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Monday, May 18, 2009

Pickoff Moves

Laugher, And An Almost No-No: Dodgers 12, Marlins 5

Clayton Kershaw took a no-no into the eighth, whereupon it was marred by a leadoff double off the bat of Cody Ross, the former Dodger. And I was outside working on the shed. Huh.

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"And Now, It's Time For Yankee Baseball"

Keith Olbermann explains how Vin Scully almost became the Yankees' lead broadcaster.
... Vin asked about Fordham, about Mike's youth, about his newspaper career, about the Yankees. And then came the story: "Michael, did you know; Keith, I don't even think I told you this -- I nearly became the Voice of the Yankees?" Absolute silence for two or three beats, and then, from Kay and Olbermann, a joint "whaaaat?" "When the Yankees let Mel Allen go in 1964, I got a phone call from the man who they had brought in to run their broadcasting operation, Craig Smith," Vin began. "He had been in charge of the World Series broadcasts forever, so I'd known him about ten years by then. And he asked me if I'd like to come home to New York and become the lead announcer. He offered a very handsome salary, and a long contract.

"Well, I was amazed, as you can imagine. I'd found a wonderful home here in Los Angeles, but remember, this was only seven years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn. I was still a New Yorker through and through. Plus, here was a chance to work again with Red Barber. And recall, too, that this was just before the Yankee dynasty collapsed. As much as Mr. O'Malley had done here and in Brooklyn, the Yankees were still the marquee name in sports. If it had been 1958 or 1959, when I still missed New York so, I would've said yes before he hung up the phone."

"So, I thought long and hard about that one. But I had a young family, and I think we had all just truly adjusted to living here - takes just about seven years, I think - and in the end I turned it down."

Followup: Sonnenstine Helps His Own Cause With The Bat: Rays 7, Indians 5

Andy Sonnenstine actually hit an RBI double in yesterday's DH-less (for Tampa Bay) contest against Cleveland.
“I took it as an opportunity,” [Sonnenstine] said. “That was one of the craziest games I’ve ever been a part of.”

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Eric Stults Has A Sprained Thumb, Claims He Can Keep Pitching

He thinks he won't miss his next start.

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I love the story about Vin getting an offer to move back to New York.

Vin Scully is legendary. He represents the Dodgers as much as anyone.

There's a new book out filled with stories told by Hall-of-Famers, former Dodgers, friends and fans.

It called "I Saw It On the Radio" http://www.vinscullybook.com

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