As noted below, 50 years ago today, in 1966, Sandy Koufax officially announced his retirement from Baseball. Above is a photograph from the press conference, via @Dodgers_History on twitter. During the press conference he was asked, why?
The Question is why?Go here to watch a portion of the press conference on YouTube. Below are more links to check out:
I don't know if cortisone is good for you or not.
But... to take a shot before every other ballgame is more than I wanted to do ... and to walk around with a constant upset stomach because of the pills... and to be high half of the time during the ballgames because your taking pain killers... I don't want to have to do that.
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1949 Jackie Robinson is named the NL MVP. He slashed .342/.432/.528/.960 while recording 203 hits, hitting 16 home runs, driving in 124 runners, swiping a league high 37 bases and striking out only 27 times. In 1966 Sandy Koufax announced his retirement from the game after a twelve year Major League career due to increasing pain in his arthritic left elbow.
- Happy Birthday, Wilkin Ruan, Gary Sheffield, Ron Coomer, Gene Mauch, Jack Coombs and Deacon McGuire!
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Scully rides into sunset with Best Call Award." He was awarded the winner of the Esurance MLB Award for Best Call: TV/Radio.
Here's how MLB.com's Richard Justice chronicled the winning call:
Scully called this big moment the way he'd called thousands of others. He described it precisely, then went silent and allowed the cheers to wash over listeners.
"Can you believe -- a home run?" he asked. "And the Dodgers have clinched the division and will celebrate on schedule."
He paused for several seconds, then set the scene.
"Leave it to the Dodgers. Charlie Culberson, a game-winning home run. Would you believe his first home run of the year?"
You can watch the call here.
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Smilin’ Seager finishes third in NL MVP vote."
Corey Seager didn’t win the National League Most Valuable Player Award, finishing behind the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Nationals’ Daniel Murphy, though he became the youngest Dodger ever to finish in the top three — and the first NL rookie to do so since the Dodgers’ Joe Black in 1952.
The Dodgers’ Justin Turner finished ninth, and Yasmani Grandal got one seventh-place vote to finish 22nd.
- Via Rian Watt at FiveThirtyEight; "The Dodgers — And Three Other Playoff Teams — Have A Lot To Lose In Free Agency."
Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a league-high 12.5 projected wins rolling off their roster, mainly in Justin Turner (3.7), Rich Hill (2.9), Josh Reddick (2.1), and Kenley Jansen (1.5). Jansen, a lights-out reliever, will probably get the most press this offseason, but L.A.’s shake-ups in the field — which have already included trading away Howie Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz — will be the most interesting to watch.
- Per Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors; "Astros To Sign Josh Reddick."
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Bellinger ends Arizona Fall League play as one of its top performers."
First baseman Cody Bellinger finished in the league’s top 10 in doubles (first, eight), OPS (third, .981), slugging (third, .557), on-base percentage (fourth, .424), RBI (fourth, 17), total bases (tied for sixth, 39), walks (sixth, 14) and batting average (ninth, .314). He also clubbed a team leading three home runs for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
- For LA Kings fans. You can now purchase game-used uniforms, equipment and pucks directly from the team. Go here to check that out.
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