Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 6/16/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out the above champagne celebration featuring Fernando Valenzuela and Rick Monday, following the Dodgers capturing the 1981 National League pennant (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor:
10/19/1981 -- Montreal - Dodgers pitching ace Fernando Valenzuela (L) and game hero Rick Monday swig the champagne in the dressing room after Los Angeles downed the Montreal Expos in the fifth game to win the National League CHampionship.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1961 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Roy Gleason. He would get a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1963 -- recording a double in his only at-bat and getting a World Series ring. Soon thereafter he would be drafted into the Army and be sent to Vietnam. Gleason would lose his World Series ring there, and becomes the only US Combat Veteran and former Major League Baseball player to receive "Special Congressional Recognition" for being awarded a "Purple Heart", a World Series Ring, and holding a "Perfect" Lifetime Major League Batting Average. In 1963 rookie pitcher Nick Willhite shut out the Cubs, 2-0, and become the first Los Angeles pitcher for throw a shutout in his Major League debut. In 1977 the Dodgers purchased right-handed reliever and Los Angeles native Bobby Castillo from the Kansas City Royals. 
  • Happy Birthday, Pete CoscarartStan Wall & Jonathan Broxton!
  • Via Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest -- "2020 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ draft review with grades."
  • Via Jayann Kellogg at Think Blue LA -- "Zooming Down Memory Lane." Last night's Zoom party included members of the '88 World Series Championship team:
The ’88 team had no problem firing off stories, from Kirk Gibson recalling a Spring Training incident when someone (former Dodgers left-hander Jesse Orosco) put eye black inside his cap as a prank that failed miserably but ended up being the catalyst that sent the team on their historic championship run, to right-hander Jay Howell being ejected and suspended for having pine tar on his glove in Game-3 of the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets; their only loss of the series. Howell made it very clear that every one of his former teammates supported him through his pine tar suspension, which he acknowledged was one of the toughest moments of his life.
Mike Scioscia recapped the Dodgers ’88 season as “Magical,” recalling that the group was never intimidated by anybody.
  • Good guy, Mookie Betts. Via WKRN.com -- Mookie Betts continues to bring awareness to COVID-19, helps give out free masks, hand sanitizer."
“We are here for the people, and it’s like what’s going on in the World right now with the ‘Black Lives Matters’ movement, we want to continue to make moves. We are just trying to help, there are a lot of people in need and Mookie is here to show that he cares,” said Hamilton.
Betts has been outspoken after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He put up a post on his Instagram page recently, asking for people to not get comfortable when the protesting is over, but remain dedicated to the mission-EQUALITY for all. 
“I want to do anything I can to help and make sure that this change happens not just right now, but for future kids,” said Betts.
  • The 2020 Baseball season is doomed. Jeff Passan at ESPN -- "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred now less confident about 2020 season."
"I'm not confident. I think there's real risk; and as long as there's no dialogue, that real risk is gonna continue," Manfred said when asked if he was confident there would be a season.
"It's just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it. It shouldn't be happening, and it's important that we find a way to get past it and get the game back on the field for the benefit of our fans," he said.
  • The Cardboard Connections shares a bunch of preview pics from Panini's upcoming 2020 Immaculate Collection Baseball card brand. It includes a pic of a Gavin Lux autographed patch card. See it on the right. Go here to check out more pics.
  • 2020 is the worst year ever. Via Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Several Players, Staff Have Reportedly Tested Positive For Coronavirus."
The identities of the newest players and staff members are unknown, and it’s not clear how their recoveries are going or have gone. Nevertheless, it’s yet another reminder of how difficult it will be to get a 2020 season off the ground. Owners are said to be focusing on health and safety protocols as the league gears up for a potential season, but considering the unpredictability and widespread nature of the virus, there’s a chance it will help stop the campaign from ever starting or even derail it should it get underway at any point.
  • The Dodgers fifth round pick, Gavin Stone, has just signed with the Dodgers, via his Instagram:
  • Walker Buehler is thinking about changing sports, via his Instagram:

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  • Justin Turner and his teammates are ready to go, via his Instagram:

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