Check out this fantastic photo of the famous Dodgers infield, dated to spring training 1979. It includes Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey. The photograph was taken by famed photographer Alex Traube, and is a part of an limited print-run of just five copies. (eBay auction link)
Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1950 Burt Shotten is fired as manager of the Dodgers. Chuck Dressen, who was managing the Oakland Oaks of the PCL, is named as his replacement. In 1969 second baseman Ted Sizemore is named the NL Rookie of the Year. In 1970 starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe is named the NL Rookie of the Year.
- Happy Birthday, Ken Howell, Frank O'Rourke & Pedro Astacio!
- Via Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors; "Dodgers Must Cut Debt To Comply With MLB Rules."
Franchises must comply with MLB’s debt service rule within five years of new ownership taking over. The rule “limits debt to no more than 12 times annual revenue, minus expenses,” writes Shaikin. If a team is in violation, the commissioner has 16 options to discipline that club, including requiring approval of expenditures and issuing suspensions to ownership and/or management. Rob Manfred isn’t worried he’ll have to take such drastic measures with the Dodgers, though.
“I think the Dodgers will be in a position that they can comply with our expectations in terms of the debt service rule, without any dramatic alteration in the kind of product they have been putting on the field,” he said. Manfred added that “the Dodgers have always had a plan that would give them financial stability over the long haul.”
- Via Nick Diunte at Baseball Happenings; "Clyde King recalls a mound visit from Fidel Castro."
“I think it was 1960 when I got to meet Castro,” King said from his North Carolina home in 2008. “We opened the season there and Castro threw out the first ball. We didn't know he was a bad guy at the time. We went out the mound and he said, ‘Do you remember me?’ I said, “Yes, I remember you.’ He said, ‘I'm Fidel Castro, do you remember going to the University of Havana one Sunday afternoon?’”
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "A life of hard travels pushes Ralston Cash forward."
Cash hopes that the opportunity comes where he can pitch for the Major League club in Spring Training camp. There he’ll get to show that when things get rough, he knows how to respond. Next year will be Cash’s seventh in the Dodger organization. Seven years is getting to the point of being a long time in the minors. But Cash said he looks at a guy like Grant Dayton, who in his seventh professional season and at the age of 28 was called up to the Dodgers, made his Major League debut on July 22 last year and was on the team’s playoff roster in the National League Division and Championship Series.
“Honestly, I’m at a point that if I don’t get it, it’s my fault,” Cash said. “(The Dodgers) have given me the opportunity. If I don’t make it, it’s on me. You might think it’s a lot of pressure, but it’s motivation. It’s where you get that grit and perseverance from. Everything’s on you kid.”
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Alex Guerrero signs to play for Chunichi Dragons in Japan." Apparently, the Dodgers are still on the hook for the remainder of his contract -- $5 million.
- Former Dodger Roger Bernadina will be playing in Korea, via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors.
- This past Sunday morning Face the Nation’ on CBS aired an interview with Vin Scully that was recorded after his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom earlier in the week. Watch it below:
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