Friday, June 17, 2016

Garvey Questionnaire from Legendary Baseball Statistician Bill Weiss

For much of the modern era of Baseball William J. Weiss was there to catalog it.  Starting in the late-40's he compiled statistics and biographical information for ballplayers on the West Coast.  Soon he started working for various leagues; like the PCL, Pioneer League, Northwest League and the American Association.  He even became the official historian of the PCL and edited a weekly newsletter for the California League for over thirty years.  In an over four decade span Weiss produced over 200 sketchbooks filled with data on both minor and major league ballplayers.  Without his diligent work we might not have the wealth of information we have today.

Featured above is an example of how he gathered up that data.  It is a basic biographical questionnaire, and it was filled out by Dodgers rookie Steven Patrick Garvey in 1970.  (Click on the pic above to embiggen)  It is currently available on auction through Hunt as a part of the All-Star Game Weekend celebration in San Diego.  Check out the auction listing here.

Notably, the survey asks, "what would you consider your greatest thrill in Baseball?"

Steve Garvey wrote back, "Starting Opening Game Dodger Stadium April 7th, 1970."

This questionnaire was completed about a month after his starting at third base on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, so it was no doubt still fresh in his mind.  BTW, the Dodgers were defeated that day by the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0.  Steve Garvey went 0 for 4 with one strike out while batting in the sixth spot of the order.

If you're interested in learning more about Bill Weiss check out this great writeup at SABR (Link Here).

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2016 Topps Series 2 - The Dodgers Scouting Report, Wrigley and 65th Celebration Cards

I now dive into the various Dodgers insert cards available in Series 2 packs.  Take a look at the Scouting Report, the 100 Years at Wrigley Field and Celebrating 65 Years cards below.

Scouting Report Autographs

#SRA-AW Alex Wood                       #SRA-CS Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 6/17/2016 - Dodgers Links - Urias, White and a Dugout Confrontation

Scott Kazmir was not sharp last night.  He consistently fell behind on the counts and ended up getting pulled after throwing 93 pitches in four innings.  Overall, Kazmir gave up five hits, three earned runs and struck out eight. Watch him talk about his evening here.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"That's on me," (Kazmir) said. "I put my team in a bad hole. Having the bullpen cover five innings, it's never good in a ballgame. Not getting ahead of hitters, I think 20-something foul balls, that'll do it. Could have minimized the damage making some quality pitches with runners in scoring position, but a couple hits and they get those three runs. Short outing, that's disappointing."
Unfortunately, a Dodgers bullpen, that had been one of the best of late, reverted to their old ways.  They gave up five runs to lose the game to the Brewers 8-6.  On a side note, there was a bit of a tussle in the Dodgers dugout during the game.  Justin Tuner confronted Yasmina Grandal for a boneheaded running mistake that almost cost the team the tying run in the sixth inning.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"It was one of those baserunning mistakes, I guess I had a brain [cramp]. I think this is first baserunning mistake I've made in two years here. Obviously, if the score was affected by it, we would have been down. I kind of just [messed] up. It's just the way it happens. Teammates want to make sure you play smart and the right way. I feel if they're getting on you, they care about the fact you should know better. We all make mistakes. It's not the first time I'll make a mistake and not first time weird things happen."

Grandal also said he was not disappointed that emotions got heated in the dugout between teammates.

"I think we need to play with some fire," he said. "If we fight, we fight. It doesn't matter if it's between each other or with the other team. I feel like if we get some fire within the team to get us going, its fine. At times I feel like we're better than the other team and we lay back and relax instead of making it happen."
Via Kyle Glaser/AP at the Miami Herald:
"It was just one of those things where (Turner) thought Yaz should've went back to first and not continued and made that play as close as it was," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Yaz would tell you, as the ball goes into second base he's gotta stop.

"Obviously with emotions it can get heated, but we cleaned it up."
The Dodgers need a catalyst.  Will this be it?  Can they find that burning fire deep within?  Will they now take on the season with the kind of determination required to win?  They need something to wake them up, and this incident is just the kind of thing to do it.  But they'll need a leader to rally the troops.  Who will do it?

Photo above of Scott Kazmir via SportsNet LA on twitter.  Below are more links to check:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1885 Dodgers shortstop Germany Smith committed a Major League record 7 errors on the field. In 1983 Dodgers starting pitcher Bob Welch hit his first Major League home run.  It would be the deciding run in the game.  The Dodgers defeated the Reds 1-0.