Thursday, June 06, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 6/6/2013 - Dodgers' Links - Dodgers Sign Young Player, the Dodgers Arborist & an Interview with Mike Brito

This is the best news I've heard all year.  The Dodgers made a surprise signing yesterday.  They signed a young hurler by the name of Michael Douglas to a one-day contract as a part of the Make A Wish Foundation. Pic above via the Dodgers tumblr.
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Always the pioneering organization, perhaps it's no surprise that the Dodgers, who famously gave the world Jackie Robinson, and who currently employ baseball's first female head athletic trainer in Sue Falsone, should be the one and only Major League Baseball club to employ a full-time arborist. Or even a part-time arborist. Perea, who's been with the team since 2009, is closing in on his Bachelor of Science degree in Turf Science from Penn State University Online, has Associate of Science degrees in Pest Management and Ornamental Horticulture from Mt. San Antonio College, and manages a full-time staff or four.
  • Congratulations, Paul LoDuca.  He is working his way towards a career in a Baseball broadcast booth.  He'll be broadcasting more collegiate World Series Baseball.
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  • I hate having to link to any McCourt related news, but this is interesting since we'll likely get a look at the financial arrangement between the Guggenheim Group and McCourt.  Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "Judge orders Dodgers to release details of deal with Frank McCourt".
  • Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA interviews the man who discovered Puig, Mike Brito.
  • "Scott Elbert injury: Dodgers LHP needs Tommy John surgery," via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA.
  • Panini just released some preview pics of their upcoming 2013 Golden Age Baseball set.  Check out the autographed cards of former Dodgers Ron cey and Tommy Davis below.  This set comes out on June 26th.  Check out more pics here; including autographed cards from cast members of Happy Days and the Brady Bunch.
  • Bob Lemke recounts an old story featuring Satchel Paige that may have some relation to Bill Veeck's gimmick of sending up Eddie Gaedel to bat.
  • The Baseball Draft starts today.  Ken Gurnick at has a nice report on the Dodgers plans.
"We definitely dipped into that," said White. "I feel better about our current depth than one might suspect, but I always try to get pitching and that's not going to change. We'll still try to get the highest-ceiling guy."
  • Orel at Sons of Steve Garvey provides a transcript of Vin Scully telling us who Al Campanis thought was the best player he ever saw.  Although I'm way too young to have ever seen this player, based on stories I've read and analysis from folks I trust, I can't disagree with Campanis.  There's a reason they called him, "El Maestro".

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