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What Pitcher will be the First one to Wear the Protective Headgear?

I hope that in the near future I will see pitchers wearing the protective headgear that MLB has approved.   The pitchers have been reluctant to use it.   If it is too heavy, awkward, well, go back to the drawing board and improve upon it.

Who will have the guts to wear it?   Who will be the first one?

On September 5, 2012, during an afternoon game, Brandon McCarthy, while pitching for the A’s, had a line drive hit him  squarely in the head.  He sustained an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion and a skull fracture on the play.  He underwent brain surgery.   Since Major League Baseball approved a padded-cap design for optional use this season, Brandon who is now with the Diamondbacks, declared he would not use it.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the side of the head by a scorching line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings in the second inning on September 5, 2013.   Though Happ didn’t appear to lose consciousness, he was bleeding from the point of impact.  The blow landed the 30-year-old Happ in the hospital and then the disabled list with a fractured skull.

Rays starter Alex Cobb exited Tropicana Field on a stretcher Saturday afternoon after a line drive off the bat of the Royals’ Eric Hosmer struck the pitcher in the right ear, knocking Cobb to the ground on a Saturday afternoon on June 15, 2013.

Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb is just the latest in a host of pitchers to be injured off a hit. (Brian Blanco/AP)

In 1955, Cleveland Indians rookie Pitcher,  Herb Score set a rookie pitching record for strike outs with 245 whiffs. This record would stand till another young flamethrower, Dwight Gooden, topped it almost 30 years later.  Score won Rookie of the Year, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was truly the talk of baseball.

No sophomore jinx for Cleveland Indian, Score either. He followed up his rookie season by winning 20 games, with even more strike outs and a lesser ERA.
He again, struck out more than a batter an inning

But on May 1957, Herb Score took a ball in the right eye.  He returned the next season but never again had a winning record.

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Bryce Florie MLB career was cut short after he suffered a horrific injury while pitching for the Boston Red Sox.  Florie was struck by a line drive by Ryan Thompson in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-0 win Friday September 8, 200.   Florie went down, then sat up after about a minute, blood streaming down his face.

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on September 8, 2002, Dodgers rookie left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii left the game Sunday in an ambulance with a small skull fracture and a concussion after getting struck flush on the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Houston’s Brian Hunter.  In the fourth inning of the Astros’ 6-2 victory, Hunter drove a 3-2 pitch so hard off the left side of Ishii’s head that it ricocheted all the way to the backstop behind home plate for an RBI double.  If I remember correctly, that was a 4 p.m. a dangerous start with the shadows followed by twilight.

Now the latest victim is Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.   Chapman  was hit above the left eye by a line drive off the bat of the Royals’ Salvador Perez in the sixth inning of the game between Cincinnati and Kansas City in Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday night.  He was diagnosed with fractures above his left eye and nose and held overnight for observation.

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Aroldis Chapman shared pictures on Instagram with staples on his head.

How many times do we have to read “lucky to be alive” “lucky to escape major injury”  before someone is not so lucky?  Who will have the guts to wear the headgear so others can follow?

Re:  http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/12/20/MLB-

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8437590/oakland-athletics-brandon-mccarthy-encouraged-head-injury-progress

http://www.totalprosports.com/2013/05/10/9-of-the-most-terrifying-injuries-in-baseball-history/

http://nfbcforums.stats.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=13865

sports illustrated.

Spworld.

The Cactus League and AMY (Arizona Museum of Youth)

crzblue:

My only time at Hokokam Stadium in Mesa, AZ. It had to rain that day and the game with the Dodgers got cancelled.

Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:

When we went to Mesa to watch the Cubs play against the Dodgers, the game got rainout.

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so what did we do? We headed to theAmerican Museum of Youth (AMY)a few blocks away (Although we did not know it at the timeso wetook the long way there.I think we took the freeway there :-)).

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The ClevelandIndians and the NY Giants were the first ones to set camp in Arizona.Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck convinced NYGiants owner Horace Stoneham to also bring his team to Arizona. Soundskinda of Deja vu

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Did you know that in 1951 the New York Giants and the New York Yankees exchanged Spring Training facilities?

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The Red Sox also played in the Cactus League. The price of the program in 1964? 50 cents.

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Women Softball teams in the 40′s. Why was this team called the Cantaloupes Queens?Because they were sponsored by a Cantaloupe growers.A young woman named…

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Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena

So which is it?  Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena?  I asked the Dodgers when I started seeing it spelled  Arruebarrena.   The response yesterday was “Arruebarruena.”  but when the Dodgers first signed Erisbel, you kept seeing Arruebarruena everywhere.

Jesus Padilla saw the Dodgers response to me so he twitted this picture

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@Dodgers @crzblue I sort of follow Cuban baseball and the Cuban Ntnl Team, and have always seen it as Arruebarruena.

Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena

 

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Either way, Welcome Erisbel!   I see that both in Cuba and with the Dodgers you are wearing Manny Mota’s number.   Great choice!

