Saturday, May 04, 2013

Welcome Back to the Blue, Dee Gordon!

Following up on the news first reported by Jon Heyman on twitter, it has just officially been announced that Dee Gordon is back with the big club.  Per a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and recalled shortstop Dee Gordon from Triple-A Albuquerque. Gordon, 25, had a .314 batting average with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples and 12 RBI in 25 games with the Isotopes, while leading the Pacific Coast League with 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Gordon appeared in 143 big league games in 2011-12, compiling a .260 batting average with 56 steals, a home run and 28 RBI.

Ramirez was removed from last night's game after injuring himself on the bases in the sixth inning. The 29-year-old was reinstated from the disabled list on Monday after right thumb surgery and went 5-for-11 with a home run and an RBI in four games.
Unfortunately, this news comes as Hanley Ramirez heads back to the DL.  Hopefully, Dee can continue on his hitting tear with the Dodgers.  Below are Dee's stats, via Baseball Reference:

Photo Credit Above: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2011.

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May the 4th Be With the Dodgers

After watching the the Dodgers fall once again yesterday, I needed a little bit of fantasy to get me by.  So, on this magical of days, on the 4th of May, I take you back to when Star Wars took over the Dodgers.

Hopefully, the Blue Crew can defeat the evil umpire from up north this evening.

BTW, the above "This Is My Town" graphics were made by the Dodgers for their 2010 Star Wars Night celebration.  Check my past post from this day here and here; they include plenty of pics.  Photos from the Dodgers 2009 Star Wars Night celebration can be seen here and here.  My post highlighting the 2011 Star Wars Night can be seen here.  The Dodgers continued on with their Star Wars tradition by holding their 4th annual Star Wars Night celebration on July 2nd of last year.  See some pics here.

In celebration of Dee Gordon's impending arrival, I thought the above graphic made for last years Star Wars Night was appropriate.  The Dodgers made 9 other Star Wars themed graphics, as well.  See them all here on their facebook photoalbum.
(pic credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2012)

Above, Eric Davis greets some stormtroopers.
(pic credit: Juan Ocamp/LA Dodgers 2012)

(pic credit: Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2012)

This got me thinking...
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Blog Kiosk: 5/4/2013


Clayton Kershaw was masterful last night.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers couldn't score enough runs.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
Having met Barber a couple of times, I'm afraid he would have been unhappy to see this misrepresentation of him applauding Robinson's home run. Red publicly lambasted the Giants' Russ Hodges for losing it on his famous Bobby Thomson call in 1951. Yes, through the years, there were subtle voice inflections in Red's call suggesting that he was pleased to see Robinson excel, but he never blatantly rooted, and applauding has long been considered taboo in broadcast booths and press boxes.
(pic credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013)
  • Not again!  Hanley Ramirez hurt his hamstring in yesterdays game.  According to Jon Heyman he is heading for the DL.  In his place, Dee Gordon will be back in Dodger Blue.  This has yet to be confirmed by the team, but has already been widely reported as true.  Welcome back to the Blue, Dee!
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He pitched with an 89-92 mph fastball leading up to the draft last year—and actually did give up some hits to the beer leaguers—but he started topping out at 97 after he signed. Garcia was slowed by knee issues during spring training ths year, but he was throwing at 90-95 early this season for the Lookouts. His fastball moves with armside sink, and he has a feel for varying its velocity.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at, "Magill to replace Lilly in revised rotation."
  • TMZ picks up the story on how the new '42' Jackie Robinson movie snubbed Geoge "Shotgun" Shuba's first handshake with Jackie.  I wrote about this important incident back in 2007, and followed it up earlier this year as I wondered if the moment would be highlighted in the film.  As you probably know, the movie made no mention of the handshake.  (Hat Tip: Dodger Dugout)
  • I did think it was strange that a bunch of Kobe Bryant personal memorabilia is on auction.  Apparently, it was his mother who consigned it to Goldin Auctions, and now Kobe has filed a cease and desist lawsuit to stop its sale.  Via Chris Olds at Beckett.

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