Thursday, September 23, 2010

Carroll Wins Campanella Award

Jamey Carroll has proven himself to be the hardest worker out there. Congrats!

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that infielder Jamey Carroll was named the winner of the fifth annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniform personnel, will be presented to Carroll by Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, during an on-field news conference this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and both will take part in a pregame ceremony prior to tonight’s game.

The award presentation will also coincide with the announcement of a long-term partnership between the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF), California State University, Northridge and the Campanella family that will ensure the legacy of the Hall of Famer catcher for years to come. The DDF will make an annual financial contribution to support the Roy and Roxie Campanella Physical Therapy Scholarship Endowment at CSUN while also providing an internship opportunity within the Dodgers’ medical department each season for a student from the university’s physical therapy program.

Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal received the inaugural Roy Campanella Award in 2006 and since then the honor has been bestowed to Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009) and now Carroll.

In his first season with the Dodgers, Carroll is hitting .295 with 48 runs scored and a team-leading .383 on-base percentage in 129 games. The versatile infielder has played 64 games at shortstop, 44 at second base, 11 at third and five in left field. He has made just six errors on the season, despite 429 total chances at the four positions.

Carroll has been stellar in place of oft-injured starting shortstop Rafael Furcal and ended up shattering his career highs in games (68), starts (64) and innings (565.0) at short. The Indiana native owns a .985 fielding percentage at the position this season, which ranks third among all Major League shortstops (min. 60 games). When Furcal was out from April 28-May 5, Carroll played in 25 straight contests (24 starts) and the Dodgers rolled to a 17-8 record during that time.

In addition to his hustle out of the batter’s box and knack for making the tough play, Carroll is hitting .326 (61-for-187) at home and ranks second on the team in walks with 50, despite having only 342 at-bats. Carroll is also batting .360 with two outs and .326 with runners in scoring position and two out.

In August, he led the club with a .322 average and ranked seventh in the National League with a .419 on-base percentage. The 36-year-old also put together a terrific June (.344) and is currently hitting .361 in September. Carroll hit .500 (6-for-12) as a pinch-hitter this season and .331 against the NL West.

Carroll, who like new Manager Don Mattingly is from Evansville, IN, will return to the club next season and plans to once again be active in the Los Angeles community. This year Carroll took part in an MLBPA clinic at the Urban Youth Academy and was featured in the Dodgers’ Heart Gallery Calendar, which featured children from the Los Angeles County Department of Family Services.

eBay: 1957 Dodger Schedule Blotter

Here is a 1957 Brooklyn Dodger schedule sponsored by Schaefer Beer on a ink blotter. Blotters were relatively large, this one measures 3.5" x 7", pieces of cardboard used for laying and absorbing ink drips from an old fashioned drip pen. The coolest thing about this blotter is the original drawing of the Brooklyn "Bum" by Willard Mullin.

Kings Hockey Fest ReCap

As some you already know I am just as hardcore of a Kings fan as I am a Dodger fan. In fact, of late, considering the recent play of the Dodgers, I have moved much of my attention to the men on the ice. Tonight is the first preseason home game for the team, so I felt it only proper to finally post a little bit about the recent Kings Fest a couple of weekends back.
Above was the main presentation area where players and management would be speaking directly to the fans and below is GM Dean Lombardi on that stage giving the "State of the Kings" talk to the fans.
At the same time, many Kings prospects were on the ice for practice.
The signing event, though, was the main reason for my attendance. Here I am with team captain Dustin Brown.
I caught Heidi Androl interviewing one of the fans right in front of me while we stood in line waiting for autographs.
I was most excited about meeting one of my all-time favorite Kings- Jay Wells.
If you watched the Kings during the Gretzky era then you know this man. Here is the always affable Marty McSorley.
This is what I got signed- a vintage purple and gold jersey. I collected 8 autographs that day.