This kid is looking like a big hitter! This past weekend was the Arizona Fall League All-Star game, and Dodger prospect Willie Calhoun was on-hand to show-off his progress. He went 3-for 3 and walloped a two-run homer to take home MVP honors. Per William Boor at MLB.com:
"It means so much, being recognized by everyone and being the Most Valuable Player on this field is a blessing for sure," Calhoun said. "Being out here with these guys, and the talent these guys have is unreal. It's a real honor."Fellow Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger also hit a two-run home run; going 1-for5 on the evening. Photo above via the AFL on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
"He's awesome," Bellinger said of Calhoun. "He's my guy. We've been boys. We're going up the ladder together. I'm not surprised, he can just flat out rake."
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The offers, set at $17.2 million, assure the Dodgers will receive draft-pick compensation if either player signs with another club with the signing team forfeiting a pick. Accepting the offer by the Nov. 14 deadline binds the player to the club for one season at that salary. That is considered highly unlikely for Jansen and Turner, though, as each is likely to receive a lucrative multi-year offer as free agents.
- Dave Roberts, Corey Seager and Kenta Maeda are all 2016 BBWAA year-end awards finalist. Via John Schlegel at MLB.com; "To the ballot game: AL, NL finalists are ..." Seager is is a finalst for both "Rookie of the Year" and "MVP". Kenta MAeda is also a finalst for the "Rookie of the Year" award. Dave Roberts is a finalst for "Manager of the Year".
- You gotta check this out. Via Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily; "Hall of Fame Class of 1936 Memorabilia Goes Online."
Now, thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Digital Archive Project, hundreds of rare images of Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner will be available to a worldwide audience seeking to discover and celebrate the game’s first icons.
The latest additions to the Museum’s “Pastime” (Public Archive System To Interact with the Museum Electronically) online offerings at collection.baseballhall.org debuted last month and feature rare documents like insurance policies, check ledgers and estate papers; unique family photos; and images of three-dimensional artifacts in the Museum’s collection relating to the first five Hall of Famers.
- Panini American blog shares a bunch of preview pics of their 2016 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball card set; including the Pee Wee Reese and Corey Seager cards below. This set officially releases tomorrow. Go here to check out more preview photos of this set.
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