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Haikus: It’s Time for Dodger Baseball in Australia

It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia!   I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:

Outside is gloomy

but it is Opening Night

So my heart just see sunshine

Speaking of Mr. Sunshine

Kershaw will be on the mound

green grass all around

Los Angeles Dodgers Workout

Opening Day Eve

My allergies in full bloom

Spring is in the air

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Australia

I can’t wait to hear

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball

At one a.m. here

Australia so far

Start time there 7 p.m.

Crickets outside sing

Play ball!

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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Herb Score.

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.

Black & White Daily -- Boston 9/8/2000 Red Sox vs Yankees. Sox Pitcher Bryce Florie sits injured on the mound. - Library Tag 11042000 Metro

Bryce Florie

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

Jesus said ” Jesus Padilla@Jay_P822h

@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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Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:

Chuck Kress then

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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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:

Clayton Kershaw

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.

Clayton Kershaw

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).

Walter Alston, Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers

Welcome back Baseball!  I missed you!!

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

32 Days – Sandy Koufax

crzblue:

This makes me want to dance!! WOO-HOO!!!! 💃💃💃💃

Originally posted on Grand Openings:

Sandy Koufax

April 14 will mark the 50th anniversary of Sandy Koufax‘s only Opening Day start in a Hall of Fame career, and today we celebrate No. 32 as the countdown continues to Dodgers vs. D-backs on March 22 in Sydney, Australia.

Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax poses for a portrait in 1962. (Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos)

Don Drysdale had generally handled the Opening Day assignment for the Dodgers in that era of their 1-2 domination on the mound following the club’s move from Brooklyn. The big right-hander started on Opening Day in 1958-61, ’63 and ’65. Johnny Podres had started it in ’62, the first game at Dodger Stadium. For Koufax, ’64 was his turn and his time.

Koufax had been named Most Valuable Player of the 1963 World Series, leading the Dodgers to a sweep of the Yankees and then receiving a unanimous Cy Young Award as well as National League…

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2/15/14-Something Current-Los Angeles Dodgers Workout by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers

crzblue:

Thanks for the picture Jon SooHoo! With Lorena & Rosie. Also Mancha fam. Deuce & Levi looking so cute!!

Originally posted on Dodgers Photog Blog:

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