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Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation to celebrate life, legacy of Jackie Robinson on Friday, August 28


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MLB to hold on-field recognition of Jackie Robinson Day on Friday


August 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will celebrate Jackie Robinson’s life and legacy with online programs this week leading up to Major League Baseball’s on-field observance of Jackie Robinson Day on Friday. August 28 marks the date in 1945 when Jackie Robinson first met with Dodger President Branch Rickey in his Brooklyn office, as Rickey sought to sign the Majors’ first Black player.

The Dodgers will play at Texas on Friday, but will celebrate Jackie Robinson and his lasting impact on society with virtual activations throughout the week:

Tuesday:LADF will host a conversation with Dodger First Base Coach George Lombard at 10:00 a.m., moderated by Marti Reed from the Positive Coaching Alliance. Lombard will share his story – from his family history of Civil Rights activism to his unique path through college and the Majors. Jackie Robinson Foundation/Dodgers Foundation Scholars will participate in the conversation.

Media interested in joining can email the Dodgers’ PR department for login credentials.

Wednesday: The Dodgers will host a virtual panel at 2:00 p.m. for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities to illustrate the different career paths available within the sport of baseball. Naomi Rodriguez, Dodger Vice President of Community Relations and External Affairs, will open the event with a welcome and overview of Jackie Robinson’s legacy for the student attendees at Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T State University and Spelman College. The event panelists include Nichol Whiteman, CEO Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (Spelman College alumna), Melanie LeGrande, Vice President of Social Responsibility – Major League Baseball (Morgan State University alumna), David Hill, Sr. Analyst, Dodgers Baseball Performance Science (Morehouse College alumnus), Albert Gilbert, Coordinator, Dodgers Baseball Operations (Stanford University/Harvard Law School alumnus) and Tahlor Cleveland, Dodgers Coordinator, Planning & Development (UC San Diego alumna).

Fans are invited to view on Dodgers’ Facebook Live, and media interested in joining can email the Dodgers’ PR department for login credentials.

Thursday: LADF will continue its Virtual Coaches Training Series presented by Nike at 5:00 p.m. with former Dodger Chase Utley as the guest speaker. In addition to sharing his thoughts on coaching young athletes, Utley will reflect on Robinson’s legacy and their shared path from UCLA to the Dodgers. The training will also feature Megan Bartlett, Founder of We Coach, which offers coaches important resources in the areas of sports-based youth development, trauma-informed sport, and girls in sport. Coaches and parents from LADF’s sports-based youth development program, Dodgers RBI, will participate, along with Dodgers RBI program partners, local school districts and other youth development professionals.

Media interested in joining can email the Dodgers’ PR department for login credentials.

Friday: The Dodgers will take on the Rangers in Texas, as Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day at ballparks around the country. Jackie Robinson Foundation/Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Alumni Scholar Johnathan Kidd (UCLA, Class of 2020) will throw a virtual ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

Rangers and Dodgers players and coaches have collaborated on a video honoring the legacy of Jackie Robinson that will be shown pre-game on the Globe Life Field video boards. DoppelRangers (cutouts) that night will feature Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars and Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy youngsters.

LADF will also hold a special Jackie Robinson Day Jersey Auction of the Dodgers’ game-used, authenticated jerseys beginning September 10th with proceeds benefitting the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), founded by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer, social justice activist and best-selling author of Just Mercy. EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. LADF is matching funds of the Posy Project, a fund created in honor of Posy Lombard, civil rights activist and mother of Dodger Coach George Lombard.

Earlier this year, the Dodgers celebrated the anniversary of Robinson’s MLB debut – April 15, when baseball traditionally observes Jackie Robinson Day – with a Zoom featuring Mookie Betts discussing Robinson’s legacy and continued impact on today’s game. The Dodgers and Dodgers Foundation also celebrated the traditional Jackie Robinson Day with social media posts throughout the day featuring Jackie Robinson Foundation and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation scholars discussing what Robinson meant to them and his influence on their lives.

Since 1987, support from the Dodgers and LADF to the Jackie Robinson Foundation totals more than $3.5 million. With its current grant of $800,000, LADF has committed to supporting 10 JRF/LADF scholars. This support provides generous scholarships in conjunction with four years of comprehensive support to minority college students each year to ensure their success and development of their leadership potential.

About the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, with six World Series championships and 22 National League pennants since its beginnings in Brooklyn in 1890, is committed to a tradition of pride and excellence. The Dodgers are dedicated to supporting a culture of winning baseball, providing a first-class, fan-friendly experience at Dodger Stadium, and building a strong partnership with the community. With the highest cumulative fan attendance in Major League Baseball history, and a record of breaking barriers, the Dodgers are one of the most cherished sports franchises in the world. Visit the Dodgers online at, follow them on Twitter @Dodgers and like them on Facebook at

About the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation:

ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is bigger than baseball with ambitions to be the city’s premier charity. We envision a city where everyone regardless of zip code has the opportunity to thrive. We are tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Since 1995, we have invested more than $30 million in programs and grants to nonprofits, and fundraising has increased by 1,000% since 2012. That growth has enabled us to do more.

