Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 2/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Featured in the above United Press Photo is one of the earliest indicators that the Dodgers would be moving out west.  (eBay Auction Link)  Per the descriptor on the reverse:
"It May Happen" -- Officials from the city of Los Angeles arrived at the Brooklyn Dodgers training camp here March 6th (1947) to confer with Dodger officials on the possibility of the team moving from Flatbush to the West Coast city.  Left to right are: Kenneth Hahn, of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors; Los Angeles Mayor Norris Paulson; Dodger slugging star Duke Snider; and Dodger President Walter O'Malley.
The famous Dodger "Bum" as performed by legendary clown Emmett Kelly is seen in the background.  Per a story at Walter O'
Also in attendance were John Gibson, President of the City Council; Samuel Leask, City Administration Officer; John Leach, Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer; and Milton Arthur, Chairman of the County Recreation Commission. It was an opportunity for Los Angeles to put its best foot forward and explain its genuine hope of pursuing the Dodgers and bring Major League Baseball to the West Coast, while gauging O’Malley’s interest. During their visit and throughout that spring, Emmett Kelly, the world-famous clown, entertained everyone and his antics were well-received by the fans.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1989 Orel Hershiser becomes the first player in major league history to sign a contract that calls for a $3 million annual salary.  He signed a three-year $7.9 million contract that will pay him $3,166,667 in 1991.  How quaint, eh?
  • Happy Birthday, Herbie Moran, Ángel Peña, Ramón Troncoso & Clint Robinson!
  • YouTube Video:  Here is one of many different videos from spring training that are starting to pop up.  In this video you can see a bunch of players warming and Hyun-Jin Ryu signing autographs for fans. (Video Link)
  • Here is a fun list put together by Daniel Tran at Yardbarker letting us know of the; "Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day."  There are quite a few available right now.  One movie he list, called "KANO", I had never heard of, and now that I've seen the trailer I'm going to have to watch it soon.
  • It is now official.  The Dodgers announced yesterday that they have inked right-handed reliever Sergio Romo to a one-year contract.  He will wear #54 as a Dodger.  Per a Dodgers press release:
The 33-year-old Romo went 1-0 with four saves and a 2.64 ERA in 40 appearances in 2016, when he was limited to a career-low 30.2 innings due to a right forearm flexor strain. He limited opposing hitters to a .236 batting average and 1.08 WHIP, while striking out 33 against only seven walks.
In turn, the Dodgers placed Yimi Garcia on the 60-day DL.  Garcia had undergone Tommy John Surgery on October 25, 2016 and continues to recover. BTW, according to the AP Romo will make $3 million and has performance bonuses of $125,000 each for appearing in 50 and 60 games. You can watch Romo put on his Dodger uniform for the first time here.
The notoriously hard-working Kershaw said he made some adjustments to his workout routine as a concession to the mildly herniated disc that put him out of action last season — but only minor ones.

“The routine has been a little different but it’s not drastic changes, which is great. I still feel like I’m able to get the work I need,” he said. “I’m just a little more aware of not pushing through stuff. But for the most part, it hasn’t changed.”
"There's no question he's going to help us win a lot of games this year. He's not to the point in his development where he's going to make 32-33 starts, throw 200+ innings,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on Wednesday. “So exactly how we manage that and when is what we spent some time talking about this winter. We'll continue to talk about it throughout the spring. We don't know exactly, but it's something that's front of mind.”
Jay Johnstone, a two-time World Series winner and former Los Angeles Dodger, will throw out the opening pitch for Redlands Baseball for Youth on Feb. 25.
Johnstone said that he’s looking forward to his first pitch.

“I aim for the umpire,” Johnstone joked. “I tell him to put a mask on. I get looks from umpires when I do that.”

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