Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 5/8/2013

Here's a peak at the Jaime Jarrin bobblehead that will be given out on May 25th, pic via twitter @yvonnecarrasco.
However, one of the most memorable events ever staged there occurred on Oct. 18, 1949, when Jackie Robinson’s All-Stars – including Dodger teammates Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe – squared off against Black Baron All-Stars whose roster included an 18-year-old Mays and many Negro League greats including future Hall of Famer Buck Leonard, first baseman for the Homestead Grays.
In his 64 years calling Dodgers games, Scully has never been prone to hyperbole. When a truly special moment happens, sure, he'll deliver as stirring a description as you'll ever hear. But he understands context. A random pitch in a random spring training game isn't usually going to make him jump out of his chair. But this was no ordinary pitch. Kershaw's curveball was a masterpiece, falling out of the sky and turning Casey's knees into spaghetti.
Even when he was drafted, Ellis didn’t think like many of his fellow draftees. “I didn’t have major league expectations,” Ellis told me before this past series with the Giants. “I wasn’t being drafted and mapping out a career.” Ellis doesn’t sell himself short — this was more about his skillset and his draft position, and being honest with himself and the people he cared about. The minors were going to be “baseball finishing school” and he was going to finish up and then go coach a college team.
These clubs should have known better. Since 2004, of the 33 teams to increase their payroll by at least 30%, only five made the playoffs. in that same time frame, of the 110 teams that increased by at least 10%, just 31 made the playoffs, barely more than the number of playoff teams that cut their payroll over that span (28).

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