No fun allowed in the Dodger Stadium parking lot

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Technically speaking, it’s always been illegal to tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, whether you’re drinking booze or not. Practically speaking you’ve always been able to do it. Until the last two years, anyway, when police have started cracking down.  Carla Hall of the L.A. Times has a story from yesterday’s home opener in which people who were merely enjoying a sandwich and chips before the game have had police officers descend upon them to tell them to move along.  According to my calculations, this surpasses A.J. Pierzynski’s flop job by 2.3 metric weaks on the official weakness scale.

Frank McCourt’s grand plans include putting a football stadium in that parking lot in order to attract an NFL team.  If that ever comes to pass, someone had best rethink the tailgating rules. Outside of Milwaukee baseball can survive without tailgating. Football though? Forget it.

Johan Camargo will start season on disabled list

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Braves third baseman Johan Camargo will begin the regular season on the disabled list with a strained side and back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Camargo suffered the injury last week in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays and hasn’t played since.

With Camargo out, Rio Ruiz will likely play third base in his place, as well Charlie Culberson and Danny Santana. O’Brien notes that had Camargo not been injured, the Braves likely would’ve left Ruiz off the roster in favor of an extra outfielder or third catcher.

Camargo had a solid rookie season for the Braves in 2017, batting .299/.331/.452 across 82 games. Ruiz did not fare as well, batting .193/.283/.307 in 53 games.