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Thursday, April 08, 2021

LA Dodgers Almost Dropped Dodger Blue for Dodger Purple in 1990s

“I was told this by several people because I wasn’t there at the time, not in my role as I am now”, Yoshida warned before continuing, “but apparently when Fox bought the team in 1997, they were interested in changing the Dodgers colour to purple.”

I know what you’re thinking, but remember this was the 1990s, nothing seemed off the table, things now considered untouchable were being changed without much consideration for what exactly was happening.

“Purple was a very hot colour back then and I’ve heard from several sources it went pretty far up the chain”.

The Los Angeles Lakers, of course, had long worn purple by that point, the Los Angeles Kings were in the process of re-adding purple to their look after dropping it a decade earlier, and the brand new Los Angeles Sparks were also very purple. Los Angeles could’ve been a (mostly) purple sports city had the plan happened.

Of course, in all reality, if this move did end up taking place, the Dodgers would’ve long since switched back from purple to blue as the push for tradition across sports design quickly faught back against the wildness of the ’90s, undoing many of those bold changes.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2021 at 01:54 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Friday, April 02, 2021

It was Dodgers’ first 2021 HR ... until it wasn’t

Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger hit a long fly ball to left field on a Germán Márquez slider. Because the game is being played at hitter-friendly Coors Field, it appeared as if the ball had a good chance at clearing the fence. But Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia had a good jump on the ball and made a leaping catch as he collided with the wall. Except he didn’t.

As Tapia banged against the wall, the ball popped out of his glove and over the left-field fence. That’s a homer for Bellinger then, right?

In a normal play, yes. But this wasn’t a normal play.

Justin Turner, who was on first base as contact was made, had rounded second and was headed for third. When he saw Tapia initially appear to make the play, he made a U-turn and put his head down as he rushed back to first. He never saw the ball go over the fence.

Turner ended up retreating all the way to the first-base bag, causing Bellinger to pass him on the basepaths. By rule, if the hitter passes the lead runner, then he is considered out. That applies even if the ball ultimately goes over the fence.

“I don’t think there’s a blame to be placed. I think that Cody was coming out of the box hard, which he should’ve, and he’s kind of looking at where the ball’s at, going hard,” explained Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Justin was just past second base, I think, and when he saw the ball in Tapia’s glove, he retreated and, you know, put his head down to try and get back. But at that point in time, they just got crossed.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Monday, March 22, 2021

Dodgers-Padres Is Poised to Become MLB’s Next Yankees–Red Sox Rivalry

The Dodgers and Padres were the two best teams in the shortened 2020 regular season, an impressive feat given that they had to play each other in 10 of their 60 games. In 52 seasons of the divisional era, there have been only seven times that the two best teams in the majors, as measured by Pythagorean record, came from the same division:

1980: Orioles and Yankees
1987: Blue Jays and Tigers
1993: Atlanta and Giants
2001: Mariners and Athletics
2007: Red Sox and Yankees
2010: Yankees and Rays
2020: Dodgers and Padres
That sort of dual dominance should carry over to 2021 and beyond. According to FanGraphs, the Dodgers and Padres are projected for the most and second-most wins, respectively, for any team in 2021. (The Yankees are slightly ahead of the Padres in the schedule-agnostic projections, but San Diego has an easier slate.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2021 at 06:25 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, padres

Monday, March 08, 2021

Veteran starter David Price offers to move to the bullpen if it helps the Dodgers

Price will have four more spring outings to be stretched out as a starter, but he made it clear after an 11-pitch inning in which his fastball touched a robust 94 mph that he is willing to pitch in relief.

“I expect to be ready to start by the regular season,” Price said. “But I told them, whatever they need me to do, whatever makes the 2021 Dodgers better, I’m all for it.”

Price said he felt a little “antsy” when he took the mound. It had been a year since he last pitched in a game — he struck out seven of 10 Colorado batters in a March 7, 2020, exhibition — and 18 months since his last regular-season appearance, a two-inning stint for Boston in Anaheim on Sept. 1, 2019.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s in a B game or on the back fields,” Price said, “if I get out there on that mound, I’m gonna be excited about it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2021 at 09:59 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, dodgers

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Former Dodger All-Star Stan Williams passes away at 84

Former Dodger two-time All-Star and World Series champion Stan Williams passed away Saturday morning at the age of 84 after battling a cardiopulmonary illness.
Williams, one of the original members of the Dodger team that moved to Los Angeles in 1958, spent the first five years of his 14-year Major League career with the Dodgers. He won a World Series as a player with the Dodgers in 1959 and as a pitching coach with the Reds in 1990.

