Yesterday was the anniversary of the day the Dodgers officially signed Jackie Robinson in 1945. Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter.
- "Don Mattingly has a history of speaking up," via Mark Saxon at ESPN.
- Nevertheless, via Ramona Shelburne at ESPN, "Agent: Don Mattingly will honor deal".
Don Mattingly intends to honor the final year of his contract as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, his agent said Wednesday, and there is renewed hope on both sides that he will continue on beyond next season, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
The Dodgers won't have anything to say on the matter until after the World Series, a source said, respecting the long-held tradition of embargoing major news during the sport's most important event.
"He's under contract. He was able to say his piece at the press conference and he's looking forward to continuing his relationship with the Dodgers," Mattingly's agent, Ray Schulte, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.
- Now we know through Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times that, "Don Mattingly to return as Dodgers manager in 2014".
Don Mattingly will manage the Dodgers next season.
“I always thought that,” team President Stan Kasten said. “Absolutely.”
- Via Murray Chass, "MEETING MATTINGLY’S MATURITY".
Don Mattingly has learned a thing or two in the past quarter century or so. In 1987 Mattingly, a 25-year-old first baseman with the New York Yankees, let himself be intimidated by George Steinbrenner. Now the 52-year-old manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mattingly has turned the tables but on the Dodgers.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Clayton Kershaw named to Sporting News NL All-Star team".
- Via Chris Olds at Beckett, he shares some preview pics for the 2014 Topps Opening Day set; including the Clayton Kershaw card on the right.
- Via Michael Martinez at Fox Sports, "Bloomberg report: Dodgers are worth $2.1 billion".
- The Sons of Steve Garvey has a pic of the advertisement the Dodgers put out in the LA Times.
- Tony Jackson at Dodger Scribe takes a closer look at the Alexander Guerrero contract. BTW, he issued one small correction to his story, here.
- Adam Lovinus at OC Weekly sits down with Riley Breckenridge of Puig Destroyer for an interview.
- Chris Creamer at Sports Logos.net has a bunch of pics of now irrelevant 2013 Dodgers NLCS Champions and World Series merchandise. If we had beaten the Cardinals these items would have been for sale. Check out the ugliest damn cap I've ever seen below. It almost makes me thankful we lost... Almost. (Hat Tip: Jonathan Garza at WCB Sports)
- Following up on recent news that Alex Castellanos was DFA's, we find out that the Dodgers have just traded him to the Red Sox for outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.
I guess the Dodgers figured he was going to get claimed, so they might as well get something in return.I've changed my thinking on this. I think multiple team did make a claim, so Boston reached out for a trade since they are low on the waiver totem pole. Per a Dodgers press release:
Hazelbaker, 26, spent the 2013 campaign with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .257 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 121 games and ranking fifth in the International League with 37 steals.
The Muncie, Indiana, native has compiled a .258 batting average with 194 steals, 60 home runs and 247 RBI in 530 games in his five professional seasons after being selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Ball State University.
- Panini unveiled their own Jose Abreu card that will be coming out in early November in their 2013 Prizm Perennial Draft Picks card set.
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