Thursday, November 01, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 11/1/2018 - Dodgers Links - Kreshaw Decision is Delayed

As you surely know by now, the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw mutually decided to extend the deadline for the option decision to tomorrow, Friday at 4:00 PM ET. Clearly, this is because they are talking about something, and it's got to be related to some sort of extension. I feel fairly confident in saying that Kershaw will be staying Blue.

On top of that, the Dodgers and David Freese decided to extend their option decision, as well. This tells me that Freese is likely to be our new Chase Utley in the clubhouse. He provides excellent veteran depth on the infield and a solid bat off the bench. I look forward to him continuing his career in Los Angeles.

BTW, the photo above of Brooklyn Dodger outfielder Gene Hermanski posing for a pic is undated (auction link), but is likely from spring training in the late-40's. As you know, he is famous for commenting that the team should all wear Jackie Robinson's number so as to confuse a potential sniper in the stands during a series in St. Louis in 1948. His comment got huge laughs in the clubhouse and broke a lot of tension that had been built up.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1951 Roy Campanella is named the National League MVP -- his first of three MVP's he would win. In 1966 Sandy Koufax becomes the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. He is a unanimous winner for the second-straight year. This is the last year that only one award is given for pitchers in both leagues. In 2000 Jim Tracy is named manager of the Dodgers. In 2005 the Brooklyn Cyclones, a Mets Single-A farmclub, unveiled their Jackie Robinson/Pee Wee Reese bronze sculpture at their stadium -- then known as KeySpan Park. See it on the right. In 2007 Joe Torre is named the new Dodgers manager.
  • Happy BirthdayRed OwensLarry FrenchArt ParksFernando ValenzuelaEddie Williams!
  • YouTube Video: Jimmy Kimmel Sits with Stupid Matt Damon at World Series (Video Link).
  • WTF! This happened in Koreatown on Sunday night. Via Mike Oz at YahooSports; "Red Sox fan stabbed five times in fight with Dodgers fans after World Series Game 5."
  • Yes... Manny Machado and the Dodgers are parting ways. I don't wuite understand why people think differently. It was never the Dodgers plan to sign him to a long-term contract. Per Mark Townsend at Yahoo Sports; "Did Manny Machado say goodbye to Dodgers with 'thank you' Instagram post?"
  • SI continues their reporting on the Cuban issue, the Dodgers and the Feds investigation. Per L. Jon Wertheim and Michael McCann at Sports Illustrated; "The Dodgers' Long History of Spotty Tactics Involving Cuban Prospects Is Under Federal Scrutiny." This is bad:
Just over a week later, the Dodgers helped (Pablo) Fernandez secure a second interview for a visa, this time at the U.S. embassy in Haiti. Thanks to what was characterized by Carl Balediata, the Dodgers’ immigration lawyer, in emails as “a great team effort,” the second visa application was swiftly approved. In an email exchange shortly after the visa was procured, Balediata wrote: “We know he was in the DR illegally to begin with. The fact we said Haiti is his home and made sure Pablo understood this for his interview in Haiti should have also been enough to convey this.” (The Dodgers’ outside counsel declined comment.)
The fans are no Dodgers' bandwagon fans. In fact, it's quite the contrary. Hopkins and Daily grew up in Kokomo, rooting for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers D Minor League affiliate team, the Kokomo Dodgers. The Dodgers was the second minor league team that established roots in Kokomo. With the Giants playing in Kokomo for a single 1955 season, the Dodgers played at Highland Park from 1956 to 1961.
It was during those golden years when both Hopkins and Daily saw future MLB Hall of Famers, such as Orlando Cepeda and Tommy Davis take the field....
 “I remember the first time I saw Tommy Davis. I think he was 18 years old, but I won’t swear to that,” said Hopkins. “He was a strong young man. He really almost looked like a young Jackie Robinson. Watching him, you could tell he had the instinct to play the game. If he hit a ball solid, you or I would figure it would be a single, but he’s headed toward second.”

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