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When Topps recently issued a card of Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu and couldn’t tell the difference between Japan and Korea, I thought it would be interested to look at the issue of race and baseball cards.
It turns out this is a legitimate area of scholarly research.
Because baseball cards have one player with an easily identifiable race, and also have well-publicized prices that are driven by the consumer market, they have been a fruitful hunting ground for economists looking at the impact of race on consumer behavior.
Here are the ten most prominent articles on the topic – one early newspaper article, eight professional journal articles, and finally, a recent piece by a sabermetric blogger.
Racism Abounds In World Of Old-Time Baseball Cards  by Marty York
An early article that makes some great points still relevant today: Why are Mickey Mantle cards worth so much more than Mays or Aaron? Why are Koufax rookies twic...
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Just two days ago, I wrote on Yahoo! Sports that Don Mattingly shouldn't yet be fired. Today, I may have changed my tune.
Just in front of Wednesday's matinee series finale with the Brewers, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register brought us these comments from the soon-to-be-former Dodger manager.
"Must-read strong comments from #Dodgers mgr Don Mattingly...
Yesterday, Don Mattingly had what I call a “Wu-Tang moment”, inspired by the “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong” skit on Chappelle’s Show.
Humorous? Yes, but what it mean to me is that Mattingly basically dropped all the fronts and simply went in on the Dodgers players and front office in surprisingly pointed comments.
“We’re in last place in the National League West...
The Dodgers have a propensity for drafting players who are athletic and two-way guys. Darren Dreifort was one of the more notable ones, when the team made him the No. 2 draft pick in the 1993 MLB Draft. While most viewed him as a pitcher, the guy could hit.
James Loney was viewed by many as a pitching prospect in 2002. The Dodgers made him a first baseman. Ethan Martin was...
It may have been an accident, but Matt Kemp didn't do a whole lot to endear himself to home plate umpire Wally Bell on May 21.
Video: Matt Kemp rocks home plate umpire Wally Bell’s face mask
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All winter, there were rumors that the Dodgers were open to trading Andre Ethier. All winter, the Dodgers declared that there was nothing to those rumors, and that they weren’t having second thoughts about the five year, $85 million contract they gave him last June. When spring training rolled around and Cuban import Yasiel Puig became The Hot New Thing, those rumors picked up...
Brandon League has been trying to do just about anything to give away his closer’s role. Despite League’s high salary and multi-year contract, the embattled closer has a 5.51 ERA and has lead the Dodgers to one of the worst bullpens in baseball, one of many problems currently impacting the expensive NL West team.
Kenley Jansen would be the natural pick to replace League should...
The Dodgers signed former Giants and Royals lefty Jonathan Sanchez to a minor-league deal, sending him to the Albuquerque Isotopes.
2:17pm: The Dodgers will sign Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, according to Pedro Gomez of ESPN (on Twitter). The contract is pending a physical, and Sanchez is likely to report to Triple-A Albquerque. Sanchez is represented by the McNamara Baseball...
Andre Ethier was ejected in the eighth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night for apparently arguing balls and strikes. He also may have been upset over Brewers pitcher Michael Gonzalez throwing a pitch over his head on an 0-2 count and not being warned, but none of that really matters.
The real takeaway here is the death stare Ethier...
Tweet Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp pledged to donate $1000 to the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes for every home run he hit until the All-Star break following Monday night’s Dodger game. An Oklahoma City native, Kemp has now scratched that idea and will donate a $250,000 straight up to the victims of the [...]
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly has been sharply critical of his slumping team.
For at least one day, everything was all right with the embattled Dodgers.
Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke drove in two runs each and Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run in the Dodgers' 9-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
Even after the win, the Dodgers are last in the NL West...
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (Dodger Diamond) talk all about the Don Mattingly saga and whether he's as much to blame for the Dodgers' problems as the media is making it out to be.
We talk a little MLB Draft and reveal our preliminary big boards. Safe to say, its chock full of prep pitchers.
To close, well, we answer a myriad of listener...
If you hear a rapping noise odds are it’s the sound of the nails on the coffin encasing Don Mattingly’s job as Dodgers manager closing.
Mattingly broke a cardinal rule and shredded his own team in the midst of their struggle, instead of taking the blame.
During Wednesday’s pregame Mattingly ranted like a man who’d given up on his 19-26 team:
“We gotta find a team with...
For better or for worse, the Dodgers offense has basically followed Matt Kemp’s lead since 2010. Following a breakout 2009 and the departure of Manny Ramirez, Kemp slumped miserably in 2010 and the team’s offense followed suit. He then single-handedly buoyed a terrible lineup in 2011, and he was well on his way towards doing the same in 2012 before injuries struck.
When Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the Dodgers could not expect to win simply by putting together a collection of All-Stars, many interpreted the manager's remarks as criticism of the team's front office and ownership.
Dodgers president Stan Kasten did not see it that way.
"I know what Don is trying to do, what his intention is," Kasten told FOXSports.com...