Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 2/12/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out the above 2020 Topps "Decades' Best" insert card featuring the Dodgers celebrating their 1963 World Series sweep of the Yankees. Do you notice something weird about it?

It should jump out as plain as day.

Well... If you don't see it, don't feel bad. I missed it too. Fortunately, bbcardz -- who writes the Stadium Fantasium Dodger blog -- caught it and let me know. (He wrote about it here)

For whatever reason Topps chose to give the Dodgers celebrating in the photo red numbers on their backs.... Red? What a screw up!

I figured I'd see if I could find an original copy of the photo and came across it on an RMY Auction from just a few weeks ago. It was taken by Larry Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times and is in B&W. So clearly, something went array as they were colorizing the photo, and some person behind a computer (likely figuring that since the Dodgers numbers on front are red, then so must the numbers on the back) messed it up.

I wonder if Topps will make a corrected version of this error. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2009 a $4.8MM civil lawsuit was filed against former Dodger infielder José Offerman by catcher John Nathans. As a member of the independent Long Island Ducks in 2007 he charged the pitcher with his bat in tow after being hit by a pitch. The pitcher suffered a broken finger and the catcher had a concussion (effectively ending his playing career) from the melee. Offerman is eventually found guilty and ordered to pay $940,000.
  • Happy BirthdaySweetbread BaileyEnzo HernándezDon Stanhouse & Dennis Springer!
  • Numbers have officially be assigned to several of the newest Dodgers. Mokkie Betts will wear #50 and David Price will wear #33, via a tweet from the Dodgers.
  • This is happening at 1:00 PM today, via a tweet from SportsNet LA:

“Give credit to ownership -- Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, Andrew Friedman -- for making this happen,” said Roberts. “They understand the fans have been so supportive and show it by coming to games nearly four million strong every year. What Mookie and David will bring, on the field and in the city of L.A., is beautiful.”
  • Per Mike Oz at Yahoo Sports -- "Marwin Gonzalez becomes first Astros hitter to apologize for cheating: 'I'm remorseful for everything that happened'"
“I’m remorseful for everything that happened in 2017, for everything that we did as a group, and for the players that were affected directly by us doing this ... That’s why I feel more regret and that’s why I’m remorseful.”
  • WTF! Per Mike Axisa at CBS Sports -- "Dodgers players, Alex Cora warned Nationals about Astros' sign-stealing before 2019 World Series, per report."
  • Here's a nice little biography on the legendary Leo Durocher. Via Evan Bladh at LA Dodger Talk -- "The Lip: Leo Durocher."
He was a gold glove type infielder and weak hitting batter who in his best year hit .286.  Born and raised in tenement housing in West Springfield, Massachusetts.   Durocher grew up on the streets with mobsters as friends.  As a teenager, Leo learned to gamble, shoot pool and hustle with the best of them.  It is said he learned the tricks of the scamming trade from the experts in those tough streets.  By the time he had broken into baseball, he was skilled at cheating in cards, hustling schemes and collecting debts.  He also was a good enough ballplayer to crack the major leagues.
  • New Dodger hurler Brusdar Graterol says hello to the Dodgers, via his twitter:

  • Via Jim Buzinski at OutSports -- "Being Out: Erik Braverman is the driving force behind the Dodgers’ ultra-successful Pride night."
  • Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs shares his, "2020 Topp 100 Prospects" list. Six Dodgers' are on the list: Gavin Lux (#2), Dustin May (#14), Josiah Gray (#67), Tony Gonsolin (#83), Keibert Ruiz (#88) and Brusdar Graterol (#113). BTW, Jeter Downs -- who was recently traded to the Red Sox -- is ranked at #47. 
  • Andrew Simon at ranks, "The hardest-throwing rotations for 2020" and it includes the Dodgers.
  • Frick'n Beltrán! At the same time, I kinda believe they are trying to scapegoat Cora and Beltrán. Whatever the Astros were doing was approved by the highest levels of the organization. Ownership is to blame. Via Jacob Resnick on twitter:

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