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Dodgers Web musings: Manny Ramirez goes 'Moneyball'

Or maybe that should be the other way around. Our favorite dreadlocked, greatest-quote, not-talking, power-hitting, feeble-swinging bundle of contradictions has taken his waning talents to the Oakland A’s.

You probably missed that chapter in the book, but for an A’s team woefully shy on talent, it is a small gamble. At least financially. Pedro Gomez at ESPN reported that Ramirez signed for $500,000. Of course, the Dodgers still owe him $8.3 million in each of the next two years.

The Manny who absolutely electrified Dodger Stadium in 2008 is now 39 and coming off a year in which he sat out almost the entire season after being busted a second time for using performance-enhancing drugs.

He’ll have to serve a 50-game suspension first, but he wants to play, so best of luck and all. Manny is now Oakland’s problem, though it might make for an interesting sequel.

Also on the Web:

— Pitchers and catchers report to camp Tuesday and’s Ken Gurnick writes that it will the first time in a decade they so with an ace. You can possibly figure out who that is.

— The Times’ Patt Morrison has an interesting Q&A piece with Sue Falsone, the first head female trainer in any American professional sport.

— Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti gives a video interview to Fox at a Kings game where he confirms that he wants to sign Andre Ethier to a long-term contract.


— ESPN’s Buster Olney says Yankees catcher Russell Martin has dropped weight for this season. Where have we heard about Martin adjusting his weight before? Oh yeah, here.

— Believe it or not, he’s still here: Brett Tomko has signed a minor-league deal with the Reds.

— And while on ex-Dodgers, infielder Blake DeWitt — the Dodgers’ future second baseman only two years ago — has accepted a minor league assignment with the Cubs after clearing waivers. He’s 26.

— Hong-Chin Kuo is ready to start his new life as a Seattle Mariner: “We all face challenges in life. I had one last year and my teammates helped me through it — everyone helped me through it. My coaches, my wife, everyone.”

— The Jeremy Lin phenomenon reminds some of Nomomania. Wait, check that, it’s Fernandomania.

— Don Mattingly tells's Gurnick that despite not having an established closer like Jonathan Broxton, he is more confident in his bullpen this season.

— Robert Timm at Dodger Dugout offers his two cents on the team’s coming spring.

— Steve Dilbeck

Dodgers' new athletic trainer Sue Falsone: I'm really humbled

DodgersSue Falsone knew about the history. She recognized the Dodgers had just named her the first female head athletic trainer in U.S. professional sports. Still, that’s a tad different from being prepared for the reaction to the news.

"I received hundreds of emails from people I know and people I don’t know," Falsone said. "It was amazing. It was really everybody. I’m feeling really humbled."

Falsone (pronounced fal-SONY) was named the Dodgers’ new head athletic trainer Monday. The Dodgers, of course, are a team used to firsts, though it is still looking for its first National League pennant since 1988.

Falsone, 37, was previously the major league’s first female assistant trainer. Starting in 2007, she spent four seasons with the Dodgers and trainer Stan Conte’s staff.

"This is special to me on so many different levels," she said. "No.1 is just being entrusted with this type of position with an organization such as the L.A. Dodgers. That alone is special.

"As far as being a woman, it’s surprising it’s taken until 2011 for this to happen. There are so many women athletic trainers in high school and in college, it was just bound to happen at some point."

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Dodgers set to name 1st female head athletic trainer in MLB history

Dodgersbig1The Dodgers are set to make Sue Falsone the first female head athletic trainer in baseball history, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the move won’t be officially announced until next week.

Falsone has already spent considerable time in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, as she was the team’s physical therapist from 2008-10. She traveled with the team and was popular with players. She was a consultant from the club last season.

Stan Conte, the Dodgers’ head athletic trainer for the last five years, will remain with the organization and continue to oversee its medical department.

The Dodgers’ training staff will undergo major changes this off-season.

Assistant athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk left the team to become the head athletic trainer of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Strength and conditioning coach Brendon Huttmann and physical therapist Jeremiah Randall followed Tomczyk to Pittsburgh.


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