The Dodgers are certainly off to a hot start this season and have been buoyed by their contingent of young players maturing around Manny Ramirez. Players such as Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Russell Martin and James Loney are continuing to establish themselves while Ramirez is out to prove that he's still one of the game's best players. It's been a perfect formula for the Dodgers and now that recipe for success will be shown on FOX's "This Week in Baseball" on Saturday at noon PT.
"It revolves around the young core of players that have been helped by Manny," TWIB lead producer Matt Anderton said. "Just from everything from what he does in the batter's box to the atmosphere he brings to the clubhouse." The atmosphere, also dubbed "Mannywood" has not only taken over the clubhouse but Los Angeles as well. Dodgers fans are enamored with the dreadlocked slugger, and even manager Joe Torre has some funny things to say about Ramirez's hair. But Ramirez certainly isn't the only veteran off to a hot start as second baseman Orlando Hudson has been one of the league's best players so far this season and has a cycle in his first home game to prove it. Hudson is featured in the first segment of the show and is also featured later in a "day in the life" feature that also has Hudson wired for a game. It's sure to be a fun segment because Hudson is one of the game's biggest talkers out on the diamond. Next, TWIB focuses on Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, who was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan for his contributions to Japanese baseball. The 81-year-old former manager has been working with players in Japan since 1965 and also managed Hideo Nomo, who became the second Japanese player to play in the Majors in 1995. "He's really helped Japanese baseball and now the country just won the World Baseball Classic," Anderton said. "He didn't do that directly but he sure has helped the game." TWIB will also see Lasorda's lighter side when it takes a look back at the 2001 All-Star Game when he flipped head over heels after a broken bat flew at him while coaching third base. TWIB can also be seen on video boards in stadiums, as well as internationally in Australia, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East, The Netherlands, the Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama and Taiwan. Viewers can e-mail the show at email@example.com. There will also be a reairing of the show on MLB Network at 9:30 a.m. PT on Sunday. Here are some of the other segments TWIB will feature in its half-hour show this Saturday: A special "Gillette Rookies of the Month" segment will focus on Blue Jays rookie starter Ricky Romero, who is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA. Romero is a candidate for the award, which will be given out at the end of the month. "Holiday Inn Win on the Road" will focus on the team with the longest current road winning streak -- in this case, the Marlins, who began the season 6-0 away from Dolphin Stadium. And finally, "How 'Bout That" will show the top plays and bloopers from the previous week.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.