Thursday, December 20, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 12/20/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

During his two terms as President, Dwight D. Eisenhower attended 13 Major League Baseball games -- all of which were at the Senators home field in Washington DC, with exception of just one time. To open the 1956 World Series he gracefully threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Featured above is a Osvaldo Salas photograph of the event, via the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. As you can see managers' Casey Stengel and Walter Alston were by his side.

On a side note, following the series loss for the Dodgers Ike spoke with Don Newcombe, saying:
"I think I know how much you wanted to win a World Series game. I for one was pulling for you, but I suggest that when you think over this past season you think of the twenty-seven games you won that were so important in bringing Brooklyn into the World Series."
Below are more links to check out:
Major League Baseball is taking over management of Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL, with reps promising to continue the focus on youth tournaments while also expanding the facility’s year-round offerings.
Dodgertown is the former spring-training home of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. After the Dodgers moved spring-training operations to Arizona, Dodgertown first was leased to Minor League Baseball and then to an investment group comprised of the O’Malley family and former MLB players. With the new lease, approved yesterday by Indian River County commissioners, MLB will assume the lease and invest $10 million in physical improvements to the facilities.
  • Julio Urias met recently met the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, via a tweet from Urias:

  • Given all that we know and heard about the trafficking of Cuban ballplayers this bit of news is certainly very welcome. Per Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports; "MLB, Cuba reach historic deal to allow players to U.S., hope for Trump Administration approval." 
After more than two years of negotiating, Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation have struck a deal that would allow Cuban players to join major league organizations without defecting, though the agreement could be scuttled if Trump administration officials roll back Obama-era provisions that paved the way for the historic pact, sources familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports.
The deal, which is expected to be announced Wednesday afternoon, aims to end the trafficking of players by smugglers – situations that have led to players being kidnapped, threatened and extorted. Players would come to the United States on work visas, and teams would pay the CBF, a nongovernmental organization that runs pro baseball in Cuba, for the release of their rights, according to sources.

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