Friday, April 03, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 4/3/2020 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here is a vintage 1950 photograph taken during the filming of The Jackie Robinson Story featuring Jackie with his military baseball team -- the 761st Black Panther Tank Battalion, based at Fort Hood, Texas. This photo happens to have been signed by Robinson. It is currently available on auction through Heartland (link here). Jackie Robinson is standing on the top row, on the far left.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1968 the Dodgers traded for left-hander Hank Aguirre from the Tigers for a player to be named later -- minor leaguer Fred Moulder. He played one season in Blue, and is best known for being the worst hitter in Major League history -- slashing .085/.117/.108/.225 and striking out an astounding 61% of the time through a 16-year Major League career. In 1974 the Dodgers traded for soon-to-be fan favorite Pedro Guerrero from the Indians in exchange for pitcher Bruce EllingsenIn 2004 the Dodgers traded Franklin Gutierrez and Andrew Brown to the Indians for outfielder Milton Bradley
  • Happy Birthday, Wally Moon & Tim Crews!
  • Video: Per Fox 11 News -- "Former Dodger Adrian Gonzalez and wife discuss reason for early self-quarantine" (Video Link)
  • Awesome -- and there's some pics to prove it. Per Eric Stephen at Halos Heaven -- "The first-ever Freeway Series game, on this day in 1962: The Angels and Dodgers got things started 58 years ago with an exhibition game in Palm Springs."
  • Stan Kasten on potentially playing without fans, via a tweet from ESPN:

“Everybody wants to be the best player in the f–king world, man…and we cheated that, for sure, and we obviously cheated baseball and cheated fans,” Gattis said on The Athletic’s “755 is Real” podcast. “Fans felt duped. I feel bad for fans.
“I’m not asking for sympathy or anything like that. If our punishment is being hated by everybody forever, just like, whatever. I don’t know what should be done, but something had to f–king be done. I do agree with that, big-time. I do think it’s good for baseball that we’re cleaning it up. … And I understand that it’s not f–king good enough to say sorry. I get it.”
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“I’m trying to come up with something positive out of this, other than now we know. But f—k, MLB punished us — I guess not the players — but everybody’s gonna have to wear the boos and all that s—t and be a punching bag, I get it. I understand why you’re mad.”
 “Going from low-A to big league camp in a year is obviously a shock. You know it, doesn’t happen too often, but I’m glad that they presented me with that opportunity,” (Josiah) Gray says. “It was unbelievable to the point where you are in the clubhouse with guys like David Price, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, so yeah, I definitely picked their brains about certain things that I never even thought about. I’m so young that if I could a little bit of information from those guys that will help me.”
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“(The Dodgers) essentially sent everyone home. They sent all the minor leaguers home, except for guys that were rehabbing on the 40 man roster, which the MLB mandated, (and) guys that were from higher risk areas. So being from New Rochelle, where a big outbreak was, they said ‘Hey, we’re not going to send you home. You are free to stay out here.’ So, I’m here currently out in Arizona with some guys from Latin American countries.”
  • This weeks 2020 Throwback Thursday online exclusive set borrows the 1974 Topps Baseball All Star design and it features All-Star catchers. Thankfully, the Dodgers are filled with great catchers -- both now and in the past -- so they have a card that includes Will Smith and Mike Piazza. Go here to check it out and order.
  • Per Mark Langill at Dodger Insider -- "Sutton’s 75th: 20 facts about the Dodger Hall of Famer."
#16 When Sutton made his MLB debut on April 14, 1966, he pitched seven innings in a 4–2 loss to the Astros at Dodger Stadium. Reliever Ron Perranoski, who pitched the final two innings, would be Sutton’s pitching coach in his final season in 1988. Sutton’s MLB debut was also the day future 300-game winner Greg Maddux was born.

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