Thursday, December 06, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2012

Take a look at your 2013 National League managers, pic via twitter @Dodgers PR.
  • Dodgers lose prospect Alfredo Silverio in Rule 5 Draft, via True Blue LAMLB Trade Rumors has the complete draft results.
  • Clayton Kershaw is highlighted as one of ten "Athletes Who Care" by Alexander Wolff in Sports Illustrated newest issue.  See the list, here.
  • RIP, Dave Brubeck.  NPR has a great writeup on his life and career, here.  Also, I couldn't stop myself from making the below trading card of Brubeck in his honor.

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Collection: Jim Wynn Sports Illustrated Cover Autographed Baseball Card

Jimmy Wynn had a short stay in Dodger Blue, but made the most of it.  After a dismal 1973 season in Houston, he was traded to the Dodgers and went on to have a career year.  He batted .271 with 32 home runs, 108 RBI's, and a .884 OPS while leading the Dodgers to a pennant.  Unfortunately, he fizzled out in the playoffs.  He batted just .200 in the Championship series, but saw the Dodgers persevere with the help of his 9 walks.  Then in the World Series, the A's shut him down and removed him as a threat entirely.

A shoulder injury the next season took away his bat, so he was quickly traded away for Dusty Baker.

BTW, I didn't realize until this morning that today is the 39th Anniversary of the trade that sent Jimmy Wynn to the Dodgers for Claude Osteen.  I was reminded of that fact due to a timely post by Mark Langill at Dodgers History this morning.  Heck, even GCRL posted up some of the Dodgers base cards to the autographed card I am showing today.  I guess today is the day of coincidences.

Featured here is a 1999 Fleer Greats of the Game Autographed Collection card of Jimmy Wynn in my collection.

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