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Dodgers Spring Training Update

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By David Moran/Special to LAist

The old narrative about the nature of spring training and the beginning of baseball season goes like this: it’s a whole new year! Every team is 0-0! Anything could happen! Maybe this is the season that Player X lays off the high fastball, that Player Y locates his curve, that Player Z learns to move to his left and smother that weak grounder in the hole - the season that it just all comes together! So-and-so is in the best shape of his life! Hope springs eternal!

Of course, it doesn’t. And hope of the spring training variety is the most fragile kind. This kind dents with every bad outing by a pitcher, cracks with every sprained knee and torn tendon, and shatters when we wake up from our winter hibernation from our teams and realize: hey, this guy will just never stop hacking at that chin-level cheese.

Spring training has had a little of each of these buzzkills for the Dodgers, but there is still perhaps some room for a tentative sort of optimism.