Visit LADF online at, follow them on Twitter, @DodgersFdn, Instagram, @dodgersfoundation, and like them on Facebook at



Former manager Buck Showalter joining MLB Network as Studio analyst


Buck Showalter 2011 photo By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

20-Year MLB manager makes his debut today on MLB Tonight


11:08 AM EDT


Aug. 25, 2020 – Three-time Manager of the Year Buck Showalter has joined MLB Network’s lineup of on-air personalities as an analyst appearing across its programming. Showalter will make his debut today, Aug. 25 on MLB Tonight at 2 p.m. EDT alongside host Fran Charles and analyst Bill Ripken. Following today, Showalter will be part of tomorrow’s MLB Network Showcase game telecast presented by Chevrolet featuring the Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros at 1 p.m. EDT, which will use an enhanced broadcast format from Statcast powered by Google Cloud. Showalter will be part of Friday’s MLB Tonight, and Sunday’s MLB Network Showcase game telecast featuring the Seattle Mariners at the Los Angeles Angels at 4 pm. EDT. Showalter will also be part of MLB Network’s wall-to-wall Trade Deadline coverage Monday, Aug. 31.

“I’m honored by this opportunity to join MLB Network and contribute alongside this solid group of people,” said Showalter. “Mark DeRosa, Al Leiter, Dan Plesac and Jim Thome played for me. Harold Reynolds has been a close friend of mine, and I’ve known Bill Ripken for a long time. I look forward to talking baseball with these guys and the rest of the team as we try to enhance our fans’ love of the game.”

MLB Network President Rob McGlarry said, “Buck’s wealth of baseball knowledge has always been on full display when he’s joined as a guest over the years, and we’re thrilled that he’s now joining our team. With the Postseason races about to take shape, we know Buck will contribute insightful analysis across all our different programs as he draws on his more than 40 years in the game.”

Showalter compiled 1,551 wins in his 20 seasons as an MLB manager, including nine with the Baltimore Orioles (2010-2018), four with the Texas Rangers (2003-2006), three with the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2000) and four with the New York Yankees (1992-1995). Showalter’s 1,551 career wins rank 24th all-time in MLB history, and his 669 wins with Baltimore rank second all-time behind Hall of Famer Earl Weaver (1,480). For the first time since 1997, Showalter guided the 2012 Orioles to their first of three Postseason appearances, leading Baltimore to a 93-69 record. Following the 2012 Postseason appearance, Showalter led the Orioles to the American League Championship Series in 2014 before being named the AL Manager of the Year for the third time (2004 with the Rangers and 1994 with the Yankees). As the first manager in Diamondbacks history, Showalter’s 1999 team made the Postseason for the first time, and his 1995 Yankees played in the Postseason for the first time in 14 years. Drafted in the fifth round of 1977 MLB Draft by the Yankees, Showalter would go on to spend 19 years in the organization, including three different managerial positions in the Minor Leagues, before joining the Major League coaching staff in 1990.




Diamondbacks unveil David Peralta Field in Wickenburg, Arizona


David Peralta at bat 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https


9:49 AM MST


PHOENIX –The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced the completion of David Peralta Field in Wickenburg, Ariz., the 43rd “Diamonds Back” Field, presented by APS. David and his wife, Jordan, and one of his daughters (Sofia) visited the field yesterday to see the new scoreboard and renovations as baseball recently returned at the park.

“This is like a dream come true,” said Peralta. “This is how it started for me when I was little, playing ball in the baseball fields so doing this for all the little kids in the future will help them with their dreams to be a big league player for the D-backs.”

Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 43 baseball and softball fields representing a community investment in youth sports programs exceeding $10 million. With support from APS, and charitable contributions from D-backs players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities. David Peralta Field added new LED light fixtures, dugouts, fencing and backstops, sod and the signature electronic scoreboard.

Since joining the D-backs in 2014, Peralta has been an integral part of the Arizona community, visiting local schools, hospitals and veteran centers. He has helped pack bags of food for the homeless and spent time with youngsters at the Boys & Girls Club as well as at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. A native of Venezuela, Peralta has helped raise awareness and funds for medical supplies and baseball equipment for those in need in his hometown of Valencia.

This season, a small section of teddy bears is in the left field bleachers at Chase Field to remind him of his fans and family, with replicas of the bears to be delivered to Phoenix-area children’s hospitals throughout the season.

David Peralta Field is located at Sunset Park, a four-field complex home to Wickenburg Little League and more than a dozen regional and national baseball tournaments each year. The address is 3020 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, Ariz. 85390.

