I think it’s been very well documented what they did this winter and how they’ve gotten better as an organization over the last two, three years,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said as pitchers and catchers prepared for Thursday’s first workout.,Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman did acknowledge it’s “hard to say” if the Dodgers would have pursued pitcher Trevor Bauer as aggressively in the free-agent market if the Padres hadn’t started the arms race with their acquisitions of Blake Snell, Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove this winter, fortifying a roster led by third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (third and fourth, respectively in the 2020 National League MVP voting).,Let’s do everything we can to go out next year and do it again,” Friedman said during an appearance on SportsNet LA, summarizing the texts that were going around among members of the Dodgers’ front office in the afterglow of last year’s title.,But as much as the rising threat in San Diego, the challenge for the Dodgers in 2021 is providing validation for last year’s short-season title by winning another in a standard-length season.,“I have argued and would still argue that last year’s circumstances were more difficult than a regular potential grind that we’ve known in the past, all that we’ve ever known,” Roberts said.
Mural artists Brian Peterson, left, and Damin Lujan of Santa Ana created a 35-by-40-foot mural depicting Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers on a building overlooking the parking lot of Philippe the Original sandwich shop in Los Angeles.,(Photo courtesy of Brian Peterson and Damin Lujan)
David Ahn stands beneath the mural of Kobe Bryant and Mookie Betts he commissioned to be painted on the side of his building at 686 N. Spring St. in Los Angeles, CA.,(Photo by Andy Holzman)
The Dodgers reached agreement on a two-year contract with catcher Austin Barnes Sunday.,The contract is reportedly for $4.3 million over the next two seasons including a $300,000 signing bonus and salaries of $1.5 million in 2021 and $2.5 million in 2022 with potential escalator clauses based on games played.,Barnes had sought a $2 million salary for 2021 in arbitration with the Dodgers countering at $1.5 million.,Even as Yasmani Grandal and now Will Smith were the Dodgers’ primary catchers in the regular season, Barnes has started 30 of the Dodgers’ 54 postseason games over the past four seasons including 15 of 18 World Series games in that time.,In six seasons with the Dodgers, the 31-year-old Barnes has a .230 batting average and .700 OPS.
Dodgers fans will be watching every move made by fan-favorite Justin Turner over the next few weeks.,As we all anxiously wait to find out if JT will be returning to Los Angeles, everything he posts on social media will no doubt be thoroughly examined.,The interest in Justin Turner was renewed when the Yankees officially signed DJ LaMahieu to a 6-year deal on Friday.,The Ball Yard in Chatsworth is a private facility that Turner often uses to get his swings in during the offseason with the Dodgers.,The fact that he is taking swings in a local cage only adds to the intrigue of free-agency.
According to a press release, the pharmacies have already received their first shipment of the vaccine and they are working with the county to begin administering it to eligible Californians based on state and county guidelines.,Opening of Dodgers Stadium as mass vaccination site
Gov. Newsom and local leaders in Los Angeles unveiled the mass vaccination site at LA's Dodger Stadium today, streaming live on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Facebook page.,Gov. Newsom said California needs to speed up the pace of vaccination, not just at Dodger Stadium, but throughout the state, as well.,State releases latest COVID-19 statistics