Thursday, September 29, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 9/29/2016 - Dodgers Links - Urias, Kershaw and an Congressional Resolution for Vin Scully

Check out an fantastic candid press photo found in the current RMY auction above.  It features an obviously dejected Dodger manager Burt Shotton (left) being consoled by team president Branch Rickey (right) after being defeated by the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series.  It was taken by local New York photographer Bill Meurer.  Go here to check it out.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1966 Sandy Koufax struck out 13 Cardinals' batters to become the first pitcher to record three 300-strike out seasons since Amos Rusie in 1892.  In 1976 Tommy Lasorda is named the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 1979 Manny Mota set a Major League record with his 146th career pinch hit at Dodger Stadium against the Chicago Cubs.  In 2000 Gary Sheffield tied the Dodgers franchise mark for home runs in a season at 43.  He hit is against the Padres in San Diego. 
  • Podcast:  Charlie Culberson recently spoke with Vince Samperio and Jeff Snider on the Scully Avenue Postcast (Link Here).
  • Via Daniel Brown at The Mercury News; "Behind the scenes with Vin Scully: Giants broadcasters share favorite memories." 
Dave Flemming: I probably should not tell you this story, but there is one moment recently where I walked into the men’s room and Vin is there. Vin’s famous line at the beginning of a Dodgers broadcast is “Pull up a chair,” right? Dodgers fans hear that and they know Vin. I walk into the men’s room and Vin goes, “Dave, pull up a urinal.” He’s got a great sense of humor. He does. And he makes us laugh every time we see him.
Three California Democrats -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Democratic Caucus chairman Xavier Becerra -- introduced a resolution on Thursday honoring the life and career of Vin Scully.
The 2016 Arizona Fall League gets started in just under two weeks, and the Dodgers will send a total of eight players to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

The already announced prospect trio of Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo will be joined by pitchers Chris Anderson, Joe Broussard, Ralston Cash and Corey Copping, plus infielder Tim Locastro.
"Right now it's hard to predict. I think that Clayton's [pitched on short rest] before in the past, and I don't know if Rich has," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "I don't think he has. And so I think that's something that we'll talk about as we get closer.
"Every game is important and obviously there are only [10] teams in the playoffs so it becomes a lot more important; everybody is watching," Urias said through an interpreter the day after the Dodgers announced he would be headed back to the starting rotation. "Especially when you are starting a game, a lot more people are paying attention. All you can do is to go out there and fight, fight for your team, take advantage of the situation and do your job."
  • I'm not sure what to think about this.  Per Graphic Policy; "California Has Made Getting and Selling Autographs and Limited Edition Items More Confusing and Labor Intensive."  Apparently, a new law was passed to protect autograph collectors by requiring the maintenance of detailed provenance information by autograph sellers. 
In one sense, it's good that something is being done to curb the fake autograph market that tend to flourish in the sports memorabilia business - and has for decades.  In another sense, that's an awful lot of info required, and numerous real autographs available today just don't have that kind of information available.
I dunno.  I suppose the real issue will be how the law is applied, and whether it is an truly effective way to curb autograph fraud.  Does anyone out there know more about this?  Any opinions on this?

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