Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 2/28/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Immediately following yesterdays spring game Dave Roberts, broadcaster Joe Davis and photographer Jon Soohoo flew back to Los Angeles to attend the LA Sports Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Roberts won the 2016 coach of the year award and Davis conducted a live interview with him on stage.

BTW, Julio Urias is scheduled to make his first spring start against the Rockies today.  They'll be playing in Scottsdale and Urias will pitch two innings as he prepares for the upcoming season.  In other news, Hyun-Jin Ryu is considering a position change, as evidenced by this Ruthian swing captured by Jon SooHoo (pic on the right).

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterday; including pics from Mondays game.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1966 the great Koufax/Drysdale contract holdout commences.  In 2002 the Dodgers signed free agent Japanese starting pitcher Kaz Ishii after posting a $11.26 million bid to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows for the right to negotiate with him. He would eventually sign a four-year $12.3 million contract with the Dodgers.
  • Happy Birthday, Al Humphrey, Orlando Alvarez & Trent Oeltjen!
  • Video: 30 in 30 highlights:  Dave Roberts talks about the team's two top young prospects, Julio Urias and Cody Bellinger (video link).
  • Video: 30 in 30 highlights: Justin Turner talks about his unique hitting stroke and his preparation in being one of the Dodgers top hitters (video link).
  • Video: 30 in 30 highlights: Clayton Kershaw talks about his workload and about being ready to shoulder a full season in 2017 (video link).
  • Video: 30 in 30 highlights: Corey Seager talks about his breakout 2016 and staying consistent in 2017 (video link).
  • Video: 30 in 30 highlights: Kenley Jansen talks about his contact extension he signed in the offseason and getting prepared for 2017 (video link).
  • Video: Kenta Maeda talks about his fastball command and performance in his first real live game against the Rockies (Video Link
  • The good works never stop.  Via Erin Edwards at Dodger Insider; "LADF breaks ground on Dreamfields 46, 47."
  • Via Stan Grossfeld at the Boston Globe; "In a Newton front yard, Sandy Koufax stands tall."
It took him two years to lovingly create the 1,500-pound statue of his boyhood hero.

“I just sculpt for my own enjoyment,” he says with a twinkle in his eye. “To get up in the morning and have a cup of coffee and look at him, I appreciate him.”
Ebbets’s contributions to baseball, intangible and tangible, deserve to be recognized with a plaque in the building located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, about a five-minute walk from Lake Otsego. When Ebbets died in 1925, the New York Times eulogized, “Virtually the whole of Mr. Ebbets’ life was devoted to baseball. His sole interest was baseball and all his money was in it. He served the game wholeheartedly, with a fixed purpose which finally brought fulfillment.”
  • Via Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com; "Gonzalez likely won't return until Classic: Dealing with elbow tendinitis, Dodgers star hasn't been cleared to hit."

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