Clayton Kershaw's Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event last night appears to have been a smashing success. The ballplayers came out to play, stars were there to lend their support and a bunch of money was raised for a good cause. Featured in the pic above were probably the two biggest goofballs in attendance. Via a pic tweeted by Kike Hernandez is Kike with his ping pong partner Ken Jeong. You can check out more photos from AM570 here. Via Steve Bourbon at MLB.com:
"It's humbling for us to see the turnout, not to mention we get to raise money for two incredible causes. It's just so cool," Kershaw said. "It keeps getting bigger and bigger every year."BTW, the duo of Orel Hershiser and actor Josh Henderson won the tournament. Check out the Kershaw's Challenge website here to learn more. Below are some links to check out:
While Kershaw was paramount in organizing the event, he wasn't able to participate in the pingpong competition. Kershaw has a sore hip that caused him to miss his scheduled start on Wednesday.
"I probably could [play], but it's the smart thing to do, as much as I'd like to," Kershaw said. "I'll get to trash talk and watch."
- Dusty Baker is now on twitter. You can follow him here: @dbaker_12
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Friedman discusses Dodgers' Deadline moves."
"Money factors in, just like players do," Friedman said. "Everything is negotiated. There are times we've given up players, times we've taken on contracts. We have that ability to do that and/or supplement that with players, and that increases the likelihood of getting a deal done. Having that added flexibility increases your chances of [making a deal]."
- BTW, the Dodgers might not be done, so stay tuned. Today is the trade deadline and things might get interesting. Via a tweet from OC Register reporter Bill Plunkett:
Friedman: "We feel good about what we’ve done to date. But by no means are we kicking our feet up, sitting back and exhaling." #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 31, 2015
- Via Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports, "With money and cutting-edge brilliance, Dodgers playing a game others can’t."
The Yankees sashayed into free-agent meetings like fat cats, paying big dollars for big names and big splashes. They were old money acting like new money. The Dodgers positioned themselves in diametric opposition, fundamentally against larding their roster with aging players, using their cash as judiciously as the filthy rich can, exploring every creative nook and cranny possible.
- Via David Lieberman at Deadline Hollywood, "Time Warner Cable Strikes Out In Securing More Distribution For Dodgers."
It “doesn’t look like we’ll get additional distribution for the Dodgers network this season,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus told analysts this morning in a call to discuss Q2 earnings.
- Via Hugh Bernreuter at MLive.com, "Dodgers prospect Pablo Fernandez hopes trip from Cuba ends in L.A."
"He's got five, maybe six quality pitches and that translates better to starting than relieving," Loons pitching coach Glenn Dishman said. "He was a reliever in Cuba, but in the Majors here they like having a reliever or closer with one or two dominant pitches throwing 100."
- GCRL, a Dodger collector blog, is calling it quits. You were one of my favorite daily destinations.
- With the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago in full swing I though I would share the below pic from twitter with you. It's a display from SCP Auctions of some Don Drysdale items that will be for sale in their upcoming offering. BTW, I have personally consigned items from my own collection with SCP, so I'll be sure to write about that soon.
Don Drysdale collection consigned to @SCPAuctions just unveiled here at #NSCC15. pic.twitter.com/IghCO0OrwS— Sports Collector (@SportsCollector) July 29, 2015
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