In 1959, Williams pitched three scoreless innings in the tiebreaker series against the Milwaukee Braves to help send the Dodgers to the World Series, where he pitched two scoreless innings. Williams, nicknamed “The Big Hurt,” was part of an early 60s Dodger rotation that included Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Podres. In 1960, Williams was an All-Star while going 14–10 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He was traded to the Yankees after the 1962 season and made stops as a player in Cleveland (1965–69), Minnesota (1970–71), St. Louis (1971) and Boston (1972).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 21, 2021 at 06:46 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, stan williams

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Sources: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner staying on 2-year, $34M deal

Third baseman Justin Turner is staying put with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he announced Saturday on Twitter.

Turner’s deal is for two years and $34 million guaranteed, and it includes a club option for a third year, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Turner, 36, became a free agent when his four-year, $64 million contract expired following the Dodgers’ World Series victory in October. A member of the Dodgers since 2014, Turner is the longest-tenured position player on the team and the third longest overall, behind Clayton Kershaw (2008) and Kenley Jansen (2010).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2021 at 10:16 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, justin turner

Friday, February 12, 2021

A’s trade Sheldon Neuse to Dodgers for Adam Kolarek in four-player deal

The A’s are trading infielder Sheldon Neuse and minor league pitcher Gus Varland to the Los Angeles Dodgers for lefty reliever Adam Kolarek and minor league outfielder Cody Thomas, the organization announced Friday morning.


ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported details of the transaction.

Neuse is the A’s No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline, and is a versatile infielder who has 14 hits over 56 MLB at-bats. Varland is the A’s No. 28 prospect, and the 24-year-old most recently pitched for the Stockton Ports in High-A.

Kolarek was one of the Dodgers’ top relievers in 2020, going 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA over 20 regular-season appearances. The 32-year-old southpaw didn’t find as much success in the postseason, allowing a 13.50 ERA over four appearances on LA’s path to a World Series title.

Thomas is the Dodgers’ 29th ranked prospect, and slashed .236/.308/.443 overall with 23 home runs in 130 games in his last full season with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Another lefty, Thomas brings some power to the organization and likely will begin his career with the A’s in Triple-A with the Las Vegas Aviators.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2021 at 01:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers

Friday, February 05, 2021

Trevor Bauer signing with Los Angeles Dodgers

Trevor Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner, has agreed to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the California native announcing his move in a YouTube video Friday.

Bauer and the Dodgers are in agreement on a three-year deal that has opt-outs after Years 1 and 2, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The 30-year-old right-hander was the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to enter free agency since Greg Maddux in 1992.

Bauer, a first-time free agent who played last season for the Cincinnati Reds on a $17 million deal that was prorated to $6.4 million, was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball in 2020, going 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, 100 strikeouts and 17 walks during the pandemic-shortened season. Opposing batters hit .159 against him, which led all major league pitchers. In addition to WHIP and ERA, Bauer led the NL in ERA-plus, which adjusts for his hitter-friendly home ballpark, and hits allowed per nine innings (5.055) in 2020.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 05, 2021 at 03:18 PM | 123 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trevor bauer

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Dodgers Re-Sign Blake Treinen

The Dodgers have re-signed right-handed reliever Blake Treinen to a two-year, $17MM guarantee that includes an $8MM club option or a $1MM buyout for 2023, Bob Nightengale of USA Today was among those to report. Treinen is a client of Apex Baseball.

Treinen was something of a buy-low pickup for the Dodgers last season, though they did have to guarantee the former Athletics standout $10MM. The move paid off handsomely for the World Series-winning Dodgers, who got 25 2/3 innings of 3.86 ERA ball with a 20.6 percent strikeout rate, 7.5 percent walk rate, and a tremendous percent 64 percent groundball rate from Treinen. The 32-year-old continued to average upward of 97 mph on his fastball along the way.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 05, 2021 at 09:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blake treinen, dodgers

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Forest Gump of baseball? How Clyde Sukeforth played a pivotal role in baseball’s biggest moments

Baseball is full of improbable stories, but there are few as unlikely and lovely as Sukeforth’s. Who could make this up? He was a small catcher (5-foot-10, 155 pounds) from Washington (pop. 800) in Lincoln County, Maine, who found his way to the majors by chance and ended up batting .354 for the Reds in 1929. He overcame a hunting accident that left him with diminished vision in his right eye, and he suffered a personal tragedy that he took with him to his grave.

