Joc Pederson is pumped! He's as excited as you can be to have been selected an All-Star, and is no doubt relishing the chance to show off his swing during the home run derby. BTW, he'll face-off against Orioles slugger Manny Machado in the first round of the derby, and then either Pujols or Bryant in the next round. Here he is above showing off the National League team jersey. Photo via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015.
Below are some links to check out:
- Via Molly Knight at Vanity Fair, "How the Dodgers Went from Mismanaged Failure to One of the Most Valuable Teams in Sports."
(Magic Johnson) wanted an owner who was committed to building a winning team. During his meeting with the Guggenheim executives, he looked at Walter and asked: “Are you doing this for the investment or are you doing this to win?” Walter didn’t hesitate: “I’m doing this to win,” he said, adding that he hoped to leave the team to his daughter one day.
- I love this man! Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew, "Bill Murray says Cardinals fans are 'Satan's messengers on Earth'"
- Via Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com, "Dodgers, Giants favorites to sign top international prospect (Eddy Julio) Martinez."
Martinez could command at least a $10 million bonus, and his contract will send the team that signs him into the maximum penalty under the international signing guidelines -- 100-percent tax on the bonus pool overage and the inability to sign a player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods -- if it is not already there.
- Via Chris Cwik at Big League Stew, "Listen as Vin Scully teaches you how to speak Japanese."
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Zack Greinke finishes historic first half with 1.39 ERA, 35 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings."
- Blue Skinny Fan shares his experience getting Pedro Baez's autograph at Walmart yesterday, here.
- Topps has just issued a limited (1 of 1) 10"x14" All-Star Game online exclusive cards of twenty players and Dodger rookie Joc Pederson is included. See it below. Go here to check it out. This is already sold out, but have no fear. Limited 5"x7" complete set versions are also available.
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