Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 7/17/2014 - Dodger Links - Kemp is Unhappy and Puig is Scared of Thunder

Vin Scully and Fernando Valenzuela are featured in the newest issue of the Hollywood Reporter.  Pic above via @Dodgers PR on twitter.  Check out the Hollywood Reporter story here.  There are some great photos to check out; including pics of Luc Robitaille and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  • Is it me or does the criticism and subsequent defenses being levied onto Adam Wainwright sound an awful lot like the kind of things said about Puig last season.  Ya know, Puig disrespects the game - Wainwright disrespects one of the greats of the game... Puig lacks class - Wainwright lacks class... Puig should just shut up - Wainwright should just shut up... 
I'd be lying if I told you I didn't enjoy the shoe being on the other foot.  For the record, this whole thing (like the Puig thing) is overblown, but that won't stop me from twisting that knife just a little bit... for the lulz, ya know?
  • Not surprisingly, two Hall of Famer Dodgers made PSA's list of Top-20 Baseball Autographs in the hobby: Sandy Koufax at #7 and Jackie Robinson at #4.  Check out the list here.
  • Via Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports, "Agent: Dodgers' Kemp open to trade if not playing every day."
According to Stewart, Kemp wants to play center field again on an everyday basis. Even though Matt has been playing left field in an everyday role since Carl Crawford nearly snapped his ankle in half, it seems like Kemp is still bitter about being uprooted from center field.
Nomo will be inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will be held on the field to honor the 2014 inductees (which include former Major League pitcher Kazuhiro Sasaki, slugger Koji Akiyama and Choichi Aida, the former baseball coach of prestigious Waseda University who passed away in 2012) prior to the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Game at Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa (near Tokyo), Japan on Friday.

The same day, Park will receive recognition during retirement ceremonies prior to the Korean Professional Baseball All-Star Game at Champions Field, Kwangju, South Korea.
Via Peter O'Malley:
“Nomo and Park are both true pioneers,” said O’Malley. “They opened the door for more players from Japan and South Korea to participate in Major League Baseball. Today, there have been 40 players from Japan and 14 from South Korea who have played in the major leagues. I am very proud of their leadership and their on-going commitment to youth baseball in Japan and South Korea.” 
  • Uh... Yasiel Puig is terrified of thunder... LOL! ...Wait for it...

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