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Yasiel Puig and George Genovese

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 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.

George Genovese

MLB NL Player of the Week in his first week: Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig had an unbelievable week! In his first week in the Majors, he batted .464 (13 for 28), hit four homeruns which included a grand slam, and got 10 RBI in the leadoff spot. Oh and what can we say of that cannon of an arm? It is just incredible! We don’t expect him to do that every week but what a joy to watch this 22 year old Cuban!

Yasiel Puig’s 13 hits through his first seven games are the most for any Dodger player since 1916. Even in the 8-1 Dodger loss to the Braves on Sunday he managed to go 3 for 5 and make another rocket throw from the outfield. I was at the stadium just saying “WOW!” “Amazing!”

The minute the Puig shirts were in the Dodger stores, people were buying them and you could see them everywhere at the stadium. The Puig jersey hit the store on Sunday or at least is when I saw them in the club level store. Puigmania is in full force at Dodger Stadium.

The prior MLB players of the week for both the American League and National League are

National LeagueApril 1-7
Clayton Kershaw, LA
April 8-14
Matt Harvey, NYM
April 15-21
Carlos Gomez, MIL
April 22-28
Russell Martin, PIT
April 29-May 5
Tim Hudson, ATL
May 6-12
Jean Segura, MIL
May 13-19
Joey Votto, CIN
May 20-26
Domonic Brown, PHI
May 27-June 2
Domonic Brown, PHI

American LeagueApril 1-7
Chris Davis, BAL
April 8-14
Prince Fielder, DET
April 15-21
Andrew Bailey, Mike Napoli, BOS
April 22-28
Josh Donaldson, OAK
April 29-May 5
Ryan Raburn, CLE
May 6-12
Evan Longoria, TB
May 13-19
Justin Masterson, CLE
May 20-26
Jason Castro, HOU
May 27-June 2
Chris Davis, BAL

And this week of June 3 to June 9 is Yasiel Puig!!!

WOO-HOO!! Congratulations Yasiel!

pictures by the great Jon Soo Hoo.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

I’ve been posting this for what? two years.  Made just a few changes to the one two years ago.

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 frownded!

When they went to click on their sites, 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 by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled. And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids, But it’s still such a mystery where all links had hid.

Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see? Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list

And good bloggers and posters he vows never to miss.

It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,

So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end, They heard

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”

Look what Santa Dodgers sent me.  (it was sent to all Season ticket holders.   The coffee mug at the end.  The items before like the stadium in 2008, the Globe with the glove and the replica seats are from prior years. The Christmas card with Tommy is next. Miss Piggy bobblehead is in the back.  I have Kermit too somewhere.

2012 Season tix gifts

Rest in Peace Boyd Bartley

Rest in peace Boyd Bartley.

Every year on New Years Day, I do a post paying tribute to all the Dodgers that have passed away during the year.  Last night I was up until very late updating my list, checking the list of  MLB players that have passed away and checking who were Dodgers.    I told my brother Vic this morning  “There are 75 players that have passed away with Ryan Freel”   I was surprised by the high number and told him that I hoped it will not go up.

I had to come to work today.  While at work  I got a message from Nick of www.examiner.com with the bad news that Boyd Bartley had passed away last Friday.  See his article here http://www.examiner.com/article/boyd-bartley-92-former-brooklyn-dodger-player-and-scout-signed-orel-hershiser

Boyd Bartley, former Brooklyn Dodger shortstop passed away Friday at 92

Boyd Barley (02-11-1920 to 12-21-2012)   He was 92.

Here is part of the article:

Bartley was signed out of the University of Illinois in 1943 after receiving a bonus from the Dodgers to steer him away from his hometown Chicago Cubs. The young shortstop was heralded for his defensive prowess and received comparisons to then-Indians shortstop Lou Boudreau. The Dodgers wasted little time in testing Bartley’s skills, inserting him in to the lineup a day after he was signed, starting both games of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds

Sadly, Bartley never lived up to the comparison to the future Hall of Famer. Bartley made three errors in his first three games, shaking the confidence of manager Leo Durocher. He would last nine games in a week-and-a-half, batting 1-21, with his only hit coming ironically against the Chicago Cubs. Bartley was sent down to Montreal due to his lack of production, as the 37-year-old Durocher inserted himself into the shortstop role.

