Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 7/14/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Happy Belated Birthday, Cody!

He turned 25-years old yesterday.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
Reaction in the white world was publicly laudatory but privately skeptical, to put the matter kindly. All fifteen other clubs in baseball voted against allowing Robinson or any other black player to be elevated to a major league roster. As Rickey told an audience of 250 at the annual football dinner of Wilberforce State University, a historically black institution, on February 16, 1948:
After I had signed Robinson, but before he had played a game, a joint major league meeting adopted unanimously a report prepared by a joint committee which stated that “however well intentioned, the use of Negro players would hazard all the physical properties of baseball.”
Still, baseball has a unique ability to test conviction. Where the Betts deal looks from one perspective like a team of sizable resources simply seizing opportunity, it also suggests a certain all-in culmination. Every year, Kershaw is a little more removed from who he once was. The font of elite prospects can’t flow forever... The 2020 Dodgers may represent a rare opportunity, the crest of a franchise’s talent-rich era. Even before the Betts trade, as Travis Sawchik wrote for FiveThirtyEight, the Dodgers were projected to win 112 games, 10 more than the next-closest NL team.
The MLBPA receives more money from Topps than any other licensee. While Topps continues its longstanding steal as MLB’s exclusive partner which gives it the right to use MLB and team logos and nicknames on its products, the MLBPA deal is not exclusive. According to the report, Panini America paid the union over $2.8 million in 2019 as the company continues to print cards of players for its products.
“That was actually part of the deal that kind of led me toward signing,” Beeter said. “Getting to come out here and work with the guys and be in such a small group setting for my first time in the minor leagues and professional baseball. Which isn’t the usual route people get to take.”
And Beeter, knowing all of his options, admitted it was difficult to pass up a chance to go to camp with a chance to earn a spot on an MLB roster. 
“Honestly, I was mixed the whole time,” he said of his contract negotiations. “Obviously, I love Tech. And I would have been glad to go back, play there another year and keep developing.
  • Watch Chico throw out Chris Taylor -- he's a Dodgers' clubhouse attendant. Via @Dodgers on twitter:
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