Logan White Interviewing With Mets

Dodgers Assistant General Manager Logan White is interviewing with the New York Mets, Tim Wallach may become a Dodgers coach, 2011 Sprint Training will begin on February 26 and first baseman John Lindsey had a pin inserted in his broken hand in the latest news from the Dodgers front.

Rumors of White being fired have circulated for some time and although the very thought is absurd to the Nth degree, Dodgers front office moves have defied logic for some time. The club had denied that they will dump him, but they also said that the pending divorce did not have any affect on the club's signing or not signing free agents.

You know how that worked out.

White has been instrumental in signing a goodly portion of the present Dodgers roster and arguably could be the best scouting director since president Branch Rickey handled all of that himself in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He scouted and signed Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Broxton, James Loney and Matt Kemp among others.

White interviewed last month for the GM job with the Diamondbacks and so did Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson, but Arizona signed former San Diego GM Kevin Towers.

The Mets are replacing Omar Minaya, their GM for the past six years who was fired last week after the club failed to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Wallach to Coach?
Tim Wallach will be one of manager Don Mattingly's staff, pending the possibility that he might be tabbed for a Major League managing job, according to rumors.

Wallach
For the past two seasons, Wallach managed the club's Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, where he was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year and voted the top managerial candidate in the league.

His role on Mattingly's staff has not been determined, but he's likely to be third-base coach or batting coach. Wallach was batting coach in 2004 and 2005, but has said he felt detached from the game in that role.

Larry Bowa is under consideration for bench coach and Torre's bench coach, Bob Schaefer, told Mattingly he would not be returning. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is expected to return but has not accepted the offer as yet. First-base coach Mariano Duncan was told he could seek a Major League job elsewhere, but a position somewhere in the organization would be available if he didn't find one.

Cody Ross Post-Season Hero
Former Dodgers' outfielder Cody Ross, one of the really nice guys in Major League Baseball, propelled the Giants to the National League Championship round by homering to tie the score in the sixth and drilling an RBI single to break a 2-2 tie one inning later. Ross also drove in the only run of the game in the Giants' Game 1 victory over Atlanta.

It Starts All Over Again in February
The Dodgers' 2011 Cactus League schedule opens with a weekend series against the Angels on Saturday, Feb. 26, in Tempe and Sunday, Feb. 27, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The tentative 33-game schedule includes 14 games at Camelback Ranch-Glendale and four against the Angels -- the opening pair plus games at Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium on March 28 and March 29, respectively. The exhibition schedule concludes on March 30 with a game against the Mariners at Dodger Stadium.

There will be one night game (March 4 at Camelback Ranch-Glendale against San Francisco), one day of split-squad games (March 12 against Kansas City and San Francisco, both on the road) and one day off (Wednesday, March 16).

Lindsey Pinned
No, he wasn't engaged to be engaged, rather first baseman John Lindsey underwent a 20-minute operation to insert a pin into his broken left hand. His hand will be immobilized by a modified cast for about four weeks.

The 33-year-old Lindsey, who played 16 years in the Minor Leagues before finally getting his first callup in September, suffered the break of his fourth metacarpal when he was hit by a 92 mph fastball from Arizona's Daniel Hudson on Sept. 25.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Steve Shin at Kerlan Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles and went as planned, according to the Dodgers. The popular Lindsey is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

René A HoF Candidate
René Cardenas, who created the first Spanish-language Major League Baseball broadcast in 1958 while with the Dodgers and later called games in Spanish for the Astros for 16 years, has been named one of 10 finalists to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Cardenas on was named as a finalist for the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He's been on the ballot before, but had never been a finalist prior to this year.

"I'm very happy and thrilled," said Cardenas, who still lives in Houston and writes columns about the Astros for La Prensa, a Spanish-language paper based in Nicaragua. "Of course, there are a lot of great names on the list, so I don't know if I'm going to make [it]. This could be my last chance."

The other finalists are Tom Cheek, Dizzy Dean, Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Ned Martin, Tim McCarver, Graham McNamee, Eric Nadel and Dave Van Horne. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7 during the baseball's Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., and honored during Hall of Fame weekend, July 22-25, 2011, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Cardenas broadcast games in Spanish for 38 years. He teamed with 1998 Ford C. Frick recipient Jaime Jarrin in Los Angeles from 1958-61 before moving to the expansion Houston franchise in 1962, pioneering Spanish-langue baseball in Houston as a broadcast director and announcer from 1962-77. He teamed again with Jarrin on Dodgers broadcasts from 1982-88.

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