Breves de la Comunidad

April 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Ángeles

(CNS)- Los Dodgers de Los Ángeles hicieron cambios fuera y dentro de su estadio para la temporada 2017, pero en gran medida mantuvieron su lista intacta.

La carretera detrás del campo central fue reconfigurada en un intento de reducir la congestión de tráfico y se creó un nuevo estacionamiento de alta calidad entre la antigua estación 76 y la carretera de tránsito del campo central.

Otro cambio exterior vendrá el 15 de abril con la presentación de la primera estatua del Estadio Dodger, que representará a Jackie Robinson.

Los Dodgers abrieron su temporada el lunes con una victoria de 14-3 sobre los Padres, respaldado por Clayton Kershaw quién ayudó a limitar a San Diego a dos golpes en las primeras siete entradas.

Eagle Rock

(CNS) – La policía pide la ayuda del público para encontrar a un mujer de 68 años, que sufre de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, quien desapareció en Eagle Rock el 3 de abril.

Sandra Aguirre fue vista por última vez alrededor de las 4p.m. el lunes, en el bloque 6200 de Annan Way, según el Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles.

Aguirre es hispana, tiene el pelo rubio y los ojos café, mide cuatro pies 11 pulgadas de alto y pesa alrededor de 130 libras. Ella fue vista, por última vez, con una camisa gris, pantalones negros y sandalias, dijo la policía.

Cualquier persona con información relacionada puede llamar al (213) 996-1800 o a la línea telefónica de 24 horas del LAPD, (877) 527-3247 o al 911.

Glassell Park

(CNS) – Al menos siete personas resultaron heridas, tres de ellas en condición crítica, a resultado de una colisión de cuatro vehículos que volcó a un camión en la Autopista (2) en Glassell Park, el 4 de abril.

El choque ocurrió alrededor de las 5p.m. cerca de Fletcher Drive, dijo el Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles. Cuando los tres coches y el tanque chocaron, varias personas quedaron temporalmente atrapadas en los restos de los automóviles, según las autoridades.

El departamento de bomberos trasportó a cinco mujeres y dos hombres a un hospital cercano. Tres de los heridos se encuentran en estado crítico, dijeron las autoridades. La razón del choque aun se desconoce.

Emotions, Spirits High for Scully’s Final Game at Dodger Stadium

September 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Vin Scully broadcast his final game at Dodger Stadium Sunday, addressed the crowd for about 90 seconds, followed by the playing of a recording of his singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

“I am terribly embarrassed,” Scully told following the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 victory 10-inning over the Colorado Rockies that assured them of their fourth consecutive National League West Division championship.

“I was hoping that we would win the game 10-0 and there would be no tension and it would be a nice, easy day because I have a very, very small modest contribution on my last day,” Scully told the crowd announced at 51,962.

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“I have always felt that you folks in the stands have been far, far important to me. You have given me enthusiasm. You have given me young at heart.”

“Believe me when I tell you I’ve needed you far more than you neededme. I wanted to try and express my appreciation to all the players, God bless them, and to all you folks here in the ballpark.”

“It’s a very modest thing. I sang this for my wife. It was a loving gesture. You know the song, `Wind Beneath My Wings.’

“That’s what you are. You are the wind beneath the team’s wings. You’re my wind. I know it’s modest. I know it’s an amateur. Do you mind listening?”

#6 Charlie Culberson makes his way to home plate after his game winning walk-off home run. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

#6 Charlie Culberson makes his way to home plate after his game winning walk-off home run. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

After the crowd cheered, the recording played, while Scully had his left arm around his wife Sandra.

Dodger batters tipped their helmets to Scully before their first at-bats and several of his grandchildren visited him in the broadcast booth.

Charlie Culberson’s first homer of the season broke a tie with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Dodgers tied the score when Corey Seager hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

 Yasiel Puig greets Justin Turner at home plate in the seventh inning with a high five to keep the game alive. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)


Yasiel Puig greets Justin Turner at home plate in the seventh inning with a high five to keep the game alive. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Colorado had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning when David Dahl hit a solo homer with two outs on a 1-2 pitch from relief ace Kenley Jansen.

