On this very day in 1962, Dodger Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax threw the first of his four no-hitters and the very first no-no by a Dodger in Dodger Stadium history. Koufax blanked the New York Mets on a Saturday evening, 5-0. He went on to throw three more no-hitters, including a perfect game on September 9, 1965. Koufax will be featured on the ninth bobblehead night of the season on August 7 when the Dodgers take on the Rockies at 7:10 p.m. This marks the Hall of Famer’s first-ever Dodger Stadium bobblehead and it will be given out to fans with the first 50,000 tickets.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
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- Our old friend Ken Levine (former Dodger Talk host) writes that "Vin Scully is a National Treasure."
- It's looking like the Dodgers are close to sign their No. 1 draft pick, Corey Seager, via Salisbury Post. (Hat Tip: True Blue LA)
"We knew negotiations had really stepped up between Jeff (Corey's father) and the Dodgers and we sort of knew the Mooresville game Wednesday night would be Corey's last one," Kannapolis coach Joe Hubbard said. "He still helped us win one last game, and now we just wish him the best. All summer, it's been kind of day to day, not knowing when we might lose him, and now we know. He flew out to L.A. early this morning to take his physicals. Maybe he hasn't officially signed yet, but you know now that it's going to get done.
Dylan Hernandez notes that the agreement has been finalized.
Seager will receive a bonus of $2.35 million, according to people familiar with the deal who spoke under the condition of anonymity because it wasn't expected to be announced until today. Seager was selected with the 18th overall pick, which was designated a slot value of $1.95 million by the commissioner's office.
- I just received notice that Amir ‘King’ Khan's autograph session on Sunday during Viva Los Dodgers will be from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
- Stab Kasten tells Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times that the Dodgers do not plan on being idle.
“I promise you we’ll explore everything,” Kasten said. “Look, as candid as we can be, we’re the Dodgers. We’re supposed to be big. We intend to be big. Will we look at big things? You bet.”
- Brilliant. Let's Go Dodgers post up a funny graphic.
- Mark Ellis is close to coming back, via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA.
Ellis, who had fasioctomy surgery on May 19 to relieve pressure in his left leg one day after a collision at second base, played a simulated game on Friday, and will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Saturday.
- Rawlings and the Negro League Baseball Museum teamed up to name the Negro Leagues All-Time Gold Glove team. Check it out here, via Bugs and Cranks.
- The Kings bring The Cup to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Gann Matsuda of Frozen Royalty has a nice writeup and photo essay of the festivities.
- Crime doesn't pay. A SoCal man pleads guilty to 1 count of wire fraud related to a sale of a fake Babe Ruth game-used glove.
Scheib purchased a 19th century baseball glove on eBay for $750 in January which was described as an “1890’s Full Web Workman Baseball Mitt.” At the time he bought the glove, prosecutors say Scheib knew that the glove had no connection to Ruth.