Are you as eager for the start of Spring Training as I am?
The merciless doldrums of winter has finally set in, and all I can do to assuage my boredom is troll the web for reminders of spring. Hence, the playful vintage press photo from the United Press, dated March 5, 1956 from Vero Beach, Florida, that you see above. It features three Williams' in Brooklyn Dodger Blue. Best of all, the middle Williams appears to be totally unaware of a little prank being played on him. Photo originally found on eBay (Auction Link). Per the write-up on the reverse:
"ANYBODY CALL FOR "WILLIAMS?" Vero Beach, Fla: Three gents who have the same last name --Williams-- at the Dodger training camp form a unique trio...and they are not related. They are: (left to right) outfielder Dick Williams; catcher Don Williams; and pitcher Stan Williams. Dick and Stan form "W" with their fingers over Don's head.".Below are more links to check out:
- Happy Birthday, Sam Post, Lew McCarty, George Stallings & Brad Havens!
- Later today the BBWAA will announce the 2016 NL MVP, and Corey Seager is a finalist. Given that, check out Jon Weisman's story at Dodger Insider; "The top MVP finishes in Los Angeles Dodger history."
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Clayton Kershaw finishes fifth in NL Cy Young vote." Clayton received two first-place votes.
- Via Dave Cameron at FanGraphs; "Why I Voted for Clayton Kershaw For NL Cy Young."
I know he’s not going to win, since he wasn’t even a finalist, meaning I am in the minority in supporting excellence in a shortened season over slightly-less-excellent in a full-season. But in terms of overall value, Kershaw was still right there with the guys who threw an extra 40 to 80 innings.
Kershaw had a full-season’s worth of everyone else’s value; he just did it in four months instead of six.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Chin-hui Tsao elects free agency."
- On twitter JP Hoornstra made note of a new endorsement deal signed by recent ROY Corey Seager:
Good timing: Muscle Milk signed #Dodgers Corey Seager to an endorsement deal. NL Rookie of the Year winner will be announced later today.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) November 14, 2016
- Like in years past Panini America is running a 2016 Black Friday promotion for card hobby shops throughout the country. Go here to check out some preview pics. Unfortunately, Dodger players in the set have yet to be revealed.
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