The 88-year-old Scully has said his final game will be next Sunday, when the Dodgers will be playing in San Francisco, because it comes 80 years to the day when he saw a sign at a laundry in his native New York City reporting the score of Game 2 of the World Series that day — New York Yankees 18, New York Giants 4, that prompted him to become a baseball fan.

The crowd erupts in cheers as Corey Seager rounds third base to tie the game in the ninth inning, keeping hope alive for a fourth consecutive Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The crowd erupts in cheers as Corey Seager rounds third base to tie the game in the ninth inning, keeping hope alive for a fourth consecutive Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“It seems like the plan was laid out for me, and all I had to do was follow the instructions,” Scully said.

On the day after his final game, Scully said “maybe the first thing I’ll do is take my watch off and put it in the drawer and just think ‘I can do anything I want,’ which probably will be have a nice breakfast, read the papers, maybe take a walk and get a good book and read that book.”

Scully said that in retirement he’ll most miss “the people who have just made me feel so much at home.”

The Dodgers salute and tip their hats to Vin Scully, as a special thank you for his 67 years as the Dodgers’ announcer. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The Dodgers salute and tip their hats to Vin Scully, as a special thank you for his 67 years as the Dodgers’ announcer. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Scully’s 67 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 broadcaster since 1954.

Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record-
setting 715th home run.

Manager Dave Roberts celebrates with champagne as he points to the fans as he celebrates his first Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Manager Dave Roberts celebrates with champagne as he points to the fans as he celebrates his first Western Division Title. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.

A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.

Scully said he would like to be remembered as “a good, honest man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather. I’m not even thinking about sports announcing.”

It’s ‘Vin Fever’ Time L.A.

September 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a special thing going on this year that goes beyond the team’s players, coaches or even the teams win loss record for that matter: It’s Vin Scully fever.

An Elysian Park street was re-named in April as part of the City of Los Angeles' yearlong tribute to legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully (pictured second from left), who will retire after 67 years as the "Voice of the Dodgers." (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

An Elysian Park street was re-named in April as part of the City of Los Angeles’ yearlong tribute to legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully (pictured second from left), who will retire after 67 years as the “Voice of the Dodgers.” (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

After 67 years in the broadcast booth, the famed baseball announcer will call his last three home games in front of sold out crowds at Dodgers Stadium.

“Vin Scully Weekend” will include special tributes during the team’s series against the visiting Colorado Rockies, then it’s on to San Francisco where the “Voice of the Dodgers” will call his final game Oct. 2 against the Giants.

The final home stand games are sold out and can be seen on KTLA 5 over the weekend.

At 88-years-old, Scully says this is it, again telling reporters Tuesday he won’t broadcast any Dodgers games during the post-season.

The yearlong goodbye has been building in intensity, made all the better by the Dodgers’ winning season and the promise of post-season play.

Could it be the Scully’s magic has traveled to the players through a force only they can understand? Whatever it is, Dodgers fans couldn’t be more excited. “Vin Fever” is everywhere.

Scully already has the key to Angelenos’ hearts and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will make it official tonight when he presents the Ford C. Frick Award winner a Key to the City during a ceremony before tonight’s Dodgers-Rockies game.

Fireworks will light up the sky over Dodgers Stadium tonight, but as every fan knows, Vin Scully is the brightest light out there.

Dodgers Lead Division with Fifth Straight Win

September 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles Dodgers stayed hot as did Yasiel Puig since his return to the Dodgers, with a pair of RBIs and his 9th homerun to key a 3-1 win over the D-backs Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. The win gave L.A. a sweep over Arizona, five straight wins and a season-high five-game lead over the Giants in the National League West.

