This past Wednesday, the Dodgers were awarded the 2013 Disability Rights in Sports Award at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner.
The Disability Rights in Sports Award honors an athlete, team, or organization that represents the inclusion of people with all types of disabilities in sports. This year the nominating committee selected The Los Angeles Dodgers for their cooperative measures to ensure that the new construction at the stadium was accessible, both physically and in spirit, to visitors with disabilities. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ extraordinary efforts will make the iconic stadium a welcome destination for all who wish to witness a great team, with a noble history supporting civil liberties, engage in American’s favorite pastime.Pictured above is Dennis Powell, Executive Director of Disabilities Rights Legal CenterPaula D. Pearlman, Joanie Campanella (Roy Campanella's daughter) and Steve Yeager. Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
- Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors, "MLB Amending Posting System Proposal; Agreement May Not Be Reached". This will undoubtedly delay the Dodgers chase for Masahiro Tanaka. I've even read rumblings that a deal may not be reached at all; thereby making a Tanaka signing impossible.
- It's official, video replay is coming to MLB in 2014, via David Brown of Big League Stew.
- Via the Dan Patrick Show on AM570, "Clayton Kershaw: 'I'm Pretty Open-minded' About Contract Extension". There is a video of the discussion with Clayton.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Kasten: Dodgers likely to temper spending". Emphasis mine.
"We are looking more at deepening the organization, to fine-tune it and get into the season and see what we need," said Kasten. "Having said that, I'm not ruling anything out. But those people who attach us to every free agent out there are making it up."
- Holy Moly. Via Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet, Ted Lilly had nerve endings on the side of his neck cauterized to alleviate his pain, and to get back to the Majors. This is an old friend alert. It's highly unlikely the Dodgers will try to re-sign him.
- Via a Dodgers press release, "Los Angeles Dodgers named 2013 Major League Baseball "Club Retailer of the Year". This is just another feather in the cap for the new Dodger owners.
"The Los Angeles Dodgers merchandising and retail department has the support of an incredible front office and loyal fan base, but that does not stop them from working tirelessly to make the retail experience seamless for the fan through creative and innovative development," said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President of Licensing for Major League Baseball. "The Dodgers have made significant strides in increasing sales and brand awareness, and following their successful 2013 season it is clear that the future is bright."
- Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "Dodgers' J.P. Howell opens up about bullying".
- This gave me chills. James Inverne at Time shared an fascinating story related to the day JFK was assassinated. That evening, the Boston Symphony Orchestra was performing a concert as news came along indicating the President's death. The conductor, Erich Leinsdorf, made an announcement to the audience, then proceeded to play the funeral march from Beethoven's 3rd Symphony "Eroica" to honor him. Go to this link for the story and a YouTube video of the announcement, crowd reaction and performance.
- Beer Mug Sports captures Michael Jordon playing some beer pong.
- Tom Owens at Baseball by the Letters relays a sad note from a 1954 Cub player - Don Robertson.
- This might be the coolest thing ever! The WWE will make Cy Young Belts for Kershaw and Scherzer, via a tweet from Vince McMahon.
.@WWE will send the real thing to @MLB Cy Young Awards winners @Max_Scherzer and @ClaytonKersh22 pic.twitter.com/TAoa50rk0v
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) November 14, 2013
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