Thursday, January 10, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/10/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out who's on the cover of the most recent issue of Baseball America -- stud catching prospect Keibert Ruiz

Below are more links to check out:
STRENGTHS:  The Dodgers have the best group of catching prospects in baseball without much competition. Keibert Ruiz leads the way as the No. 1 catcher prospect in the game, complemented by Will Smith, Connor Wong and 2018 international signee Diego Cartaya. While that side of the battery is unmatched, the Dodgers also have a large group of talented, close-to-the-majors pitchers. Caleb Ferguson and Dennis Santana have already reached the big leagues, while Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Mitchell White all have Double-A experience.
The Dodgers' Hall of Fame Spanish-language play-by-play icon will receive the Pioneer Award at the 16th annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Among other honorees will be fellow Hall of Famers Frank Thomas and Jim Thome.
"I've always enjoyed sitting with the scouts having dinner before the games and hearing their stories," said Jarrin, 83. "They are so well informed, are so insightful into the game and the players. It's always a delightful time for me to hear their anecdotes and it's a learning time for me, because I often use that information during the broadcasts.
The problem was that the best black players were much better than the worst white players, and were in many cases better than the best white players in some clubs. The desire to win, and the fact that black players were willing to accept salaries that white players would reject, meant that competition forced the bigots to pay too high a cost, either in lost pay for forfeited games or lost bonuses because when all-white teams did play they would lose to more talented mixed teams.
The solution, as is always the case, was institutionalized racism, or the use of force to oblige even non-bigots to act as if they were bigots. A “gentleman’s agreement” was struck, beginning with the end of the 1884 season. It was not written down, but it was clear: no team in the National or American League could sign a black player. On July 14, 1887, the issue was settled by two events. Anson managed to force George Stovey, a black pitcher, to be benched in a game between the White Stockings and the Newark Little Giants. And the owners of the International League, the “high minors” of baseball, the feeders for major league talent, voted six to four to ban any new, and to invalidate existing, contracts with black players.

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