The Vin Scully bobblehead Version 2.0: Younger, and as if he’s working with an iPad

The Dodgers released the newest Vin Scully bobblehead that will be given out on July 25. They’re going for a ‘retro’ Scully look here — red hair and all — but not sure what he’s actually doing. Reading the lineup cards?

(Reminder: at 4 p.m., Vin is on the Dodgers’ Twitter account taking questions. He’s not at Yankee Stadium with the team.)  vinbobble


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Play It Forward: June 17-23 — Dodgers-Yankees, oh that’s rich

The week ahead, like it or not:


Tuesday, 4:05 p.m., Channel 9
Wednesday, 4:05 p.m., Prime:

new-york-yankees-lg-logo-cut-money-clip_c6c8b0ea50bcceb0f75e963b4adb3795Something to consider as you ponder the price of a new pinstripe suit at the Men’s Warehouse: According to a survey conducted by SportingIntelligence. com, no other American-based sports franchise pays their players better than the Dodgers and Yankees do right now. The Dodgers’ average of $7.468 million per roster spot is only $300,000 more than the Yankees’ average, and each ranks in the top five on the planet for “best-paying teams.” (That’s their term; we tend to think of it as “most drunken sailors.”) The Dodgers are No. 2 behind the English Premier League’s Manchester City ($8.059 million), while the Yankees are No. 5 overall, not far behind La Liga’s Real Madrid ($7.25 million) and Barcelona ($7.21 million).
mWEMtyGYm1TXu7_TocHZkHQThis is a list that covers 278 teams in 14 major pro leagues, spanning 10 countries and comprising 8,093 athletes making a combined $15.75 billion in salary. The Yankees still sport the highest team payroll in all of sports at $228.8 million, diving that up by having to pay Alex Rodriguez ($29 million), Mark Teixeira ($23.125 million), CC Sabathia ($23 million), Vernon Wells ($21 million), Derek Jeter ($16.7 million), Robinson Cano ($15 million), Curtis Granderson ($15 million) and showing restraint by holding the retiring Mariano Rivera to just $10 mil. The Dodgers’ $216.6 million payroll is top heavy with Zack Greinke ($21 million), Adrian Gonzalez ($21 million), Matt Kemp ($20.25 million), Carl Crawford ($20 million), Josh Beckett ($17 million) and Hanley Ramirez ($15.5 million). Wait’ll Clayton Kershaw joins in. So, are any of these guys actually healthy enough to play in this two-game series in the Bronx? That Yankee lineup we saw in Anaheim last weekend wasn’t exactly Murderer’s Row – at least some have avoided the DL unlike ARod, Jeter, Granderson and Kevin Youkilis.
2011 Heritage Don MattinglyFormer Yankee legend Don Mattingly will be the lightning rod of attention here as the still-employed and unsuspended Dodgers manager is back at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time. After 17 years of interleague play, this is the first regular-season meeting between the two in New York (the previous six were at Dodger Stadium, in 2004 and 2010). To keep things interesting, the Dodgers throw Rookie of the Year candidate Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85 ERA, making a meager $3.3 million) on Tuesday. The Yankees trot out Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.78 ERA, $15 million in salary) at his former Dodger teammates on Wednesday. Then we await the Yankees’ arrival at Dodger Stadium for two more on July 30-31 to even things out.

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Why the Jarrin Father’s Day is more than just another day at the park

Jaime and Jorge Jarrin appear together at the 2011 AFTRA AMEE Awards - Arrivals at Club Nokia. (Photo by Richard Shotwell)

Jaime and Jorge Jarrin at the 2011 AFTRA AMEE Awards  at Club Nokia. (Photo by Richard Shotwell)

Jaime and Jorge Jarrin may have had their ultimate Father’s Day moment six months ago.

Jaime, the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame Spanish-language play-by-play man since the team moved to L.A., took his son, Jorge, currently working on the Dodgers’ post-game radio talk show, down to his native Ecuador last December to visit relatives that he hadn’t seen in years.

Also along for the ride were Jorge’s three grown sons – Andrew, 28; Phillip, 24; and Stefan, 22.


“My sons finally realized how far their grandfather had come from this quiet little village in the middle of the world on the equator,” Jorge said the other day from the Dodger Stadium Spanish-language broadcast booth. “They’ve had a front-row seat to seeing him get inducted in Cooperstown, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this time, my father gave them something that goes beyond Father’s Day – a lifetime of memories and experiences that are so special.

“I know it sounds corny, but the best thing that we can give to each other is time. My dad’s been very generous with his time.”


Father’s Day doesn’t get old for the 77-year-old Jaime or the 57-year-old Jorge, even if they see each other much more often. Jorge has stopped working after 25 years as a helicopter traffic pilot for KABC-AM (790) and become part of the team’s broadcast department, doing Spanish-language TV games.

Today may be a little disjointed because Jaime is in Pittsburgh with the team today, while Jorge will be at the KLAC broadcast studios later to talk about it. But the family dynamic doesn’t change.

Q: Father’s Day must feel like an every-day event for you two by now, right?
I think you can say that. In many ways, it is. Family therapists talk about how important it is for a family to have a day together, maybe a Sunday dinner. I have the opportunity to have dinner with my dad just about every day now. That’s not something I could do when I was a younger man growing up because he was often on the road during the summer. The off-season was different. But when he’d leave early to the park and get home late, sometimes I wouldn’t see him for three, four, five days even when he was home. So maybe we’re catching up on that now. Continue reading “Why the Jarrin Father’s Day is more than just another day at the park” »

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Over already? Why Ryan Chalmer’s trek from L.A. to N.Y. is really just getting started

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As much as the 3,300-mile–plus road trip that started in L.A. some 70 days ago may be coming to an end for Ryan Chalmers on Saturday morning in New York, the journey is really just beginning.

The 24-year-old Paralympian, who pushed off in his specialized high-tech wheelchair from L.A. Live near Staples Center on in early April to rousing cheers, finds himself just 40 miles away from the finish line in Central Park.

His hands are somewhat gnarled. His shoulders ache. His knees are ready to buckle. But the adrenaline level is overflowing. And there are stories to be told.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” he admitted this morning, after having visited a children’s hospital outside of Philadelphia during a “rest” day. “This is all kicking in now and it’s getting exciting. We’ve been doing this a long time and in a way it’s sad to see end, but I know it’s the start of a new chapter where we’ll go out and talk to people about this adventure and get everyone excited all over again.” Continue reading “Over already? Why Ryan Chalmer’s trek from L.A. to N.Y. is really just getting started” »

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Weekly sports media column version 06.14.13: Stumped by ESPN’s strategy?

What made it into this week’s sports media column:

Screen-shot-2013-06-13-at-12.39.26-PM-628x351Howie Schwab didn’t seem stumped. Just stupefied. If he’s become the latest trivial piece in ESPN’s multi-media game plan moving forward, imagine how the rest of those working for the Disney-owned company must wonder about what Tomorrowland will look like for the sports media industry.

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