Seasons: Maury Wills’ 1962 — not to be taken away

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

The 1962 National League Most Valuable Player award doesn’t belong to Maury Wills. That’s what Willie Mays tells the former Dodger great when he sees him. The seldom remembered 1971 film called “The Steagle,” which starred Richard Benjamin and the vibrant Cloris Leachman, in her much, much younger pre-“Dancing with the Stars” days, has a scene in which Benjamin argues that Mays should have won it over Wills.

“He hit 49 home runs that year, and the Giants won the pennant. But little Maury got it, though,” Wills says.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Dodger Insider

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Thanks for reading in 2014 — have a great holiday!

Jackson’s stay on Dodgers’ 40-man one of the shorter ones

By Cary Osborne

Don’t print that baseball card. Ryan Jackson’s Dodger days are over. The Dodgers traded the 26-year-old infielder to Kansas City in exchange for cash considerations on Friday. He was designated for assignment on Monday to make room for Juan Nicasio after Jackson was originally claimed by the Dodgers from San Diego on November 3. Jackson has a .268 career batting average with 27 home runs and 203 RBI in 576 games in six minor league seasons and appeared in 20 games with the Cardinals in 2012-13 in his only big league action.

Jackson’s 21-day stay is one of the shorter 40-man roster stays for a Dodger acquisition via trade or signing in recent memory. Here’s a couple of others.

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Dodger Stadium, November, night

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By Jon Weisman

Dodger Stadium is a beautiful ballpark at any time, but there’s something about seeing it on a quiet, offseason night when it’s virtually empty that has taken my fancy. I’m no Jon SooHoo, and these photos were all taken with my cellphone, but I hope you’ll enjoy them just the same. There’s light in darkness …

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Max Homa — PGA Tour rookie and Dodger fan

PGA Tour golfer Max Homa is a big Dodger fan. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

PGA Tour golfer Max Homa is a big Dodger fan. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

By Cary Osborne

There have been a couple of thrills over the last year for Valencia, California’s Max Homa. Making it onto the PGA Tour was the biggest. And seeing his favorite baseball team in person in the postseason at Dodger Stadium was another. The PGA Tour rookie and 2013 NCAA Division I individual champion is a big Dodger fan. Homa is even sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players’ Association and has a Major League Baseball logo on his golf bag.

“My dad is from New York, so I grew up watching Yankee games. But I got older and realized who to root for,” Homa said. “I was always a big Lakers fan when I was younger, so why wouldn’t I be a Dodger fan?”

The 24-year-old earned his PGA Tour card in August, just one year after turning professional. Homa, whose favorite Dodger is Matt Kemp, played college golf at Cal and stayed true to his Dodgers in Giants country.

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Dodgers acquire hard-throwing righty Juan Nicasio

By Cary Osborne

The Dodgers acquired 28-year-old right-hander Juan Nicasio on Monday from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room for Nicasio on the 40-man roster, the Dodger designated recently acquired infielder Ryan Jackson for assignment.

Nicasio, 28, was 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA 33 games (14 starts) for the Rockies last season, his fourth in the big leagues. During the second half of the season, Nicasio appeared exclusively out of the bullpen and posted a 3.48 ERA in 19 games, including a stretch in September when he allowed just one run in nine games (9 2/3 innings).

Nicasio has a career 5.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 381 Major League innings. He was ranked by Baseball America as the Rockies’ No. 8 prospect in 2010. The hard-throwing Dominican was struck by an Ian Desmond line drive in the head on Aug. 5, 2011 in a game against Washington and suffered a fractured skull and broken neck.

Former Dodgers Martinez, Sheffield and Garciaparra are first-timers on HOF ballot

By Cary Osborne

Of the 34 names on the Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Monday, nine have either played or coached for the Dodgers. Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Schmidt are all first-timers.

Players need to appear on 75 percent of the ballots to earn election to the Hall of Fame. Results will be announced on January 6 on MLB Network.

Dodger manager Don Mattingly is in his 15th and final year on the ballot. A rule change made this year now sets the limit to 10 years on the Hall of Fame ballot for players who have received at least 5 percent of the vote, however players between 10 years and 15 years from the previous rule were grandfathered in. Mattingly received 8.2 percent of the vote last year and received a high of 28.2 percent in his first year of eligibility in 2001.

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Shutter Speed: Great photos of 2014

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By Jon Weisman

Each month in Dodger Insider magazine, our Shutter Speed section showcases the best in Dodger photography from the previous month. Enjoy some of my favorites from 2014, thanks to photographers Jon SooHoo, Juan Ocampo, Jill Weisleder and Patrick Gee.
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What does Yasiel Puig’s page in a Japan Series program look like?

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It looks like this. Thanks to Ben Platt of MLB.com for sharing. Drew Butera and the program cover follow.

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Dodgers acquire right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in exchange for cash considerations. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers have designated lefty pitcher Jarret Martin for assignment.

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