Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic photo tweeted out by Alex Cheremeteff‏. Dated to 5/29/1953, it features several old-tyme Dodgers ushering in a new season for the Uptown Little League at Kennard Field, Pittsburgh. On the top row are (from L-R) Roy Campanella, Gair Allie, Jackie Robinson, Joe Black, Carlos Bernier, Sam Narron, and Ronald Gray holding shoes on left. Photo was taken by Pittsburgh photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris during his 40-year career with the Pittsburgh Courier. I also ran into another photo of Harris' from this day located in the archives of the Carnegie Museum of Art that you can check out on the right.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1979 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher David Goltz to a six-year $3MM contract. The former eight-year Twins veteran went 9-19 with a 4.25 ERA in three season with the team before being release in 1982.
  • Happy Birthday, Harry HowellRed SheridanJim BrewerTim Hamulak!
  • Video: Hear from Codi Bellinger after being named the unanimous winner of the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year award. (video link)
  • ICYMI: Cody Bellinger was named the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award yesterday.  Per AJ Cassavell at MLB.com:
"It's a huge honor," Bellinger said during MLB Network's unveiling of the award. "I have to give a lot of credit to Paul and Josh, too -- unbelievable players. To take this award home with me is really special."
"Obviously, we didn't have our end goal this year," Bellinger said. "But we're going to try to take it to the next level next year. ... It's definitely a motivator. I know the taste in everyone's mouth after we lost was sour."
"I didn't feel like I had any problems adjusting, at least on the field," the 49-year-old told The Straits Times through a translator.
"I was so excited just from moving to the majors, and I remember being really pumped up when I threw out my first pitch," added Nomo, a guest for a clinic organised by the Singapore Baseball and Softball Association and charity Three Hearts Foundation at the Kallang Diamond, where 200 kids were in attendance yesterday.
  • This seems like quite a friendship. Per TMZ; "Vin Scully & Yasiel Puig - emotional reunion... On Bev Hills Street Corner!"
  • It's official. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Dodgers, Padres to play three-game series in Mexico from May 4–6." Per a Dodgers press release:
"The Dodgers are excited and extremely proud to be returning to Mexico as a team for the fourth time in our history,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said. "These games will also mark the first time that the Dodgers are playing regular season contests in Mexico, something long overdue, given our rich player history and strong community ties to the country. The Dodgers have always been at the forefront of growing the game of baseball internationally and this trip reinforces this commitment, while at the same time giving our many fans in Mexico a chance to see us compete."
     “I’m extremely excited about returning home to Mexico to play a series against my former team, the Padres,” said Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrián González.  Born in the U.S. and raised in Tijuana, Mexico, Adrián added, “This series will be memorable for all involved, as we visit Monterrey to repay the baseball fans in Mexico for their never-ending support of the game we all love.”
Between Keibert Ruiz and Smith, the Dodgers have one of the better catching situations in the minors. Smith has made up for missed time from the 2017 season by hitting .362/.449/.517 in the AFL. The former Louisville star is very athletic for a catcher.
  • Here a few kids I look forward to seeing in Dodger Blue someday. Via Eddie Poe at MLB.com; "Dodgers prospects impress as Glendale rolls to win."
Outfielders Yusniel Diaz, the Dodgers' No. 5 prospect, and DJ Peters (No. 17) helped lead the offensive effort for Glendale along with catcher Will Smith (No. 8) as the Desert Dogs eased past the Mesa Solar Sox, 10-3.

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