Congratulations to Tommy Lasorda on receiving an honorary doctoral degree from Loyola Marymount last night. Photo above tweeted by LMU.
below are more links to check out:
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers sought Greinke deal during season."
- Via Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times, "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred worries that the Dodgers' TV blackout could continue."
“I’m hopeful that there are dynamics in play beyond baseball, in terms of corporate activity, that may create some flexibility and, hopefully, we will get a resolution in time for the 2016 season,” he said.
- Eric Stephen at True Blue LA tells us of the, "Dodgers 2015 minor league free agents."
- Check out the November digital issue of Baseball Magazine here. It includes an article written by former Dodger GM Fred Claire on the return of Baseball Magazine and Part 2 of Christine Sisto's piece titled, "Brooklyn's Secular Cathedral: Brooklyn's Effect on the Mythology of the Dodgers." An excerpt is below:
In general, the Brooklyn team of the 1920's and 30's was not a great team, especially compared to the Dodgers of the late 1940's and early 50's, but the borough loved them anyway. They took pride in the fact that their team fumbled so beautifully. Brooklynites saw an event like the 26-inning game, as a symbol of the persistence of the residents of the borough.
They saw other high jinks on the field as the personification of Brooklynites' hard work ethic; no matter how badly one failed, one picked up and tried again. Even though Brooklyn's team elevated mistakes into an art form, those mistakes gave the team character and made Brooklyn love them even more.
- Joshua Harty at Shake's Shake compares, "MLB Player Choice Awards Outstanding Pitcher vs. Cy Young Voting." Does one necessarily lead to the other? Joshua tries to answer that question.
- Jerry Crasnick at ESPN asked the Baseball GM's, "Which staff ace would you be more comfortable giving a nine-figure deal -- David Price or Zack Greinke?"
"Greinke is an easy one here,'' said an AL scout. "His delivery is too good, his control and command too spot on, his pitchability too high. He's got athleticism and he's intelligent -- all the characteristics you need to age gracefully. I am not saying Price does not possess these same characteristics. I just don't think he has them at the advanced levels that Greinke has them.''
- On the Cy Young front, both Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are finalist for the award in 2015, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider. As Eric Stephen notes at True Blue LA, Kershaw is the first pitcher EVER to have five-straight top-three Cy Young Award finishes. Wow! Check out the rest of the top-three candidates for the MVP, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Awards here.
- Oh... And BTW, Zack Greinke also won his second consecutive Gold Glove Award, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider. Zack sure had a busy Tuesday. Via a Dodger press release:
Zack Greinke was honored with his second-career Gold Glove Award after also winning the award in 2014. He committed just two errors in 62 total chances (.968 fielding percentage) in 2015 and led National League pitchers with nine defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs.com. The 32-year-old became the first Dodger to win Gold Glove Awards in consecutive seasons since first baseman Steve Garvey took home the award four years in a row from 1974-77 and the 10th pitcher in National League history to win multiple Gold Glove Awards, a list which includes two other Dodgers: Andy Messersmith (1974-75) and Greg Maddux (2006, 2008).
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