Monday, March 11, 2013

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 3/11/2013


What a great early 90's photographed shared by Dodgers' photographer Jon SooHoo of Vin Scully in the press box hanging out with Gordon Verrell, Jay Lucas, Derrick Hall, Broderick Turner, Terry Johnson, Lew Price.  Check it out here on his photo blog.
Although two outings may not be conclusive, what I have seen has me wondering about Ryu serving as a starter. For now, I think he is best suited to pitching out of the bullpen and continuing to prepare for a role as a starter. At this early stage of his transition, I think he is very hittable and needs more time to adjust.
Heo Koo-yeon, a former baseball manager and current MBC television color commentator, was underwhelmed as well after watching Ryu in person.

''The velocity on his fastball isn’t there yet. It’s slower than the fastballs he has thrown in the KBO the past few years,’’ Heo told Korean reporters in Arizona.

''To be effective against major league hitters, Ryu’s fastball has to sit comfortably at around 148 kilometers per hour. He has to bring his condition up.’’
"After the third out, Johnny Podres having shut them out, I was taken in a car to the Lexington Hotel with some other Dodgers people," Scully said. "I had a date, and I left the group to get my car and go pick her up. We drove over to Brooklyn for the party at the Bossert Hotel.

"It was like V-J Day and V-E Day rolled into one when we came out of the tunnel. There were thousands of people on the sidewalks leading to the hotel. There were policemen, and parking attendants who took your car about a block from the hotel. Walking down that street to the hotel, that was an unforgettable scene."
  • Luis Cruz admits he lost it over the weekend, via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times.
  • Chris Olds at Beckett has the 8 other Jackie Robinson movie "42" posters that have recently been released.  Check them out here.  Below is one of my favorites.


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Greinke Sidelined, but it's not Expected to be Serious

As you may already know, Zack Greinke experienced some discomfort in his throwing elbow over the weekend, so out of an abundance of caution he will miss todays start.  Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:

Greinke missed a bullpen session nine days ago because of elbow stiffness, missed a start four days ago because of the flu, then threw an impressive bullpen session on Friday.

But the discomfort in the back of his elbow has persisted and -- with seven other starters in the current rotation -- club officials are considering holding him out for precautionary reasons.
We know now that Zack will definitely miss todays scheduled start based on a tweet from the Dodgers this morning.
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After reading that you've got to be a little worried.  On the other hand, based on early reports this move appears to be a precautionary.  From a Bill Shaikin tweet:
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JP Hoornstra adds more:
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Unfortunately, as a Dodger fan I am always prepared to be shocked.  Hopefully, we can laugh about this episode when the season starts.

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Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour of Japan Magazines on eBay


The mid-50's marked the height of popularity for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  They were coming off their very first World Series championship in 1955, so an invitation to travel to Japan several months later for a Baseball Goodwill Tour was a natural fit.  Following the 1956 season, the Brooklyn boys headed overseas in search of extending the teams reach and to improve international relations.  After all, Baseball was becoming a national sport on the island nation, and what could be better than to share our love of the game as a way to build bridges.

As you can imagine, all sorts of collectibles were made to celebrate the occasion.  Recently on eBay, a couple of these items popped up that caught my eye.  In fact, I placed a bid on both of these items, but I came woefully short of winning.

First, here is a 1956 magazine produced by Japan Pro Baseball Association that includes photos and biographies of the Dodgers.  The cover features Don Newcombe.  Also, check out the biography pages for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges, and a team photo below.  This vintage magazine sold for a $63.78.
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This next item is a roster card for the games played at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo.  Jackie Robinson is featured on the front cover, and both the Dodgers and Japanese All-Stars rosters are printed in Japanese.  This piece sold for a healthy $145.05.
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