Monday, December 15, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 12/15/2014 - Dodger Links - Kemp Physical Tuesday, Brandon McCarthy and Jay-Z to Buy Dodgers?

There's no better way to get over the doldrums of a dreary winter than to gaze upon a vintage Spring Training press photo.  Featured above is an April 1948 International Press Photo of Leo Durocher providing some instruction on the mound.  You can check this out on eBay, here.

Below are some links to check out:
  • Sy Berger, a former executive at Topps and the Father of the Modern Baseball Card, died on Sunday.  RIP, Sy Berger.  Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily has a collection of stories about him, here.  Check out Night Owl Cards writeup here
  • I hope you get a laugh out of this one.  Via Abe Abrams at Empire News, "Jay-Z Buys LA Dodgers, Plans On Moving Them Back To Brooklyn For 2015 Season."
“It all came together beautifully,” said Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter. ”I already own Washington Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Dodger Stadium suffered just enough damage in a minor November earthquake to make it unsafe, and the Dodgers were a steal at just $2 billion. Washington Park is a little small, but it will be a nice intimate setting until I can build something bigger. I’m going to have my babygirl Beyonce sing the National Anthem on opening day! Hell I may have her sing it every time we’re there. The Brooklyn Dodgers are back home where they belong, it’s a beautiful thing!” 

  • David's Autograph Signing shares his day at the, "2nd Annual Barnyard Wiffleball Invitational 12-14-14" in Anaheim. Several ballplayers were there in support the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation; including Justin Turner.
  • So this happened.  Domingo Ayala made it to the Winter Meetings in San Diego and has a video report to prove it.  He was seeking a "Big Tyne" contract to play ball.  Follow him as he searches for agents, tries to get TV time, and looks for the perfect deal.  I wonder if he got the huge signing bonus he was seeking.

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