2009 witnesses the Los Angeles Dodgers move from their long time spring home at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL.
Along with Dr. D, another lifetime Dodger fan, I took these photos at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ, the new spring home of the Dodgers which they will share with the Chicago White Sox.
Come with us on an journey to the desert for an inside look at the wonderful new training facilities built by the Dodger and White Sox's organizations, constructed without taxpayer funding.
From the parking lot, this entrance leads between the Dodger major league batting cages and practice field.
Map of the Camelback Ranch grounds.
Seen from the parking lot, the Stadium, and Dodger clubhouse.
A sign outside of the Dodger offices, featuring White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Dodger manager Joe Torre.
Dodgers coach Manny Mota is joined by broadcaster and former star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela and minor league coach Luis Salazar.
Batting practice on a field that is the exact dimensions of Dodger Stadium. The White Sox have a field that matches the exact dimensions of their home in Chicago as well.
Juan Pierre and James Loney chat after finishing their work in the batting cages.
Dodger coach Manny Mota leaves after finishing his work for the day on the replica Dodger Stadium field.
Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal works on an agility drill. After completing the grid, the players sprint to the warning track in center field.
Juan Pierre and James Loney take their turn on the agility drill.
James Loney and Rafael Furcal have a chat between repetitions.
Dodger pitcher Hiroki Kuroda between wind sprints looking at...
...his translator, who is playing with a youngster.
A batting cage fronts the the Dodger offices and clubhouse.
Past a bit of desert lies practice field three.
Just off to the right of the previous photo and looking at the Minor League offices, which are still under construction.
One of many signs on the site which reminds you to be aware!
A view of the mound where Dodgers' major leaguers toil.
Batting cages where the Dodger batters get their swings in.
Ticket office just to the right of the rotunda entrance.
A view down the pathway shows the ticket office along with Dodger clubhouse and offices.
View of the water where it ends just before the rotunda entrance.
A view down toward the bridges and pathways.
Sitting at waters edge looking toward the Dodger Stadium replica field.
A zoom view toward the rotunda entrance from the first bridge.
The same shot taken with normal setting.
A look toward the stadium from the White Sox side of the dividing waterway.
Signpost shows the way to the team's minor league fields.
A view of the Dodger replica field across the waterway from the White Sox side.
Ready to shoot the rapids? OK, not really.
A view from the second bridge over the waterway to the Dodger field.
Sign informs visitors that the waterway and irrigation system does not use potable water.
View toward stadium center field from the second bridge.
A look toward the stadium from the lower lake.
Pathway sign directs to minor league fields
View of lower lake and the Dodger shore side.
View of the lower lake and the White Sox shore.
Closeup of strategy session held on the Dodger's Minor League mounds.
Normal view from pathway of the minor league mounds.
Dodger minor leaguers work out on field closest to the intersection of Camelback Rd. and 107th Ave.
Minor leaguers warming up.
Minor leaguers get their running in.
Auditions continue for the Forrest Gump sequel in 90-degree heat 8^D
A tower that is in the middle of the four minor league fields allow coaches a birds-eye view of the proceedings.
The Dodger minor league field coordinator Mike Brumley (No. 23) conducts outfield drills while John Shoemaker observes.
Shoemaker, who was a manager at the Double-A level for several years, takes over as coordinator of the minor league operations at Camelback Ranch.
A view of the minor league batting cages next to the the field complex.
Dodger minor league catchers get ready for fielding drills.
Young catcher attempts to field pop-up during drills.
A closeup view of what it's all about.