Nothing New to Report in Placid Dodgertown

Dodger manager Grady Little made no major announcements Friday, much to the chagrin of the traveling media, who are searching for stories in a time of relative calm for the Dodgers. Last year, no less than six key contributors were injured or coming off surgery, several players took part in the World Baseball Classic and 75% of the starting infield was brand new.

Little was hesitant when reporting that the only injury of significance was Yhency Brazoban, who everyone knew would not be back until the summer, because as he says, "We're all walking around on our tiptoes every time we go into that training room, but I'm going to enjoy this now."

THE DEAN OF DODGERTOWN– Other than Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda, no one has logged more hours at Dodgertown over the years than Travel Advisor Billy DeLury. DeLury, who was the traveling secretary from 1979-2002, first came to Vero Beach in 1951 when he worked for the franchise in the Brooklyn mail room.

Thursday, DeLury addressed the team, telling the players how Dodgertown and Holman Stadium came to be. According to DeLury, after the war the city needed a tenant to occupy the former World War II naval air station.  In 1948, local businessman Bud Holman was able to entice Walter O'Malley and the Dodgers to make Vero Beach their Spring Training home. For his efforts, the Dodgers named their Spring Training stadium after him, as Holman Stadium opened on March 11, 1953. This year marks the Dodgers' 60th season at Dodgertown.     

THE BIG INTIMIDATOR: The Dodgers boast an impressive lineup of pitchers in camp, including starters Brad Penny, Jason Schmidt and Derek Lowe, who have a combined 4-0 record in World Series play. However, no one has a more imposing presence on the mound than big, bad, Jonathan Broxton.

Brox tossed live batting practice Thursday and breezed through a tough slate of hitters, including Russell Martin, Nomar Garciaparra, Wilson Betemit, Rafael Furcal and Jeff Kent. The right-hander, who stands at 6-4 and 292 lbs, features a 96 MPH fastball to go along with a wicked slider. The opposition hit just .159 with runners in scoring position against the Georgia native in 2006.  

INTRASQUAD GAME – The Dodgers will square off in an intrasquad contest at Holman Stadium on Feb. 28, the day before their first game against the Atlanta Braves in Orlando. Derek Lowe, Brett Tomko, Joe Mays, D.J. Houlton, Mike Megrew and Zach Hammes will be some of the hurlers slated to pitch that day.      

SAY CHEESE: The Dodgers' annual Photo Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 a.m. in the Batting Cages across from the big league clubhouse.   

URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY HONORED – Thursday night, the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA was honored for its state-of-the-art baseball and softball facility by the Board of the Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists. The Academy received the prestigious Project Achievement Award. Since the academy opened over a year ago, the Dodgers have run three baseball clinics there, including earlier this month when the Compton facility was a stop on the 2007 Caravan.  In addition, Lyndon Poole became the first player signed out of the academy when the Dodgers inked the outfielder last July.  

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