New fan rewards program announced

For those who live a little closer to Dodger Stadium than I, this might be of interest to you.

The Dodgers on Thursday announced the launch of a comprehensive engagement program that will reward fans for supporting the club online, via social media and at Dodger Stadium. The free Dodgers Rewards program is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball and offers fans the chance to win prizes by supporting the team through an array of digital activities, including merchandise purchases online, checking into games through MLB.com’s At the Ballpark mobile app and interacting online at dodgers.com and on the Dodgers’ official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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“We are creating an interactive rewards portal for all things Dodgers,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Being a sports fan is about passion and competition, and we believe through this platform we are entering the next phase of fan loyalty with the ultimate goal of rewarding our fans for their support.”

The first prizes include game tickets to the April 1 game with the Giants and an autographed baseball from Sandy Koufax.

Update: One of the commenters at MSTI sent along a super picture of the Dodger Stadium rehab project as it looks this week.

Update: Chad Moriyama has thoughts on the 2013 projection of results by Dan Szymborski‘s ZiPS system, which I confess I’ve never heard of. Moriyama thinks the system has some surprises on the low side but is overall pretty good at guesstimating how the Dodgers’ 2013 roster will perform.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I’m heading to ST to see If I can get Sandys’ signature on my Hall of Fame ball

    • Bob_Hendley

      OK, but don’t pester him! :-)

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        No I’m sending a little girl to do it…You should have seen her get Tommys’ signature at the end of the 8th in SD last year…pure genius…I’ll tell you about it if you force me ^_^

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yes, I recall the haul you guys got.

  • John_from_Aus
    • Bob_Hendley

      A healthy Bills would make for a really tough rotation (but worried that elbow things just don’t go away, even if he is healed now).

      • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

        I have awful memories of Dave Dravecky making a pitch and falling onto the mound with a horribly damaged arm.

  • Bumsrap

    The Dodgers would seem to have options for Cruz at third already that are as good as Rolen. First option would be Uribe followed by Ramirez with Gordon taking short. I don’t think adding a Rolen, Cruz, Ramirez is any better than Uribe, Cruz, Ramirez depth option.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think that Cruz should be adequate (he might even continue hitting), if we get some hits out of the other positions. I am not ready to give up on Gordon, but would take Rolen over Uribe anyday.

    • dalegribel

      It’s hard for me to fathom Uribe on the roster, but your logic is correct.

  • Bumsrap

    Could the Dodgers get Headley from SD for Gordon, Cruz, and a pitcher? After a few years of Ramirez at short, Seager should be able to slide in at short instead of 3B and everybody would be acclimated to a mediocre but hopefully acceptable, just not great, level of defense from Seager.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would have to be an awful good pitcher for the Pads to essentially weaken themselves at two postions. Hard to imagine, particularly as it would be an in-the-division trade. Not sure what the Yanks can offer, but looks like they may need a 3rd baseman.

      • Bumsrap

        The one year contract Headley accepted would seem like he will leave after the 2014 season via free agency. The Padres will want to trade him before then.

        It seems like most teams would put Gordon in CF instead of short and I assume that would be the Padres preference as well. Neither the Dodgers nor the Padres know if Cruz and Gordon would be traded at their low value, high value, or somewhere in between.

        If the Dodgers wanted to shore up their defense, they could trade Gonzales for Headley and put Headley at third and Ramirez at first.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I agree that Headley is ripe for a trade, but I was responding to your question on the specific trade betwen the Pads and the Dodgers. The Pads just signed Maybin to a five year contract to play CF and his bat isn’t good enough to shift him elsewhere in the outfield.

        • package206

          Most teams would get rid of Gordon quickly and would never trade Gonzales for Headley.

  • foul tip

    Little if anything new in this. One of a series on winter report cards; Dodgers’ turn.

    I hadn’t seen this particular angle before on why other teams might go for Capuano over Harang if a presumed trade happens. In addition, he’s a lefty, of course.

    http://mlb.si.com/2013/01/28/winter-report-card-los-angeles-dodgers/?sct=uk_bf2_a7

    • dalegribel

      Nice piece. That fact that they used the word “Key” in front of departures when the list included Hawksworth, Silverio, and Coffey. For that matter, really the whole list.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ain’t a “key” among them.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Saw an up close picture of Puig…I thought I was looking at Morgan Freeman:

    http://tinyurl.com/ac2nc4c

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    1 week until ST opens their gates

    • Bob_Hendley

      Go back to sleep.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chad’s thoughts are well worth reading (if only because they confirm my expectations). Basically a playoff team with potential to do much better.

  • package206

    I sure hope somebody other than Time Warner carries the Dodger games.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Pitchers and Catchers reported along with Crawford, Kemp, Cruz and some others….1 step closer to hearing Vinny say it’s time for Dodger baseball on April fools day!!!