Friday, April 13, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 4/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Last night Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie, accepted the inaugural Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) award on behalf of The Jackie Robinson Foundation. RISE is dedicated to elevating the national conversation on education by creating space for leaders from diverse industries and political backgrounds to have purposeful discussion of the issues.

Photo above via the Jackie Robinson Foundation on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1939 Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, during a spring training game against the Dodgers in Norfolk, Virginia, hit two homers that would prove to be the last home runs he would ever hit. In 1954 Walter Alston made his major league debut as the Dodgers manager. In 2009 second baseman Orlando Hudson hit for the "Cycle" against the Giants during the Dodgers home opener. He is the first Dodger to accomplish the feat at Dodger Stadium, and the first Dodger to do it in a nine-inning game since Gil Hodges in 1949. In 2012 Dodger starter Aaron Harang struck out nine consecutive Padre batters -- breaking the Dodgers franchise record of eight held by Johnny Podres. The Major League mark is at ten, and is held by Mets pitcher Tom Seaver in 1970. 
  • Happy Birthday, Kid ElberfeldBen Cantwell & Ed Amelung!
  • Audio: Josh Fields joined Rick Monday to talk about parenthood and the secret to staying calm on the mound (audio link).
  • Audio: Andre Ethier joined Dodger Talk and took calls from Dodgers fans (audio link).
  • A Video Flashback: Watch Jackie Robinson interviewed on the Dick Cavett Show, 1972 (YouTube Link).
  • Dodgers All Access is scheduled for May 24th. This is an opportunity for fans to get an inside look at the club. Go here for more information.
  • Per a press release at Business Wire; "Second Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic Benefiting City of Hope to Take Place at Oakmont Country Club, Aug. 20." Go here for more information.
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "(Yimi) Garcia to join OKC 'pen for rehab assignment."
  • Per Bill Plunkett at the Daily Breeze; "Dodgers plan ‘upgrades, renovations and additions’ to stadium before 2020 All-Star Game."
“Obviously we will be sending a team this year to Washington (for the All-Star Game) and a team next year to Cleveland to examine how they’re doing things. But we’re Los Angeles. We know how to throw parties. We know how to host big events. And you can bet the party here in two years will be extraordinary and we have already begun planning.”
Kasten would not reveal any specifics about what upgrades might be coming to Dodger Stadium, saying he doesn’t have “the full plan yet.” In recent years, the Guggenheim ownership group has spent more than $150 million on upgrades and renovations to the 56-year-old facility (the third-oldest stadium in MLB behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field).
  • I'm putting this up only because I am fascinated by the inner workings of the franchise. Via a press release on Business Wire; "Los Angeles Dodgers Enlists Ultimate Software’s UltiPro to Help Resolve Complex Payroll, HR Challenges."
“Our industry is known for complicated HCM. For instance, when players live in one jurisdiction and travel into different local and state jurisdictions, payroll can get complicated and become a real headache,” said Eric Hernandez, vice president of finance for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Prior to UltiPro, when our team visited an unfamiliar jurisdiction, our Payroll department was responsible for setting up a tax ID and filing with the right city, state, county, or tax authority. We’re not specialists in every jurisdiction, but Ultimate is. With UltiPro’s out-of-the-box features for managing compliance, the technology provides guidance on identifying the correct payroll tax rates—and applies any updates—so we no longer need to contract with a third-party tax service.”
  • I would never suggest collecting cards as an investment. That's 80's collecting talk that proved unwise. Although, I will say that Drysdale rookies are relatively affordable. Via Larry Canale at Sports Collectors Digest; "Don Drysdale gets some love from collectors."
In the collectibles hobby, Koufax outranks Drysdale. In recent years, we’ve reported on Koufax rookie cards (1955 Topps) that have sold for $65,100 and $45,100; both were graded PSA 8.5. In slightly lesser condition, a Koufax rook often goes for $20,000 to $30,000.
On the other hand, Drysdale’s rookie—a 1957 Topps—regularly goes for $900 to $1,250 if graded 8. However, in March, a PSA 9 specimen turned up at eBay and soared to $14,215 on 22 bids. Now that’s more fitting of a Hall of Fame hurler. It barely missed our Top 10 list.

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