Monday, June 12, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 6/12/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It was a glorious Saturday afternoon as many Dodgers' from the past came onto the field to play some ball. Per an AP story at ESPN:
"I think that the fans enjoy it, the alumni and old players enjoy it, and it's entertaining. For a short period of time -- because we can't play it like we used to. But we try," said catcher Steve Yeager, who played 14 seasons for the Dodgers and was co-MVP of their 1981 World Series win.

"It's always nice for the fans to get the opportunity to see some of the players that they saw and grew up with around Dodger Stadium," Yeager said.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from this weekends Old-TimersGame. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1940 the Dodgers made one of the biggest trades in their history. They received 1937 Triple Crown winner Joe "Ducky" Medwick and pitcher Curt Davis from the Cardinals for outfielder Ernie Koy, pitcher Carl Doyle, two minor leaguers and $125k in cash (a huge sum in those days). The Dodgers would win the pennant the following season for the first time since 1920. In 1955 Don Newcombe, having won his first ten decisions of the season, lost his first game of the year when Brooklyn loses to the Cubs, 9-5. In 2005 first baseman Hee-Seop Choi hit home runs in his first three at-bats this evening against the Twins to propel the Dodgers over Minnesota, 4-3. Watch all three here.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack O'Brein, Roger Bernadina & Damon Hollins!
  • Video: Listen to Clayton Kershaw on the Dan Patrick Show from a couple weeks ago. He admits he's hit batters in the past, and explains a catcher's very important role when a batter charges the mound. (video link)
  • Video: Go behind the scenes with top prospects Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo as they follow their dreams to make the Major Leagues. (video link)
  • Video: Roberts praises the team's effort after a huge comeback to sweep the Reds on Sunday. (video link)
  • Video: Corey Seager speaks after hitting his first career grand slam to lead the Dodgers past the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. (video link)
  • Maury Wills is now a "Hall of Gamer." Per Alec McChesney ayt Kansas; "Negro Leagues Baseball Museum honors 2017 ‘Hall of Game’ class," and it includes Dodgers legend Maury Wills.
(pic via @Dodgers on twitter)
“It’s just so nice to be here among these great players that I played against,” Wills said. “I had heard about Jackie Robinson being signed by the Dodgers, and I just wanted to go where Jackie was. I always played with the spirit of the Negro Leagues because I got to realize my dreams.”
“Adrian came to me in the middle of the game and said his back locked up on him and he took a couple awkward swings,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters after the game. “And so when I hear that from a guy like Adrian, I want to get him out of there, get him in the training room.

“I haven’t heard anything else but hopefully with the off-day and I know with flying so I don’t know how that’s going to do for his back, but we’ll keep an eye on him and obviously jockeying the equation if something does happen, but we’ll see.”

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