Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 2/5/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a fantastic view of Dodger Stadium in the mist of being built, via RMY Auction (link here).

It is dated to 1958 and was taken by Delmar Watson -- a onetime child actor and news photographer.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2009 the Dodgers announced that on May 16th Dodger Stadium will host a regular season game between Mexico City Diablos Rojos and the Monterrey Sultanes of Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB) summer league. Unfortunately, the game was postponed due to a week-long closure of the Mexican League in April due to a swine flu outbreak. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe they ever rescheduled the game.
  • Happy Birthday, Joe HutchesonJohn GaddyCy BukerDon Hoak!
  • Via Will Greenlee at Treasure Coast Newspapers; "Historic Dodgertown, where Jackie Robinson and Dodgers practiced, added to U.S. Civil Rights Trail."
  • Congrats, Cody! Per Zach Alvira at the East Valley Tribune; "Inductees announced for 15th annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony" and Cody Bellinger is included.
  • This is terrible. Per William Weinbaum at ESPN; "Coroner: Fan struck in head by foul ball during Dodgers game died of blunt force injury."
"While the end came suddenly by a foul ball at Dodgers (sic) Stadium, she had a long beautiful and blessed life."
The accident happened in the top of the ninth inning when a San Diego Padres batter fouled back a pitch. The ball, which was hit a little to the first-base side of home plate, sailed into the loge level -- just over the area protected by netting -- and struck Goldbloom's head as she sat in Section 106, Row C, Seat 5.
BTW, she is the second fan killed due to a batted ball at Dodger Stadium. In 1970 Alan Fish, a 14-year old Dodger fan, was struck in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Manny Mota (link here). 
  • There's been a lot of weird and bad stuff related to happenings behind the scenes with the Dodgers. There's the supposed FBI/DOJ investigation related to the human trafficking of foreign-born players (link here), the unreported death of a fan (see above story) and now there's more detail related to an alleged assault of a 17-year old girl by a couple of Dodger minor leaguers in 2015 -- per Paul Rubin at Sports Illustrated; "Truth and Consequences: Nick Francona was fired by Gabe Kapler and the Dodgers four years ago. He hasn’t forgotten it; and won’t let baseball forget it either."
Outside of Dodgers insiders and Glendale law enforcement circles, the incident remained largely secret for two years. But in retrospect it was the first act in a long running (and ongoing) Shakespearean baseball drama, pitting an unlikely whistleblower—Francona—against the institution that functions as his family business, and against a self-styled baseball iconoclast who in his own way has also pushed against the game’s rigid structures. It also fits what would become a pattern for the Dodgers’ player development hierarchy: a determination to keep charges of player misconduct against women in-house, decisions that were curious and at times in violation of Major League Baseball policy.
Just eight months after the February 2015 incident, Kapler and the Dodgers faced another potential crisis at the same Glendale hotel. It again involved a player in the Dodgers system, and again involved an allegation of sexual assault. This time, a Dodgers minor leaguer was accused of an act of sexual violence against a woman on the housekeeping staff.
  • As you can imagine, the above report put's Gabe Kapler on the hot seat. Via Manny Gómez at Call to the Pen; "Gabe Kapler’s Job in Philly Jeopardy After Latest Report."
  • Gabe Kapler responded to the above story on his blog, here.
The question of why I didn’t report this to the police is a fair one. Admittedly, there were many thoughts going through my mind at the time. But above all, the victim’s grandmother asked for my reassurance that I wouldn’t “turn [the victim] in” before the victim would share what had happened. After the victim shared her description of the night, she sent me a follow up email and said she didn’t want to talk about it any further. My feeling at the time was that the victim should have the right to make the decision about what she wanted to do. Perhaps I should have taken it out of her hands, but my intention was to respect the victim and her wishes.
  • This weeks Topps Throwback Thursday set (released last week, but still available for sale through Topps online for a couple of Days) features the '71 Topps Football design with several star Baseball players; including Clayton Kershaw. Check out his card on the right. Go here to check it out and order.
  • Farhan is picking up some Dodger leftovers. Via Jake Montero at KNBR; "Giants sign former Dodgers, Braves starter to minor-league deal" -- Brandon Beachy.
  • Via Brian Crawford at Baseball Essential; "Dodgers Prospect Miguel Vargas Climbing the Ladder Quickly."
“I’m taking my at-bats pitch by pitch,” said Vargas. “I’m trying to stay patient and have a plan to execute my at-bats anyway I can.”
But Vargas isn’t just making adjustments at the plate; he’s adjusting in the field as well. 
“I feel my defense has improved a lot since I came over from Cuba,” stated Vargas. “It’s a game of adjustments, and you have to make those adjustments every day. Those adjustments are getting better in minor league baseball, as I’m getting more repetition in the field every day.”
  • ICYMI: Per Hall of Very Good; "Delino DeShields Jr. Gets Jackie Robinson Tribute Tattoo."
  • Baseball collector Phungo shares his drawing of the; "1956 Topps Jack Robinson" card.
  • Apparently, Manny Machado has "LA" in his veins, per his Instagram:

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