Also this:

While serving with the Army in the Pacific, Bartley was operating a jeep when he encountered a Japanese patrol. In his attempt to escape the patrol, his vehicle flipped over and he injured his shoulder. His arm would never fully recover.

Starting in 1968 he became a scout for the Dodgers, holding the position for over 25 years. His most prized signing, Orel Hershiser.  The prized Dodger pitcher fondly recalled Bartley’s courtship in his 2001 biography, “Between the Lines.”

“In a few weeks Boyd Bartley, a Dodger scout, came to our home in Detroit to present their offer. Because I wasn’t going to turn twenty–one for three more months, my dad had to be in the meeting. Mr. Bartley offered me ten thousand dollars, an assignment, and a dream. ‘We’ll send you to our Class A team in Clinton, Iowa. You’ll have the chance to grow and develop and work your way up the ladder to play in the big leagues. We want you to pitch in Dodger Stadium some day.’ I was awestruck by his words. My dream was about to come true. I was going to turn pro. After a short meeting in the kitchen with my dad and mom, I took the offer.”

Rest in peace Mr. Bartley.  There are now 42 Brooklyn Dodger players alive.

Thanks Nick.    Glad you made a trip to Dodger Stadium and I got to mee you and your girlfriend.  Maybe I will see you at next year SABR convention.

Reviewing the Dodgers 2013 Spring Training and making Vacation Plans

I jotted dates from the Spring schedule  and the regular Dodger  2013 schedule so that I can request vacation.   I was telling myself “don’t schedule vacation during Winter but then  I got an email from MLB saying “Enter for a chance to shadow an MLB writer at the Winter Meetings.   I read it and started saying “YES!  YES!” “YES!”   A co-worker heard me and responded “I don’ think you are excited about work”   haha.   I told him about the email to which he responded “Figures”   I never win any of these contests but I still entered.  One of these days….

Pitchers and Catchers report in 84 days!   Woohoo!

The Dodgers will play Mexico’s WBC team, which includes Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz at Camelback Ranch on March 6, 2013.  Shoot!  that is on a Wednesday.

Los Angeles Dodgers  2013 Spring Training Schedule

Day Date Opponent Location Time
Saturday 2/23 CWS Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 2/24 CWS Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Monday 2/25 CHC Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday 2/26 SF Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday 2/27 CHC Mesa 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 2/28 LAA Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Friday 3/1 SD (ss) Glendale 1:05 p.m.
3/1 LAA (ss) Tempe 1:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/2 SEA Peoria 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/3 CLE Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Monday 3/4 Off Day
Tuesday 3/5 SD Peoria 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/6 CLE Goodyear 1:05 p.m.
3/6 Mexico Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 3/7 TEX Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Friday 3/8 SF (ss) Scottsdale 1:05 p.m.
3/8 CIN (ss) Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/9 SEA Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/10 COL Talking Stick 1:10 p.m.
Monday 3/11 MIL Maryvale 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday 3/12 CIN Goodyear 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/13 Off Day
Thursday 3/14 CHC Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Friday 3/15 SD (ss) Peoria 1:05 p.m.
3/15 KC (ss) Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/16 TEX Surprise 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/17 MIL (ss) Glendale 1:05 p.m.
3/17 ARI (ss) Talking Stick 1:05 p.m.
Monday 3/18 ARI Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday 3/19 OAK Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/20 KC Surprise 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 3/21 Off Day
Friday 3/22 CIN Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/23 CWS Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/24 OAK Phoenix 1:05 p.m.
Monday 3/25 KC Surprise 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday 3/26 COL Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/27 SEA Peoria 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 3/28 LAA Anaheim TBD
Friday 3/29 LAA Dodger Stadium 7:10 p.m.
Saturday 3/30 LAA Anaheim TBD

I copied the schedule from http://lasordaslair.com/

 

We got the go back for St Patrick’s Day

MLB Postseason: Another Quadruple Header

Sunday I was planning on going to the San Clemente Seafest but after seeing that there was going to be an MLB Postseason  quadruple header on TV, I decided to stay home.   I am glad I did stay home to watch most of the four game series.   Yeah, I vegetated  but in between I did get some cooking done..  I’ll take the train ride to San Clemente another weekend.

