Thursday, December 04, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 12/4/2014 - Dodger Links - AGon, Hamels and Haren is One Funny Dude

I can never get enough of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson in a Dodger uniform.  It's such a wondrous and amazing sight.  The photo above was found through an eBay auction that you can check out here.  It is stamp dated to April 3, 1972, so it was likely taken during Spring Training that year.

Below are some links to check out:
  • So, do you want to play some softball?  Do you love reading blogs?  Well... Then you have to check out Left Field Pavilions 3rd Annual Dodger Blogger Charity Softball Tournament.  Go here for information.
  • Via Marty Noble at, "Perception, fate have conspired against Hodges."
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Adrian Gonzalez leads trip to Mexico."  A contingent of Dodgers will be joining Adrian Gonzalez in Mexico City today to honor him as he receives a national sports award presented by Mexico’s La Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (CONADE).
“It is truly my honor to travel to Mexico City in support of Adrian Gonzalez alongside our own Fernando Valenzuela who was very integral in the establishment of our significant Dodger fan base throughout Mexico,” Kasten said. “The Dodgers are fortunate to have such a rich history with Mexico and so many fans of Mexican descent.

“We applaud Adrian for being a role model on and off the field in Los Angeles, as well as an exemplary role model and athlete in his family’s own native country of Mexico. We remain committed to scouting throughout Mexico, and we look forward to our club’s future, which will undoubtedly continue to include Mexican talent.”
  • Via Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports, "The likelihood that Hamels is heading to the Dodgers."  He's just clearing the air and connecting appropriate dots.  Giving up our best prospects for Hamels makes no sense.
The Phillies would want one of the Dodgers’ top position prospects, shortstop Corey Seager or outfielder Joc Pederson, in any Hamels deal, according to major-league sources.

And the Dodgers, rather than part with premium young talent and assume the remainder of Hamels’ contract, can purchase a free-agent pitcher for a comparable price and give up no more than a draft pick.

  • MLB historian John Thorn writes about, "The Elysian Fields."  This place was one of the spawning grounds for Base Ball.
The Elysian Fields became not only a place of rest but also recreation as the prospect of employment lured young bachelors from the farm to the city, only to leave them pining for rural bliss. Cricket was played at the Hoboken grounds before baseball, but by 1845 the New York Knickerbockers had taken heed of the northward push of industry in Manhattan and had taken their new game of “base ball” to Hoboken.

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