Thursday, February 01, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 2/1/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's something historical.

Featured above is an original Sporting News press photo, dated August 26, 1939, featuring an on-camera interview between Dodgers broadcaster Red Barber and Dodger rookie skipper Leo Durocher that is currently on auction at RMY Auction (auction link).

You might be wondering, "what's so important about this pic? After all, we see this scene play out multiple times a day on local sports television."

Well, this game, between the Dodgers and Reds at Ebbets Field, happens to be the very first Baseball game ever broadcast on television. So, the scene you see above is a first for everyone in the photo.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1919 the Dodgers trade Jake Daubert to the Reds for outfielder Tommy GriffithIn 1959 the ever-popular Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder Zach Wheat is unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. In 1976 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for disobeying the orders set by the Michigan State University police prohibiting him from taking batting practice. MSU feared he would hit balls too far and injure students at an adjacent tennis court. Marshall protests that it is against his rights as an MSU instructor and files a lawsuit against the school.
  • Happy Birthday, Stan KastenChuck ChurnElian HerreraJustin Sellers & Brett Anderson!
  • Via Jacob Unruh at NewsOK; "Clayton Kershaw receives fourth Warren Spahn Award with eye toward World Series ring." 
His return trip to Oklahoma City ties the record set by Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
But the Big Unit won a World Series. For Kershaw, winning that is more important than ever. 
“This year more than ever I understand what it feels like to lose and lose that seventh game,” Kershaw said. “That's what keeps me coming back and keeps me wanting to win games for my team and win a World Series. That doesn't come with complacency.”
(Pic via OKC Dodgers on twitter)
"He hasn't had any setbacks, but until he gets back on the mound and gets some game activity, those are some real hurdles to clear, and those are still far down the road," said (Farhan) Zaidi.
Urias has spent the offseason at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale training center in Arizona. 
"I feel really healthy and I'm at a point when I will start throwing soon," said Urias. "There is a goal to come back, but I don't worry about that. I worry about day to day, feeling healthy with no pain each day, and hopefully I can reach that goal."
“There’s only so much I can do,” (Larry) Reynolds said. “But at least I think they’re being really straightforward. What they’re saying, I can’t get into, but at least we’re having some dialogue.”
That said, Reynolds also reported that Kemp is supremely motivated. 
“He wants to play for the Dodgers,” the agent said. “He wants to win a World Series. He’s gone out this offseason and changed his entire look. … He’s in top shape and he basically wants to come out and, whoever he’s with, prove everybody else wrong. That’s his mindset.”
Jim also shares an interview he had with Larry Reynolds that you can listen to, here.

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