- Dodgers announced via a press release the hiring of Janet Marie Smith to oversee the planning and development of Dodger Stadium. Hopefully, she can balance the historical nature of the ballfield with some modern amenities to benefit the fan experience at home games. Based on her success in Atlanta and Baltimore, I think she just might be able to do it.
- In fact, with Janet Marie Smith's hiring we learn from Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times that renovations will begin in earnest starting this winter.
"She kind of likes that retro '50s feel that this ballpark has, that really no other ballpark has. And no other ballpark has the palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains. These are the things she would like to build on."
The Dodgers will be looking to add modern amenities.
"Kids' areas, more bars and restaurants, relaxation areas, history displays, interactive areas — the kinds of things you find in modern ballparks," Kasten said.
- Topps shows off a signed Sandy Koufax 2012 Allen & Ginter card that they just received from the left hander. Redemption cards were put into packs, so collectors who had turned them in should be receiving them soon. Pic at right via twitter @ToppsCards. See the Tier 1 Koufax autographed card here.
- Via Alex Angert at MLB.com, we hear that Victorino wants to stay a Dodger.
"I don't want to just be a two-month or three-month rental," Victorino said in the report. "I want to be here."
- BTW, the 2012 Topps finest set officially goes live this coming Wednesday. Check out the base card design on the left of Matt Kemp. Pic via twitter @ToppsCards. I'll be sure to share the Dodgers cards in the set soon.
- During "The National" the Net54 Vintage Baseball Forum dinner was the event to be at for vintage Baseball collectors. Many of the more prominent collectors and dealers use that forum, so if you want to pick anyone's brain about the hobby that is the best place to go. Sports Collectors Daily was there and writes a report on a guest speaker's comments about the recent indictments of hobby heavyweights Bill Mastro, Doug Allen and Mark Theotikos.
"The government has investigated fraud in the hobby before but those defendants in those cases tended to be bottom feeders, guys who operated in the shadows and out of the public light (but) these are the big boys of your industry and now they've been indicted. They were the kings of sports memorabilia and now the federal government is saying they're crooks. They are, of course, innocent until proven guilty."
- The Foul Bunt Blog recently took a tour of Camden Yards and shares a bunch of photos.
- This is just plain cool. Baseball Nuggets shares some images from a book published in 1913 about the 5th Olympiad in Sweden where they discuss Baseball being played as an exhibition sport. There are even pictures.
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