April 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Koufax Drafted By Israel Baseball League At 71
Sandy Koufax was the final player chosen in the draft to stock the six teams for the inaugural season of the Israel Baseball League. It has been 41 years since Koufax unexpectedly retired from the game of baseball. Koufax, 71, was picked by the Modi'in Miracle in the draft conducted by former major league general manager Dan Duquette, who heads baseball operations for the league. "His selection is a tribute to the esteem with which he is held by everyone associated with this league," said former big leaguer Aret Shamsky, who will manage the Miracle. "It's been 41 years between starts for him. If he's rested and ready to take the mound again, we want him on our team."
Giants Finish Sweep Of Dodgers, Extend Win Streak To Eight Games
Armando Benitez struck out Nomar Garciaparra looking to cap a three-game sweep for the Giants over the Dodgers. With the win, the Giants pushed their winning streak to eight games and are now in first place in the National League West. The Giants broke an 8th inning 3-3 tie when Ray Durham hit a RBI double to right centerfield which bounced off the tip of Juan Pierre's glove to score Omar Vizquel. Bengie Molina then singled in Durham to make the score 5-3. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Andre Ethier hit a towering home run to make it a one-run game.
Bonds Hits Home Run 741, Giants Win Seventh Straight
Barry Bonds hit his 741st career homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, Pedro Feliz had the go-ahead homer in the sixth and the Giants beat the Dodgers 6-4 Wednesday night for their first seven-game winning streak in nearly three years. Bonds has homered in three of his last four games, moving him within 14 of Hank Aaron's career record. He sent a 1-1 pitch from Randy Wolf into right-center field in the first inning. It was his second homer off Wolf and first since 1999.
Dodgers Place Schmidt On 15-Day DL With Shoulder Inflammation
The Dodgers placed Jason Schmidt on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to Sunday. Schmidt had an MRI Monday in Phoenix and there is no timeframe for his return. The team is going to give him a few days off to see if the irritation subsides.
Yankees Honor Robinson With Memorial Plaque In Monument Park
The Yankees honored Jackie Robinson by dedicating a memorial in Monument Park to the former Brooklyn Dodgers star Tuesday. Yankees manager Joe Torre, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano, who is named after the Hall of Fame second baseman, helped unveil the plaque during a ceremony before New York played the Indians. The text of the plaque reads: "In becoming the first Major League player to break the color barrier, Jackie will forever be an inspiration with his grace, dignity and perseverance. His story and the stories of those who never had the same opportunity must never be forgotten."
Struggling Schmidt Undergoes MRI
Right-hander Jason Schmidt underwent an MRI exam on his right arm on Monday, after the Dodgers' would-be ace has pitched with decreased velocity this season. Schmidt, who signed a $47 million, three-year contract with the Dodgers last offseason, is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA. Los Angeles expects to receive the test results in the next few days.
Baseball Celebrates 60th Anniversary Of Robinson's Debut
The Dodgers solemnly lined up along the third-base line, each and every one wearing No. 42. Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the sport celebrated the 60th anniversary of his debut throughout the country Sunday, when more than 200 players, managers and coaches wore his number. "I've often said that baseball's most powerful moment in its really terrific history was Jackie Robinson's coming into baseball," commissioner Bud Selig said during an on-field ceremony before the Dodgers beat San Diego 9-3.
Dodgers Get Furcal Back
The Dodgers are getting their sparkplug back. The Dodgers activated shortstop Rafael Furcal from the 15-day disabled list on Friday just in time for their series opener against the Padres.
More Than 200 Players To Wear No. 42
More than 200 players will wear Jackie Robinson?s No. 42 retired by baseball 10 years ago in ballparks across the country on Sunday, the anniversary of Robinson?s first appearance with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Willie Randolph said he once borrowed a biography on Robinson from a library and ?I saw how one life can make such a tremendous impact.? While the tribute has received baseball?s approval, it grew spontaneously from a request by the Reds? Ken Griffey Jr., who asked Commissioner Bud Selig earlier this month if he could wear the number on April 15. What has evolved since is surprisingly organic for a group of famous, feted athletes with multimillion-dollar contracts. As word of Griffey?s gesture spread, small groups of players ? among them stars like Barry Bonds, Dontrelle Willis and Gary Sheffield ? decided also to wear 42 that day. Soon, there was a representative from every team. The Los Angeles Dodgers then decided to have their entire roster wear 42. Now, there are six major league teams that plan to have everyone in uniform wearing No. 42 ? players, coaches, manager and bat boys. Those teams are the Dodgers, the Cardinals, the Pirates, the Phillies, the Brewers and the Astros. And the number of jerseys having a new 42 sewn onto the back remains fluid, but seems to be increasing by the day.
Furcal Expects To Play In Two To Three Days
Shortstop Rafael Furcal is eligible to come off the disabled list and will do so when he can swing left-handed and make turns on the bases without feeling pain in his left ankle. "I'd guess two or three more days," Little said. "But that's a guess."
Schmidt Confesses To Being A Hypochondriac
"Every time I'd get sick, I thought I had cancer," said Jason Schmidt. "I never looked at it from a realistic point of view."