Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 12/27/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this magnificent vintage UPI press photo, from 7/29/1956, that features a diving Cub, Don Hoak, getting past both Gil Hodges and Sandy Koufax.  (eBay Auction Link)  Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Outfielder Don Hoak dives towards home to score a run in the third inning of todays game at Ebbets Field.  Hoak avoided the tag of Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges who is on the ground and beat the throw to Sandy Koufax who is covering the plate.  The Cubs Monte Irvin (39) watches the play.  The Cubs won the second 4-2 after the Dodgers won the Opener 1-0.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This day in Dodger History:  In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela became the fifth Dodger to become Southern California Athlete of the Year honors.  Valenzuela had a banner seasong -- earning the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year honors and a World Series ring.
  • Happy Birthday, Ernie Krueger, Norm Larker, Jim Leyritz & Jason Repko!
  • Who says the Dodgers don't have team chemistry?  Via Liz Roscher at Big League Stew; "Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez had a post-holiday workout war."
  • Via Adrian Garro at Cut4; "Clayton Kershaw took in the Lions-Cowboys game to support his team -- and friend Matthew Stafford."  As you surely know, both Kershaw and Stafford are childhood friends.
  • BTW, the Dodgers FanFest is fast approaching.  It'll be on Saturday, January 28th.  Go here for information.
  • Panini America provides a bunch of preview images for their soon-to-be released 2016 National Treasures Baseball set; including the Mike Piazza and Gary Sheffield cards seen below, here.  This set goes live later this week.
  • So this is what happens when you decide to go stay away from the internet over an entire holiday weekend.  Strange things happen -- like the Dodgers getting hacked.  Via Emma Baccellieri at Deadspin; "Dodgers' Twitter Account Hacked With Message About Upgrading Your Security."
  • Per Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA; "Dodgers sign three minor league free agents."  They are Andrew Thurman, Wilmer Font and Jeremiah (Jay) Muhammad.
  • I know I'm late on this, but I figured I should at least mention that the Justin Turner re-siging was made official over the weekend.  Welcome home, Justin Turner!  Per a Dodger press release:
“I'm excited to return to the Dodgers for another four years,” said Turner. “Playing in Los Angeles has been special for me, and I want to continue to represent and give back to this community and bring our fans the championship they deserve.”

“We are extremely happy to announce that Justin Turner will remain a Dodger for years to come.  JT has been, and will continue to be, a vital part of the Dodgers on the field, in the clubhouse and in the community,” said Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “His talent, work ethic, leadership and instincts for the game embodies a lot of what we look for in a Dodger player.”
Details of his new contract can be found at True Blue LA, here.  As previously indicated, Turner has signed at four year/$64 million contract.
"I got drafted out of high school and -- I didn't know anything -- I'm telling people, 'I want to be in the big leagues in two or three years,'" Verdugo said. "And they're telling me, 'That's not how it works, man. In a lot of organizations, guys spend a season at each level and it can be four, five, six years.' I'm like, 'That's awful.'

"So what the Dodgers are doing, as players, we love it. We know if we're doing everything right and we're playing our best, we're being the best teammates and we're doing everything to get called up, we know that we will, or that we possibly have that chance."

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