Dodgers unveil Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella statue giveaway

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Today would have been Jackie Robinson’s 94th birthday. With that in mind, today the Dodgers unveiled a mini-statue of Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella that will be handed out to the first 40,000 fans who attend the April 15 game against the Padres. That date will mark the 66th year since Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

Yes, the Dodgers pretty much rule at promotional giveaways. I’m still incredibly jealous about that Vin Scully bobblehead from last year.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.