Thursday, January 03, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/3/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Just another vintage spring training pic to make you long for the upcoming season, dated 2/23/1947 (eBay Auction Link).
Bat Selection. Bruce Edwards (left), Brooklyn Dodger catcher, looks over some bats with rookie Tom Tatum at the Dodger training area at Havana, Cuba, Feb. 21. Tatum came to the Dodgers from Montreal in the International League where he hit .319 in the 1946 season. Edwards' home is in Sacramento, Calif, and Tatum lives in Nashville, Tenn.
Below are more links to check out:

  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2005 the trade that sends outfielder Shawn Green from the Dodgers to the Diamondbacks and includes $8 million changing hands is approved by the Commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig. The trade would officially be consummated eight days later. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher Brett Tomko to a two year/$8.7 million contract.  
  • Happy BirthdayFrenchy Bordagaray & Chris Van Cuyk!
  • Music Video: I have no idea when or why this exist, but I'm thankful it does. Watch and enjoy Kirk Gibson with the Reefermen singing "I'm 70" (Hat Tip: Reddit u/MattSergent) (Video Link).
  • Audio: Pitcher Ross Stripling joins our insider David Vassegh on Dodgers Talk (Audio Link).
  • Audio: Former Dodger Duaner Sanchez joins SportsTalkNY to talk about his career (Audio Link).
  • Just to show how international the game is becoming. The Dodgers have apparently signed a German born player out of the Australian Baseball League. Per the Adelaide Bite Baseball Club at; "(Markus) Solbach signs with LA Dodgers: The Big Germ caps off a superb Bite season."

Solbach has starred all season for Adelaide, recording a Club record 14-strikeouts on November 29, while he currently has a league-high 63 strikeouts.
"I didn't think anything was going to happen until New Year's Eve when I got a call from [Australian scout] Jon Deeble, and within 30 minutes I called him back and confirmed I wanted to be a Dodger in 2019," Solbach said.
"Nothing's guaranteed, every player has to prove himself in Spring Training so it's a good first step to show them what I have to offer," he said. 
"This is what I've been waiting for over the last two and a half years and I thank the Dodgers for giving me this opportunity and the Bite for letting me showcase myself in front of scouts in such a great team and league."
You can follow Markus on twitter: @msolbach23

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