The MLB Twitter account shared the belts above on Thursday. They weren't planning on making actual belts, just hoping for some viral exposure through retweets and the like. But then WWE caught wind of it and decided, hey, why not? Let's send these guys some championship belts.
Cue WWE head honcho Vince McMahon:
I'm told this indeed happened, and it's a pretty rare thing for WWE to hand out belts like this. Other MLB players have had WWE championship belts — David Ortiz had one at the Red Sox victory parade, Adam Jones brought one to the Home Run Derby, Josh Reddick has one because he's Josh Reddick. But who knows whether those came from with the head-nod of Vince McMahon, if they were loaners, or what.
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"I was smaller. I was odd. I was energetic," he said. "They didn't like that. They would try to put me down. If they couldn't do it mentally, they would do it physically. It never stops. It's every single day."
Those words were sad to hear but not terribly surprising. These words, on the other hand, were jarring: "I still get bullied."
Howell is 30. He is a millionaire. He plays for the Dodgers, one of the most celebrated teams in sports.
But, as we have learned most recently from the Miami Dolphins, neither money nor fame confers immunity upon bullying.
Howell and his wife, Heather Hennessey-Howell, recently visited a group of 4-year-olds at a school not far from Dodger Stadium to talk about bullying — how it has affected Howell, why his wife wrote a book about it and why the kids shouldn't let it happen.
One of his worst personal episodes: As a rookie, Howell lost the one suit he owned — a gift from his father — which was purposely ruined by a teammate and not replaced. Howell said he was always looking over his shoulder, out of fear, for that jerk of a teammate.
Howell not only revealed that he's been bullied, but he's seen it happen to other players on the Dodgers, too. Even Yasiel Puig.
[H]e would not discuss who was involved, or what happened to Puig.
"The guy is such a champion," Howell said. "He has such a big heart. Sometimes he acts like a jerk, but that is his defense mechanism. It's not really him.
"Someday, he is not going to be 22. He's not going to be like that. I love the guy. I hope he never changes, just maybe matures."
Stuff like that happens in major league clubhouses, with supposed adults, because it happened when the people involved were kids. They were never taught how to stand up for themselves. They were never taught not to abuse others. They were never taught to seek help. They were never taught how to recover from the emotional wounds. And then, as is the danger with any abusive situation, the cycle starts over again.
It's the same within and without the sports culture. That's why it's a good thing the Howells are talking to 4-year-olds. Start 'em young. It's the only way we'll smarten ourselves up, toughen ourselves up and break the cycle of bullying.
Clayton Kershaw tells Fred Roggin his thoughts on the Los Angeles Dodgers' season: "As a team we kind of lived up to expectations towards the middle of the season. We were really struggling early, we were able to go on a pretty good streak there. We just came up a little bit short. We were just a few games away going to the World Series.
He added "I liked the way our team is looking. I liked the way were headed last year and hopefully we can kind of build off that."
DanPatrick.com - Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw joined the show to talk about winning his second Cy Young and more.
Dan asked where he stands on his contract negotiations with the Dodgers.
"I don't know yet," Kershaw said. "I'm pretty open-minded."
Kershaw wouldn't get into specific numbers with Dan.
NEW YORK (AP) — Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won baseball's Cy Young Awards.
Kershaw won the prize as the National League's best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA.
The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results released Wednesday. Adam Wainwright of the St.
Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot. Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and finished second last year.
Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 2014 Spring Training schedule with their sixth season of Cactus League play beginning on Thursday, February 27 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch - Glendale.
The Dodgers will play a total of 24 Cactus League games this spring, in addition to an exhibition game against Team Australia in Sydney, Australia on Friday, March 21, the day before Los Angeles faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in MLB's Opening Series on March 22-23 at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Dodgers play 13 games at Camelback Ranch - Glendale, including 12 home dates. The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends, providing fans ample opportunity to make the five-hour drive or one-hour flight to the desert. Camelback Ranch features a state-of-the-art ballpark, six practice fields on the Dodgers side, including a replica Dodger Stadium field, walking trails, an orange grove and a two-acre lake.
After returning from Australia, the club will conclude their exhibition schedule with three games against the Angels March 27-29, including a pair of 7:10 p.m. games on March 27-28 at Dodger Stadium.
