The 19-year-old Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is home to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
Making formal a poorly kept secret, the Dodgers announced an agreement today with Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC to purchase the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks, which will become the team’s new Triple-A affiliate.
The Dodgers had been affiliated with the Albuquerque Isotopes since 2009.
Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber will be the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the RedHawks. Partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman (who are not directly involved with the Dodgers) will manage the operations of the company.
According to multiple reports, the ownership structure is a 50/50 arrangement in which Guber owns half of the RedHawks, and the other Dodgers owners control the other half.
The purchase agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
“We enjoyed a great relationship with the Albuquerque organization and its fans,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said, “but the opportunity of franchise ownership was one we couldn’t pass up.”
Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the starting lineup with an elbow injury and struck out as a pinch hitter in his only at-bat Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Don Mattingly offered an interesting take on his club prior to a 10-4 loss to the Rockies. The box score is here.
Also, Daniel Coulombe is the Dodgers’ all-time ERA leader.
“Where were you when you got called up to the major leagues?”
There are always a few interesting responses to the question; usually it involves getting called into a manager’s office at a minor-league ballpark somewhere.
Daniel Coulombe‘s season was over, so he was at home in Arizona watching “Walking Dead” with his fiancee when Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson called to deliver the news Monday night.
“At first it was definitely shocking,” he said. “It took a little while to set in. Man, it’s exciting.”
The Dodgers will sell postseason tickets online beginning this Friday at 10 a.m. PST, the team announced today.
Tickets will be priced as follows:
Dodgers prospect Corey Seager was promoted to Double-A by the Dodgers after his apperance in the Futures Game. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff photographer)
This one’s a bit esoteric, but try to follow along.
BaseballAmerica.com, which pays closer attention to minor-league prospects than just about any website on the planet, ranked the MVPs of each minor league, as chosen by the voters in each league. The criterion for ranking: long-term potential.
Corey Seager topped the list. The 20-year-old shortstop was chosen MVP of the California League, despite not playing in the California League for half the season. (He was promoted to Double-A after the Futures Game.)
From author Matt Eddy:
Clayton Kershaw, left, playing ping pong with Neil Patrick Harris, has raised money for a Zambian orphanage through his annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose event. (courtesy of the Jimmy Kimmel show)
Clayton Kershaw was chosen as the Dodgers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award today. Kershaw won the award in 2012.
Each team nominates one player to be considered for the award in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing “current players who truly understand the value of helping others.”
Here’s more from MLB’s press release:
The Dodgers are playing the Giants for three games at Dodger Stadium beginning next Monday. Their marketing folks thinks it’s a good idea if everyone wears blue.
Got it? Got it.
Wait, there’s more. Here’s the text of the official release:
Today could be the day the Dodgers formally switch Triple-A affiliates from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman reported the move in August. Yesterday, BaseballAmerica.com reported that 23 minor-league teams have a two-week window to secure new affiliations beginning today, and that Albuquerque and Oklahoma City are two of those teams.
When the move was first reported, I mentioned that former Albuquerque Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy (now the Dodgers’ third base coach) offered his scouting report on exactly what playing at 5,200 feet does to a developing baseball player.
Here is that scouting report. This isn’t to presume that elevation was the primary reason for the Dodgers moving their Triple-A affiliate — far from it. Rather, Bundy’s experience adds some nuance to our understanding of why playing at elevation might be more or less desirable from a player development standpoint. This might be a business move first and foremost; here’s the baseball end of it:
Matt Kemp points to the sky after hitting his 21st home run of the season Monday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)
DENVER >> The Dodgers won. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig had a little kerfuffle. Carl Crawford hurt his hamstring. Read all about that here.
Two things I want to emphasize that might not be clear on the surface:
1. Crawford wasn’t removed for precautionary reasons tonight. As he explained in my story, he was in genuine pain.
2. It’s really difficult to know what to make of the Puig-Kemp thing. Could be something, could be nothing. Could be something that happens all the time between closed doors, could be something that never happened before today. Again, we don’t really know. The truth is probably somewhere in between; if it was nothing it wouldn’t have gotten caught on camera and Don Mattingly wouldn’t have been nervously laughing and sipping water after the game:
That’s not good however you paint it, but it’s not enough to draw broad brushstrokes about the Dodgers’ team chemistry. It’s two emotionally charged teammates who didn’t see eye-to-eye in Game 150. Maybe it lingers, maybe it doesn’t. We’ll see.
Hyun-Jin Ryu left the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning with an inflamed left shoulder. (Associated Press photo)
DENVER >>The National League West standings are so tight — even after two big wins over the San Francisco Giants — that anything less than a glowing health report for every Dodgers player comes as bad news these days.
Even Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged that the standings will affect how the Dodgers proceed with Hyun-Jin Ryu, whose MRI results came back clean Monday.
“If we’d already clinched the division or something,” Mattingly said, “I’m sure we’d look at things differently.”