Friday, December 20, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 12/20/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic September 22,1946 action shot of Pee Wee Reese (eBay auction link).
Safe at Third -- Pee Wee Reese of the Brooklyn Dodgers is sale at third base when Dodgers catcher Bruce Edwards bunted to Braves pitcher Johnny Sain in the third inning of the first game between the Dodgers and the Braves at Braves Field. Sain's throw to Nanny Fernandez Braves third sacker was too late.
The Dodgers would unfortunately lose this first game of a doubleheader, 4-2, but take the nightcap, 8-1. Below are more links to check out:
While in Dubai, Max Muncy and Austin Barnes paid a special visit to the American School of Dubai to surprise students on the last day of term. Young baseball fans were treated to an exclusive Q&A session, received autograph signings and learned batting tips and techniques.
To conclude their visit, the LA Dodgers spent a fun-filled morning at the Dubai Little League Park where young, aspirational baseball players enjoyed a day of mentoring and learning first-rate techniques on how to become a professional baseball player. Kids and families of all ages enjoyed participating in the kids’ clinic, playing friendly games with the players and receiving autographs.
  • Since I'm not a season ticket holder I never know what freebies (gifts) the Dodgers give out. Apparently, this year they sent authenticated game-used dirt from Dodgers Stadium (Hat Tip: Redditor u/bradenv). See it on the right.
  • Via JP Hoornstra at the Redlands Daily Facts -- "Entrepreneurs emerging from baseball’s analytic curtain offer a peek at what’s next: Doug Fearing and Jimmy Buffi left their jobs as quantitative analysts with the Dodgers to expand their cutting-edge work beyond MLB."
But the determination of Fearing and Buffi to strike out on their own – or, more preferably, capture the private sector’s version of an elusive World Series championship – is more instructive. It casts the existence of a team like the Dodgers as not a social institution, or merely a big business, but as a development vehicle for entrepreneurs whose innovation might be incidental to the actual game of baseball.
“But my experience with the Dodgers is that the things being implemented now are more generalizable. Sensors, computer vision, machine learning, statistics – all the things like ‘big data’ that people are now implementing in pro organizations – this only started to become a thing in the past five-ish years – these things are much more generalizable. 
Fearing agreed. 
“The past five years there’s been a ton of innovation that is not in any way limited to R&D,” he said. “It’s across the organization, bringing in good people at every level. For the Dodgers to create that environment is not surprising.”

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