Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 11/20/2012

Above is a great photo shared by Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers of Roy Campanella earlier this morning on his photoblog.  Check it out here.  Roy would have been 91 yesterday. 
Evans, 26, left the Mets to sign with Pittsburgh last year, but played in just 21 minor league games after suffering a broken hand.  Evans is expected to be fully healed in time for spring training.

  • Kyuji Fujikawa has 10 offers, via MLB Trade Rumors.  While Eno Sarris at RotoGraphs analyzes his potential.
  • Chad Moriyama takes a quick look at Dodger prospects playing this winter.
  • Mark Langill, the Dodgers official historian, shares an interesting fact about the PCL being a possible third Major League in the early 50's.
  • Black Friday is more than just for "big box" retail stores.  They are also for sports card shops, as well.  Panini is running a card shop Black Friday promotion at numerous hobby stores around the country that includes free packs of limited edition cards.  Go here for more information; including a list of participating stores.  Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any Dodger players in the set, but there is an LA King- Jonathan Quick.
  • Sports Collectors Daily notes that Oakley Stores are also running a Black Friday promotion that includes a free autographed item with the purchase of over $250.  Athlete autographs include many Baseball players.

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Dodgers Correspondence: Buzzie Bavasi Versus a Reporter

Here is another Dodgers Correspondence letter I ran into on eBay.  It is a letter from Buzzie Bavasi to the Atlanta Journal reporter Furman Bisher.  Apparently, Buzzie is a little unhappy with him.  Check out what he writes: 
Someone is not telling the truth.  Even if I had expressed my opinion re your story, what right would you have to tell Drysdale this.  I thought a good newspaperman never revealed the source of his story.  At least this is the excuse I get all the time.

I do not want to belabor the situation but Drysdale certainly told me just what you were supposed to have said to him.

Sorry I will not be in Atlanta this week-end as I would like to discuss this with you and get it off my mind once and for all.
Ouch!  It sounds like Buzzie is mad!  I wonder if this has to do with the famous contract negotiation/ hold-out situation with Sandy Koufax early in the 1966 season.
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2012 Panini Signature Series- Dodgers Base Cards

Here is the second Panini set recently released.  It is a brand new Baseball card set called Panini Signature Series.  The Dodgers base cards are featured below. 

As you can see, there are no Dodgers logo's anywhere.  Panini does not have a MLB license to make cards, but has a MLBPA agreement in place. So, they can feature any of the players, but cannot show their colors.

As you can see, the base cards to the set are close-up player portraits.  Check out the Dodgers cards below.

#3 Adrian Gonzales

#10 Andre Ethier

#27 Clayton Kershaw

#46 Hanley Ramirez

#64 Josh Beckett

#73 Matt Kemp

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AJ Ellis and Clayton Kershaw have Too Much Time on their Hands- They went on a Twitter Battle Yesterday

Below is a sequence of events that should forever live on in the intertubes.
Did the @Dodgers on twitter just goad AJ Ellis and Clayton Kershaw into a little twitter fight? 
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Why, yes they did.  And Kershaw was the first to take the bait.
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I smell a twitter war!  Well, not exactly.  AJ Ellis tweets a pic of himself from the 2008 Dodgers rookie hazing party.
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You just can't beat a catcher with a sense of humor.

Then, Marcus Hanel, the bullpen catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, decides to twist that knife.
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Of course, our resident team comedian can't let that stand.
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In the meantime, AJ Ellis decided to up the ante.
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Deciding not to be outdone, Clayton tweets a pic that forces AJ to wave the white flag.
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All the while, a former Dodger decided to chime in.  From catcher Paul LoDuca:
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Yeah, catchers are the unsung heroes of any Baseball team.

As a final salvo, I ran into the below pic on twitter @Angry_Albert that should become the newest "hot" meme.  Heck, if there is any justice in the world this pic should make AJ Ellis world famous.
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