Dodgers fans, I am happy to announce that the 125 day, 17 hour, and 20 minute wait is almost over. The long and boring off-season has come to a close. We will, once again, be able to watch Clayton Kershaw’s slow curveball. Soon, we will be able to watch Corey Seager amaze the crowd with his incredible defense. Soon, the crowd at Camelback Ranch will cheer as a home run ball lands in a lucky child’s glove. We will soon watch Logan Forsythe take his first at-bat in a Dodgers uniform. And now, it is now time for the last preview of Spring Training 2017.
I will start with the only player that I know will be playing today, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw requested that he pitch only one inning today, so it seems that he is still worried about his back. He has already thrown to live hitters and reported that he is 100%, but he still is being cautious. Of course, it is good that Kershaw is being cautious, because we don’t want him to re-injure his back. By the end of Spring Training, Kershaw will be back to throwing 7 or 8 innings, so do not worry.
The Dodgers have not announced their lineup yet, but it’s likely that Yasmani Grandal will start out behind the plate. The switch-hitting catcher hit 27 home runs in 2016, 11 more than in 2015. He is very calm behind the plate, something that then spreads to pitchers. Grandal is also very good at throwing out base runners.
The Dodgers acquired Logan Forsythe from the Rays this off-season, and we will finally get to watch him in a Dodgers uniform. The second baseman is expected to be even better than he was last year. Last year, his defensive skills were more amazing than his batting. The thing that I like about him is that he plays with the same mindset as Chase Utley. Both of them give 100% every day.
This off-season, Justin Turner could have signed with any team, but he decided to return to Los Angeles. His quick reflexes at third base, and ability to hit left-handed pitching, makes him a highly coveted third baseman. He is also a leader in the clubhouse and on the field. Be ready for some big Justin Turner celebrations.
Of course, there are many more players that I could highlight, but I decided to stick with these players. Be sure to watch the game today at 12:05pm on SportsNet LA. Go Dodgers!