Friday, March 10, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 3/10/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Spring Odds and Ends

Above is an example of what avid Baseball fans had to do to keep track of the season.  Dated September 29, 1946, Dodger fans had just witnessed their team lose the last game of the season to the Braves.  This put them into an virtual tie with the Cardinals for the National League pennant with St. Louis' last game still left to play.  Naturally, without instant media at their fingertips Dodger fans had to stick around the stadium to get news of their rivals battle against Chicago, so they flooded the field awaiting news.  Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Awaiting the Verdict: After they had seen Brooklyn drop their game to the Boston Braves, 4-0, crowds jam the field in front of the scoreboard at Ebbets Field to watch the play-by-play account of the St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Bubs battle.  Redbirds lost 8 to 3.
With the loss the Dodgers and Cardinals would play a three-game playoff series to decide the pennant.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers would get swept and begin their vacation.

The above photo is current available on auction at RMY Auctions (link here).  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1983 longtime Dodger manager Walter Alston is elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee vote. 
  • Happy Birthday, Gene DeMontreville, Art Herring & Steve Howe!
  • Video:  Get a behind-the-scenes look as Orel Hershiser coaches up the pitching staff during spring training. (Link Here)
  • Rob Segedin had quite a day at the WBC game against Mexico in Jalisco yesterday.  He hit a fourth inning two-run jack that cleared the right-centerfield wall.  Go here to watch a video of it.
  • Here's a nice scouting report on our backup catcher.  Via Henry Druschel at Beyond the Boxscore; "Will Austin Barnes make his mark?"
  • Jacob Rudner at Think Blue LA tells us more about another Dodger pitching prospect: "Spring training providing great opportunity for Shea Spitzbarth."
  • Via Bill Plunkett at OC Register; "Dodgers' Logan Forsythe finds growth with everyday role."
“When I was in San Diego, the biggest thing was my role there was a utility guy, so I was kind of in between swings at times,” Forsythe said. “When I was doing the utility role … I tried to have as simple a swing as I could. Just get the bat to the ball.

“Then once I moved to Tampa and that consistent playing time became a thing, that’s when I was able to incorporate, ‘OK, I can get back to the swing I want’ – which is probably stupid to think at a younger age. … It was more of an approach-type thing that showed in my swing a little bit. It wasn’t as aggressive as I wanted it to be. Once I got to Tampa, we didn’t remake the swing. There were just a couple key points. The swing was there. It was just kind of a mindset change that I had thought when I had that consistent playing time and it paid off.”
  • I must have this!  The Dodgers unveiled another game giveaway and it's a doozy.  On Wednesday, May 3rd against the Giants they will give to fans a Vin Scully Commemorative Microphone Statue.  Check it out on the right.  There will also be a ceremony in Vin's honor before the game.  Go here for the Dodgers promotional schedule.
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "Stroke hasn't clicked, but Gutierrez is patient."
"Every spring is different, but nothing before like this," said Gutierrez, whose career Spring Training OPS is .796. "I know it will be fine. It will come pretty soon. Repetition is the key. As soon as I get the first one, the hits will come."
  • Daniel at C70 at the Bat asked me (along with three other Dodger bloggers at Dodgers Digest, LA Dodger Report and Chavez Ravine Fields) about my thoughts of the Dodgers' winter and their future this upcoming season.  Check out what we all had to say here.
  • Boo!  Via Meg James at the LA Times; "AT&T and Justice Department nearing settlement on Dodgers channel collusion suit."
A settlement could come in the next two weeks. However, in a move that would probably disappoint thousands of Dodger fans, the proposed settlement would not require AT&T or its DirecTV subsidiary to begin carrying SportsNet LA, according to a person close to the negotiations who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

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