Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 7/15/2014 - Dodger Links - Greinke, Kershaw and Puig

Yasiel Puig says hello to Dodger fans from the All-Star Game Home Run Derby in the photo above, via @#ASG on twitter.  Unfortunately, Puig was unable to hit a single home run during the derby. Doh!  Check out more pics from yesterday from Jon SooHoo here.
  • Awesome!  Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider shares an excellent video featuring Vin Scully recalling the moon landing of Apollo 11 45 years ago.
  • Along with the All-Star prints numbered to #/99 and #/10 created by Topps using the vintage 1958 Baseball card design and featuring this season All-Star Game selections, they sold special "1 of 1" large sized prints featuring just the starting lineups.  Yasiel Puig was available, but apparently has already been sold.  Believe me... I checked.  See the available prints here.
  • Vial Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "What could tempt Zack Greinke to opt out of Dodgers contract?"
“What happens with Lester and Scherzer will say a lot,” Greinke said at Monday’s All-Star festivities.

Greinke, 30, would forfeit three years and $71 million if he opts out of his contract, presumably in the hope of securing a longer and more lucrative guarantee. If he plays out his Dodgers contract, he would not be eligible for free agency until age 35.
He can opt-out after the 2015 season, and I think it's fair to assume that he'll do so as long as he pitches as well as he has.  Furthermore, I think the Dodgers would be foolish to let him leave.
  • As you likely already know, Adam Wainwright was chosen to start the All-Star Game over Clayton Kershaw.  Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "Kershaw understands Wainwright selection."
“I didn’t have a reaction. I kind of assumed. Adam had the best first half and Mike was his manager,” Kershaw said. “You’re going to pick your guy. So, I completely understand.” 
  • GCRL tells us all about the 1992 Dodger All-Stars TRAK Auto sheet of stamps.  I had no idea this set existed.
  • Via Alex Markle at Chavez Ravining, "Dodger Game in Review: Autographs, a Bobble Head, and a Win!"  He shares his experience from Saturday's game.

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