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)

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.

 

Game One of NLD Series Friday

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s the Dodgers versus the Mets in the National League Division Series, and the Los Angeles and New York police chiefs are betting some serious meat on the matchup.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and his predecessor, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, announced a wager Wednesday, with the winner getting a free deli meal, most likely pastrami.

Clayton Kershaw strikes out Melvin Upton Jr., for his 300th strikeout in 2015. Kershaw will be the starting pitcher Friday for game one of the National League Divisional Series. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Clayton Kershaw strikes out Melvin Upton Jr., for his 300th strikeout in 2015. Kershaw will be the starting pitcher Friday for game one of the National League Divisional Series. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

If the Dodgers win, Bratton will treat Beck to lunch at New York’s famed Katz’s Deli. If the Mets win, Beck will be picking up the tab for lunch at Langer’s Deli in Los Angeles.

Clayton Kershaw will be the starting pitcher Friday for game one of the NLD series at Chavez Ravine.

On Sunday, he added another accomplishment to his already impressive resume, recording his 300th strikeout of the season in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Padres. He’s the only major league player to reach the strikeout milestone since 2002.

L.A. Dodgers Highlights

September 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

L.A. Dodgers  Zack Greinke pitched another gem at Dodgers Stadium on Tuesday night and won for the 10th time in his last 11 decisions. He allowed just one run on five hits in 7.1 innings pitched to lower his MLB-best ERA to 1.59 beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 while moving 5.5 games in first place in the Western League Division. Greinke has allowed one or fewer runs in 19 of 27 starts this year, while pitching 6.0 or more innings in each outing with 25 quality starts.

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Joc Pederson gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning with a solo homerun off Madison Bumgarner, his 24th of the season which makes him second amongst rookies in Los Angeles Dodgers history just behind Mike Piazza who had 35 home runs as a rookie.

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Jose Peraza slides into home plate to score the first run of the game as Adrian Gonzales singles to left field to bring him in.

 

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

 

George Lopez and Arsenio Hall spotted at Dodgers stadium enjoying the victory over the Giants. They stayed at the end of the game to take pictures with the fans.

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Late Dodger Outfielder Honored By Baseball Group

July 23, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke was among three men posthumously inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals Sunday in a ceremony at the Pasadena Central Library.

Joining Burke in the 17th class of electees were the 1950s Pacific Coast League power-hitting star Steve Bilko and baseball card pioneer Sy Berger.

Burke played for the Dodgers from 1976 through 1978 and the Oakland A’s in 1978 and 1979. Burke revealed in a 1982 interview with Inside Sports magazine that he was gay, the first major leaguer to publicly acknowledge he was gay.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals Sunday. (Courtesy of the Baseball Reliquary)

Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Glenn Burke was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals Sunday. (Courtesy of the Baseball Reliquary)

Burke also figured in the creation of the high-five.

After Dusty Baker hit his 30th home run at the end of the 1977 regular season — making the Dodgers the first major league team to have four players with at least 30 home runs — Burke raised his hands in celebration at home plate.

As Baker crossed home plate he reached up, slapped one, and the high-five was born.

Burke died of complications for AIDS-related illness in 1995 at the age of 42.

Burke s induction was accepted by his sister Paula Hunt.

Playing for the Los Angeles Angels, based at the since-demolished Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles, Bilko led the Pacific Coast League in home runs in 1955, 1956 and 1957.

Bilko won the league’s triple crown in 1956 and was Los Angeles’ biggest sports star before the arrival of the Dodgers in 1958.

Bilko played for the Dodgers during their inaugural season in Los Angeles and with the Angels in their first two seasons in the American League, 1961 and 1962.

Comedian Phil Silvers named the character he played in his 1955-59 CBS comedy for Bilko.

Bilko died in 1978 at the age of 49.

Berger is considered the “Father of the Modern Day Baseball Card,” designing and overseeing production of some of the most innovative and revered baseball cards of all-time when he worked for the Topps Co., and making baseball card collecting a popular hobby.

Berger died on Dec. 14 at the age of 91.

Berger topped the field of 50 candidates, receiving votes on 33 percent of the ballots returned by members of the Baseball Reliquary. Bilko was second with 31 percent and Burke third, also with 31 percent.

Runners-up included sportscaster Bob Costas (30 percent), two-sport star Bo Jackson (29 percent), 1970s pitching star J.R. Richard (29 percent), three-time Olympic gold medal-winning softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez (26 percent) and the late Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley (26 percent).

The three candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the Shrine of the Eternals, which differs from the Hall of Fame in that statistical accomplishment is not the principal criterion for election.

Its criteria are distinctiveness of play (good or bad), the uniqueness of character and personality and the imprint the individual has made on the baseball landscape, according to the organization’s website.

Electees, both on and off the field, shall have been responsible for developing baseball through athletic and or business achievements, in terms of its larger cultural and sociological impact as mass entertainment and as an arena for the human imagination.

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