Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 1/8/22020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic action photo of Jackie Robinson manning his position at second base (eBay link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Chicago Cubs Gene Hermanski lies flat for the slide on a second frame force as Dodgers second sacker Jackie Robinson fires to Gil Hodges at first for a double play, Aug. 25, at Ebbets Field. Bruce Edwards rolled to third sacker Billy Cox who flipped to Robinson for the play. 8/25/51.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers would not prevail in this game. They would lose, 5-1. 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. In 2011 tragedy struck. In Tucson, AZ US Rep. Gabby Giffords is shot and severely injured in an assassination attempt during a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot. She would survive, but others did not. Christina-Taylor Green, 9-year old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green (also grand daughter of former ballplayer Dallas Green), is killed -- along with five other folks. Please check out this fantastic story from late-2018 by Katrina Bland at AZ Central -- "Christina-Taylor Green (who had mad baseball skills) is still surprising her parents." 
  • Happy BirthdayBreyvic Valera, Chauncey FisherBrian Johnson Derek Thompson!
  • Memorabilia Auctions: If you're looking for something unique to collect, Hunt Auctions has a group of eight game-used bats from members of the 1988 World Series Dodgers -- including Mike Marshall, Pedro Guerrero, Mickey Hatcher, Alfredo Griffin, Franklin Stubbs, Mike Davis, Dave Anderson and Gil Reyes (Auction Link).
  • Happy to have you on-board, Jimmy! Via a tweet from him:

Ramos, 27, is a nice buy-low candidate to roll the dice on. He had been an effective hurler for the Phillies but was non-tendered after an injury-riddled 2019 season in which he was ineffective and showed reduced velocity when he was available to pitch.
  • Ken Gurnick at recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming 2020 Dodgers roster, and in the process provided a bit of news about Andrew Toles:
There seems to be no expectation for a return by Andrew Toles, who missed the season with personal issues.
  • I hadn't realized that Dodger prospect Jared Walker was playing winter ball in Australia. Per 1 News in Auckland -- "Tuatara back to winning ways thanks to Jared Walker's pair of home runs against Geelong."

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