In 1945, when he was a 43-year-old Dodgers coach and the team was hurting for players because of the war, he strapped on his gear once again ... and hit .294 in 18 games. It was later that very summer when Rickey sent Sukeforth on his top-secret mission.

What else? He could claim that no manager ever had a higher winning percentage in the history of baseball—he was 2-0. (“Quite a record,” he said.) He was the man who had to decide who was the better choice to face Bobby Thomson before the Shot Heard ‘Round the World.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2020 at 10:56 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: clyde sukeforth, dodgers

Philadelphia Phillies get Jose Alvarado in 3-team trade with Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado in a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.

In the deal, Tampa Bay sent Alvarado to Philadelphia, the Phillies sent left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Los Angeles and the Dodgers sent infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later to Tampa Bay.

Alvarado, 25, has a career ERA of 3.46 in 149 appearances over four seasons with the Rays. He pitched in nine games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and had a 6.00 ERA. His best season was in 2018, when he appeared in a career-high 70 games and had a 2.39 ERA. He is 2-15 in his career with 15 saves.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2020 at 10:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jose alvarado, phillies, rays

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Dodgers, Kahnle agree to $4.75M, 2-year deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle have agreed to a $4.75 million, two-year deal, according to a person familiar with the contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The Athletic and other outlets also reported the agreement.

Kahnle can earn up to $500,000 in performance bonuses.

Kahnle threw just one inning for the New York Yankees in 2020 before having season-ending Tommy John surgery in August, and the 31-year-old is unlikely to pitch next season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 24, 2020 at 09:49 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, tommy kahnle

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Champs! The best Dodgers team ever ends L.A.‘s 32-year title drought | ESPN

On Tuesday night, in a neutral stadium 1,400 miles away, at the conclusion of a bizarre season played amid a global health crisis, these Dodgers finally made their mark. Their 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the World Series won them their first championship since Gibson famously hobbled to the batter’s box in 1988, a fitting coronation for a dominant franchise.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 27, 2020 at 11:50 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, world series

Monday, October 26, 2020

‘Home, home, home!’ How Dodgers foiled Manuel Margot’s stealing home gamble

The Rays did not give Margot a sign to steal. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash did not support the play as a high-stakes element of surprise.

“Not so much the element of surprise,” Cash said. “We encourage making intelligent baseball decisions, and if Manny felt he had the opportunity to score ... then we should support it.”

Cash parried the suggestion that, in a perfect world, Renfroe would have taken off from first base, giving Margot a better chance to steal.

“No,” Cash said. “In a perfect world, he’s safe.”

The last man to steal home in the World Series? The Angels’ Brad Fullmer in the first inning of Game 2 of the 2002 World Series as part of a double steal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2020 at 11:11 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rays

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Clayton Kershaw repairs his playoff legacy with Game 5 win

The acceptance phase is the hardest, and that’s where Kershaw, he of the worst October reputation this side of the house that gives out Mounds on Halloween, lives today. He isn’t what he once was, and he doesn’t need to be because what he is impelled the Dodgers to a 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. The win left the Dodgers one victory shy of their first championship since 1988 and Kershaw oh so close to getting sized for the ring that has eluded none of his pitching peers.

Here’s what Kershaw is: good enough, which is, when one is surrounded by the talent the Dodgers possess, good enough. He is capable of excellence, and he is prone to failure, and he is usually closer to the former than the latter. He is not a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character: Kershaw and October Kershaw, transmogrifying into a fateful creature when the calendar turns. He is flawed, in need of careful handling, prone more to reliability than anything.

He is, in other words, a dad. Every October, it seems, reminds us of that because Kershaw is the sort of father who brings his kids to the podium after good days. In 2017, when he still possessed the blessed arm that flung lightning bolts, Cali first sat alongside him at a postgame news conference. In 2018, Charley joined them. Neither was anywhere to be seen in 2019 because Kershaw wouldn’t dare expose them to the frailty of baseball, which last year damn near broke him. He’d blown a lead, blown a series, and he said: “Everything people say is true right now about the postseason.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2020 at 12:57 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rays, world series

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Young Dodgers pitchers set up to fail in ‘out-getter’ role in Game 2

Gonsolin and May spent the summer going deep into games, not combining to cover less than a third of a game. The Dodgers are running a 15-man pitching staff, with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler as the only “starters.” There is no “closer.”

They consider Gonsolin and May as two of their best arms, and they want to use them in a variety of roles, often unfamiliar ones.

