Topps shared an early pic on twitter from their flagship Baseball Series 1 set. It looks like a bunch of insert cards for Series 1. Sandy Koufax is easily seen right in the middle.
- Mark Langill tells us that today is the anniversary of the Dodgers trading Jackie Robinson to the Giants.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports spoke with Don Mattingly and received a choice quote:
"The expectation is you have to win. That's just the way it is. You could fight it. You could try to defuse it. But I don't think there's any defusing this bomb, no matter what we do. We just might as well look at that and take it head on right away. We're supposed to win. There it is. If we lose, we're failures."
- Well this is nice. The Red Sox will pay the Dodgers $11.7Mil to complete the big trade, via CBS Sports.
The Red Sox will make identical payments of $3.9 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as part of the cash component of the trade.
- David Pinto at Baseball Mussings proposes having Skip Schumaker play 3rd base for us.
- Mike Ozanian at Forbes writes that a detail within the Rangers cable contract might bite the Dodgers on the behind.
It appears as if the team’s owners, Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, Magic Johnson, and Peter Guber, who used over $1 billion from insurance companies owned or controlled by Guggenheim Partners to buy the Dodgers, cannot get a more cash-friendly television deal, new sources of of capital may be required.
- This is a must read! Jeff Pearlman just shared an excellent interview he conducted with former Dodgers GM Fred Claire. It's filled with a bunch of interesting stuff. Check it out here. I found this the most interesting thing of all.
The trade of Mike Piazza changed the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It changed the history because it was the first time the Dodgers had made a trade without the general manager—the man in charge of baseball operations—being involved in a trade. It was a trade made by a Fox television executive for television reasons. Let that one soak in. The Dodgers make a major trade for reasons other than baseball reasons.
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