I am reading the book about George Genovese titled “A Scout’s Report. My 70 Years in Baseball”. It is written with Dan Taylor. I had a chance to hear Mr. Genovese at a SABR event a few years back, then a couple a few weeks ago I went to his talk/book signing event at South Pasadena. It was an honor to hear him and his author. Mark Langill presented him. In attendance were Fred Claire who was a member of the Dodgers’ front office for 30 years And John Young who played for the Tigers in 1971 and founded RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). These two men along with some other people in the audience were there to pay tribute to Mr. Genovese based on what they had to say when they put their hand up. They did not ask a question, they praised Mr. Genovese.
I am fascinated with the book. What a trajectory! What a life! From his playing days in the minor league to playing with the Senators to managing in the minor league under the wings of Branch Rickey when Mr. Rickey was with the Cardinals and the Pirates, to when Mr. Rickey sent him to Mexico to managing in the Texas league for the Giants to being asked to scout in California because his eye for talent was unmatched, to working for the Dodgers.
From Peter Mancuso, Chairman of the Nineteen Century Committee, Society for American Research:
“this book is not just a biography, it is a Masters Degree inBaseball, it is a Masters Degree in Baseball, from how to play, manage, coach, inspire, understand, evaluate and enjoy our great National Pastime..”
I ran into an article from the LA Times When George Genovese was at Dodger Stadium. This part caught my attention:
” The ball soars into center field and Puig, flashing his speed, makes the catch. It reminds Genovese of a young Jose Cardenal or maybe Roberto Clemente starting out in Puerto Rico.
“The kid is so gifted” he says of Puig.”
I value the opinion of a man that has played, managed and still coaches, inspires, understands, evaluates and enjoys our great National Pastime.
I am heading to San Diego soon for my second trip there this year to see the Dodgers. I am excited to see Kershaw & Greinke pitch Friday and Saturday. The matchups this weekend are:
Friday: Kershaw against Despaigne
Saturday: Greinke against Kennedy. The game time on MLB says 7:10 & the same says on my ticket. Usually games on Saturday in San Diego start around 5.
Sunday: Bolsinger who had been a pleasant surprise fir the Dodgers with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.08 takes the mound. The pitcher for the Padres has not been announced.
Although there is a June gloom, I see the forecast as fun fun fun at Petco Park. Go Dodgers!!
Twas the Night before Opening Day and all through Dodger town
Dodger fans anxiously waited for the final countdown
At the stadium the awnings were hung with much care
in hope that in October they will again be there
The fans all sleepy snuggled in their bed
while visions of World Series danced in their heads
after finishing blogging and loading the MLB at Bat
I went upstairs to take a long nap
when my alarm kept making such a clatter
I sprang out my bed to see what was the matter
Away to Dodger Stadium we left in a dash
drove up I-10 but had to stop for some cash
On the mound, Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw,
Goes against James Shield for the Opening Day show
On Kershaw, on Adrian, On Uribe, on Puig, on Rollins, on Ellis
Give us a win fellas!
Giddiness! Opening Day is the reason
Good luck to my Dodgers and to all fans a good season!
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.” I am a baseball junkie. I LOVE Baseball!! What better reward to a baseball junkie like me who had a long winter than to watch her Boys in Blue return? Spring Training is our fix!!
A reward is watching Clayton Kershaw throw again. A reward is getting an autograph from Dodgers future like shortstop Corey Seager
Good luck to JUAN Pierre on his retirement and wonderful career. This is an old post from Spring Training in 2010 I called “The Reunion” with Juan Pierre, Kemp and Ethier
Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:
I actually missed taking the pictures because I went looking for food. Lucky for me my friend LuvtheDodgers23 stayed so she took all these pictures. When I saw them I went “ahhh, how cute!”
Where are you pointing Andre?
Matt Kemp shows up! Here is the bump!
and here are the three doing the bump:
The hand shake:
And another bump before leaving
A tough week for LA Sports fan this week.
I mentioned this on facebook but not here.Last week we mourn two LA sports figures in Willie Davis and Merlin Olsen.
Willie Davis who still holds the all-time L.A. Dodgers records for the hits, extra-base hits, total bases, plate appearances, triples, and for the longest hitting streak, at 31 games. The last time I saw Willie Davis was at the RBI(Reviving Baseball in Inter-cities) dinner last year.
Merlin Olsen. As a Los Angeles…
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On this day February 13, 2009, I decided to start a blog. It has been a labor of love. I always remember the day because it was a day before Valentines Day. So this is my
Sixth anniversary and it is six days until Pitchers and Catchers report for the Dodgers!!22 players have worn #6 for the Dodgers. They are:Lefty O’DoulSam LeslieBuddy HassettJohnny HudsonTony GiulianiJoe MedwickCarden GillenwaterHal PeckCharlie DressenJohn BoilingBill HartCarl FurilloRon FairlySteve GarveyJolbert CabreraBrent MayneJason GrabowskiKenny LoftonTony AbreuJoe TorreAaron MilesJerry Hairston Jr.
