Chris Olds at Beckett.com shares even more pics from 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball. This set officially goes live today, so you should be able to find them in hobby stores soon, if not now. Above are Duke Snider and Burleigh Grimes game-used jersey button cards, and below are Leo Durocher and Wee Willie Keeler book cards. BTW, I believe the Snider card above is a base card. Also, this set is not licensed by MLB, so you will not see any team logos. Nevertheless, the cards that I have seen look very sharp and I hardly miss the logos.
- Eno Sarris at FanGraphs suggest that Hanley Ramirez should play shortstop.
The Dodgers might be losing a few runs here or there due to Hanley Ramirez playing at shortstop despite his bad range to his right. With a good defender to his right, though, that negativity is mitigated. And by showing him a little positivity, maybe the Dodgers will reap the best Ramirez has to offer.
- This is a daily must-see. Check out Jon SooHoo's pics from yesterday at Camelback Ranch.
- Via JP Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers, they plan on bringing back the Hollywood Stars Game in 2014. YEAH!!! All I ask is that they play Baseball, not softball!
“We have an awful lot of celebrities at our games,” Kasten said. “People that I know from TV and movies. … You associate that with the Lakers; you see them at courtside and you see them dolled up like they’re going to a Hollywood premiere. All the makeup, all the glamour, all the jewelry and all of that. Those same people come to Dodger games. You don’t notice it because they’re in jeans and a T-shirt and a baseball cap without a lot of frills. I’m telling you, I have met star after star after star of TV shows and movies and they are blending in because there’s a different way to go to a baseball game — a more comfortable, more relaxing, more natural way — than to other events.”
- I love seeing other folks photos from Spring Training. Here, Alex Cora at Sons of Steve Garvey share his.
- via Dan Kaplan at Sports Business Journal, Chavez Ravine is now being considered as a possible site for a new Football Stadium. Please... Say it ain't so! Also, the below line in the article greatly troubles me.
It’s unclear if the league would want the Dodgers to leave Chavez Ravine if an NFL team moved in. Guggenheim is planning to spend a low-nine-figure sum renovating Dodger Stadium, so that would seem an odd investment if the stadium were to be torn down to make way for an NFL venue.
I don't mean to go on a rant here, but as far as I'm concerned the NFL gave Angelenos a big "middle finger" when they let those other teams leave, and as a result I could give a flying "f***" if a NFL team ever comes back to LA. I am a firm believer that NO citizen (tax dollar) funds should ever be used to build a stadium; especially after witnessing what the Marlins owner did to Miami. I consider the spending of those funds for that purpose to be welfare for millionaires, with little prospect of a fair return for taxpayers.
- Manny Ramirez to play in Taiwan, via David Brown at Big League Stew.
- Nick Diunte at Examiner.com reports on former Negro Leaguer Rev. William "Bill" Greason's recent speech in New Jersey. (Hat Tip: Baseball Happenings)
An increasingly rare opportunity to witness one of the legends who played in the Negro Leagues tell their story live and in-person came to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday in Mullica Hill, N.J. Eighty-eight-year-old Rev. William “Bill” Greason, former pitcher for the Birmingham Black Barons and St. Louis Cardinals, delivered an impressive sermon for their "Take the Mystery out of Black History" event in which baseball, race, and spirituality were effortlessly intertwined.
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