Dalton Johnson’s Work for March, 2016

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Working for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, my posts here on Life’s A Ball are minimal, but my writing is not. As a Web Producer I am editing our expert reporters’ work for each Bay Area team and putting together the total package for the website. But, I am also writing Staff Reports without a byline. At the beginning of each month I will post all of the previous month’s Staff Reports that I wrote for CSN Bay Area for you to look back at. Below is my work from the month of March, 2016:

By the numbers: Dissecting what spring training stats mean

Spring training can be one flirtatious game for baseball fans. For a month-and-a-half, players lace up their spikes before games truly matter for the standings as a prelude to 30 teams chasing rings.

The latter part of February and the whole month of March is mostly an audition for young players and a tune up for the veterans.

But, do stats truly matter during spring training? The answer is more complex than just yes or no.

Ex-A’s first baseman now in Rays camp as knuckleball pitcher

Dan Johnson has spent the last seven seasons making brief stops in the majors as a 10-year journeyman. The last time he played over 100 games in the bigs was with the Oakland A’s in 2007 as the team’s first baseman.

Marlins’ Mattingly outlines hardest part of coaching for Bonds

Marlins manager Don Mattingly and hitting coach Barry Bonds form a hitting tandem of knowledge that front offices dream of.

Mattingly’s accomplishments with the bat in his hands in his 14-year career speak for themself as a six-time All-Star, nine-time Gold Glove first baseman, three-time Silver Slugger and the winner of the 1985 American League MVP. But, Bonds’ unprecedented numbers stand alone in the record books with his 762 home runs and seven National League MVP awards, among many other records.

Report: Former 49ers linebacker suspended by NFL

Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Nick Moody was in the news for all the wrong reasons Monday.

49ers RB Hyde looks healthy working out with Ellington

The 49ers and new head coach Chip Kelly are hoping to see running back Carlos Hyde turn into the workhorse they envision him in Kelly’s run-heavy offense. But, he needs to be healthy to carry the rock on a regular basis.

If asked, Harbaugh would ‘knock their socks off’ with Kap rec

No NFL teams have called former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to get his opinion on his old quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But if they do, Harbaugh is ready to give his word on Kaepernick.

Warriors break all-time record for 3-pointers in one season

The 2015-16 Golden State Warriors are now the greatest 3-point shooting team in NBA history.

In the fourth quarter of Friday’s game against the Mavericks, the Warriors hit their 934th 3-pointer on the season. Klay Thompson drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving the Warriors a 105-94 lead.

Report: Padres scouting Sandoval in spring training

Pablo Sandoval’s tenure with the Boston Red Sox has been a roller coaster thus far and the narrative hasn’t changed this spring.

After just one season with the Red Sox, could Sandoval find his way back to the NL West where he spent the first seven years of his career with the Giants?

Padres acquire former A’s pitcher from Astros

Former A’s starting pitcher Dan Straily is headed back to the West Coast, but this time in the National League instead of the American.

Straily, 27, has been traded by the Houston Astros to the San Diego Padres in exchange for veteran catcher Erik Kratz.

Report: 49ers hold private workout for Clemson DE Lawson

The NFL Draft is one month away and the 49ers are making sure to do their due diligence on all top prospects.

In Chip Kelly’s first draft with GM Trent Baalke, will San Francisco snag an offensive player or defensive player when they are on the clock with the No. 7 overall pick? Recently, they reportedly had a front row view of one of the top pass rushers to enter the draft.

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