Today there is another quadruple header!   I am at work but I will work with my headphones on while I listen to some of the local announcers on MLB At Bat.  I tend to switch between the home and away team announcers.   I have found them a little too homers.  That is something that you don’t find with Vin Scully, Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez.

When I find myself on the road and my MLB At Bat fails me at the stadium, I turn to my radio and listen to the local announcers.   In addition to enjoying the game, I like to listen to the local commercials to see who their local sponsors are.   I found the milk commercials at Minnesota …wholesome :-).  By the way, avocados from Mexico  commercials in the MLB Postseason?   Cool!   It did make me want some avocado .  Talking about avocados, last weekend was the Avocado festival in Carpinteria, CA.

this reminds me of the avocado trees back home in Honduras.  It also reminded me of Duke Snider who had an avocado farm in Fallbrook, CA.

The quadruple header for today:

St Louis at WAS 10 AM PT (1 PM ET)  on MLBNetwork.  Carpenter against Edwin Jackson.

SF at  CIN  1 PM PT (4 PM ET)  on TBS  Barry  Zito against Mike Leake

BAL at NY  4:30 PM PT (7:30 PM ET)  on TBS on ESPN radio   Miguel Gonzalez against Kuroda-san.

DET at OAK   6:30 PM PT (9:30 PM ET)  on TNT  Mike Scherzer against AJ Griffin

 

Ex-Dodgers in the postseason:  Kuroda-san, Jonathan Broxton, Guilleromo Mota, Edwin Jackson, Derek Lowe,  Jayson Werth, Russell Martin, Jim Thome, Jim Johnson, Xavier Paul, Dioner Navarro and David Ross (Braves)

photo of San Clemente: California-Blog.com.  Vin and Jaime from my calendar, third photo: : Bob Carey, Los Angeles Times, Avocado pic from coop.foodnotes.com

p.s.  Jaime Jarrin twitted this  “commendable drive of Clayton Kershaw to intensify the collection of funds to help kids in Zambia.  He will have a golf tournament on November 12th in Los Angeles.

I like the quotes once you publish your post here at the MLB Blogs.  This is from today:

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert

Dodgers Sweep the Rockies. I am just waiting for Monday.

Dodgers Sweep!

Dodgers sweep the Rockies!  Is so good to be seeing the Boys in Blue playing well!   Now the Giants come to town starting tomorrow but before the game…

I am just waiting for Monday.

A few years back I went on a Dodger road trip to Phoenix.  All decked in Dodger blue, my friend Erik and I were having having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory  The waitress asked us if were going to the Dodger game.   We said yes and she said  “I am just waiting for Monday”

She came back with our drinks and starts talking about being a Cubs fan, about the Cubs in town starting Monday and having tickets for Monday’s game.    After she left,  Erik  says “I thought she was talking about Rick Monday”   I tell him “Mee too!”   and we started  laughing.

It was an inside joke for us.  We would drop the “Iam just waiting for Monday”  and we would start laughing

So why am I saying “I am just waiting for Monday!’   Ben Platts of MLB will interview me for the MLB Blogs!   Is going to be a video interview.

Bobby Castillo back at Dodger Stadium!

I was glad to see Bobby Castillo back at Dodger Stadium!   He had suffered a stroke back in May and had been recuperating.

Bobby threw out the first pictch on Saturday

and Fernando Caught him

Manny Mota also threw out the first pitch on Saturday \

Is Adrian showing Herrera some signals?

Thanks Jill for this picture!

pictures by photographers Jon SooHoo and Jill Weisleder of Dodgers.com.  visist the Dodgers photo blog at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com