Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 4/1/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends


Here's a fun UPI wire photo that I ran into on eBay (auction link).
12/2/1981 -- Hollywood: Left handed pitching sensation for the Los Angeles Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela wears a Mexican sombrero at a press conference after it was announced that he has been named the National League "Rookie of the Year". Valenzuela pitched the Dodgers to the World Championship in 1981.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1963 the Dodgers sold veteran outfielder Duke Snider to the New York Metropolitan's for $40,000. Snider would go on to represent the team in the All-Star Game. In 2013 Clayton Kershaw would be the first Major League pitcher since Don Drysdale, back in 1965, to throw a complete game shutout and hit a home run on Opening Day. Check out the boxscore hereYou can watch the homer here.
  • Happy BirthdayEd KennedyRon PerranoskiMatt HergesJohn Axford & Chris Withrow!
  • FYI -- Baseball Digest, in existence since 1942, is making their entire library available for free until July 15th. Go here to check it out. All you have to do is create an account and then you're in.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at -- "Dodgers’ Top 5 first basemen: Gurnick’s take."
  • This is for those of you looking to improve your skills. Best yet, this story includes several former Dodgers lending a hand. Per Jason Catania at -- "Try out home tutorials from former MLB players: the pros share their expertise to help you improve your skills." It includes help from Curtis Granderson, Chip Hale and former coach Larry Bowa.
  • Hey... Here's some good news! Via a tweet from Ramona Shelburne:

  • Following the above tweet, here's an official press release regarding this:
Spectrum Networks announced a carriage agreement to launch the Los Angeles Dodgers award-winning regional sports network, Spectrum SportsNet LA, to AT&T video subscribers beginning today. With the agreement, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV and AT&T TV NOW customers in Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii will gain access to SportsNet LA’s live game coverage once the new MLB season is cleared to begin.
“As anxious as we all are for the ongoing pandemic to end and for the 2020 season to begin, we now have even more reason to be excited because this agreement will make Dodger baseball games and programming available for our fans on Spectrum, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, U-verse TV, and AT&T TV NOW,” stated Stan Kasten, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  “I want to thank AT&T and Spectrum Networks for coming together on this agreement.  We are eager to get this season started once it is deemed safe to do so everywhere.”
  • Today's UniWatch blogpost makes note of something fun in the MLB: The Show 20 video game.
Reader Michael Konkoleski found something noteworthy in the MLB: The Show 20 video game. When games are played on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day — during the game’s story mode, all players wear Robinson’s No. 42, a tradition observed throughout MLB.

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