Around the World in 222 Days…


99939.jpgI’m not sure if you know this, but the circumference of the earth is 24,859.82 miles.  Well, as you can see by my odometer above I have traveled enough miles since January 1, 2009 to go around the world four times.  And it’s only August!

For the next few days I am in Midland, Michigan, home of the Great Lakes Loons, which is one of our single-A affiliates.  We partnered with the Loons in 2007, and since we affiliated I have made more speecahes and appearances than the mayor.  The people in Midland think I live there.

Did you know that Dee Gordon, the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America, leads the Midwest League with 61 stolen bases, 11 more than his closest competitor…he also leads the circuit with 137 hits, 17 more than his closest challenger…Gordon, 21, leads the ML with 82 runs scored as well…the left-handed hitter, who was a mid-season Midwest League All-Star, is tied for sixth in the league with a .310 average…he was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2008 draft?

Did you know that Tony Delmonico is batting .407 (22-for-54) with three homers and 11 RBI in his last 15 games to raise his average to .285 from .264…the Dodgers’ sixth-round selection of the 2008 draft is also batting .336 (37-for-110) in 31 games beginning July 1 after hitting just .224 (15-for-67) in 19 games in June?

Did you know that Nate Eovaldi has allowed just one earned run in 10.0 innings in his last three games (one start), and has a 0.91 ERA (5 ER/49.2 IP) in his last 12 games (six starts)…the Dodgers’ 11th-round selection from the 2008 draft has allowed just one home run in his 79.0 innings of work overall…he is 2-4 with one save and a 3.30 ERA in 20 games (13 starts)…the 19-year-old is the Dodgers’ No. 10 prospect according to Baseball America?

With future Dodgers like these our organization’s future is bright.  I would like to congratulate De Jon Watson, Chris Haydock and their staff of minor league managers, coaches and roving instructors for the outstanding job they do.

They are charged with taking young players and making them better.  It sounds obvious, but to train a youngster to be a big leaguer cna be tough, and our farm system does a great job of teaching them the Dodger way of playing baseball.

1 Comment

Great story, just would like to ask. How can we have the greatest 9 players in Dodger history and not include Sandy Koufax? After Don Drysdale, I never even heard of the other pitchers. I have been a fan since the 60’s and just want to know where Sandy is in this voting!

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