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Dodgers Most Colorful

Posted on: March 20, 2008 8:27 pm
 
I would like to start this blog with some basic facts about the Los Angeles Dodgers that make them the most colorful MLB team in the history of baseball. What team has the distinction of breaking the color barrier (Jackie Robinson, 1947)? I could stop here and that would be enough, but I'll go on. What team has relocated its franchise from one coast to another? What is the team that hit into the only unassisted triple play in World Series history (who said that colorful had to mean only good news?)? What team is the only team also to lose the only perfect game in World Series history (to Don Larsen, 1956)? What team can legitimately make a case for having had the best left-handed pitcher in MLB history (Sandy Koufax)? What team also a colorful and diverse community in all directions from its ballpark? What team took almost forever to win its first World Series championship (1955, as an underdog), to the point that it became a slogan to say, "Wait until next year"? What team has arguably one of the most beautiful settings for a major league ballpark? What team swept the New York Yankees in the 1963 World Series? What team has had two pitchers with the record for most consecutive scoreless innings pitched (first Don Drysdale, then his record was broken by Orel Hershiser)? That's enough for starters, but I'm only getting warmed up. If I make my complete case right now, no one will dare to participate because the comparison will make their team look so bad.<style id="jajah" type="text/css">span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }</style>
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Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Dodgers Most Colorful

How about another argument or two based on this season alone? Vin Scully still broadcasts. Say no more. Clayton Kershaw wins the Cy Young Award. Matt Kemp wins a Gold Glove, the Hank Aaron Award, and finishes second in the MVP balloting. He would have won if the Dodgers as a team had made the playoffs. I know that MVP doesn't mean "best player." It means most valuable to your team, at least in the minds of most people. But what a stellar season for Matt Kemp. If the Dodgers are sold and the McCourt family is out of the picture, watch our for the Dodgers. They finished strong last year when front office problems didn't affect them any more. They may start strong next year and stay strong. Scully, Kershaw, and Kemp. Fabulous trio. No better threesome anywhere, which is not so much an argument for being colorful as for being good.



Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2010 8:58 pm
 

Dodgers Most Colorful

I learned one more impressive thing at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix this week about the Dodgers. Camelback Ranch is the new facility, opened in 2009, which the Dodgers share with the White Sox during the Cactus League season. A very impressive facility, by the way. Last year the Dodgers set an attendance record for the Cactus League. The last game I saw, on Thursday, March 18, also set an attendance record at Camelback. All of this is prelude to the major thing I learned. And that fact is this: the Los Angeles Dodgers are the major professional team that has drawn more fans than any other professional franchise in history. That's impressive, of course, and it further supports my thesis that the Dodgers are the most colorful team ever in major league baseball history. More so than the Cardinals, the Cubs, the Red Sox, and the Yankees.



Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2009 8:52 pm
 

Dodgers Most Colorful

Now for a clinching argument to the Los Angeles Dodgers as the most colorful team ever. Right now the argument is Vin Scully, who was named by the American Sportscasters Association (ASA) this past January as the top broadcaster among the fifty top broadcasters ever to call games over the radio, ahead of people like Mel Allen, Red Barber, and Jim McKay. In 2000 the ASA voted Scully the "Sportscaster of the Century" for the twentieth century. This season is his sixtieth season as the Dodger broadcaster. In 2005, USA Today named the Dodger team (Scully with Rick Monday and Charley Steiner) as the top broadcasting team in major league baseball. The only flaw in this argument is that it's about a broadcaster rather than a team, but good teams hire good broadcasters. In 1988, after the Kirk Gibson home run (another good point in favor of the Dodgers), Scully said, "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened." What a great line! He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association's Hall of Fame in 1992, and in 1997 he was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has broadcast 25 World Series, twelve All-Star games, and three perfect games (one of them by Dodger Sandy Koufax). His honors are many more than that, but I will let my case rest. Vin Scully, the best ever.


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