Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 2/4/2014 - Dodgers Links - Hall of Famer Tim Wallach, Haren is a Kings Fan and Puig May Bat Leadoff

Looks like some of the Dodgers' crew showed up at Camelback Ranch yesterday.  They're stocking the shelves with everything they'll need this Spring.  Pic via @camelbackranch on twitter.
  • Dodger coach Tim Wallach will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.  Check out a story at the HOF website here. Congrats, Tim!

“I’m both surprised and honoured to be selected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. What a great thrill to be going in with such integral parts of the Montreal Expos for such a long time, and to join many of my old teammates and manager, along with so many people that meant so much to Canadian baseball. This is a great honour for my family and myself,” said Wallach.
Q. You grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. Were you a crazy Dodgers fan as a kid, or what?
A. I was just a baseball fan in general. I would go to a few Angel games, a few Dodger games. Actually, my parents had season tickets to the Kings growing up, so I would go out to the Forum all the time. We were big hockey fans, too. Having played against the Dodgers for so many years and been rivals with them with Arizona and the Angels, it’ll be nice to be on this side for once. 
Mattingly said by switching Puig and last year's leadoff hitter, lefty-swinging Carl Crawford, in the order, it would provide better righty-lefty balance, with right-handed hitter Hanley Ramirez batting third and left-handed hitter Adrian Gonzalez batting fourth.
From 1932 to 1936 the Pittsburgh Crawfords were the class of the Negro Leagues. Often referred to as the greatest Negro League team of all-time, the Crawfords had a roster stacked with talent, including 5 Hall of Famers: Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, James Cool Papa Bell, and Satchel Paige. 

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