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Who is going to seize the day for Dodgers?

We’ve got almost three more weeks of this? What are the Dodgers trying to do, bore us to death?

At this rate, somebody is going to have to wake me March 31 for the season opener. It’s not like spring training tilts to high drama, but precious little is going on with the Dodgers on and off the field. Unless you count starting pitchers going down.

It would be easier to put up with the annual spring mid-game lineup shuffle if there were several battles taking place, but like it or not, on the position side the Dodgers are pretty set.

Which is not to say, there aren’t many opportunities available for players to impress for later, to alleviate concerns going into the season or even outright win a job.

Veteran, established players can take a different approach, but for many spring is a time to step up and make their case. And here are a few players I’d like to see a little carpe diem from over the next 19 days:

Jay Gibbons:The Dodgers are planning on him as their starting left fielder against right-handers, which means in theory, he’ll start more often than not. It’s a risk to count on a 34-year-old based primarily on 75 late-season at-bats after being out the majors for two years. So far this spring, Gibbons is one for 17.

Juan Uribe: OK, he is a veteran and his spring doesn’t really mean anything, but considering he is the Dodgers’ only semi-major off-season position acquisition, it would be nice to see him do something better than two for 14.

Dioner Navarro and A.J. Ellis: Ellis probably isn’t in a fair fight for the backup catcher’s spot, but Navarro is off to a slow start (two for 15) and leaving the door open. Ellis, however, is only three for 15 himself.

Xavier Paul: The outfielder is out of options and needs to beat down the door, convincing the Dodgers they need to hang on to him. The Dodgers are giving him the opportunity (he has the sixth-most at-bats on the team), but so far he is batting .158 (three for 19).

Trayvon Robinson: He has almost zero chance of making the team out of camp, but he does have an opportunity to convince the Dodgers he would be a safe call-up later and a prospect to truly watch. So far, he’s batting .200 (four for 20) and has yet to walk.

Ivan DeJesus Jr.:It's not like he's stinking it up in the early going (.263, same as his on-base percentage), but I was hoping he'd tear it up this spring and force himself onto the team, maybe even as a starting second baseman, moving Uribe to third. So far, that's not happening.

Jonathan Broxton: Already chronicled, but providing a slight bit of peace of mind would be nice. Also a first strikeout.

Ron Mahay and Scott Elbert: I don’t care what Don Mattingly says, the Dodgers need a second left-hander in the bullpen. And one of these two needs to step up.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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Sometimes no news is good news. But no doubt something's got to give.

Well frankie,jamie and neddie have seized the moment a long, long time ago. Nothing will be done, why kill the goose thats laying all those golden eggs. The fans are filling up the parking lot the turnstiles have been clicking and will comntinue to click. The food snd drink stands will sell every thing out . Why change anything the fans obviously like this team the way it is, frankie,jamey and neddy (and just thing all those future mccourts} don`t need to do a thing the fans are getting what they want, mediocrity, and I am being charitable when I say mediocre. Keep it up they need the money. JUST KEEP IT COMPETITIVE AND THE SUCKERS WILL KEEP ON COMING IN AND SPENDING......THEY THANK YOU

What about Jerry Sands? If you're going to mention Robinson, Sands should be in the piece as well. All he's doing is batting .438/.550/.938 with more walks than strikeouts. He could be the LF by June.

vtadave: The post was about players who need to step up and are failing, not those -- like Sands -- who are stepping up.

The turnstiles have not been clicking at Camelback Ranch and there are no lines for food or in the gift shop. 2011 season ticket sales could be down 30% from the 27,000 cap set by the O'Malleys. McCourt is looking a little desperate discounting tickets and launching some ill conceived marketing schemes including games offering half price alcohol. How about half price parking instead Frank?

A few more losses for the worst record of spring training - C'mon Dodgers you can do it!

As skyharbor points out, I also have noticed the extremely thin attendance (can't call it a "crowd") at Camelback. Yes, Opening Day -- or in this case, night -- is reportedly sold out, but then it always is. But that's only one game; let's see what happens after that. The first four games are against the hated Gnats, and in any other year, that would probably mean a sold-out first week, but I hope fans are disgusted enough with McScum that they will stay away in droves after Opening Night, even against the Gnats. I'm not going at all for 2011, and I won't until there's a new owner in place. Anybody want to join me?

Carpe Carp: Toss The Fish.

Which in the Dodgers' case, is rotting from the head.


Play Sands!!!!! It might motivate Loney.

hey, the crowds are small and listless at the home spring games as well. watching them on the east coast is already boring me to death. the only spike in the whole spring is Jerry Sands and Kershaw's quiet dominance in the early going.

you fogot to also mention Blake batting his weight in the two hole as well!

Nothing surprising here... the hitting is poor, was poor, and in the future will be poor. This team bats around their weight. The management gets paid big bucks, wants to justify the big bucks, and will be not be truthful with the fans nor themselves about the capabilities of this team. They continue to believe in an unverified wish that the kids will develop into quality hitters and that the veterans will be productive. Couple this unverified wish with poor player selection and most importantly, lack of a winning attitude, and you produce MEDIOCRITY. The fans who attend these games are the bagholders. I will not pay a dime for this performance!

I think to be able to step it up you have to have the ability to step it up - if you get my drift.

The young relief corps of our beloved bumbos revert to form! The future of dodger closers is every bit as bright as the present!

We have plenty of tickets available to see the OTHER 2011 National League teams.

Jim McVeigh,
You got it all wrong about not attending the stadium in protest to Frank.
Don't you know, we Dodger fans go to the stadium only to support the team. We pay our parking fee, buy numerous concessions and souvenirs in our support of only the team.

"Who is going to seize the day for the Dodgers?"

- looks as if they're ALL pretty much 'seizing' out there...

Uribe makes more than Matt Kemp. He's a utility infielder. Thank you Ned Colletti.

"Hail Seizer!"

I repeat, "These Dodgers Suck!"


These problems can be easily solved by giving McCourts son's a raise.


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