Friday, November 02, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 11/2/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Guess who's in LA?

As you know, today is round 2 of the 'will he, or won't he' Clayton Kershaw sweepstakes, and I think it's getting clearer what the decision will be.

Clayton Kershaw was spotted at the LAFC home game yesterday with teammate Joc Pederson and funnyman Will Ferrell, and I'd be willing to bet that he'll be present for a special announcement today. So, stay tuned!

Photo above via LAFC on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1976 the Dodgers traded minor league catcher Steven Patchin to the Royals for future Baseball legend Ron Washington. He would wear Dodger Blue for only one season, 1977, getting into just ten games as a 25-year old rookie. -- he slashed .368/.400/.368/.768 with seven singles in 19 at-bats. He is more famed for being a highly regarded managerIn 1977 Tommy John comes in a distant second place in Cy Young voting -- having been beaten by Steve Carlton of the Phillies. John went 20-7 for the Dodgers with an 2.78 ERA, FIP of 3.05, eleven complete games and three shutouts.
  • Happy BirthdayGeorge SharrottGeorge BellJerry Standaert, Tom Paciorek, Wilson Betemit & Al Campanis! 
  • Audio: Farhan Zaidi joined AM570 to talk about the latest on the Clayton Kershaw, Dave Roberts, and how analytics played a part of the decisions they made this season (Audio Link).
  • Video: Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman address the media to talk about the end of the season and plans on improvement moving into the off-season (Video Link).
  • As you surely know by now, the Dodgers and David Freese have agreed to a new one-year contract for the 2019 season. It is reported to be valued at $4.5MM plus the $500K buyout for a total value of $5MM. You can get more details via George Miller at MLB Trade Rumors.
  • In case you were wondering, via a tweet from Joel Sherman:

"We're very, very close to working out the terms of a lease agreement," Tony Reagins, MLB's senior vice president of youth programs, said Thursday morning. "We're excited about the opportunity to enhance the programs there."  
“We’re past the handshake,” said Peter O’Malley, the former Los Angeles Dodgers owner who in 2011 began running the county-owned sports complex after Minor League Baseball, citing financial losses, left. He brought the county and MLB together.

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