“It’s a big ask, to be quite frank,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

“These guys are in uncharted territory. Credit to them, they’re not making excuses. They expect themselves to make pitches. It’s different, certainly. But we still need those guys to get important outs going forward for us to win this thing.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2020 at 12:29 PM | 25 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

L.A. Times: The Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ

Kershaw is a devout Christian, though unlike Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, he is hardly in your face about it. Kershaw and Tebow are two highly famous young professional athletes who outwardly approach their strong faith in markedly different ways.

If there is a showy, look-at-me aspect to Tebow and his kneeling in prayer on the football field and near zeal off it, Kershaw is more understated in his approach, if no less sincere.

I’ve never heard him bring up God in postgame interviews or seen him point to the sky after a big strikeout. Yet, I still have a clear understanding of his commitment.

“I think everybody has different approaches to it,” Kershaw said. “For me, everything I do has a purpose to it beyond what’s in this lifetime. At the same time, on the field I have a job to do and that’s what I’m focused on.

“I guess you could say I’m a little more understated than Tim is. Not to say either one is wrong, that’s just kind of my personality a little bit.”

Indeed, even if it’s not exactly his way, Kershaw admires Tebow for using his high-profile platform to bring attention to his faith.

“I have a lot of respect for Tim,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know him personally, but I think what he’s doing is special. I think what he’s trying to do should be recognized, in whatever way that you try to do it. He’s playing football but I think there’s more to it than that.

Tripon Posted: January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

L.A. Times: Helping baseball’s scouts in a post-‘Moneyball’ world

In the front offices of major league clubs, the statistics-vs.-scouts debate ended long ago. No club today could imagine winning without tapping the resources of the increasingly sophisticated statistical tools available as well as the experience of scouts trained to look at a kid today and project his tomorrows.

Yet that debate was very much alive in 2003, sparked by the book “Moneyball,” and by author Michael Lewis’ portrayal of how Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane and assistant Paul DePodesta challenged the hegemony of the scouting community.

“Billy had his own idea about where to find future major league baseball players: inside Paul’s computer,” Lewis wrote. “He’d flirted with the idea of firing all the scouts and just drafting the kids straight from Paul’s laptop.”

The response from some owners was all too predictable. The A’s won, at less cost, with fewer scouts. In the winter following the publication of “Moneyball,” 103 scouts lost their jobs, according to veteran baseball executive Roland Hemond.

There was some small consolation in the timing. Hemond was among several baseball lifers concerned about how the sport treated scouts — the talent seekers living in chain hotels and eating fast food all summer, for wages so low that a savings account might be an extravagance.

Tripon Posted: January 14, 2012 at 05:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, special topics

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dodgers, Fox Sports Reach Settlement

A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a settlement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports that clears the way for a sale of the team.

The settlement approved at a hearing in Delaware ends a contentious legal battle between the ball club and Fox.

Under the settlement, the Dodgers are giving up plans to sell media rights to games starting in 2014 and sticking with their existing contract with Fox, which gives Fox exclusive rights to try to negotiate a contract extension starting later this year.

Major League Baseball and the Dodgers’ committee of unsecured creditors support the settlement, which allows the team to be sold by April 30.


Long national nightmare #2397 finally on course for a wake-up call?

Don Malcolm Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mattingly: Braun shouldn’t be MVP if PED appeal fails.

Throwing that bogus 4.2% bump in HOF voting weight around already, eh Donnie.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he hopes that Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is successful in appealing his positive test for a banned substance, but that it would “make sense” to revote on the MVP award, or strip Braun of the award if it is found that he indeed used a banned substance.

“In the end, I hope the appeal it’s something that was a mistake. I don’t want to see anything bad come out of it for him,” Mattingly said.

When asked if a player who tested positive for a banned substance should be stripped of the MVP award, Mattingly answered, “I don’t know. It makes sense though, a little bit. It’s not 10 years later, it’s a month later.”

...Mattingly said he thinks Kemp should’ve won the award in the first place.

“To me Matt was the best player in the game last year,” Mattingly said. “Ryan had a great year too.

“But you guys (the media) always ask me about unwritten rules, about catchers and stuff like that. Then we have the unwritten rules about voting, because he wasn’t on a winning team. You guys gotta get your unwritten rules together.”

Repoz Posted: January 10, 2012 at 05:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, steroids

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Shaikin: Disney family to bid for Dodgers, sources say

Iwerks for the Dodgers and only the Dodgers!

