Blue Heaven reader Cathy was kind enough to pass along the above photo of Tommy Lasorda signing what looks like leather "sweet spot" style baseballs for an upcoming Baseball card set while in Cooperstown this past weekend.
- Woo Hoo! It was announced last night that Vin Scully is coming back to broadcast for the Dodgers in 2015. Watch the official announcement made at Dodger Stadium last night here. As you might expect, the crowd gave Vin a rousing standing ovation. Per a Dodgers press release:
"It is very difficult to say goodbye," said Scully. "God willing I will be back next year. Over the years I have been blessed to have so many friends including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I've soul-searched and this is not the time."
(Gif via Dodger Dugout)
Thank you Vin!
- Via David Lieberman at Deadline.com, "FCC Chairman Blames Time Warner Cable For Dodgers TV Impasse." Read Chairman Tom Wheeler's entire letter there.
Wheeler specifically wants TWC to provide, within 10 days, an explanation of the arbitration process that it has proposed, how that could resolve the matter, and other steps the cable company can take to fix things if arbitration fails. In addition, he wants FCC logounredacted copies of contracts or term sheets in SportsNet’s deal with TWC, and proposals to other pay TV distributors.
Via Chairman Wheeler: "I am writing to express my strong concern about how your actions appear to have created the inability of consumers in the Los Angeles area to watch televised games of the Los Angeles Dodgers."
The Chairman has requested a ton of information within 10 days. A part of me feels that their (TWC's) lobbying effort has backfired. Now, TWC is asked to provide a slew of information, and if they do that I may have to make a freedom of information act request. I'll have to figure out that process since it's been years since I've done that. On the other hand, TWC can just make all of that information public themselves, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
- Don Mattingley on the trade deadline, via a tweet from Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Mattingly on #Dodgers at trade deadline: "I'm not expecting anything huge."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 29, 2014
- FYI, the Dodgers reinstated left-handed relief pitcher Scott Elbert from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. Per a Dodger press release:
Elbert made 15 rehab appearances (two starts) for Dodger affiliates this year, going 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA for Rookie-advanced Ogden, Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Albuquerque as he worked his way back from 2013 Tommy John surgery. Elbert, who was originally selected by the Dodgers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, last pitched in the Majors on Aug. 26, 2012 and went 3-3 with two saves and a 3.61 ERA in 120 games with the Dodgers from 2008-12.
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Kenley Jansen – MLB’s most underrated closer."
- Via Baseball in Korea, "Groundbreaking for Soyosan Park Chan-ho Baseball Park."
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