Howie Kendrick dives to beat out the tag on Wednesday night to tie the game at 1 before taking the lead for good. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Howie Kendrick dives to beat out the tag on Wednesday night to tie the game at 1 before taking the lead for good. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Renovated Baseball Fields Dedicated at East L.A. Park

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Two renovated baseball fields were dedicated Saturday at Belvedere Park in East Los Angeles, financed by a combination of funding from government, corporate and philanthropic sources.
Improvements to the fields include a new turf infield, new bullpen area and new foul poles.

Renovations include replacement of chain-link fencing on the backstops and dugouts, new metal dugout roofs, new side fencing and new outfield fencing with yellow top caps for both fields.

New LED solar scoreboards with signage resembling those at Dodger Stadium were also installed.

Dodger pitchers J.P. Howell and Julio Urias and former Dodgers Billy Ashley, Lee Lacy, Tim Leary and Derrel Thomas conducted a baseball clinic following the dedication for more than 400 players from the Dodgers Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program at Belvedere Park.

Funding for the improvements came from the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the LA84 Foundation, the athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories maker Nike, the insurance company Security Benefit and the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis, whose First District includes East Los Angeles.

The fields are the 43rd and 44th to be renovated or built under the Dodgers Dreamfields program, which began in 2003 when the team was owned by the Fox Group. It continued when Frank McCourt owned the team from 2004-2012 and under the current ownership.

“Lack of playing space is a serious problem for youth sports everywhere, but especially in low-income communities,” said Renata Simril, president and CEO, LA84 Foundation which manages Southern California’s share of the surplus from the 1984 Summer Olympics and supports a wide array of youth sports programming.

“Children from all background should have safe, high quality fields of play.”
The foundation’s programs are funded through private donations and various fundraising events. Team finances are not used.

Jugadores Latinos de los Dodgers Ponen Acento a Sus Apellidos en Camisetas

May 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

El jugador mexicano de los Dodgers Adrián González luce con orgullo su nueva camiseta, en la que lleva su apellido escrito en la espalda con la tilde tal y como corresponde al español, y tras él hizo lo propio su colega puertorriqueño Enrique “Kike” Hernández.

El experimentado primera base del equipo angelino de béisbol mostró en sus cuentas de Twitter y de Facebook una foto y un vídeo en los que luce su camiseta, donde por primera vez aparece la tilde sobre la “a” de su apellido.

“Después de años en las Grandes Ligas solo me faltaba ponerle acento a una cosa”, aseguró el jugador mexicano a modo de presentación del vídeo en el que se le ve entrar al campo con la nueva camiseta.

González se unió así a la campaña realizada en Twitter bajo la etiqueta #PonleAcento, que busca destacar a los hispanos el béisbol profesional e invitó a otros peloteros a seguir su ejemplo.

Otro jugador hispano del equipo angelino que respondió al reto fue Hernández, quien igualmente mostró su nuevo uniforme con la tilde en su apellido.

“¡Qué bonito se ve Hernández con el acento! Ya lo tengo”, dijo Hernández en su cuenta de Twitter.

“¡Ahora invito a todos los latinos a que hagan lo mismo! #PonleAcento”, agregó el multifacético jugador boricua.

Con el ejemplo de los dos jugadores de los Dodgers, se espera que muchos otros peloteros hispanos también agreguen las tildes a sus apellidos en sus uniformes.

Los jugadores latinos representan cerca del 30% de los jugadores de la MLB, según datos oficiales de la competición.

 

Dodger’s New Pitcher Off to Sensational Start

April 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Rookie sensation from Japan, Kenta Maeda with a (3-0) start, lowered his league-leading ERA to 0.36. Even though he has six seasons as a pro in Japan, he is a rookie in America.

At Mile High Stadium last weekend, Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts praised Maeda’s “athleticism, calmness.”

Maeda tied a Major League Baseball record during the Dodgers 4-1 win over Colorado on Saturday.

He also pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday and has allowed just one run through his first four career starts, tying for the fewest in the majors during that time frame since 1900. The 28-year-old Japanese pitcher also struck out eight batters against the Rockies, bringing his season total to 23 in 25 1/3 innings.

