Proving that there’s always room for a Kennedy High School (Granada Hills) alum on the Dodger roster (Jon Garland), the awkwardly effective swing of Garret Anderson will be in Phoenix for Dodger camp. YKI has always been a supporter of GA, even though his reputation for less-than-full-effort (especially in the outfield) has been bandied about for his entire career. His appears non-chalant, but is basically an effortless, smooth player that is misunderstood through his reticence with the media. The Valley native is actually a borderline Hall of Famer a la Harold Baines. Good numbers, but not great – as my friend Mailman Maloney would say – “he’s a lock for the Hall of Very Good.”
The L.A. Times’ Kevin Baxter reports that Juan Pierre is happier and freer in Chicago. Good for Juan, whose career was nearly derailed the day he signed with the Dodgers for that monstrous contract (for a leadoff hitter, low OBP, etc). The Manny Ramirez signing almost rendered him obsolete, but he proved his worth – and won Dodger fans hearts – by filling in admirably during Manny’s suspension. The ironic thing? As a stop gap, he did what he ALWAYS does – hit, score runs & steal bases. His great attitude and professional approach was definitiely appreciated by YKI.