With spring training now at its peak and Cactus League play in full gear, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in the national spotlight of the sports media in regards to a number of popular storylines.
Team ownership is obviously at the forefront, as Frank McCourt was anticipating a $200-million cash advance from Fox until the transaction was blocked by MLB commissioner Bud Selig late last week. It's unclear exactly where the overall finances of the club lie, but the fact that McCourt was involved in plotting such a deal doesn't sound encouraging.
In the meantime, the divorce ordeal between Frank and Jamie continues to trudge along. Frank's gun is loaded with the intention of new trials and appeals, while Jamie continues to express interest in gaining some type of control over the organization. However, the team, the fans and Major League Baseball itself would love nothing more than to see this tedious affliction become resolved.
As for player news, the absence of reliever Ronald Belisario from his third-consecutive spring training start also captured its fair share of headlines. While Belisario continues to offer excuses about being separated from the team, he still remains in his native Venezuela. Most analysts around the league seem to agree that he's already seen his last days wearing Dodger Blue.
Vicente Padilla, re-signed by general manager Ned Colletti to bolster the bullpen and provide insurance to the starting rotation, has already been under the knife to fix a recurring wrist injury that has been bothering him for more than a year. According to various opinions, Padilla may begin throwing again in as little as three-to-four weeks.
The passing of Dodger legend Duke Snider, who could arguably be known as the greatest player the franchise has ever seen, brought a somber moment of sadness to Dodgers fans far and wide. Without a doubt, for his contributions to the Dodger legacy, the Duke will be remembered for eternity.
As all the aforementioned news made headlines nationwide, a number of storylines which are critical to the club's success continue to fly under the radar. The following slides highlight 10 such stories, as well as offer a brief commentary about each topic shown.