Monday, November 27, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/27/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I would like to extend a hearty Blue Heaven congratulations to Dodgers hurler Alex Wood. Over the weekend he tied the knot in what looks like a gala affair. Check out what I mean in the photo above that was shared by Alex on Instagram.

On a side note, this recent marriage adds to my desire that the club should briefly rename the club the "Bridegrooms" for one game next year - just to celebrate not only the Dodgers past, but also the individual futures of our players.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1953 Roy Campanella is the named the National League MVP for the second time in his career. He slashed .312/.395/.611/1.006 with 41 homer runs, a league leading 142 RBI's and recorded 7.1 WAR. In 1956 Don Newcombe was awarded the inaugural Cy Young Award, going 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA. A week prior he was given both the MVP and Rookiw of the Year Awards; thereby becoming the first and only player to win all three major awards for a pitcher in one season.
  • Happy Birthday, Jimmy SchmitzMike SciosciaJimmy Rollins!
  • Tonight, you can meet and her Ned Colletti! Via Claudia Palma at the Pasaden Star News; "Meet former Dodgers General Manager at South Pasadena Library."
  • Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "Andre Ethier retires for an hour … sort of."
Unfortunately, in today’s high pressure, got-to-be-first-or-else, social media-driven world, not all journalist are concerned about getting it right. Instead they prefer to be first – even if incorrect – and then do the ever-popular ‘My bad’ thing later … if at all.
Smith’s coaching tree has sprouted and taken root in the organization. The quartet of Tarrick Brock, Fumi Ishibashi, Pedro Montero and Jeremy Rodriguez are the branches of this coaching connection. All heavily influenced by the wisdom of Smith and his years in the game. Each man, a shining example of fantastic character. Exactly the type of personalities to ensure a positive, productive and winning attitude be fostered with  players.
When asked about his mentor, and what he learned, Jeremy Rodriguez said this about  Smith,“he not only prepared me for baseball, but he also prepared me for life.” The Dodgers are building men of strong character. A seamless parallel between a core organization belief and way of life. Recently, Rodriguez stated this about the former Dodger hitting instructor, “Reg doesn’t just teach baseball, he teaches you life lessons and how to be a better man.” Then he spoke about his first lesson with Reggie at 13 years old, “he definitely blows you away with his knowledge and his examples. He teaches you how to be your own hitting coach.”
In case you haven’t seen by now, Josh Reddick posted a picture on Instagram wearing a shirt with “We Beat LA” on it on Friday. This was obviously met with some anger from Dodger fans who felt he was just trying to get back at his former organization and their fans.
“I hate to lose him, but it really is a great situation,” Kasten said Wednesday at the Waldort Astoria Orlando, site of major league GM meetings early in the week, which transitioned to ownership meetings at the same site. “Working for (Braves CEO) Terry (McGuirk), the new ballpark, fantastic city, great fans. And he came there (for the interview), fell in love with those guys and he came back very enthusiastic – more than I had seen since he was with us.
“Really, seriously he was. He was waiting for the next call (from the Braves after the interview). That took a while. He was a little nervous until it came, we were talking about that every day. But he was super excited when the call came.”

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