Monday, March 30, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 3/30/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Wow! Check out this fantastic action shot taken by the United Press (dated 5/20/1956) of Gil Hodges making a fantastic grab of a foul pop-fly. Not only does it include a great catch, but also features the Ebbets Field rightfield wall in the background. (eBay auction link)
Dodger Scooper...
Dodger 1st base,am Gil Hodges charges close to the stands to scoop a pop fly out of the air with his big glove in the 7th inning of the 1st game of the Dodgers-Cubs double header here May 20th. The ball was hit by Cub centerfielder Pete Whisenant. The Dodgers swept both ends of the twin-bill from Chcago by indentical scores of 5-3.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their legendary holdout when they signed contracts for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively. The holdout last 32 days. In 1981 the Dodgers traded Mickey Hatcher (and a couple other minor leaguers) to the Twins for Kenny LandreauxIn 1988 the Dodgers signed free agent veteran catcher Rick Dempsey.
  • Happy BirthdayNig Fuller!
  • I guess this is better than nothing. Per Alex Didion at NBC Sports -- "How simulation predicts Giants-Dodgers Opening Day would have played out."
  • Per Dan Chalk at the Midland Daily News -- "Loons' Shoemaker: 'When somebody yells, 'Play ball!' there'll be a whole lot of happy people'"
"I think people will understand that this is obviously something out of their control, and (they need) to stay patient," Shoemaker, in a phone interview from Arizona, said of the message he'd like to give to Loons fans. "And when somebody yells, 'Play ball!' there'll be a whole lot of happy people, I know that."
"That's something that's way out of anybody's hands at the moment," he said. " ... But this is a lot more of a worry than just about baseball. This is a scary thing because it's brand-new. And nobody knows how it's going to be taken care of, for sure."
“I think once you start getting into playing longer in the year, that starts affecting next year. I think you get a little risky the further you go in the season.”
"I think expanding it maybe a couple weeks on the back end, but if you go any further than that, you start talking about Thanksgiving and December for a World Series, that gets a little iffy, in my opinion."
Dissatisfied with recapturing Brooklyn’s past in miniature, however, Mr. Kennedy soon enlarged his ambitions by many orders of magnitude, embarking on a quixotic quest to build a one-quarter-scale replica of Ebbets Field to house a Dodgers museum. To further his aim, he teamed up with Marty Adler, who ran the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame, which had no home.
“The guy couldn’t go anywhere, he couldn’t walk anywhere, without a huge contingent of reporters following him around,” Karros said. “It was basically 24/7. The pressure to play in the big leagues, if you’re anybody, is enormous.
“But to intertwine that with, ‘I’m going to a foreign country, and oh, by the way, I have the weight of the country of Japan, as far as succeeding,’ to have all of that on his shoulders? I mean, I’m not sure there are many athletes who have had to deal with that.”
  • Awesome! Trevor Bauer chats about Mookie Betts dominance over him, via his YouTube:

  • I missed this last week. The Turner's have an Opening Day Challenge, via Justin's twitter. and a bunch of people have already participated. Check out the #jtopeningdaychallenge on twitter (link here):

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