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Most experts pick the San Francisco Giants to finish last in the NL West this season. They weren’t very good last season and have made only modest additions so far this offseason. But perhaps the biggest acquisition they made is a name very familiar to Dodgers fans: Farhan Zaidi, who was the GM for the Dodgers and is now president of baseball operations for the Giants.
Zaidi has added a lot of players not many have heard of this offseason, leaving some fans to wonder what is going on. But Zaidi knows what he’s doing.
“I think a lot is made of some of the success stories we had in Los Angeles, like Max Muncy and Chris Taylor,” Zaidi told Andy McCullough. “Nobody was writing about those guys when we traded for them. And really, a lot of the organizational success with those guys was not even necessarily their acquisition, but giving them opportunity.”
Corey Seager missed almost all of last season after having Tommy John surgery and hip surgery. Will he be ready for opening day? Well, he hasn’t taken live batting practice or thrown across the field from shortstop yet, so it’s going to be tough to be ready. But he is confident he can do it.
We asked you to vote in our poll asking if the Lakers should fire coach Luke Walton. After 18,146 votes, here are the results:
Yes they should fire him, 29.7%
No they shouldn’t, 70.3%
Bill Plaschke takes a look at Santa Anita bugler Jay Cohen, whose joyful notes have been silence by Bell’s Palsy. An excerpt:
Jay Cohen picks up the trumpet, pulls it to his lips, and prepares to play the most famous 34 notes in sports.
“I don’t want to do this, but I will,’’ he says softly.
He slowly begins playing “Call to the Post,’’ the tune he has blasted before nearly every race at Santa Anita Park for the last 31 years….
Only this time, on this chilly February night in a tiny cluttered room in the back of his Glendora home, the song stumbles out of the starting gate. He can’t finish it. He gets halfway through and his lips weaken and the notes fade and the trumpet is pulled from his mouth amid a burst of spittle and frustration.
“Damn it,’’ barks the happiest man in horse racing. ‘’C’mon!’’
Odds and Ends
Tiger Woods went from an afterthought tied for 52nd at one under to a leaderboard riser tied for 14th at minus-6 in the third round of the Genesis Open…. Anthony Davis said the Boston Celtics are on his list of teams he would sign a long-term extension with…. Bennie Boatwright set the USC record for three-pointers in an 89-66 victory over California…. Kyla Ross danced her way to a career-high all-around score as UCLA defeated Arizona to remain undefeated in women’s gymnastics…. New Laker Reggie Bullock spends part of his All-Star break visiting with LGBTQ youth…. Today is the Daytona 500. Here’s all you need to know…. Former USC player Kevin Ellison’s death was ruled an accident…. UCLA’s men’s basketball team was routed by Stanford.
Best sports movie
The nominees are:
Battle of the Sexes (2017), starring Emma Stone
Bend It Like Beckham (2003), starring Keira Knightley
The Big Lebowski (1998), starring Jeff Bridges
Blue Crush (2002), starring Kate Bosworth
Breaking Away (1979), starring Dennis Quaid
Caddyshack (1980, starring Bill Murray
Chariots of Fire (1981), starring Ian Holm
Cool Runnings (1993), starring John Candy
The Cutting Edge (1992), starring D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004), starring Ben Stiller
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001), starring Stacy Peralta
Downhill Racer (1969), starring Robert Redford
Eddie the Eagle (2016), starring Taron Egerton
The Endless Summer (1966), documentary
Foxcatcher (2014), starring Channing Tatum
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), starring Shia LeBeouf
Happy Gilmore (1996), starring Adam Sandler
The Hustler (1961), starring Paul Newman
I, Tonya (2017), starring Margot Robbie
Invictus (2009), starring Matt Damon
The Karate Kid (1984), starring Ralph Macchio
The Karate Kid (2010), starring Jaden Smith
Kingpin (1996), starring Woody Harrelson
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), starring Will Smith
Lords of Dogtown (2005), starring Heath Ledger
McFarland, USA (2015), starring Kevin Costner
Murderball (2005), documentary
National Velvet (1944), starring Elizabeth Taylor
Personal Best (1982), starring Mariel Hemingway
Phar Lap (1984), starring Tom Burlinson
Point Break (1991), starring Patrick Swayze
Race (2016), starring Stephan James
Rollerball (1975), starring James Caan
Running Brave (1983), starring Robby Benson
Rush (2013), starring Chris Hemsworth
Seabiscuit (2003), starring Tobey Maguire
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), starring Max Pomeranc
Secretariat (2010), starring Diane Lane
Senna (2010), documentary
Seven Days in Utopia (2011), starring Robert Duvall
Soul Surfer (2011), starring AnnaSophia Robb
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2005), starring Will Ferrell
Tin Cup (1996), starring Kevin Costner
Victory (1981), starring Sylvester Stallone
Whip It (2009), starring Ellen Page
Wimbledon (2004), starring Kirsten Dunst
The Wrestler (2008), starring Mickey Rourke
Born on this date
1908: Dodgers announcer Red Barber
1934: NFL coach Buddy Ryan
1936: NFL player Jim Brown
1952: Tennis player Guillermo Vilas
1959: Swimmer Rowdy Gaines
1959: NBA player Danny Ainge
1963: NBA player Michael Jordan
1966: NHL player Luc Robitaille