Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/22/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kenley Jansen has been spending this winter back home in Curaçao -- hangin' with the kids. Photo above via Jansen on twitter.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1954 the Pittsburgh Pirates took future Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in the Rule 5 Draft from the Brooklyn Dodgers. As the story goes, the Dodgers had no room for the bonus baby signee on the team roster, so tried to hide him in the minors -- hoping nobody would notice him. Alas, former Dodger GM Branch Rickey spotted him and took Roberto out from under us. In 1977 the Dodgers signed the very first free agent in their history. It is former AL saves leader Terry Forster, who signed a five-year $850,000 contract ($150,000 per season + $100,000 signing bonus). In 1982 Dodger second baseman Steve Sax is named the NL Rookie of the Year.  He is the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre to a five year $44 million contract. In 2016 President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully. You can watch the presentation of the award to Vin here.
  • Happy Birthday, Ricky WrightRicky Ledée!
  • ICYMI: ESPN will air the Dodgers' Opening Day game between the Dodgers and Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM. It is one of four games ESPN will be showing that day.
  • The Dodgers' Popup Museum is back at Dodger Stadium this winter. Go here or here for more information. Check out my post from earlier this year featuring a tour of last years Popup Museum with Maury Wills here.
  • Per Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue; "3rd Annual Justin Turner Golf Classic Set For Jan. 29." Registration for this even is currently open. Go here for more information.
  • Per Chad Thornburg at; "MLB's Compton academy hosts turkey giveaway: Dodgers, Angels participate in effort to help community enjoy Thanksgiving."
The MLB Youth Academy provides free, year-round baseball and softball instruction as well as educational and vocational training for underprivileged youth. The success of the Compton academy led MLB to open additional facilities in Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
"They're taking kids off the street, they're teaching them baseball, they're teaching young ladies softball, and to have that in your backyard, in your community, it's just a great asset," (Dennis) Powell said. "So I hope people really take advantage of it."
  • This is the craziest Baseball story I've read in awhile. The Braves just got punished by Major League Baseball, and now a whole bucket load of their illegally signed foreign prospects are about to be free agents. Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors goes through the, "Process For Signing Prospects Stripped From Braves."
  • Panini shares even more 2017 Black Friday promotional cards here; including another Cody Bellinger card to wet your whistle. Go here to see more preview pics. Also, for more information on the Panini Black Friday wrapper redemption program go here.
  • It's hard to believe we're already talking abouty this. Blowout Buzz shares some preview pics from Topps 2017 flagship Series 2 set slated to be released on June 13th. Check out a signed Cody Bellinger relic card below. Go here for more pics.

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