What's Up Dodgers?
So what has been going on in Dodger land since I last posted?
Well a big hearty congrats go to Russell Martin for winning the Silver Slugger Award for National League catchers. Voted by coaches and managers, Martin led the NL catchers in hits, homers, runs, stolen bases, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Only Mike Piazza (from 1993-1998) was the other Dodger catcher to win the award since its inception in 1980.
Another exciting announcement today was the composition of the coaching staff under Joe Torre.
- Bench Coach: Bob Schaefer
- First Base Coach: Mariano Duncan
- Third Base Coach: Larry Bowa
- Hitting Coach: Don Mattingly
- Pitching Coach: Rick Honeycutt
- Bullpen Coach: Ken Howell
In addition, the Dodgers have hired Rick Ragazzo as a special assistant to GM Ned Colletti. Coming from 17 seasons with the Giants (oh boy), Ragazzo will be in charge of scouting the Major Leagues and will assist Colletti with such decisions.
Something else that's pretty exciting is that the Dodgers will host the Boston Red Sox in three preseason exhibition games from March 28-30. The best part is the game on March 29 will be played at the original Dodger home: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For one day all of us can relive the 251-foot left field wall.