdale and hopefully Kershaw — are special cases. As are players who re-sign with their team when they become a free agent.

I’ve grown to accept things about the game I love. And I’ve grown to expect things from the game I love. Change is part of the game. In fact, it always has been.

The most famous player in baseball history is known as a Yankee, but Babe Ruth was a Red Sock first, and we know how that transaction affected people.

Will we ever get over our favorite players leaving? Some will. Others might take 86 years.

Zack Greinke wins Roy Campanella Award

Congratulations to Zack Greinke, who today was named the winner of the 10th annual Roy Campanella Award, given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the Hall of Famer’s spirit and leadership. Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, will present the award during pregame ceremonies Sunday.

Previous winners are Rafael Furcal (2006),  Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012) and Clayton Kershaw (2013 and 2014).

— Jon Weisman

Campanella scholarships promote health and human development


LADF LogoBy Erin Edwards

Since 2010, Dodger vice president of medical services Stan Conte has invited a Cal State Northridge physical therapy student to intern with the team’s medical staff through Spring Training. It is quite rare to have a physical therapy intern work with a professional sports team, but it also shows the strength of CSUN’s program. This year’s deserving intern will be Jared Sinn.

“I want to be the guy to make a difference in everyone’s life,” Sinn said. “If I can do that just by going to work, to me, that’s not work. It’s something I want to do every day, to go out and save the world, I guess.”

On January 23, 10 scholarship recipients gathered at a celebratory luncheon with Joni Campanella Roan (the daughter of Roy and Roxie Campanella), staff of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and staff from Cal State University Northridge’s College of Health and Human Development.


In case you missed it: Yasiel Puig sets the agenda at City Hall

Dodgers Community CaravanBy Jon Weisman

Yasiel Puig was filled with insouciant musings during today’s conclusion of the Dodgers’ Pitching in the Community caravan, and Alden Gonzalez of captured it in an entertaining piece. Here’s an excerpt:

… Puig looked strong, but had no idea how much he weighs with 27 days left until the first full-squad workout.

Perhaps somewhere between 255 and 260.

“Whatever weight I come in, it doesn’t matter,” Puig said, citing teammate Juan Uribe as an example by calling him a “gordito,” exaggerating his weight and saying, “He saves us every game at third base.”

Puig also glowed about Astros 5-foot-6 second baseman Jose Altuve, his teammate for an exhibition tournament throughout Japan in November and someone he credited with inspiring him to intensify his workout regimen this offseason.

“I don’t like working out,” Puig said. “It’s like you have to pay me to enter the gym.”

But Puig did, because he wants to steal more bases and he wants to limit the highs and lows of a six-month regular season. …

Jon SooHoo has more photos from the caravan at LA Photog Blog: first stopsecond stopthird stop and fourth stop.

So what else is going on?

  • The 45th annual convention of the Society of American Baseball Research is June 24-28 in Chicago, and if you go, you can catch the Dodgers playing at Wrigley Field June 24-25.
  • Carl Erskine talked about Roy Campanella’s great work behind the plate with Rob Neyer at Fox Sports’ Just a Bit Outside.
  • This headline should get you started: “On World War II vet’s last day, Dodger Tommy Lasorda was his angel,” by Dennis McCarthy for the Daily News.
  • In’s overall list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, Corey Seager was seventh, Julio Urias eighth and Joc Pederson 13th. Grant Holmes is 95th. Here’s more from Teddy Cahill of
  • Pederson has gone gluten-free, and not by choice, writes J.P. Hoornstra at the Daily News.
  • Keith Law’s take on the Dodger farm system can be found at ESPN Insider.  After the same first four as, the next six are Alex Verdugo, Zach Lee, Darnell Sweeney, Chris Anderson, Jose De Leon and Zach Bird.
  • David Schoenfield of’s Sweet Spot looked back at Baseball America’s top prospects of 2005. Raise a glass for Joel Guzman
  • From official MLB historian John Thorn at Our Game: “Baseball, as with any other course of life, has had its share of death, degradation, and disappointment. For utter horror, however, the story of Marty Bergen, star catcher of the Boston Beaneaters, is unmatched in the annals of the sport.”
  • Some last caravan tidbits …