We recorded this week’s podcast on Monday morning, planning to focus solely on the sobering news of Clayton Kershaw ‘s shoulder problems this spring.
But upon waking up on Monday the club’s meeting with Bryce Harper was at the forefront, so instead we start with the free agent outfielder, certain that all our discussion would soon be moot if and when Harper decided to sign before we posted the podcast.
On Kershaw, an impromptu Twitter poll asked, essentially, if Kershaw would be ready to make his opening day start. No was the leader there, and on the podcast we were split on whether Kershaw would make that March 28 start. But this was before news on Monday afternoon that Kershaw would be shut down yet again after he “didn’t feel great” following his morning throwing.
Some relevant links regarding the topics this week:
- Ramifications of a potential Harper signing with the Dodgers, from Dustin Nosler
- The incredible Tony Cingrani article, by Ken Gurnick at MLB.com
- Baseball Prospectus 2019, which includes a Dodgers essay written by Eric Stephen
This week’s subject is German Rivera, who played third base for the Dodgers for parts of 1983-84.
No podcast next week, as both Jacob and Eric will be in Arizona for spring training.
Episode link (time: 49:14)