Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blog Kiosk/ Dodgers Links: 5/31/2012


The Dodgers just release a couple of preview photos of the Eric Karros bobblehead to be given out on June 28th against the Mets.  The likeness is amazing.
  • As expected, Kemp is put back on the DL today.  Alex Castellanos has been called up from Albuquerque.  See the Dodgers press release, here
Castellanos, making his first appearance on a big league roster, will wear No. 49 and was hitting .379 with 10 doubles, four triples, five homers and 14 RBI in 22 games with Triple-A Albuquerque, while posting a .476 on-base percentage and a .759 slugging percentage. 
Chad Moriyama takes a closer look at Castellanos, here.
Assistant general manager and scouting director Logan White is excited about his first Draft for the new owners.

"It's a wonderful thing talking to Stan [Kasten, Dodgers president], and I'm unbelievably excited that he's a development-oriented person who wants us to be aggressive," said White. "I think where money will make an impact for us is internationally."
  • Beyond the Boxscore calculates that a Dodger has been the most valuable hitter in Baseball, and it's not Kemp.  Instead, it's a certain unsung hero who much of the Dodger-blogoshere has been championing as an All-Star.  That's right, it's AJ Ellis.  Check out the story here.  On top of that, former Dodger prospect James McDonald is ranked as the most valuable pitcher so far this season.
  • Tommy Lasorda shares the day he pitched 15 innings and probably threw 300 pitches.  He also includes an awesome vintage photo of him as a member of the Schenectady Blue Jays in the Canadian-American League. 
  • Nick Diunte of the Examiner.com examines Ted Reed's book about Carl Furillo titled, "Carl Furillo: Brooklyn Dodger All Star."  I hadn't realized that Furillo was basically blacklisted from the game.
  • MLB Trade Rumors passes along the gossip that the Dodgers are calling other teams for available position players.
  • I kinda miss Chan Ho Park.  Fortunately, Big League Stew has a update; including a video of a commercial he did that sells insurance.  BTW, Park raps in the commercial.  It's awesome!  Check it out.
  • Check out the Ice Girls of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, via Gunaxin
  • The Upper Deck Blog shares a couple of redemption cards recently claimed that feature Kings overtime scorer Anze Kopitar and defenseman Drew Doughty.  Those are some great looking cards.  Unfortunately, I'm not a huge hockey card collector.  Who knows, though.  I might have to start.  Heck, with the Kings doing so well I think I'll have to share what I do have over the next coming weeks.
  • Check out Baseball explained on a whiteboard by a Brit, below. I found it funny and somewhat confusing, but I'm not sure I could do any better.  (Hat Tip: Baseball Musings)

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