Friday, July 22, 2011

Daily Conlon: 177 through 180

After a brief respite yesterday, today I bring to you the Daily Conlon. This features 4 cards as I return to featuring full sheets rather than individual cards. With well over 1,000 cards in the set it just is not reasonable to write a post for each one, but I will do it from time to time when it seems appropriate. Anyway, here are cards numbered 177 through 180. Unfortunately, not a Dodger in the group.

Judge Gross Coming Down on the Side of MLB

Word is just coming out that the McCourt/ Dodgers must negotiate with MLB for a loan. Bill Shaikin is providing timely tweets to keep us instantly informed.
(Twit Link: Shaikin)

The reason for this is explained below.
(Twit Link: Shaikin)

(Twit Link: Shaikin)

Count this as another win for the good guys.

UPDATE: Check out the entire ruling from Judge Gross, here.

Hall of Fame Weekend!

This is always one of my favorite times of the year. It is Hall of Fame weekend as Baseball's greatest descend on Cooperstown for the annual Induction Ceremony. I've only had the pleasure of visiting the Baseball Mecca once and, fortunately, it was during the 1999 Induction of Robin Yount, George Brett and Nolan Ryan. It was just awesome and I recommend every Baseball fan try to make it out here once in their lives. For this weekend, I'll have to enjoy the ceremony from the comforts of my own couch. Thankfully, the MLB Network will be bringing the festivities to us.

Here is the schedule of events for this coming Sunday.

8:30 AM PST-
MLB Network will air the 2011 Hall of Fame Awards Presentation at 11:30 a.m. ET. The presentation, which will be held on Saturday, June 23 in Cooperstown, will honor longtime Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins announcer Dave Van Horne, who will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting; Philadelphia Daily News national baseball columnist Bill Conlin, who will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award; and veteran baseball executive Roland Hemond, who will receive the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
9:30 AM PST-

Coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with a pre-ceremony show live from MLB Network’s studios, hosted by Greg Amsinger and Baseball Writers’ Association of America members and Hall of Fame voters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. The pre-ceremony show will include interviews by Bob Costas with Alomar, Blyleven and Gillick, live interviews with guests on-site, and highlights from the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends.

MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, winner of the 2004
J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing, Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian will join with live coverage from Cooperstown, including interviews with Hall of Famers in attendance and special features on this year’s inductees.

10:30 AM PST-
Live coverage of the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET, including each inductee’s acceptance speech, an appearance by Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, and introductions of an expected 49 returning Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, George Brett and Sandy Koufax.
Enjoy and don't miss the show.

Blog Kiosk: 7/22/2011

Weren't the 60's great! Above was a random photo provided by the Dodgers on twitter. From 1968, I would love to know exactly what is going here.
  • Aaron at Inside Dodgers Baseball has the full press release for Shawn Green's upcoming book signing event on August 3rd at the ESPN Zone at LA Live. And, yes, Green will sign 1 additional piece of memorabilia only for fans who have a copy of the book.
  • Night Owl Cards tells us a bit about the 1989 Smokey Dodger Greats set.
  • Do they now have the right guys? The LAPD have dropped charges against the first guy they arrested in the Byran Stow beating, and have arrested two other folks they believe were involved. Via LA Times. This is a classic case of why you shouldn't just assume that whoever they arrest must be guilty- no matter the subjects background.
  • In Dodger BK news, MLB says the TV contract McCourt
    "presented as the team's financial salvation would instead have crippled the club's ability to compete and saddled McCourt and his affiliated companies with close to $1 billion in debt.... Despite your pledge to make the Dodgers the 'best franchise in baseball,' you are not selling the club's media rights … to improve the club's on-field performance, renovate Dodger Stadium or enhance the fan experience," Selig wrote.
    Via LA Times.
  • Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy tells us that then Dodger Championship banners are back at Dodger Stadium. WooHoo!
  • AEG says a downtown LA Baseball stadium would not work, via ESPN.
  • With this being Hall of Fame weekend, check out The Hall of Very Good's interview with Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.
  • Check out a one-on-one afternoon with Magic Johnson on Saturday, July 30th at LMU.
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson recounts his favorite “Showtime” memories and discusses his current and future plans during a special one-on-one conversation with Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke. It’s your chance to hear his on-and-off-the-court stories and see the Hall of Famer up close and personal.
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