The pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch for the Dodgers today, Feb. 12, which officially kicks off baseball season, and tomorrow, Feb. 13, they”ll have their first workout, in which I like to imagine Aaron Harang lumbering through conditioning drills like a monkey. Everybody will report to camp on Friday, Feb. 15, and Spring Training will be in full swing the following day, Feb. 16, as they get their first team workout in, which hopefully includes Josh Beckett running around a lot, so he doesn’t look like this:
The team’s first Spring Training game will take place a week after everybody reports, on Feb. 23 against the White Sox, who they share the facility with. On March 5, the minor-league portion of pitchers and catchers report, while everybody else comes in on March 11. The last game of Spring Training will come on March 29 against the Angels (ANAHEIM!) before opening the season at home against the rival Giants on April 1. I’m eternally glad that the team opens with them at home, because I would puke all over myself if I was forced to watch them raising a banner or something.
The daily schedule, via press release:
Afternoon Games (1:05 p.m. starts):
Dodger BP: Until 11:15 a.m.
Visitor BP: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Visitor Infield: 12:20 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Dodger Infield: 12:30 p.m.-12:40 p.m.
Night Games (7:05 p.m. starts):
Dodger BP: Until 5:15 p.m.
Visitor BP: 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Visitor Infield: 6:20 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Dodger Infield: 6:30 p.m.-6:40 p.m.
That’s not all that’s going on during this spring though, as on March 1, the World Baseball Classic will start with Australia playing Taiwan. The tournament is primarily important for Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico), Luis Cruz (Mexico), Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), Ronald Belisario (Venezuela), Nick Punto (Italy), and Paco Rodriguez (Spain). Not sure it effects Punto or A-Gon much, and it’s just a miracle that Belisario is in America at this time, but I doubt Cruz or Paco will benefit from not being in camp for their first Spring Training ever with real expectations, plus Hanley not ever playing shortstop in the spring after playing horrible shortstop in 2012.
Additionally, via Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy, here are the Dodgers home and away Spring Training caps.
Loving the home caps.