Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 12/22/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It looks like Maury Wills is about to steal a base with Ernie Banks holding him on.

Featured above is a vintage, circa 1960's, Kodachrome 35mm Slide Transparency of in-game action between the Dodgers and Cubs.  (Auction Link Here)  Unfortunately, it is not dated but we do know it was taken at Wrigley Field, and by the looks of it Maury is about to steal one of the 29 bases he stole in Chicago throughout his career.  The photo was taken by noted Chicago area freelance photographer Lee Balterman.

Below are more links to check out:
OKC and the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Wednesday afternoon the return of manager Bill Haselman, pitching coach Matt Herges, hitting coach Shawn Wooten and coach Luis Matos for a second consecutive season.
Among Verdugo’s best tools is his ability to hit for average. With the skill of hitting the barrel of the bat using a compact and measured swing, Verdugo is an excellent contact hitter. His hands are quick through the ball and he is a disciplined hitter with very solid mechanics. He sees the ball out of the pitcher’s hand quickly and recognizes the spin on breaking balls. He is advanced in his ability to hit pitches other than fastballs. His good eye-hand coordination is helpful at the plate.
“Every year since I started, I’ve set a goal to move up one level by the end of the season. Which would mean after ending in Double-A last year, this year would be to finish in Triple-A,” he said. “In the same breath, though, every player’s goal at the beginning of the year is to make it to the big leagues and contribute to their team winning the World Series. If that isn’t your ultimate goal, then why are you even playing?”
  • The Topps blog shares some proofs of their 2017 Inception Baseball card set; including the Julio Urias card on the right.  Go here to check out more.  This set is slated to be released in April next year.
  • This certainly doesn't bode well for our cable TV overlords.  Per Ben Munson at Fierce Cable; "Sports network affiliate fee growth to slow, Nathanson says."
“There is no doubt that properties like the NFL and strong multi-team regional sports networks are incredibly valuable to distributors and can’t be dropped,” wrote Nathanson. “However, given the increasing margin pressures in video distribution, single team RSNs and long-tail cable networks were seen as especially vulnerable.”

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