One month from today, on Wednesday, February 26, the Dodgers will kick off their spring training schedule in Talking Stick, against the Diamondbacks. That game will be televised, like all other spring games, and while it’s anyone’s guess as to whether any of us will actually be able to see SNLA a mere 24 hours after it’s launched, the fact is that in a month there will be Dodger baseball.
Considering that it’s still the dead of winter in most of the country, the idea that we’re even thinking about baseball being played soon is a pretty nice treat. It’s even better than that, really, because while games don’t begin until Feb. 26, pitchers and catchers report on Saturday, Feb. 8. That’s two weeks from yesterday, and it means that we’ll finally start getting daily reports and updates from camp. It’s been a long winter, but the end is near. That’s a nice thought to have.
Of course, the question is, who will we see in Dodger camp? At this point, I don’t think anyone really expects an outfielder to get traded — nor should you, with Dave Stewart still dropping hints about Matt Kemp‘s health — and the bullpen is beyond stuffed. But will they still add another starter, as has been rumored? Are they satisfied with Dee Gordon, Chone Figgins, Justin Sellers, and Brendan Harris behind Alexander Guerrero at second base? Will that same group comprise the majority of the bench, or will they still bring someone in?
We know what the majority of the roster will look like, but I’m guessing we don’t know what it all looks like. In a month, we’ll have a Dodger team on the field and on television. Frankly, it can’t come soon enough.