The Dodgers paid an early visit to Camelback Ranch-Glendale (CR-G) shortly after New Year's Day when they held their annual Winter Development Camp at their Spring Training home due to renovations at Dodger Stadium.
The five-day camp, held Jan. 6-10, included conditioning and strength training, on-field workouts, batting cage instruction, seminars, classroom sessions, guest speakers, community appearances and social outings.
Dodgers family speakers included new president and chief executive officer Stan Kasten, general manager Ned Colletti, current manager Don Mattingly, former manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, batting coach Mark McGwire and former Dodger greats Ron Cey, Eric Karros and Maury Wills.
Dodgers staff also made presentations on athletic training and medical considerations, clubhouse procedures, public relations and team travel.
Outside speakers addressed finance and "Sport in Society."
Thursday concluded with a rewarding trip to Phoenix Children's Hospital to visit patients.
Players also were made available to the media.
And since all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy, the Dodgers capped each day with dinner and social outings such as a Phoenix Suns NBA game, a viewing party for college football's BCS National Championship Game, a tour of the nearby University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl), a visit to a comedy club and golf.
Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to CR-G for Spring Training on Feb. 12. They will be joined by the remainder of the squad on Feb. 15.
The Dodgers open Cactus League play against the Chicago White Sox at CR-G on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1:05 p.m. MT.