Season tickets, mini plans, group tickets and suites are all available now at www.dodgers.com/spring or by calling (623) 302-5000. Spring Training single-game tickets go on sale on Monday, January 13 with a full schedule of promotions available at www.camelbackranchbaseball.com.
The Dodgers' full 2014 Cactus League schedule is online at dodgers.com/spring. All game dates and opponents are subject to change.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that Tim Wallach has been shifted to bench coach and Lorenzo Bundy will replace him as third base coach on manager Don Mattingly's staff.
Wallach, who had interviewed for managerial vacancies in Detroit and Seattle, takes over the duties of the bench coach following Trey Hillman's dismissal. Wallach coached at third base for the last three years.
Bundy's new role comes after a three-year stint as the manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The rest of Mattingly's staff is returning in 2014: pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, hitting coach Mark McGwire, first base coach Davey Lopes, bullpen coach Chuck Crim, assistant pitching coach Ken Howell, assistant hitting coach John Valentin, catching coach Steve Yeager and coach Manny Mota.
Manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti appeared awfully frosty at an end-of-the-season news conference for the Los Angeles Dodgers staged a little over two weeks ago. During the conversation with reporters, Mattingly even made comments indicating he was frustrated because his contract ran only through the 2014 season. Around that time, the Dodgers announced that bench coach Trey Hillman, also one of Mattingly's closest friends, would not return to his post. The world was left wondering: After reaching the National League Championship Series, were Donnie Baseball and the Dodgers heading for splitsville?
Not yet, ESPN Los Angeles reports. The Dodgers are discussing a new multiyear contract with Mattingly and, sources say, there's optimism on both sides an agreement will be reached. Team president Stan Kasten and Mattingly's agent (yes, managers have them sometimes) would not comment. That must mean they're talking, right?
While Mattingly's comments initially caught the organization off guard, support for him remained strong, Dodgers sources have indicated. Mattingly had been so low key about his situation during the season, it was unclear how frustrated he had become, according to sources.
Mattingly has maintained a good relationship with Dodgers chairman Mark Walter, sources indicated. And while Kasten generally deferred questions about Mattingly's contract to the offseason, he publicly praised him several times throughout the season, even as the Dodgers stumbled out of the gates and fell 9½ games out of first place on June 21.
Kasten praises Mattingly. Walter and Mattingly maintain "a good relationship." It might not mean anything, but one guy omitted from those equations is Colletti. If he'd rather have someone else running the team, as the GM, he should be allowed to make a change. Despite the success the Dodgers had in 2013, and though it's obvious most of the players get along great with Mattingly, there have been questionable tactics used on Mattingly's part. Ultimately, Colletti's job security depends (at least in part) on how well the field manager performs. If things go awry for himself, Colletti might look upon this moment as when it all started to slip away. Then again, when it comes to Mattingly, perhaps Kasten and Walter are saving Colletti from himself.
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LOS ANGELES -- Dodger Broadcaster Charley Steiner will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2013, announced today by the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, Ill.
The black-tie ceremony, hosted by broadcast icon Larry King, will take place on Nov. 9. Steiner, along with seven others, will be honored at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Jim Bohannon of Dial Global Networks will be the announcer for the ceremony.
The other inductees are Steve Dahl and Garry Meier (Chicago), Blair Garner (Nashville), John Lanigan (Cleveland), Paul W. Smith (Detroit), Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo (Los Angeles) and Powel Crosley Jr. (Cincinnati & Sarasota).
Steiner, a four-time Emmy winner, is in the middle of his ninth season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers, calling all the games for the club on AM 570 Fox Sports LA. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Steiner spent three seasons (2002-04) on the New York Yankees' radio broadcast team. Before joining the Yankees, the New York native spent 14 years at ESPN, where, among many assignments, he anchored SportsCenter and did play-by-play for Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio.
The Dodger play-by-play man began his professional broadcasting career in 1969 at WIRL Radio in Peoria, Ill. and graduated from Bradley University in 1971. In 2010, Steiner delivered the commencement address at his alma mater and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Previous sportscasting inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame include Dodger Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Red Barber, Mel Allen, Marty Brennaman, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Ernie Harwell, Harry Kalas, Ronald Reagan and Bob Uecker.
Tickets to the 21st annual gala are available online at www.radiohof.org