“This is the best fastball command since I’ve seen him, Roberts said, commenting on Maeda’s first appearance at Coors Field. “…He doesn’t scare off.”
The Dodgers are at home this weekend against the San Diego Padres. A fireworks display will take place after the game on Friday.

Vin Scully ‘Overwhelmed’ By Street Dedication

April 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A street leading to Dodger Stadium was dedicated today as Vin Scully Avenue, prompting the longtime Dodger broadcaster to say he was “overwhelmed” by the honor he once declined.

Scully began his nearly 6 1/2-minute acceptance speech like he would a broadcast, saying “Hi everybody and a very pleasant good afternoon to you,” drawing cheers from the crowd of fans estimated by a team official as “a few hundred,” just inside Dodger Stadium’s main entrance.

Elysian Park street re-named Monday for legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

Elysian Park street re-named Monday for legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. (EGPNews photo by Fred Zermeno)

“I had to get that out because in all honesty, if you asked me this very minute how do you feel about what’s going on, I would have to say overwhelmed,” Scully said. “I really am.”

Scully later said he was overwhelmed by the kindness and excitement of fans.

“Just to hear you, your enthusiasm, the voice that comes roaring out of the stands, there’s nothing like it,” the 88-year-old Scully said.

Following his opening remarks, Scully recounted his youth in Manhattan during the Great Depression, playing stickball on the streets, and said, “I have to thank almighty God, first of all, to be this old and to continue to do something that I loved all my life.”

Scully then praised his wife Sandi, discussing “the lonely days and nights that a wife has while her husband is working in the ballpark or for that matter, spending over 100 days on the road away from her.”

“If you are fortunate enough to have a wife without complaint you have been blessed and I have been blessed with Sandy,” Scully said.

Scully has said this will be his final season after a record 67 seasons with the team. He said he will most miss “the roar of the crowd,” which brings him back to when he was 8 years old, listening on his family’s radio to college football games that would later spark his interest in becoming a broadcaster.

Mayor Eric Garcetti recalled going to games as a child with his father Gil, who would be elected district attorney in 1992, and asking why fans at the games would bring transistor radios with them.

“My dad had a two-word answer — Vin Scully,” Garcetti said. “He said they understand the game more, they understand the players and the history and the context.” Scully has been “the voice and the heart and the soul of this city,” and “an angel in the City of Angels,” Garcetti said, using a phrase frequently used by former Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was also in attendance.

First District Councilman Gil Cedillo spearheaded effort to bring about the name change and on Friday  the City Council gave their final approval to the changing the name of what had been Elysian Park Avenue. The stadium’s new address, 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, was on a new sign welcoming fans to the stadium that was unveiled last week.

When Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn following the 1957 season, or O’Malley’s son Peter, instead of himself.

“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”

Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until the team’s sale to the Fox Group in 1997.

“The city is thrilled to be honoring such a legend in Los Angeles. Dodger fans span beyond the First District and beyond the city of Los Angeles, with everyone knowing the voice of Vin Scully,” Cedillo said today. “When Angelenos attend a Dodger game, they will now say, ‘turn on to Vin Scully Ave.’ Vin will be immensely missed, but we wish him well as he kicks off his final season in broadcasting. We would also thank the Los Angeles Dodgers for planting more than 40 new trees and repairing much needed sidewalks along the street.”

Scully has been a Dodger broadcaster since 1950, the longest tenure for a broadcaster with a team. He has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 announcer since 1954, succeeding his mentor, Red Barber, who had become a broadcaster with the New York Yankees.

Either on the team or NBC broadcasts, Scully has called such memorable moments by the Dodgers (or their opponents) as Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, New York Yankee pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Dodgers in the 1956 World Series and Hank Aaron’s record- setting 715th home run.

Scully’s many honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball” and being named the greatest sportscaster by the American Sportscasters Association.

A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.

Updated 6:30 p.m.

L.A. Council Votes to Rename Street After Vin Scully

January 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A street leading into Dodger Stadium will be named after the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, who plans to retire after 67 seasons with the Dodgers.

