Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/29/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I just love this vintage International Newsreel photo of Hall of Famer Zach Wheat that I saw on eBay (link here). It's been well handled with all kinds of editor marks throughout; including his mug being framed for eventual inclusion into the paper. It dates to June 24, 1922 and it appears to feature a pic taken the day prior at the Polo Grounds. The descriptor on the reverse indicates that on that day Wheat recorded his 2,000th career hit.

Below are more links to check out:
“His foundation was born because of his spirit more than anything else,” said John Fuller, a publicist who worked with Granderson during the foundation’s early years. “The first time I spoke to him on the phone, I said, what do you want from this? His first answer was ‘I’d really love to help the schools in Detroit. Can we do that?’ He loves to give back. He really does.”
It’s clear, then, that the new 10-day disabled list has changed the way teams tinker with their rosters. But the new list didn’t so much create a new problem as exacerbate an old one. League-wide use of the short-term DL has jumped in each of the past four years (including this season) — and the Dodgers have paved the way. 
  • Per Night Owl Cards; "Two cards for when you have time to show only two cards." And they are two great cards; especially the Bowman card -- I've been looking for that one for years. 
  • Per David Adler at MLB.com; "Bullpen of the Week: Dodgers: LA's relievers log 1.86 ERA, 4 saves over 29 innings."
The Dodgers led all 30 Major League teams with a bullpen rating of 132 points this week, thanks to their relievers' sterling 1.86 ERA over 29 innings, the second-most innings pitched of any bullpen during the week. They notched four saves, one in each of the team's wins this week -- two by closer Kenley Jansen and one each by Ross Stripling and Brandon Morrow. Dodgers relievers also struck out a Major League-high 37 batters, more than double the number of hits they allowed (17).
  • Per Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "Dodgers announce front office move: Michael Wandell appointed as Senior Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships."
Wandell, who has 15 years of experience in pro sports, joins the Dodgers after overseeing all International Business Development for the NBA the past 3 years, focusing on large-scale global platforms across China, Asia, India, Africa, Europe, South America, Mexico and Canada.
“We are truly excited to have Michael Wandell join our team,” said Lon Rosen, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “The Dodgers are a global brand and the experience and relationships Wandell has developed internationally as well as domestically will continue to enhance our growth worldwide.”

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