Friday, December 27, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 12/27/2019 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Campy and Yogi exchange notes in the March 30, 1956 Associates Press wirephoto shown above (eBay auction link). It says:
St. Petersburg, Fla., March 30th, Most Valuable Talk - The American League's Most Valuable Player Yankees' Yogi Berra, left, and the National League's most Most Valuable Player Brooklyn Dodgers' Roy Campanella meet before yesterday's game. Campanella has the injured finger showing out of his mitt. The injury has kept him out of some exhibition games.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1981 Fernando Valenzela is named the Southern California Athlete of the Year by the sports editors of the Southlands major newspapers. This caps off a fantastic season where he was an All-Star, wins the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger and a World Series ring for the Dodgers. He also won a Sporting News triple crown -- named the winner of the Major League Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Rookie Pitcher of the Year Awards.
  • Happy Birthday, Ernie KruegerNorm LarkerGary WeissJim LeyritzJason RepkoDylan Floro!
  • With the year almost over I thought it would be important to remember the former Dodgers who died this year -- Bill Buckner, Don Newcombe, Ron Fairly, Irv Noren, Glenn Mickens, Randy Jackson and the great Frank Robinson.
  • ICYMI: Rich had some trouble recently -- having been arrested, along with his wife -- prior to a New England Patriots due to an over-sized bag. Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors has the story here.
Hill then issued a statement, saying: “Despite Saturday’s events, my great respect for law enforcement remains unchanged. However, seeing my wife cuffed for a problem that started because of her fanny pack was extremely difficult to witness. This was all overblown and am glad to have it behind us.’’
Another report indicates that, "Rich Hill was 'violent and aggressive' toward police officer, leading to arrest" -- via Eric He at Yahoo Sports.
 As officers were trying to load Caitlin Hill into a police van, Rich Hill approached and objected. According to a police report, Hill was issued three commands to stand back, but then “became focused and wide eyed.” An officer wrote that Hill lunged at him in a “tumultuous manner” and yelled that he did not have to move. The officer, Detective Patrick J. Hoffman, believed that Hill was trying to intimidate him.
“At this time, I told Mr. Richard Hill he was under arrest,” Hoffman wrote.
  • Via Jim Callis at -- "Here are the 10 best farm systems of the decade." The Dodgers ranked eighth on the list.
  • Via David Schoenfield at ESPN -- "MLB All-Decade Team: Who made our squad of baseball's best from 2010-2019?" Clayton Kershaw made this list.
  • Cardboard Connection shares some preview pics of the 2020 Panini Diamond Kings set, scheduled to be released to collectors on April 29, 2020. Check out a Cody Bellinger card on the right. Go here to check out more photos.
  • Via Jacob Stanek at the Daily Independent -- "Cactus League 2020 Hall of Fame class includes Scully, Selig." The ceremony will be on February 19th.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame include Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Vin Scully, Billy Williams, Tony Gwynn, Vida Blue and Al Siebert, according to a press release
“The Cactus League luncheon celebrates the opening of spring training, the best time of year in Arizona,” Cactus League President Jeff Meyer said in a prepared statement.

  • Watch Julio Urias spend his winter pitching against Mexican President Andrés Manuel, with Adrian Gonzalez as catcher, via a tweet from Julio Urias.

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