Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Dodgers Secure Asian Market for Additional Dreadlock Sales

After much deliberation, Manny Ramirez will be joining the team trip to Taiwan this March:

Ramirez will make the trip to Taiwan with the Dodgers for a three-game goodwill series against an All-Star team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The Dodgers will bring 33 players to Taiwan, the club announced Tuesday.

The games are scheduled for March 12, 13 and 14 with a Dodgers split-squad remaining back in Arizona to continue play in the Cactus League.

Ramirez's participation in the goodwill event took on a soap-opera quality over the past week as he flip-flopped from going to not going.

Manager Joe Torre will lead the group that also includes first baseman James Loney, Ronnie Belliard, Taiwan natives Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-lung Hu, Japan native Robert Boothe and South Korea native Hyang-Nam Choi. The rest of the roster will consist mostly of young players and non-roster invitees. The roster is subject to change before the March 10 departure.

Nothing like jetlag on a trip to Asia in order to work out the offensive kinks on your most important hitter, who happens to be coming off a year where his output and power stroke declined! Yay!