My name is Jared Massey. I'm a lifelong Dodger fan and have been writing about the club for the past six years. I've written for a handful of websites, most notably LADodgerTalk.com and most recently LADodgerReport.com. Last March I attended Spring Training at Camelback Ranch where I had the rare privilege of interviewing Logan White and recording Dee Gordon's near inside-the-park home run, among other memorable moments. I plan on returning to Arizona next month.
While I follow the major league club intensely, catching as many games as I can on TV and in person, I am an avid follower of the Dodgers' farm system. It was actually here, on the scout.com message boards, where I began learning about LA's minor league prospects. That was back in 2004 when Edwin Jackson and Greg Miller were being touted as the next Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. With the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes roster likely to be loaded with prospects, I'm planning on attending as many games as I can this season.
Looking ahead to 2012, I see a lot of adversity. Will Kemp and Kershaw repeat their amazing performances? Will key roleplayers step up and allow the club to contend? Is Colletti capable of pulling off a deadline deal to push the team over the top?
This season should be fascinating on and off the field. I look forward to experiencing it with all of you and hopefully getting to know you along the way. We're not far away from hearing "It's time for Dodger baseball!"