‘Arruebarrena’ actually only has one ‘u,’ slips into tie for MLB’s second-longest name

By Matt Monagan | Follow @Mono11

Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena officially reported to Dodgers Spring Training on Thursday. Along with comparing his playing style to Yasiel Puig, the 23-year-old confirmed that his last name is actually spelled with 12 (Arruebarrena) and not 13 (Arruebarruena) letters. See his Cactus League jersey below:

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Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Chuck Kress

crzblue:

Sad to hear that another of our Brooklyn Dodgers have passed away. Chuck Kress passed away 3/4/2014 R.I.P. Mr. Kress

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Charles Steven Kress was born in Philadelphia on December 9, 1921.  He wore uniform #5.  

Chuck Kress served in the U. S. Army from 1943 to 1945.   Kress was a first baseman 17 seasons from 1940 to 1959, four in the Major Leagues and 16 in the minors.

He played first base for the Cincinnati Reds in 1947 & 1949.  

With the Chicago White Sox from 1949 to 1950. 

Detroit Tigers  1954.

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On 06-09-1954, The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Wayne Belardi to the Detroit Tigers for Ernie Nevel, Johnny Bucha and Chuck Kress.   Kress had 12 at bats with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and batted .083. 

Charlie KressKress managed the following teams in the Minor Leagues:

1957:  The Erie Sailors from the New York-Pen League of the Detroit Tigers.

1958:  Durham Bulls from the Carolina Leagues of the Detroit Tigers.

1959:  Des Moines Demons of the Three-I Leagues of…

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Rest in Peace Dr. Frank Jobe

As a member of the Baseball Reliquary, I am proud that I voted for Dr. Frank Jobe in 2012.  He was elected to the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals that year on July 15, 2012.   The day before, Dr. Frank Jobe was at Dodger Stadium with Tommy John throwing out the first pitch

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pictures at Dodger Stadium taken by me. 

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Mudcat Grant was also inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals. 

Tommy John introduced Dr. Frank Jobe.

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Rest in peace Dr. Frank Jobe.  I think The Hall of Fame should have done something for Dr Jobe a long time ago.  Dr. Jobe was the  greatest  man of Sport medicine.  Nobody else has contributed as much to the sport as he has.   Thank you Dr. Jobe.

Trader Joe’s Dodger Fearless Fan of the Day

Who remembers when Trader Joe’s and the Dodgers had the “Fearless Fan of the Day” At Dodger stadium?   I remember that day during batting practice I was walking with a Trader Joe’s bag in the field level when a lady stopped me and asked me if I wanted to be the “Fearless fan of the day”.  she said “you get to go on the field, but  you have to wear this”. The this was a Dodger Hawaiian shirt. She had me at “you get to go on the field”.  What I can’t remember is what year that was.

Here is the video from that day;

 

Dodger Stadium Mural at LAPD Northeast Division

One early morning on my way to the Glendale train station to catch up with my train, I noticed this mural that included Dodger Stadium.  I did not have a chance to stop but the next time that I took the train there, I made sure to stop and take pictures.

    It is located at the LAPD Northeast division on San Fernando Boulevard.    It shows Dodger Stadium, the Police Academy that is next door to Dodger Stadium.  In this picture too is the Los Angeles Zoo.

Here is another part of the mural

Griffith Park.

And here is another part of this long beautiful mural that measures 21′X16′.  The mural was designed and painted by more than a dozen young artists.

22 Days – Clayton Kershaw

crzblue:

Clayton Kershaw’s days till Opening Day! This wants me want to dance in the rain!

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

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Clayton Kershaw is now likely to make a fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers on March 22, three days after his 26th birthday, against Arizona in the first game of Major League Baseball’s Opening Series in Sydney, Australia. That became highly probable when Zack Greinke left his exhibition start after four pitches Thursday with a mild right calf strain.

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Clayton Kershaw watches the flight of his first career home run, starting the scoring in his own 4-0 shutout of the Giants last Opening Day.

If it becomes official, then all Kershaw has to do is maintain his pace and he could be known one day as the greatest Opening Day pitcher.

In his three Opening Day starts over the last three years, the left-hander has thrown 19 scoreless innings and the Dodgers are 3-0. That included seven innings (9 strikeouts) in a 2-1 home win over the Giants…

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It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

Ahhh.  I’ve been waiting for this day!   The first Dodger Spring Training game!  So

like the apron says “The Heck with housework!   Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”

Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA

When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching  SportNetLA until past midnight.  While watching the station.

I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game  while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.

Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia.  When I think of #24, I think of

Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).

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Welcome back Baseball!  I missed you!!

Lunch and Baseball!   Baseball and food, my two favorite things!

Sandy Koufax drilled by line drive is OK.

What a scare we all got this morning when news got around that Sandy Koufax  got hit in the forehead by a line drive.

The line drive was hit by Andre Either.  Oh, we know Andre feels terrible.  He was quoted by Dylan Hernandez saying “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second.”

Ken Gurnick reported that Sandy Koufax stopped by the Press Box to reassure them that he was OK.  Sandy underwent a CT scan and everything is fine.

The always funny @DodgerzGM said: “Andre Ethier apologized to Koufax for hitting him in the head with a line drive. Said he was aiming for one of the other three outfielders. ”   LOL

My friend Kent Whittaker twitted me “I thought Andre can’t hit lefties.”   Funny one Kent.

Dylan Hernandez reported that Koufax jokingly said he might test the new protective cap for pitchers tomorrow.     Good idea Sandy.  I hope you do wear one.

Glad you are feeling better Sandy.   We hope to see you with the protective cap tomorrow.

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