Thursday, December 06, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

(Pic via Jennifer McGraw on twitter)
Fernando Valenzuela is now a member of the California Hall of Fame!

On Tuesday, Valenzuela, along with seven other distinguished persons that include Joan Baez and Robert Redford, were officially inducted in Sacramento. You can watch the entire ceremony here. Per Jennifer McGraw at
“Really, I was so excited and this moment is great,” said Fernando Valenzuela, beloved former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and World Series winner.
Photo above via Joe McHugh/ Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1960 actor Gene Autry is awarded an American League Los Angeles franchise that would be known as the Angels -- using a team name that once played in the PCL in Los Angeles and subsequently purchased by O'Malley when he moved the Dodgers West. In 1973 the Dodgers traded Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn. Wynn would go on to have a stellar year the following season in Los Angeles. He slashed .271/.387/.497/.884 with 32 homers and 108 RBI's, and would come in at fifth place in MVP voting. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Jason SchmidtIn 2007 signed free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.
  • Happy Birthday, Tony LazzeriTommy Brown & Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis!
  • Podcast: True Blue LA - Podcast episode 1834: Setting the stage for the winter meetings: The winter meetings cometh (Podcast Link).
  • Congrats! Per a OKC Dodgers at; "OKC Dodgers Named 2018 Triple-A Winner of Bob Freitas Award: Annual award presented by Baseball America recognizes overall excellence in minor league operations."
"We try to look at the totality of a minor league operation when picking our honorees," said Baseball America Executive Editor J.J. Cooper. "The Oklahoma City Dodgers have consistently stood out for the impact they make in their community, the success of their gameday operations and their ability to use their stadium to bring in a wide variety of successful events."
Malone co-founded the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking in 2016 with the goal of completely eradicating child sex trafficking within the U.S.
“I just believe God kind of called me. If you looked up and did some research on me, people think I like to fight,” Malone told The Christian Post in a recent interview. “I used to. I am not afraid of an uphill battle or a tough challenge and I think God recognized that. He created this platform I had in Major League Baseball. I knew a lot of people and I have a personality that people usually remember and hope for the right reasons. God said, ‘I want you to take all your experiences, all your talents, all your skills and your passion for Me and I want you to go and fight for kids and protect kids and make families and kids aware of the evils that are out there.’”
  • Per John Walk at Lancaster Online; "Hempfield alum, LA Dodgers' minor leaguer Nick Yarnall chats baseball on 'Inspirational Athletes' [podcast]."
What are you trying to improve upon or work on over this offseason? “I’m trying to get a lot stronger. I don’t need to worry about my speed as much since I’m playing first base. I’m just trying to get as strong as I can and keep my swing as repeatable as possible.”

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