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Blog Kiosk: 102/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here is another fantastic vintage press photo of an old-tyme Dodger that can be found at RMY Auctions (link here). Featured are (from L-R) Cuban outfield star Pedro Formental, Dick Sisler and Dodgers Game 7 hero of the 1955 World Series Sandy Amorós. They are all decked out in the full uniform of the Habana Club of the Cuban Winter Leagues, circa 1953.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1954 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Sandy Koufax to a contract - a $6,000 salary and $14,000 bonus.  This made Sandy a "bonus baby" (having a bonus over $4,000) and required the Dodgers to keep him on the Major League roster for two years.  As a result, the Dodgers would option Tommy Lasorda to the Montreal Royals.  In 1990 the Dodgers signed free agent outfielder Brett Butler to a four-year $13 million contract.
  • Happy Birthday, Deacon Van Buren, John AndersonCharlie HargreavesChris Heisey & Bill Buckner! 
  • Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Hernández and Claire to be on City of Hope’s Rose Parade float."
  • Via Alec Brzezinski at The Sporting News; "Dave Roberts confirms Dodgers were 'very in tune' with Stanton, Ohtani,"
"We were very in tune with both those  — with those players. I think I can speak for us and putting our best foot forward," Roberts said. "They landed elsewhere, but I think that -- obviously, impactful players. But as an organization, you've just got to continue to move forward. We've got a pretty good nucleus already and obviously intrigued by those two players. But we're moving on."
  • Our newest Dodger. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Dodgers add infielder Angelo Mora in Triple-A phase of Rule 5 Draft."
  • Via the Eastsider; "Cirque du Soleil’s tent city rises in the Dodgers’ parking lot."
  • This sounds like good news -- although, I do worry that this will be a recurring issue going forward. Per a tweet by LA Times reporter Andy McCullough:

  • Via Tracy Ringolsby at; "Bracey remembered as trusted scout: Baseball lifer, who worked for Padres, Dodgers, passes away at 80."
And when (Ken) Bracey hung up the uniform, he picked up the clipboard, radar gun and stopwatch and began a scouting career that was highlighted by 38 years with the Padres before being hired by then-Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti and spending his final seven years with Los Angeles.
  • Per Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times; "The next Shohei Ohtani is already waiting in the wings."
(Yusei) Kikuchi, a left-hander with the Seibu Lions, watches the Dodgers on television every five days — whenever Clayton Kershaw starts.
“He’s the pitcher I like the most,” Kikuchi said in Japanese.
A graduate of the same backcountry high school that produced Ohtani, Kikuchi stands a modest 6 feet, but his fastball has touched 98 mph. He has a slider that multiple major league scouts compared to Kershaw’s. 
When that particular detail of their reports was relayed to Kikuchi in September, the boy in him emerged. 
“Really?” Kikuchi asked.

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Blog Kiosk: 102/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


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