Dodgers start camp under new manager Mattingly

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“The only thing I have with hair is if it gets in the way,” he said. “If you can’t see the ball, then it’s a problem.”

“I’m not concerned about peripherals unless it’s a problem. I’m concerned that we’re ready to play.”

As a big leaguer, Mattingly said he kept track of all his managers’ traits, both “good and bad.”

Billy Martin was “just a fierce competitor,” he said, yet a leader who took a relatively relaxed approach to spring training.

“But when the bell rang and those games started counting, he was a different animal. I liked that.”

On the downside, Mattingly recalled he could go 0-for-4 and Martin would act as though “you’d stolen from him and he looked at you like, ‘You make me sick.’”

Mattingly laughed at the memory. “I tried to get hits, Billy. I’m sorry.”

NOTES: The Dodgers open at home, with Kershaw set to start. “It’s an honor Clayton has earned,” general manager Ned Colletti said. “He’s relentless in his pursuit of greatness.” Other pitchers in the LA rotation figure to be Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly and Jon Garland. … Reliever Ronald Belisario failed to arrive from Venezuela, apparently because of visa problems. Belisario showed up five weeks late last year. This year, the Dodgers made sure to work their end of the pitcher’s travel arrangements early, yet he hasn’t been heard from recently, Colletti said. “It’s disappointing. But it’s really his livelihood, from what I can determine. You’d think he’d want to pitch in the big leagues.” As for Belisario’s future, Colletti said, “We’re not washing our hands of him. But we’re certainly not holding a spot open for him.” … Kuroda is scheduled to start the first Cactus League game. … Mattingly said he’s been reading the books of John Wooden. “Looking at one coach, he’s the guy I’ve paid attention to.”

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