Friday, January 13, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 1/13/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

He's officially a Dodger now.

Featured above is a vintage International News press photograph showing the Dodgers manager helping newly signed Dodgers coach, Babe Ruth, into his uniform for the very first time.  (RMY Auction Listing) Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Into Uniform Once More... But Only To Coach:  Manager Burleigh Grimes of the Brooklyn Dodgers helps the one-time King of Swat to don his uniform.  Just before the Brooklyn team took to the field to engage in a double-header against the Chicago Cubs.  A few minutes later, the Bambino received a tremendous ovation from 25,000 fans when he made his debut as a Dodger coach.  The beloved ex-home run king spent an hour posing for the movies before the game, signing autographs and hitting fungoes to the outfield.  To top things off Ruth took a turn at bat and drove one of Grimes offerings out of the lot (dated 6/19/1938)
The Dodgers were no-hit by Reds hurler Johnny Vander Meer on June 15, 1938 -- the second of his two consecutive no-hitters that season.  Then the following day Ruth met with the team and officially signed a contract to be a coach for Brooklyn.  He would debut in the uniform on the 19th at Ebbets Field.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1988 Steve Garvey announced his retirement from the game of Baseball.
  • Happy Birthday, Jimmy Jordan & Elmer Dessens!
  • Podcast:  Listen to Ben Lindbergh speak with former Dodger pitcher and current Diamondbacks coach Dan Haren: "Effectively Wild Episode 1005: Dan Haren’s New Job and Old Fear of Hall of Famers." (Link Here)
  • Via Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News; "Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo frames his family legacy for Chinese Historical Society."
  • Congrats!  Via Ken Gurnick at; "(Dave) Roberts to be honored by LA Sports Council."
  • Ben Badler at Baseball America puts out their report on the; "2017 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 10 Prospects."  It unsurprisingly names Cody Bellinger as the number one dog.
Bellinger has a balanced lefthanded swing with plus bat speed, good leverage and use of his lower half, generating the potential to hit 30 home runs at the next level. He has good hand-eye coordination and a disciplined feel for the strike zone and he hangs in well against lefties. Bellinger is a supreme athlete for a first baseman and a gifted fielder who earns 70 grades on the 20-80 scouting scale for his defense. He’s a potential Gold Glove winner with excellent range, smooth actions, clean footwork and soft hands to go along with a plus lefthanded arm. 
  • David Hood at True Blue LA tells us all about; "Dodgers 2017 top prospects: No. 12, Edwin Rios: Rios hit 27 home runs across 3 minor league levels in 2016."
In ranking Rios this high, I realize I’m taking a more optimistic approach to his long-term outlook. I believe Rios has earned this benefit given his on field success and his quick adaptability to the Texas League after initial struggles. Rios likely returns to Tulsa in 2017 and should primarily man third base, though it wouldn’t surprise me if he sees additional time in the outfield this year. Whether it’s third base or right field, Rios could eventually be a 30-plus home run hitter at the major league level, but a team will just have to accept the trade off of strikeouts and batting average. 
Friedman would not comment on any of the reports involving Dozier or the Dodgers, saying only that trade talks are never really dead – until they are.

“Throughout the course of a negotiation process there are ups and downs. So it’s just a tough thing to assess,” he said Wednesday. “But there are a number of different options out there. I think some are more likely than others. But three days from now I could feel very differently and those things could flip. It’s a tough thing to assess before things have run their course.”
  • Via Yahoo Finance; "Zohar Law Firm Files Suit Against the Los Angeles Dodgers Regarding Paul McCartney and AC/DC Concert Revenue."
The lawsuit alleges that over a two-year period, Mr. Davis worked closely with Dodgers executive Lon Rosen, as well as Kraig Fox, then of Guggenheim Partners, the Dodgers’ owner. Davis proposed staging major concerts at Dodger Stadium and was promised a fee for bringing any events there. At the request of Rosen and Fox, Davis then facilitated meetings between the Dodgers and Paul Tollett, the President and CEO of the major concert promoter Goldenvoice, owned by AEG. With Davis’ involvement, those meetings led to the McCartney and AC/DC shows being produced, and millions in profits for the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers have since refused to pay Davis.
    • AGon doesn't seem too happy about the Chargers announced move, via his tweet:

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