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Dodgers hire 6 international scouts for worldwide baseball player manhunt

Dodger Stadium

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The sign in the upper decks of Dodgers Stadium.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are adding Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar to the MLB team's team of international baseball scouts, according to a Dodgers press release.

In the announcement Monday, Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti said the six international scouts, who will serve under Vice-President of International Scouting Bob Engle, will cover the following areas:

  • Avila will be coordinator of Venezuela operations
  • Grimaldi will be coordinator of European operations
  • Guerrero will be coordinator of Latin America
  • Kelly will be coordinator of the Pacific Rim
  • Storvick will be special assignment scout in the Pacific Rim
  • Tosar will be coordinator of Cuba and Mexico

Additional hires announced: Scouts Willie Fraser, Scott Groot and former Dodger third baseman Bill Mueller, and Josh Bard as special assistant, player personnel.

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City council prepares to announce Jackie Robinson Day in LA

Jackie Robinson

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From left are Brooklyn Dodgers' John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson, in an April 15, 1947 file photo.

A resolution declaring today Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles is expected to be approved during a morning meeting of the Los Angeles City Council.

If passed, the announcement will come four days before the 65th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's racial barrier.

On April 15, 1947, Robinson -- who was raised in Pasadena and attended Muir High School -- made his major league debut.

He went hitless in four at-bats, but scored to be what ended up being the winning run in the Brooklyn Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves. 25,623 people at Ebbets Field witnessed history.

Robinson played his entire major league career with Brooklyn, helping lead the Dodgers to six National League championships during his 10 seasons, and, in 1955, their only World Series championship. 

Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball is credited with helping change Americans' attitudes toward African-Americans and being a catalyst for later civil rights advances.

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Dodgers opening day tickets sell out after news of Magic Johnson buy

LA DODGERS DODGER STADIUM

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Everyone wants to see what $2 billion baseball looks like -- the Dodgers announced that opening day 2012 tickets for the stadium's 50th anniversary season have sold out.

Wednesday night's annoucement follows the news that Magic Johnson and group purchased the team for an unprecidented sum of money

The timing of the ticket shortage is notable, but selling out of opening day seats is something the Dodgers are used to.

It's also a hit of feel-good news as the peanuts-and-Cracker-Jack spirit has been challenged by controversy amid Frank McCourt's divorce and a near-fatal attack of SF Giants fan Bryan Stow after last year's opening day game.

The April 10 home opener against Pittsburgh begins at 1:10 p.m. As in previous years, tickets are still available for fans that want to buy a mini plan or season ticket package.

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