What a great picture and video seeing Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley together. This year September 9, will be the 50 year anniversary of Sandy Koufax perfect game.
Originally posted on Dodger Insider:
By Jon Weisman
“On a Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, the crafts of pitching and broadcasting came as close to perfection as we’ll ever see,” said Tom Verducci at Saturday’s Baseball Writers Association of America dinner as he introduced the Willie, Mickey & the Duke Award, going to the Cubs’ Bob Hendley and the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully in recognizing the historical significance of the September 9, 1965 night that Scully broadcast Koufax’s perfect game beating Hendley’s one-hitter.
“The broadcast of the game, we’ve heard it a lot – at least I have,” Koufax said, “and Vinny was so special, it’s probably more exciting listening to him than it was doing it that night.”
Hendley, who joined Koufax in accepting the award, noted that Saturday was the first time he had actually met Koufax. He also charmingly pointed out that five days after the perfect game, he outdueled Koufax with a four-hitter in…
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Congratulations to Cooperstown Class of 2015
Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.
Randy Johnson. In 618 appearances (603 starts), he posted a career record of 303-166 with an ERA of 3.29. He struck out 4,875 batters and averaged 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He won five Cy Young awards — one with the Mariners in 1995 and four straight with the Diamondbacks from 1999 to 2002. He was also named to 10 all-star teams.
Pedro Martinez. Martinez posted a 219-100 record in 476 career appearances (409 starts) with a 2.98 ERA in 18 big-league seasons. He won three Cy Young awards (two in the AL and one in the NL) and was named to eight all-star teams
John Smoltz. From 1988 to 1999, he was dominant starter on one of the best rotations in all of baseball. During that time he was 157-113 with 356 starts, including 14 shutouts.He sat out the 2000 season because of elbow surgery and returned in 2001. He made just five starts that season and then moved to the bullpen to serve as the Braves’ closer, notching 10 saves that season.From 2002 to 2009, he pitched as a closer, notching 144 saves, including 55 saves in the 2002 season. He is the only pitcher with more than 200 career wins (213) and 150 career saves (157).
Craig Biggio. Biggio missed out on induction by 0.2 percentage points last season, getting 74.8 percent of the vote last season (75 percent is needed). He spent his entire career with the Astros, converting from catching prospect to all-star second baseman. He played in 2,850 games and posted a .286/.363/.433 slash line, including 3,060 hits. He was a seven-time all-star who won five Silver Sluggers and four Gold Gloves.
This was the largest induction class in since 1955. Who were inducted in 1955?
ref: baseballhall.org, Seattletimes.com
Merry Christmas to All!! Feliz Navidad! Happy Holidays!!
Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:
It was a Night before Christmas
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All baseball fans were clicking their mouse
They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
And now it was time to sit down and see what everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.
A nice break to read what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frowned!
When they went to click on the websites, none could be found!
Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!
Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?
How could this happen in our time of need?
The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.
“Did we misspell the links? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key, One…
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I had purchased the book “The Soul of Baseball. A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s america” some time ago but only recently I started reading it. I knew about the book from other friends that have read it before so it came highly recommended.
Like so many people, I had seen Buck O’Neil from Ken Burns Documentary series titled “Baseball.” Buck O’Neil captivated me there. I fell in love with his humanity, his humbleness, his positive attiture, his passion for the game and his devotion supporting the Negro League museum making sure that we did not forget the contribution by the Negro Leagues players. His voice made me feel that all was OK with the world.
Reading Joe Posnanski’s book traveling for more than a year with Mr. O’Neil was like taking a ride with them. It brought me joy, some laughs but also some tears. Mr. O’Neil was 93 when Joe Posnanski traveled with him. Buck had a lot of energy. He was truly an inspiring person. You can’t help but feel his positive attitude.
Buck O’Neil’s quotes when he did not make it into the HOf:
“Don’t shed any tears. You think about this: Here I am, the grandson of a slave. And here the whole world was excited about whether I was going into the Hall of Fame or not. We’ve come a long ways.”
I regret that I did get to shake Buck O’Neil’s hand. I would have worn a red dress in his honor (mind you, I don’t like to wear red).
In New York, Buck had told Joe “Son, in this life, you never walk by a red dress.”
Joe Posnanski quote on his interpretation of this quote “I think Buck meant that we should never pass up the opportunity to live life. We should not rush by the red dresses, the baseball games, the street musicians, or the sweet smell of dessert. We should not stifle or smother our craziest dreams.”
Buck O’Neil when he was the starting first baseman of the 1946-47 Almendares team that swept Habana, Cuba.