The Disney name graced the last World Series champion in Southern California. The Disney name could grace the next World Series champion in town too, if Stanley Gold succeeds in his bid to buy the Dodgers.

The family of the late Roy Disney has partnered with Gold, entrusting the man who runs the family investment firm to lead the charge for the Dodgers and try to restore prominent local ownership to the team.

The partnership was disclosed Saturday by a person familiar with the bid but not authorized to discuss it. Neither Gold nor any member of Roy Disney’s family would comment Saturday, spokesman Terry Fahn said.

With a star-studded and deep-pocketed roster of bidders that could feature the likes of Magic Johnson, Joe Torre, Mark Cuban and Peter O’Malley, outgoing owner Frank McCourt appears to believe the Dodgers can sell for at least $1.6 billion.

Gold is in discussions with potential investors, according to two people familiar with the talks. Roy Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, had a net worth of $1.4 billion in 2007, according to Forbes, before his divorce. The current net worth of the Roy Disney family is unclear.

Repoz Posted: January 08, 2012 at 11:59 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, media

Friday, January 06, 2012

WSJ: Drinking With Mike Piazza

Domaine de la Rombacne Conte…mmm, squeezisito!

Mr. Piazza made this assertion halfway through a recent lunch at Gotham Bar and Grill in Manhattan. The ex-Met lives in Miami with his wife and two daughters but was back in New York for a few days, making a charity appearance and visiting friends. “I love coming back to New York. It’s always really emotional for me,” said Mr. Piazza, taking up a glass of Pierre Gimonnet Blanc de Blancs Champagne that Gotham wine director Eric Zillier had just poured. Mr. Piazza sniffed the wine. “That smells really good. I love Champagne—Cristal, Dom Pérignon.” He laughed. “As an athlete you’re drawn by the status.”

...But any potential wine project would have to wait until he was finished with his memoir, “Open Mike” (“I stole the title from an L.A. columnist,” he admitted). The book, which will be published in 2013, covers his time as a player and his philosophy of life. What else was he doing with his time? Well, there were his two young children. And there was golf. He’d been playing a lot of golf. “It’s a really humbling game,” he said.

My last question was perhaps even more obvious. Where did Mr. Piazza rate himself on the list of all-time great catchers? In the top 10? Top five? “I’m a humble person, but I’d definitely put myself in the top five. I’d say Johnny [Bench] first for his charisma and talent—then I’d say Roy Campanella—he won three MVPs, after all. And Yogi Berra. If I put myself over Yogi, people would say, ‘Who does he think he is, he put himself over Yogi?’ ” Who indeed? On the other hand, Mr. Piazza has that other possible future title: the Garibaldi of Sicilian wine.

Repoz Posted: January 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: business, dodgers, history, media, mets

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Greatest Animated Sports .GIFs of 2011

32. Cliff Lee declines to run out his own grounder

I’m a firm opponent of the designated hitter rule, because just as I love to watch a punter try to scoop up a bad snap and try to throw it, or see a 7’1” center with no range try to chuck up a last-second three, I love watching pitchers hit.

Never will I come closer to seeing what it would be like if someone with my skill set tried to perform on a professional level. I mean, how nuts is this: in the National League, five to 10 percent of all at-bats are taken by men who, by everyone’s admission, are profoundly bad at it! It’s Dada performance art, and the ubiquity of such comical nonsense—over the course of a game, a season, and the history of baseball—is unrivaled by anything in any other sport.

This GIF features a delightful bonus: the catcher starts jogging to the dugout well before the play ends. It’s beautiful.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, online, phillies, twins

Andy Carey, helped preserve Larsen’s perfecto, dies

RIP,

Andy Carey, a former Yankees third baseman who helped preserve Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game, passed away on Dec. 15 in Costa Mesa, Calif., his family announced. He was 80.

A career .260 hitter, Carey played in 11 Major League seasons from 1952-62, beginning with the Yankees at age 20 in ‘52 and spending nine seasons wearing pinstripes.

Born on Oct. 18, 1931, in Oakland, Calif., Carey signed with the Yankees after spending a summer playing semi-pro ball in Weiser, Idaho. As New York’s everyday third baseman in ‘55, Carey led the league with 11 triples and was known as a solid defender and clutch hitter.

Carey played on four Yankees World Series teams, winning rings with the 1956 and ‘58 squads. He is remembered as playing a key role in Larsen’s Oct. 8, 1956, perfecto against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium.

Repoz Posted: January 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, obituaries, royals, white sox, yankees

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