What a fantastic vintage image of Jackie Robinson grabbing a bat and heading to the plate for the very first time as a Dodger in 1947. Pic above via @pderrico_49 on twitter.
Below are some more links to check out:
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Will Dodgers improved defense make up for their lost offense?"
- Orel at Sons of Steve Garvey provides a short, "Report from Enemy Territory."
- Via Alexis Brudnicki at True Blue LA, "Dodgers land key development piece in Clayton McCullough."
"The people who are very talented in this game are going to move up or they’re going to have opportunities to move on, and you only hope the best for them," (Andrew) Tinnish said. "The Dodgers made a great hire. He’s a great guy, he’s a great worker, he’s got a lot of energy, he has a great eye for talent, and he does a nice job of developing players."
- GCRL shares, "one last oddball from the Steve Garvey oddball binder."
- Just in case you care, via Colin O'Keefe at Lookout Landing, "Mariners install LED lights at Safeco Field, first MLB park to have them."
- Via Joon Lee at the Daily Gammons, "Are top prospects overvalued in baseball?"
Publications such as Baseball America provide great information on a wealth of young players, but a significant number of those players covered never amount to anything of significance at the major league level. Consider this study from Matt Perez of Camden Depot which concluded that from 1990 through 2006, approximately 70 percent of Baseball America Top-100 prospects failed. Over at Royals Review, Scott McKinney conducted a similar study that came to a couple of conclusions: A) 70 percent of Baseball America Top-100 prospects fail. B) About 60 percent of position players ranked in the Top-20 succeed in the majors C) About 40 percent of pitchers ranked in the Top-20 succeed.
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