2020 dedications:

David Peralta Field

2019 dedications:

Jackie Robinson Field (Litchfield Park)

2018 dedications:

Erubiel Durazo Field (Douglas)

Willie Bloomquist Field (Tempe)

2017 dedications:

Paul Goldschmidt Field (Goodyear)

2016 dedications:

J.J. & Kelsey Putz Field (Phoenix)

Randy Johnson Hall of Fame Field (Payson)

D-backs Legends Field (Payson)

2015 dedications:

Roland Hemond Field (Phoenix)

D-backs unveil David Peralta Field in Wickenburg

2014 dedications:

Brad Ziegler Field (Prescott)

2013 dedications:

Aaron Hill Field (Parker)

2012 dedications:

Justin Upton Field (Downtown Phoenix)

Joe Garagiola, Sr. Field (Flagstaff)

2011 dedications:

Dan Haren Field (Scottsdale)

2009 dedications:

Eric Byrnes Field (Phoenix)

2008 dedications:

D-votion Field (Goodyear)

Doug Davis Field (Camp Verde)

2007 dedications:

Brandon Webb Field (Phoenix)

Chad Tracy Field (Phoenix)

Rich Dozer Field (Phoenix)

Partners Field (Phoenix)

2006 dedications:

Mark Grace Thunderbolt Field (Glendale)

Matt Williams Family Field (Show Low)

Craig Counsell Field (Buckeye)

2005 dedications:

Luis Gonzalez Field (Tempe)

Shawn Green Field (Peoria)

Troy Glaus Field (Casa Grande)

2004 dedications:

Danny Bautista Field (Phoenix)

Shea Hillenbrand Field (Chandler)

Elmer Dessens Field (Tucson)

2003 dedications:

Matt Mantei Field (Tempe)

Mark Grace Field (Flagstaff)

Miguel Batista Field (Sacaton)

Jerry Colangelo Field (South Phoenix)

2002 dedications:

Todd Stottlemyre Field (Guadalupe)

Armando Reynoso Field (Yuma)

Brian Anderson Field (Glendale)

Steve Finley Field (Phoenix)

Curt Schilling Field (Phoenix)

2001 dedications:

Randy Johnson Field (Phoenix)

O’Callaghan Field (Phoenix)

2000 dedications:

Jay Bell Field (Phoenix)

Matt Williams Field (Phoenix)



Judge Thelton Henderson honored as 2020 Bush Award winner




By College Baseball Foundation
3:45 PM EDT


About the Bush Award


LUBBOCK, Texas – The National College Baseball Hall of Fame has selected the latest recipient of the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award, honoring the post-college base­ball achievements of an accomplished civil rights advocate and federal judge.

The Hall of Fame will celebrate the life and career of Judge Thelton Henderson during the Virtual College Baseball Night of Champions ceremony later this week. The presentation will be part of the ceremony that includes the induction of the 2020 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame and the presentation of the National Collegiate Umpire Award. The ceremony will be available for viewing at

Judge Thelton Henderson 2012 photo by United States District Court for the Northern District of California via wikipedia commons

Henderson was a two-year letterwinner at the University of California-Berkeley (1954-55) after a knee injury ended his football career. He was a key hitter on the team while playing outfield and third base.

He later graduated from law school at Berkeley before beginning an esteemed legal career that featured being the first African American attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed Henderson to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Henderson served on the court until his retirement in 2017.

“The Hall of Fame is honored to present the Bush Award to Judge Henderson,” said Mike Gustafson, president and CEO of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. “His distinguished legal career makes him an outstanding recipient of the Bush award. He has enjoyed such an interesting and accomplished life and embodies what we look for in the Bush Award.”

About the Bush Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, which honors the accomplishments of college baseball players who achieved greatness off the diamond, is named after its inaugural recipient, George H.W. Bush, who played at Yale from 1946 to 1948 and was elected the 41st President of the United States.

Bush, called “Poppy” by his teammates, played first base for the Bulldogs’ teams that played in the first two College World Series. He also served as the team captain for the 1948 squad.

About the College Baseball Foundation/Hall of Fame

The College Baseball Foundation and National College Baseball Hall of Fame, based in Lubbock, Texas, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history of college baseball. In addition to the annual induction of the Hall of Fame class, the organization presents numerous awards to current college baseball players, coaches and umpires during its annual Night of Champions event. The organization was founded in 2004, and the first Hall of Fame class was inducted in 2006.

Past Recipients of the George H.W. Bush Distinguished Alumnus Award

2014: George H.W. Bush, Houston

2015: Dr. Bobby Brown, Fort Worth, Texas

2015: Congressman Roger Williams, Fort Worth, Texas

2015: Vin Scully, Los Angeles

2016: Dr. John Olerud, Seattle

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New York Yankees make roster moves for August 25, 2020


3:49 PM EDT


Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees made the following roster moves:

· Placed LHP Luis Avilán on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to 8/22) with left shoulder inflammation.

· Recalled INF/OF Miguel Andújar (#41) and RHP Brooks Kriske (#82) from the Alternate Site.

· Reinstated OF Aaron Judge (#99) from the 10-day injured list.

Read more: New York Yankees



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