It’s been a bad year for giveaways at Dodger Stadium.
On Friday, the team announced that because of “unforeseeable circumstances relating to shipping and customs control,” approximately 15,000 Matt Kemp figurines that were to be given away at Dodger Stadium on Sunday “will not be available for distribution.”
Instead, approximately 25,000 remaining figurines will be given out Sunday. Another 15,000 fans will receive vouchers. The fine print:
From Sept. 1-28, the vouchers will be redeemable at the Top of the Park Merchandise Store at Dodger Stadium during games and on non-game days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Fans will also have the option of mailing their vouchers into the Fan Services Department, and the figurines will be sent to them at the address specified on the voucher. Details for redemption by mail will be printed on each voucher.
On July 10, a truck carrying Hello Kitty travel mugs did not make it to Dodger Stadium for distribution as scheduled, and vouchers were issued instead.
Corey Seager was named MVP of the California League, where he hasn’t played since July. (Staff photo)
Dodgers prospect Corey Seager
was named the California League’s Most Valuable Player on Friday.
The 20-year-old shortstop slashed .352/.411/.633 in 80 games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga before earning a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga on July 18. Since the promotion, Seager is batting .333/.356/.495.
Seager was the starting shortstop for the California League in the All-Star Game against the Carolina League in Wilmington, Delaware in June. He also started at shortstop for the U.S. at the MLB Futures Game in July.
In addition to Seager, Rancho Cucamonga’s head groundskeeper, Rex Whitney, was honored with the Groundskeeper of the Year award for his excellent work on LoanMart Field throughout the 2014 season.
Citing unnamed sources, the Oklahoman reported on its website today that the Dodgers will switch Triple-A affiliates from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City next season.
According to the report, a “group affiliated with the Dodgers” is in the final stages of purchasing the team from Mandalay Sports Entertainment. Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mandalay Baseball Properties, a subsidiary of MSE.
The Dodgers have been affiliated with the Albuquerque Isotopes since 2009. From 1963-2000, the Dodgers were affiliated with the Albuquerque Dukes before switching their Triple-A affiliate to Las Vegas. Continue reading
Last year, colleague Sarah Favot reported that Yasiel Puig‘s popularity was about to cause a surge in eponymous babies. According to Nameberry.com, about 100 boys born in 2003 in the U.S. were named “Yasiel” or “Jasiel.”
This graph from BabyCenter.com tells the story:
From the Dodgers’ minor league promotions department comes a unique giveaway.
One “lucky” fan at the Albuquerque Isotopes game next Friday will drive away (or “tow away,” per the press release) a 1994 Buick Century belonging to outfielder Joc Pederson.
More from the Isotopes’ press release:
Pedro Baez has not allowed a run in his last six games. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Until recently, the comparisons between Pedro Baez
and Kenley Jansen
were premature at best, superficial at worst.
Jansen converted from a catcher to a pitcher at age 21 in 2009. Two years later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.
Baez converted from a third baseman to a pitcher at age 24 in 2013. One year later, he was pitching for the Dodgers.
The key difference: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Jansen never struggled as a rookie. In his first 25 games with the Dodgers in 2010, he allowed two runs. Two.
Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a low-intensity bullpen session at Dodger Stadium for about five minutes under the watch of head athletic trainer Stan Conte (and interpreter Martin Kim).
That might be considered ahead of schedule. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Ryu wouldn’t be throwing off a mound anytime soon.
Ryu is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained gluteus medius and piriformus muscle in his right buttock. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu could be activated within “a day or two” once he’s eligible to return on August 28.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will be among the major league all-stars who will play a team of all-stars from Japan in November, MLB announced today.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will manage the MLB club. All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).
In July, Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw said they would not participate in the series. Dee Gordon said he would.
So far, Puig, Albert Pujols, Adam Jones and Robinson Cano are the only participating players that MLB has announced.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, with Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte, sprays teammate Juan Uribe in the Dodgers’ dugout Wednesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
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