The council voted 12-0 to begin the process for renaming Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as “Vin Scully Avenue.”

“Now we’re going to say, ‘Hey, go up Sunset and make a right on Scully Avenue’ – that’s going to be the new directions to get to Dodger Stadium,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposed the street name change.

Cedillo called Scully “the voice and symbol of baseball, not just for the Dodgers but the entire nation.”

“I remember growing up in the city, and I couldn’t always afford to go to the games,” Cedillo said. “We had a little radio, as all young boys and girls did in that time period. While you may not have been able to afford the games, you could turn on the radio, and with that you can see the Dodgers, each and every pitch, each and every play…just amazing storytelling that was
unparalleled.”

Councilman Paul Krekorian said the recognition “is a few decades overdue.”

“I’m so glad Mr. Scully has finally consented to our doing this,” he said. “He’s a man of great humility who has resisted this kind of recognition, but it’s so important that we do so.”

Dodger manager Dave Roberts told the council that “on behalf of the players, the organization, we’re deeply honored, as Vin has called many great monumental moments” in Dodger history.

Former Dodger stars Orel Hershiser, Maury Wills and others were on hand for the vote, as were several active players.

The visit by the Dodger contingent to City Hall is part of their week of service tour in the Los Angeles area, dubbed by the team as the “Dodgers Love L.A. Tour.”

The 88-year-old Bronx-born Scully has announced Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. He said in August that the 2016 season likely will be his last.

Scully has been an announcer longer than anyone else in sports history.

A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.

When Mayor Eric Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, or his son Peter, instead of himself.

The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”

Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until their sale to the Fox Group in 1997.

In 2013, when Scully announced he would be returning for the 2014 season, Garcetti said that “Vin Scully is more than the voice of the Dodgers.” He went on: “L.A. Little Leaguers hear his voice when swinging for the fences and as adults, we hear his voice during those big moments in our lives. Vin Scully transcends L.A.’s ever-changing ‘A List.’ In his seventh decade here, he is an
icon to grandparents, parents and our kids and earns new fans with each new child who tunes in to their first Dodgers game.”

Dodger History Made With Roberts Hire

December 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dave Roberts, a former Dodger centerfielder and UCLA standout who spent the past five years as a San Diego Padres coach, was formally introduced Monday as the 10th manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, saying the post is his “dream job.”

Roberts’ hiring was announced last week.

“I went to school here, I’m a Southern California guy,” Roberts, 43, said at a Dodger Stadium news conference. “With this franchise, I’m a former Dodger. And I understand what it means to wear this uniform, and so I think, bluntly, this is my dream job.”

Andrew Friedman, Dodger president of baseball operations, said earlier that Roberts is a “baseball man” and a “people person” who will help the team achieve its “ultimate goal — bringing a world championship back to the city of Los Angeles.”

Friedman said Monday that Roberts impressed the team’s brass during the interview process.

New Dodger general manager, Dave Roberts, calls appointment his “dream job.” (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

New Dodger general manager, Dave Roberts, calls appointment his “dream job.” (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“After the first-round interview, it was almost as if he had our answer key to the answers that we would have wanted to hear,” Friedman said. “To a man, everyone was blown away by who he is, what he represents. You can see the energy, see the enthusiasm and his ability to connect with people.”

As a player, Roberts was acquired by the Dodgers in December 2001, and he played for the team for 2 1/2 years. But he is perhaps best known for a stolen base while playing for Boston in Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The steal sparked a historic comeback for the Red Sox against the New York Yankees and led to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 86 years.

Roberts, who has a black father and Japanese mother, is the first minority to serve as the Dodgers’ manager. He will be one of only three minorities to manage in the major leagues; the others are Dusty Baker, who was hired by the Washington Nationals this month, and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves.

Don Mattingly, who managed the Dodgers for the last five seasons but parted ways with the team at the end of this season, has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins.

Roberts has no previous major league managerial experience.

 

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