Sunday, March 02, 2008

Dodger Media Notes

From Tony Jackson:

Media guide has arrived

...It has a home-plate shaped collage of photos from the club's first 50 years in Los Angeles, with the one across the top of Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax flanking Roy Campanella in his wheel chair at a game many, many years ago at Dodger Stadium. There are also photos of Don Drysdale having just thrown a pitch, Fernando in mid-windup, Hideo Nomo in mid-windup, Kirk Gibson thrusting his right arm skyward as he nears first base after hitting that famous home run in the '88 Series and, of course, a smiling Tommy Lasorda. And then, for some reason, there is a photo of Chan Ho Park in mid-windup. Funny that he's on the cover, but to find his bio, you have to go to the non-roster section.

From Josh Rawitch: sure to tune in after the game for Dodgertalk with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon. They will also be hosting the Sunday night show on KABC this evening from 7-10 p.m. PT (which is obviously much later on this coast, but it will be live). Josh Suchon took over for A Martinez as the daily reporter and you'll be hearing him all season long on the Dodgers' flagship station. He's a longtime baseball writer in the Bay Area who most recently handled minor league play-by-play for the Modesto Nuts while also hosting a daily talk radio show with J.J. Stokes on ESPN Radio. Ken Levine, as many of you know, was the main writer for Cheers, among many other Hollywood credits, and is formerly the voice of the Baltimore Orioles. He's got a ton of baseball experience and hopefully you've had the chance to hear him and Josh together during the winter.


Josh Rawitch explains the inclusion of Park:

Tony mentioned the images on the cover, as well as the inclusion of Chan Ho Park, so I figured I'd explain the reasoning. As part of the 50th anniversary celebration this year, we'll be highlighting a number of things, including the organization's role historically in the pioneering of baseball in America and around the world. Whether it's Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo, or Chan Ho Park the Dodgers have a history of being the first, or among the first, to reach various races, religions, and countries in spreading the game of baseball. Hence the reason why Chan Ho Park, the first Korean in Major League history and the team's last 18-game winner, is on the cover with so many Dodger legends.