Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/8/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Is that bugler in the background an old Brooklyn "Sym-Phony" band member?

Featured above is a September 30, 1963 AP wire photo (eBay link here) of Sandy Koufax arriving at LaGuardia airport in preparation for the upcoming World Series against the Yankees.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1956 Jackie Robinson is awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his strong support of civil rights initiatives. Martin Luther King Jr. was given the honor the prior year.
  • Happy Birthday, Chauncey FisherBrian Johnson Derek Thompson!
  • Dodgers Memorabilia: Lelands current Winter Classic auction has a Dodger items I wanted to point out. They've got former Dodger start Andy Messersmith's Rawling Big Stick Pro Player of the Year Award (link here). As you know, the 1974 pennant winning Dodgers featured a Cy Young performance that season from Andy. He went 20-6 with an 2.59 ERA and 221 strike outs. Messersmith also came in second in Cy Young voting behind Dodger stud reliever Mike Marshall. 
  • Podcast: True Blue LA -- Podcast episode 1901: Welcome to the post-dump new year (Link Here).
  • Podcast: Dodgers Digest - ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 252 – Baseball America Top 10 prospects, Q&A (Link Here).
  • ICYMI: Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Spring Training tickets on sale now."
  • Via JP Hoornstra at the Daily News; "Dodgers sign outfielders Paulo Orlando, Cameron Perkins to minor league contracts: The two veterans will be invited to major league spring training."
  • Via Brian Crawford at Baseball Essential; "Dodgers Prospect Deacon Liput Impressive in Limited Role."

“I try not to do too much in the batter’s box,” explained Liput. “Baseball is a tough enough sport, so you need to simplify it, and just go out there and compete.”
And compete he did, as Liput recorded seven doubles, three triples, and five home runs in his limited role in 2018. Limited only by the fact that he just finished a long college season at the University of Florida prior to the 2018 MLB Draft.
“It means everything,” he said. “I know they are a first-class, forward-thinking organization and I am really, really excited to get to work with them. I know development is something they take very seriously and I know that will be incredibly beneficial to me in my journey to the bigs.”
At 30, with his pitching career behind him, Brownson struggled with the transition from the only occupation he knew. Professional athletes commonly experience difficulty finding their path once the regimens of reporting to the clubhouse and playing in front of the fans are gone. To Stephanie, the difference was immediately noticeable once he could no longer put on the uniform.
“Once baseball was over, he was never the same,” she said. “He was so lost; he had no identity for a long time because all he knew how to do was play baseball. He didn't know how to mow a lawn, change a tire, all he knew was baseball. The first year, year and a half, was really hard for him; he was so depressed. … It was a sad process. We saved up some of the money that was left from baseball, but there wasn't a whole lot left because it was expensive to play, especially when you're up and down.”

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