The 14th Annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation banquet was held this past Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, and among the many award recipients was Rachel Robinson, wife of Jackie, and Dave Roberts.
Rachel Robinson received the "Pioneer Award" ahead of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the breaking of Baseball's color barrier. It was also announced that the Jackie Robinson Museum will open later this year in New York. Read more about this and more via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Pioneer Award for Rachel Robinson comes at appropriate — and pivotal — moment." Dave Roberts was honored with the "Tom Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award", and presenting the award was Tommy himself. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Lasorda first had to whisper something to the recipient when he reached the podium.Photo at the very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out a bunch of great pics taken by Jon from the banquet. Below are more links to check out:
"I just got a talking to that I better win a championship," Roberts revealed.
- Happy Birthday, Bob Ramazzotti & Rod Miller!
- Ha-Ha! Via Mike Florio at PFT; "Chargers admit mistake, ditch initial L.A. logo."
“The logo that was revealed on Thursday was meant to help launch our brand into the market and supplement — not replace — our official team marks,” Chargers president of business operations A.G. Spanos said in a statement provided to PFT. “Clearly, we miscalculated how the logo would be received, and we’ve taken it out of the rotation.”
- If you love prospects then check this out. Ben Badler of Baseball America answers fans questions in a chat about the Dodgers top prospects. Check out a transcript here.
Carl (Dover, DE): Could you pick a sleeper from the lower minors whom you believe could jump onto everyone's radar this season?
Ben Badler: Does Dustin May qualify as a sleeper? I could see him vaulting into the Dodgers’ Top 10 next year. And they gave him a lot of money, so I’m not sure if the sleeper label fits, but the player I’m looking forward to making his U.S. debut in 2017 is Oneil Cruz.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers agree with final 4 arbitration-eligible players: Grandal, Avilan, Fields, Wood under contract for 2017."
Grandal, who slugged 27 home runs last season to lead National League catchers, will receive $5.5 million after earning $2.8 million in 2016. Avilan goes from $1.39 million to $1.5 million, Fields from $900,000 to $1.05 million, and Wood from $530,000 to $2.8 million.
- Not unexpectedly, the Dodgers traded recently DFA's infielder/outfielder Micah Johnson to the Braves, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider.
- In case you are interested, the Left Field Pavilion blog will hold their 4th Dodgers Softball Tournament, and anyone is invited. Go here for information. It will be held on Saturday, April 29th.
- David Hood at True Blue LA takes a look at; "Dodgers 2017 top prospects: No. 11, Ariel Sandoval."
- Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA tells us about a little known Dodger prospect; "Zach McKinstry – An important spoke in Loons championship wheel."
- Via Oscar Martinez at LA Dodger Report; "Old Friends Eric Gagne, Russell Martin Join Team Canada in World Baseball Classic."
- Nick Cafardo at the Boston Globe makes a brief note that former Dodger outfielder Carl Crawford is retiring (link here).
According to one Dodgers official, Crawford has pretty much called it a career. There was some thought he might try to make a comeback, but it appears he’s had enough at age 35.
- Their popularity knows no bounds. Via their twitter, the Dodgers will be hosting a Pantone 294 at Dodger Stadium this coming season:
We are extremely excited to announce the very first Pantone 294 Night at Dodger Stadium, Saturday, May 27, 2017! ⠀ pic.twitter.com/CJ6C5fdy8A— Pantone 294 (@Pantone294) January 16, 2017
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