Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/20/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

In 1971 the Dodgers went big. They traded for one of the top veterans in the game in hopes of winning the pennant. (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
1/20/1972 - Los Angeles -- "There she goes" yells a smiling Frank Robinson as he connects with the first practice pitch thrown at Dodger Stadium. Frank was out in his new Dodger uniform just for pictures. The former Baltimore slugger was traded to the Dodgers at the end of the '71 season. The catcher is unidentified.
Robinson added the following about the trade, per Milton Richman/UPI at Desert Sun (12/8/1971):
I didn’t want to leave Baltimore but if I had to, I told the Orioles I’d like to go to a West Coast club on a New York team and that’s the way it turned out. I think I can play the type of baseball I want to play for the next two or three years and I should enjoy being with the Dodgers.
Below are more links to check out:
Like Kershaw, Austin Barnes wondered how teammates would be able to interact with each other. “I think it’s going to be weird,” he said.
“You gather up before the game and everybody has their handshakes and all that. Spitting would probably be pretty hard not to do on a baseball field. That would be a strange one, for sure.”
Here’s the thing, though: It might still be insane, because we’re all sort of walking around in the dark here. The national strategy appears to have evolved into a Sweden-but-cross-your-fingers non-plan, and it’s still too early in the reopening to discern the effects in states like Georgia, Florida, and Colorado.
The evidence is overwhelming: Not enough people care enough to stop watching. We can tsk-tsk sports leagues and university presidents for rushing back when the national situation doesn’t seem safe enough to warrant it. But at the end of the day, we’ll watch. We always do.
(Chris) Taylor saw little time with the Dodgers in his first year with the organization (just 62 PA), but he became a regular for the club the next season and has been an integral part of the perennial contenders’ roster since then. Going back to 2017, Taylor has slashed .268/.340/.468 (116 wRC+) with 50 homers and 9.6 fWAR, all while making relatively minimal salaries. 
  • Good Guy, Mookie Betts. Via his Instagram, Betts gave a graduation speech to the Class of 2020.

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Dear Class of 2020 π– π—…π—π–Ίπ—’π—Œ 𝗋𝖾𝗆𝖾𝗆𝖻𝖾𝗋 𝗅𝗂𝖿𝖾 π—‚π—Œ 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 π—’π—ˆπ—Ž 𝗆𝖺𝗄𝖾 𝗂𝗍. π–²π—ˆ 𝖺𝗇𝗒𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗀 π—’π—ˆπ—Ž 𝗐𝖺𝗇𝗍 π—π—ˆ π–½π—ˆ, π—‰π—Žπ— π—’π—ˆπ—Žπ—‹ 𝗆𝗂𝗇𝖽 π—π—ˆ 𝗂𝗍, 𝖺𝗇𝖽 π–½π—ˆ 𝗂𝗍. π‘†π‘–π‘›π‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘™π‘¦, π‘€π‘œπ‘œπ‘˜π‘–π‘’ 𝐡𝑒𝑑𝑑𝑠
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  • There are two Zoom Parties to sign up for -- one in Spanish (this coming Thursday) and another in English (next week on Tuesday):

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