With the Dodgers scheduled for a day off in Washington DC yesterday several players and staff members decided to take on the town like a bunch of tourist. For some, a stop at the FBI Training Center in Quantico, Virginia, was in order, as evidenced in the photo above provided by Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo on twitter. For others, a walk around our nations capital would be the highlight of the day. Check out Kenta Maeda in the photos below, via his Instagram account.
Another player had something else on his mind for his day off, though. Brandon McCarthy decided to head to the Smithsonian. Go here to see what he decided to share with the world.
Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1977 Don Sutton is named the All-Star Game MVP at Yankee Stadium. He pitched three scoreless innings to help the National League win, 7-5. In 1993 Raul Mondesi made his Major League debut by singling in his first at-bat (as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning) against Phillies pitcher David West.
- Happy Birthday, Rachel Robinson! She is 94 years old today.
- A Joc Pederson Baseball youth camp is scheduled for August 11th. Go here for more information and to sign up. It is sponsored by Citibank and Sunny D. Attendees must be from grades 1 to 8. It includes three hours of group instruction.
- Via One Nación at ESPN; "Adrian Gonzalez becomes top Mexican hitter in MLB history."
- Fantastic read. Via Oscar Martinez at LA Dodger Report; "Don Newcombe No-Show Becomes Wonderful Discovery of Arnold Hano."
(Arnold) Hano walked a bit slowly, like a 94-year old, but he spoke with the sharp wit and enthusiasm of a man who loves to tell a good story. The room had been disappointed by the absence of the big-name athletes, but once Hano began weaving his baseball stories, with that contagious smile of his, all of that was forgotten.
- Via the Tulsa Drillers at MiLB.com; "Alex Verdugo Named TL Hitter of the Week."
The 20-year-old hit safely in all five games that he played, going 8-18 (.444) with five extra-base hits, including two home runs. In the five games, Verdugo also totaled six runs batted in.
- An old friend alert. Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors; "Royals Claim Nick Tepesch."
- As I mentioned recently, the Sports Museum of Los Angeles is now open on weekends to the general public. For a quick sneak peak check out this recent video featuring the museum. Via CBS LA; "Dodgers Collection Takes Center Stage At Reopening Of Sports Museum Of LA." (Link Here) The museum website is here.
- I thought this was awesome to see. In fact, I'm wondering if anybody has similar pics of Dodger billboards from throughout the years. Via Jon Rosen at LA Kings Insider; "Archive photos: 50 years of billboards and marketing."
- Via Jade Scipioni at Fox Business; "Why is this Peanut Butter in Every MLB Clubhouse?"
Mike Lowell, who played in the major leagues for 13 years for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, and Boston Red Sox, says he jumped in on the idea because he knows how much peanut butter played a role in his training—especially in the minor leagues.
“It was kind of a big staple of survival. Most guys are six feet, over 200 pounds. Meal money in the minor leagues was around $12 dollars a day. So, if you do that math that’s a lot of fast food and I think when you get into those clubhouses, you will see a lot of saltine crackers and peanut butter,” Lowell, a founding partner at HomePlate tells FOXBusiness.com.
Other MLB players like Danny Peoples, Josh Beckett, Brooks Kieschnick, Marco Scutaro, and John McDonald have all signed on as investors of the brand as well.
- Panini America shares a bunch of preview pics of their upcoming 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball card set; including the Corey Seager and Mike Piazza cards below. The set goes live tomorrow. Go here to check out more preview pics from the set.
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