Robert Browning Said it Best -- And First

When you read the poem below, you might think that Robert Browning was writing only about spring; Oh, no, grasshopper! He was anticipating the arrival of America's Real Game -- Baseball.

The year's at the spring
And the day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's in the thorn:
God's in his heaven--
All's right with the World!

Even the fans who are digging out from under huge piles of "global warming" that have covered half of the United States will wear a smile on their faces when they open the paper and find the players are starting to trickle into their training camps.

Dodger pitchers and catchers will report to Vero Beach on Thursday (tomorrow), February 20th. The position players who want to voluntarily arrive early can drop in by the 20t and the mandatory reporting date is February 27.

The first exhibition game will be against the Braves on March 1 in Orlando and the first home game will be the following day at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach.

Additional mounds may be in preparation since a total of 42 pitchers will be on hand with only five catchers listed on the roster available to catch them. A total of 15 non-roster players will occupy the major league side of the complex, joining the players of the 40-man roster.
Los Angeles Dodgers 40-Man Roster
     (as of February 8, 2007)

Manager: Grady Little (9) 
Hitting Coach: Eddie Murray (33)
Pitching Coach: Rick Honeycutt (40) 
First Base Coach: Mariano Duncan (29)
Bench Coach: Dave Jauss (46)
Third Base: Rich Donnelly (37)
Bullpen Coach: Dan Warthen (48)
Coach: Manny Mota (11)

  Pitchers (21)     age   	b-t	 ht	wt
97 Beimel, Joe (30)   		L-L	6-2	215
58 Billingsley, Chad (22) 	R-R	6-0	244
43 Brazoban, Yhency (27)   	R-R	6-0	239
51 Broxton, Jonathan (23)   	R-R	6-3	288
45 Dessens, Elmer (36)     	R-R	5-11	200
68 Hammes, Zach (23)            R-R	6-6	225
47 Hamulack, Tim (32)        	L-L	6-2	220
30 Hendrickson, Mark (33)	L-L	6-9	230
54 Houlton, D.J. (27) 		R-R	6-3	220
67 Hull, Eric (27)          	R-R	5-11	185
56 Kuo, Hong-Chih (25)      	L-L	6-0	237
23 Lowe, Derek (34)  		R-R	6-6	230
70 Megrew, Mike (23)            L-L	6-6	210
59 Miller, Greg (22)     	L-L	6-5	220
31 Penny, Brad (29)     	R-R	6-4	260
44 Saito, Takashi (37)   	L-R	6-1	202
29 Schmidt, Jason (34)          R-R	6-5	210
50 Stults, Eric (27)    	L-L	6-0	215
35 Tomko, Brett (34)      	R-R	6-2	227
41 Tsao. Chin-hui (26)  	R-R	6-2	177
52 Wolf, Randy (29)     	L-L	6-0	194

  Catchers (2)   age      	b-t	ht	wt
14 Lieberthal, Mike (35)      	R-R	6-0	190
55 Martin, Russell (24)       	R-R	5-10	210

  Infielders (9)   age  	b-t	ht	wt
10 Betemit, Wilson (25)     	S-R	6-3	200
15 Furcal, Rafael (29)     	S-R	5-8	196
5 Garciaparra, Nomar (33)  	R-R	6-0	190
12 Kent, Jeff (39)       	R-R	6-1	210
28 LaRoche, Andy (23)      	R-R	6-1	213
7 Loney, James (23)          	L-L	6-2	220
18 Martinez, Ramon (34)    	R-R	6-0	190
8 Saenz, Olmedo (36)        	R-R	5-11	220
71 Valdez, Wilson (29)       	R-R	5-11	160

  Outfielders (7)   age  	b-t	ht	wt
21 Anderson, Marlon (33)   	L-R	5-11	200
16 Ethier, Andre (25)    	L-R	6-1	208
26 Gonzalez, Luis (39)       	L-R	6-2	200
27 Kemp, Matt (22)        	R-R	6-2	230
9 Pierre, Juan (29)      	L-L	6-0	180
17 Repko, Jason (26)         	R-R	5-11	190
49 Young, Delwyn (25)       	S-R	5-8	209

 Non-roster invitees
  Pitchers (7)   age   	       b-t	 ht	wt
52 Elbert, Scott (21)   	L-L	 6-2	190
75 Mays, Joe (31)       	S-R	6-1	200
60 Meloan, Jon (22)		R-R	6-3	225
38 Seanez, Rudy (38)		R-R	5-11	200
61 Smith, Travis (34)		R-R	5-10	270
64 Veras, Dario (34)		R-R	6-1	155
63 White, Matt (29) 		R-L	6-1	180

  Catchers (3)   age       	 b-t	ht	wt
73 Ellis, A.J. (26)         	R-R	6-3	240
36 Huckaby, (36) Ken        	R-R	6-0	200
66 Martinez, Sandy (26)     	L-R	6-2	210

  Infielder (4)   age      	b-t	ht	wt
65 Abreu, Tony (22)     	R-R	5-9	187
72 Hu, Chin-Lung (23)        	R-R	5-9	152
3 Jackson, Damian (33)     	R-R	5-11	180
6 Tatis, Fernando (32)       	R-R	5-10	180

  Outfielder (1)   age    	b-t	ht 	wt
57 Bigbie, Larry (30)   	L-R	6-4	215

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