Opening Day 2017

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Phoenix– The Dodgers are officially back from Camelback Ranch and set to take on the San Diego Padres in their home opener.

With the conclusion of spring training and first pitch looming here is a round-up of the Dodgers Spring.

They had a team batting average of .270, slugging .440 and and .792 OPS. The Dodgers hit 44 home runs, 74 XBH’s and drove in 182 RBI’s. They also stole 20 bases.

Dodgers pitchers went 18-17 with a team ERA of 4.80 with nine saves.

308/126 was their strike out to walk ratio and they allowed 46 home runs of the course of spring.  (all stats via MLB.com)

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Globe Life Park lights up tonight 

ARLINGTON, Texas- Today the Rangers face the Cleveland Indians for their 2017 home opener at Globe Life Park. The first pitch will be at 6:05 pm. These two teams have shared quite a few interests over the past several months. The Indians did not get to sign Jonathan Lucroy who is with the Rangers now, and then traded Mike Napoli to the Rangers. 

Corey Kuluber will be pitching for the Indians tonight as he defends his American League champion title. Yu Darvish will be pitching for the Rangers. 

The promotion tonight will include Papa John’s reward points, and a Budweisers Opening Night Magenetic Schedule. 

-Katie Tercek

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Dodgers opening day payroll top in MLB

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Phoenix– The 2017 Dodgers start their campaign this afternoon, with an opening day roster payroll over $227 million.

For the second straight year the Los Angeles Dodgers have the top payroll in the MLB even though it is slightly lower than the previous season. (via Eric Stephen)

Obviously you cannot buy wins, but the team is the reigning NL West champions with a chip on their shoulder after being eliminated in the NLCS by the Chicago Cubs.

It is also to be noted the Dodgers opening day starter Clayton Kershaw will be paid $33 million this year, juxtaposed to the Padres opening day payroll of only $28 million. (viaBill Shaikin)

Here are the top five player salaries for opening day 2017:

Clayton Kershaw $33 million

Adrian Gonzalez $21.5million

Justin Turner $16 Million

Rich Hill $14 million

Brandon McCarthy $10 million

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City Mayor Jeff Williams throws the first pitch

ARLINGTON, Texas– City Mayor Jeff Williams will be throwing out the first pitch at Globe Life Park on April 3 to celebrate the Texas Rangers home opener. Known in the community for his public service, he was elected in May 2015, and is the 29th mayor of Arlington.
Williams is the president of an engineering firm Graham Associates, Inc., which is located in Arlington. Through his company he has worked on Globe Life Park along with many other projects in the Arlington area. Williams throwing the first pitch for the 2017 season seems to be appropriate considering his term as Mayor expires this May.  

The pitch will be caught by National Baseball Hall Of Fame electe Ivan Rodriguez. 

-Katie Tercek

Mayor Jeff Williams in front of Globe Life Park by Star-Telegram

Freeway series ends in a tie

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Phoenix– The Dodgers faced their cross-town rivals on Saturday in the final game of spring training before the 2017 season is underway.

Last night was actually the first time the Dodgers had their planned starting eight all batting in the same lineup. The teams shortstop sensation, Corey Seager made his first appearance since March 3rd due to a sore oblique.

Seager was able to muscle off a hit in his first plate appearance against former Dodger Jesse Chavez. He was later hit in on a Justin Turner home run.

“It’s nice to get back out there with the guys,” Seager said  before the game. (via JP Hoornstra)

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From one Angels blogger to another

Carlos Feliciano, a blogger for “Halos Heaven,” says he has been faithful to the Angels ever since he’s been able to walk and talk.

This past week I had been scrolling through the online community of Angels fans, comments and blog posts, and I came across many talented writers — Feliciano being one of them.

I noticed that he had been writing for this community for over a decade, so I knew he must be extremely knowledgeable on baseball. I decided to look through his past work on the website.

Continue reading “From one Angels blogger to another”

Nationals game cancelled due to rain

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Capital Weather Gang warned fans of both the Nationals and Red Sox to bring their rain gear to Nationals Park for Friday’s 4 p.m. exhibition game A couple hours before the scheduled first pitch, the game was cancelled due to the inclement weather, so fans didn’t get the chance to walk through the gates.

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Since the game won’t be rescheduled, Saturday’s exhibition between the two clubs at the Naval Academy will be the Nationals’ final tune-up before Opening Day on Monday. At 2 p.m., the contest will start at Bishop Park in Annapolis. MASN will televise the contest. Continue reading “Nationals game cancelled due to rain”