Thursday, December 01, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 12/1/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another spring training related photo.  This time we see an action photograph, originally from "The George Michael Collection" of sliding press photos, of Jim Gilliam.  As you can see, he makes it safely to third base -- ahead of a throw fielded by Eddie Matthews.  It was taken on 3/9/1957 by Harry Hirsch during a spring match in Miami, FL. (Auction Link Here)

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1966 the Dodgers trade Maury Wills to Pittsburgh for Bob Bailey and Gene Michael.
  • Happy Birthday, Cookie Lavagetto & Walter Alston!
  • This is a must see.  Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Pop-up museum opens Friday at Dodger Stadium."  Admission is $10.
A pop-up museum taking over the Left Field Reserve Level team store will feature pieces from the Dodgers archives, as well as items on loan from former Dodger players, Gary Cypres’ world-renowned sports memorabilia collection and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
  • I've wondered this exact same thing.  Via Nick Diunte at The Sports Post; "What if Clemente had Stayed with the Brooklyn Dodgers?"  As you may know, Roberto Clemente started out as a Dodger prospect, and was plucked away by those dreaded Pirates.
  • Funny stuff.  Via Josh Mayhood at Halos Heaven; "Cam Bedrosian’s controversial remarks about In-N-Out Burger creates rift in Angels’ pitching staff."
  • Apparently, MLB and the MLBPA have agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement; thereby stemming any possibility of a lockout or strike in the near future.  There are a bunch of stories out by just about everybody explaining what changes will occur.  Here is what I gather are some key points:
  • The winner of the All-Star Game will no longer determine home field advantage in the World Series.  WooHoo!
  • There will be no international draft, but there will be a hard cap on team spending.
  • In 2018 the season will start a little earlier to allow for more off days, and there will be more days games when a team faces a long flight afterwards.
  • Team who sign a free agent with a qualifying offer will no longer forfeit their first round pick.  They will forfeit a later round pick, and maybe two picks under certain circumstances.
  • This is pertinent to the Dodgers.  The luxury tax has increased.  Via Jayson Stark at ESPN: "If the Dodgers don't get their 2017 payroll under $235 million, it appears as if their tax rate would rise to an astounding 92 (yes, ninety-two) percent as a third-time offender subject to a 50 percent tax plus a 42 percent "surtax" for being $40 million over the threshold. Wow. Two different agents used the term "soft cap" on Wednesday night to describe the effect of a rate that high. But no matter what you call it, it's the strongest deterrent to spending to ever appear in a baseball labor agreement. There's no debate about that."
  • Justin Turner's comments regarding the new CBA, via twitter:

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