When I first saw tweets saying that the Dodgers were introducing alternate road jerseys, I had a brief moment of panic, picturing one of the most classically-attired baseball teams going to solid blue pajama tops or vests or something awful. But nope, it’s just a switch to “Dodgers” across the chest of the road grays from “Los Angeles.”
This is a look much like what the Dodgers had as their everyday roadies from 1970 through 1998. The re-introduction of “Los Angeles” on the roadies occurred in 1999 (although it came first with a hideous vest). Other than that, they’ve only experimented with occasional throwbacks, keeping it pretty straightforward.
This year they’ll use both the “Los Angeles” and the “Dodgers” script. Either one is pretty classic. No complaints here.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.