Friday, August 18, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

One of the premier auction houses in the world is getting into the Baseball business. Christies is currently running their "Golden Age of Baseball" auction at it includes a whole bunch of fantastic Dodger photographs; including the above 1961 spring photo of Dodger aces Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. (auction link)

There is also the below pic of the 1925 Brooklyn Dodgers during spring training. (auction link) At center are Hall of Famers Wilbert Robinson, Zach Wheat and Sazzy Vance.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1959 former Dodger GM Branch Rickey is named President of the newly formed Continental League.  The new third Major League never plays a game, though.  Instead, it became a catalyst for the addition of eight more teams to the American and National Leagues over the next decade.  In 1995 the Dodgers traded for Brett Butler.  This would be his second stint with the team.
  • Happy Birthday, Burleigh GrimesWilliam MarriottJim PetersonBob KennedyPaul PopovichDon CrowYimi Garcia!
  • Audio: A Yu Darvish imposter - The man who has been following Yu Darvish across the country his entire MLB career joins Lunchtime with Roggin and Rodney. (audio link)
  • Audio: Vin Scully joined David Vassegh ahead of Wednesday's game at Dodger Stadium. (audio link)
  • Via the Editorial Board at the LA Daily News; "Dodgers are hot; fans should be too, four years into TV blackout."
It’s the kind of season that could win a team both a World Series — which would be the Dodgers’ first championship since 1988 — and a generation of young fans.
Only if fans can watch.
The most expensive ticket would be $531, not including suites and luxury seats. That ticket would put you in the front row of the field-level box seats, between the bases. If you are a season-ticket holder, that price would be $381.
Ticket prices range from $31 to $236 for the division series, $63 to $256 for the league championship series and $166 to $531 for the World Series.
Locastro, for his part, has proven to be a pretty useful ballplayer. The combination of contact skills and defensive ability that first earned him a place among the Five remain. Currently, however, he’s exhibiting them not for Division III school or Cal League team but rather the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. In 82 appearances for Oklahoma City, he’s produced walk and strikeout rates of 6.1% and 13.4%, respectively, plus a .181 isolated-power figure and 10-for-11 stolen-base record. The 168 wRC+ mark he’s posted would place second of all qualified Triple-A batters — ahead, for example, of power-hitting Rhys Hoskins, who was just basically given Philadelphia’s left-field job. Despite sliding a bit down the positional spectrum as he’s ascended minor-league levels, Locastro appears capable of still providing positive defensive value.
  • This is fantastic. One-time Dodger Babe Dahlgren was quite a letter-writer. His grandson shares several letters written by his granddad to a young fan in the 30's, and in it he details for the young lad how he should play 1st base. Go here to check it out.

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