Thursday, March 01, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 3/1/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another fantastic vintage photo currently available at RMY Auctions (auction link). Featured are Dodgers manager Leo Durocher and his coach Chuck Dressen in the midst of practice during Spring Training, 1945.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 Father Vincent Powell of the Brooklyn Catholic Youth Organization released a public statement declaring that the group, "is withdrawing from the Dodgers' Knothole Club." He goes on to say that he cannot allow the kids to be associated with Leo Durocher -- a fellow deemed to have low moral character. Several weeks later (April 9th) the National League would levy a one-year suspension against Durocher. The reasons vary from the Catholic boycott, his close association to known gamblers and an off-field spat with Charlie Dressen. Jeffrey Marlett at SABR provides a fantastical write-up on Durocher's suspension, here.
  • Happy Birthday, Peter GuberTim ThompsonBert HamricOmar Daal & Blake Hawksworth!
  • Go here to check out's new top-30 Dodgers prospect list.
  • I hate that this will be a topic of discussion all season long. Via Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs; "Clayton Kershaw’s Next Contract,"
Via the Los Angeles Times‘ Andy McCullough, neither Kershaw nor the Dodgers are tipping their hands as to what might happen beyond publicly agreeing that they’re maintaining an “open dialogue” regarding the soon-to-be 30-year-old lefty’s contract status. 
Manager Dave Roberts said he’s been immune so far from the sickness causing mostly chills and fatigue, but he’s one of the lucky ones. Roberts said around 24 or 25 guys — including players, coaches and trainers — are dealing with the “bug,” which appeared seemingly overnight.
“I haven’t seen anything like this,” Roberts said.
  • Per Mike Axisa at CBS Sports; "Dodgers using 'biodefense systems' because so many players are sick this spring."
  • Did you know that the Phillies batting coach is named Pedro Guerrero? BTW, he's not the Pedro we know from the 80's. Rather, he's a 28-year old former Dodger prospect, and there's an interesting story related to his time as a Dodgers' Ogden Raptors bench coach, via Mike Sielski at the Inquirer:
He was so consumed with coaching, in fact, that it took him a while to notice something: He wasn’t getting paid. No checks. No direct deposit. Nothing. He called the Dodgers to find out what was going on, and they revealed to him their embarrassing mistake. The money had been going to the guy who had hit 171 home runs and been a four-time National League all-star for the team from 1978 to 1988. The Dodgers had been paying Pedro Guerrero. They had just been paying the wrong one.
  • A story about a man and his glove. Via Ken Gurnick at; "Dodgers get spring gifts on annual Glove Day."
Clayton Kershaw: "He's had the same glove for years," Paulson said. "It's got a rip three inches long. He won't let it go."
"Mine's getting close to its last legs. We'll see how long it can go," said Kershaw. "I'm a creature of habit, I guess. It's special to get new gloves. I remember as a kid, it was like a Christmas present to get a new glove. I just like things that are broken in. If it's still working, why change?"

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