Monday, November 17, 2014

Jackie Robinson Shows his Character in Note Available at SCP Auctions

For decades collectors have been known to write to their favorite star.  Often, the fan would ask for an autograph to have as a keepsake, but from time to time they seek for a little bit more.  Featured in this post is a little bit of Dodger Correspondence from Jackie Robinson to a collector that is certainly notable.  It is available on auction at SCP.

Check it out below.  It says:
“Dear Roger,

I believe my greatest accomplishment was my ability to accept the racial abuse I did early as it was certainly not my nature to do so.

As you can see, a fan named Roger asked Jackie what he believed was his greatest accomplishment in his career.  Jackie responded by noting his willingness to turn the other cheek.  I think we can all agree that he was right.
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Blog Kiosk: 11/17/2014 - Dodger Links - Pederson's Car Sold and Valenzuela's Statue

Check out Fernando Valenzuela gazing upon a statue of himself that was erected this past weekend at Charros de Jalisco's ballpark in Guadalajara.  Photo via @charrosbeisbol on twitter.  As you can see, it features him looking to the heavens as he prepares his pitch.

Below are some links to check out:
"The way they were attacking Yasiel in the first three games and really not giving him too much to hit, to put him in front of [Rockies first baseman Justin] Morneau was an opportunity for him to see some pitches. It worked out," MLB manager John Farrell said. "They threw the ball in the strike zone, and he responded with three hits tonight.
“Billy’s great,” Byrnes said. “Great resume as a player, scout; crosschecked for a long time. I think the skills we’re looking for — a good evaluator, running a draft. using all that information to make that decision.”
“Julio is a young man who is an excellent pitcher. He pitches about 95 mph. He has a great curve as well. A lot of people feel that he has the potential of being one of the greatest pitchers in the Major Leagues,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a great guy, simple and very attentive. Even though I’ve known him for a short time, I hope we can start a great friendship. Our team expects a lot from Julio.”
  • Via Jim Callis at puts together a team-by-team breakdown of top performers in the 2014 Arizona Fall League
Best Prospect: After a rough AFL performance in 2013, shortstop Corey Seager played much better the second time around, batting .281/.354/.472 with a league-best 10 doubles. The 2014 Minor League leader in hitting (.349) and doubles (50), he'll produce for average and power but will likely have to move to third base. .

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