Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 12/28/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Joc Pederson and Corey Seager are not in Hawaii this week to just relax and take in the sights.  They are there to host a youth Baseball camp and home run derby in benefit of the Kemoeatu Brothers Foundation.  Festivities take place today and tomorrow.  Per Taryn Hatcher at Hawaii News Now:
"I remember going to camps when I was young and looking up to the people that were there," said reigning National League Rookie of the Year, Seager. "So, it's kind of nice to be in that role and guide these kids and have fun with it at the same time."

"You know, it means a lot to be able to give back and be in the position Corey and I are in," added Pederson. "So, to come here and help the kids and see a smile on their face is priceless and it's all going to a great cause."
Photo above via Joc Pederson on his twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1982 the Dodgers traded for reliever Pat Zachry in exchange for utilityman Jorge Orta.
  • Happy Birthday, Don Thompson & Austin Barnes!
  • Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Ten great Dodgers who haven’t received the Hall’s call."
  • Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors has the current rundown on Dodger reliever Joe Blanton and the teams pursuing his services.  Apparently, the Dodgers are still in the mix.
The rumor mill surrounding Blanton has been mostly quiet until now, with the Marlins and Dodgers as the only teams linked to his services. Miami, though, is likely done adding to its roster after signing Edinson Volquez, Brad Ziegler, Junichi Tazawa, Jeff Locke and A.J. Ellis. Crasnick further notes that Blanton lives in Napa Valley (and owns a vineyard there) and, all things equal, would prefer to pitch for a West Coast team.
  • Jonathan Mayo at takes a look at, "10 prospects ready to surge in 2017," and it includes Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler. 
The 2015 first-round Draft pick out of Vanderbilt dropped off radars because he needed Tommy John surgery the August after he was drafted. He worked his way back to throw five regular-season innings at the end of '16, followed by five more -- all of the shutout variety -- in the Midwest League playoffs. A full healthy season should remind people why many thought he could be a top-half-of-the-first-round pick had he been healthy in '15.
One of the fiercest competitors baseball has ever seen, his fiery temperament resonated with his teammates. Speaking with his New York Yankees teammate Bob Cerv in 2008, he recalled how much Martin was motivated to outperform Jackie Robinson when their clubs met in the World Series.

"The only thing I remember Billy Martin would say was, 'I'm gonna do better than him,'" Cerv recalled. "And he did in the World Series."

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