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Dodgers’ Tommy Lasorda hardly slowing down at age 84 (Web links)

Tommy Lasorda drives a golf cart around the Dodgers' spring training facility at Camelback Ranch.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Tommy Lasorda is still going strong at age 84. Yahoo Sports’ Steve Henson hits it again with this wonderful piece detailing a spring-training day in the life of Lasorda.

Henson, describing the scene as Lasorda navigates a golf cart behind a spring batting cage, writes:

“This is Lasorda’s turf. So is the clubhouse. So is a podium at a corporate banquet or college commencement. So is a dugout. So is the head of a table at a restaurant. But the ballfield during spring training is Lasorda’s favorite place of all.

“I love to teach the game,” he says. “I love being out here with the guys.”

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Also on the Web:

--One more reason to hope Steven Cohen isn’t the winning Dodgers bidder: The Times’ Bill Shaikin writes that if Cohen gets the team, he wants to bring in Tony La Russa to oversee its baseball operations.

--The current greatest pitcher on Earth? ESPN’s Buster Olney rates Detroit’s Justin Verlander No.1 and Clayton Kershaw No.1a (subscription required).

--ESPN/LA’s Tony Jackson on the continuing wild off-season of Kershaw as the reigning National League Cy Young winner.

--Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick writes that right-hander Fernando Nieve has emerged as a darkhorse candidate to make the bullpen.

--True Blue L.A.’s Eric Stephen isn’t liking the chances of reliever Ramon Troncoso, who is out of options, remaining on the 40-man roster.

--I despise Web slide shows as a cheap way to get hits, but this one from Fox Sports pairing pictures of seven Dodgers with older photos of their ex-major league dads is fun.

--Mike Petriello at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness thinks the Dodgers need to reevaluate their budding bench.

--The Dodgers have made their first roster cuts. No surprises.

--In a Dodgers.com video, the boys talk of the need to carry over last year’s momentum into the start of 2012.


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