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Alright...this is my favorite story so far from Spring Training.Thursday, Daniel "Doc" Jacobs tried out for a spot with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but unlike the countless others that hit the field at Camelback Ranch...dude is a disabled Navy veteran.You see, seven years and three days prior to his tryout, Jacobs was on a battlefield in Ramadi, Iraq when an IED exploded beneath him. His body was left shattered, his left leg amputated from the knee down. The Marine with him...killed.50 surgeries later, Jacobs, now 27 years old, is back on his feet (well, one of them, his left foot is a prosthetic) fielding grounders while Dodgers scouts look on. But, Jacobs, who once had dreams of playing in the Majors, wasn't out there to impress the scouts."It's all about the experience, and letting America and these guys know that not all disabled veterans are going to be a statistic in the news," Jacobs told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "I'm here to combat the suicide rate, homicide rate, divorce rate statistics. I just want to get out there and prove to America there are awesome disabled veterans out there and we are making a stand against that."Do yourself a favor and check out some pictures from Jacobs' day...just CLICK HERE!
BEST OF MAXIM
If Chris Capuano had any trade value he has done a great job of destroying it in the early days of spring training.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have eight starting pitchers on their current roster, three more then the standard rotation. A trade would be the most logical way to trim the Dodgers rotation down but the players the Dodgers want to trade are the least desirable.
PHOENIX Matt Kemp is expected to play Friday for the first time since off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. But Carl Crawford, the Dodgers' other rehabbing All-Star outfielder, hit a bump in his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery.
"It depends on how he comes in in the morning," Manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp's status. "...
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It seems almost like yesterday Josh Beckett was overpowering hitters with a high-90s fastball and wickedly effective sinker, helping the Boston Red Sox win a World Series. In 2007, he was an All-Star who won 20 games and finished second in Cy Young voting. He was one of the league's elite pitchers.
"Josh basically was Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke...
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t view
veteran pitcher Aaron Harang as a candidate for the team’s bullpen, meaning he
could quickly become a trade candidate this spring, according to Steve Dilbeck
of The Los Angeles Times.
“Aaron Harang doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that pitches
out of the pen,” Mattingly told reporters. “To me he’s...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down outfielder Carl
Crawford due to nerve irritation, an ailment that could cause the veteran to
start the season on the disabled list.
Don Mattingly said Carl Crawford's status for opening day is in question. "This challenges that."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 1, 2013
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...
A truly inspiring tale of perseverance is playing out much like a Hollywood script in the city of angels.
Former Iraq veteran Daniel ‘Doc’ Jacobs has two main goals in life: to serve his country and second to play Major League Baseball–check both off.
The Huffington Post has reported the 27-year-old’s story of being one of 80 hopefuls at Dodgers Camelback Ranch training...
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford could miss his team’s April 1 opener against San Francisco after leaving spring training to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles.
Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23, Crawford felt nerve irritation in his left arm. The Dodgers said Friday he was examined a day earlier by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who prescribed...
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Capuano had problems with home runs for the second straight start.
Trying to earn a job in the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation, Capuano allowed long balls to Mike Zunino and Franklin Gutierrez during a three-run third inning Saturday in a 9-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Capuano started with two perfect innings that included three strikeouts before...
When Guggenheim Baseball Management spent 2.15 billion dollars to buy the Dodgers from Frank McCourt last year, lots of things were said about the organization and the rich new world it had just been entered into.
Spending huge amounts of money on player acquisitions and organizational improvements would become routine, and the goal of the new management was to return the Dodgers...
It didn't take long for Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz to recover from food poisoning.
In his first at-bat after two days in bed, Cruz hit a two-run homer that helped the Dodgers beat the Angels 10-8 Thursday and leave their Los Angeles rival with an 0-5-2 record at spring training.
''I'm still weak,'' Cruz said after sending a pitch from Jerome...
Trading away Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto last August was like taking medication in the midst of a brutal headache. Seven months later, despite some minor residual effects, it’s clear the Red Sox are prepared to tackle the 2013 season with a clear head.
The Dodgers? Not so much.
Boston was immediately praised in the aftermath of its 2012 megadeal...
The current ownership group of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which as you know includes NBA legend Magic Johnson, paid $2.15 billion for the team — the most ever for a sports franchise. They are expected to have a payroll of $230 million in 2013, which is the highest in baseball history. The team is also planning to spend over $100 million in stadium upgrades and improvements.
PADRES 7, DODGERS 5
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Greinke was hit hard in his second spring training appearance, allowing three doubles and a triple over three innings Friday as a Los Angeles Dodgers' split squad lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5.
After pitching two scoreless innings against the Chicago White Sox in his first game after signing a 147 million, six-year contract, Greinke...