Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times brings the scoop:
Jackie Robinson’s daughter said Saturday she has agreed to join the Dodgers’ board of directors, strengthening the bond between the team and its most historically significant alumnus.
Sharon Robinson said she would represent her family and the Jackie Robinson Foundation on the Dodgers’ board. In return, she said, the Dodgers’ new owners would select a representative to serve on the board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
So it’s more of a symbolic partnership than anything, but still a pretty cool gesture on the part of the new Dodgers ownership group. Sharon Robinson told Shaikin that she’s hoping the position will lead to better exposure for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides college scholarships for minority high school students.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.