A look back at the Hyun-jin Ryu press conference from Monday, with various perspectives.
In case you missed it on Monday, the Dodgers introduced new starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu at Dodger Stadium. In addition to my recap of the event, here are various views of the press conference:
- Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times wonders if, now that Ryu and Zack Greinke are signed, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could become baseball's first pitcher to make $30 million per year.
- Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register wrote about Ryu's role in the Dodgers' international history, and noted that Ryu was the "warm-up act" to Greinke's main show on Tuesday.
- I missed out on speaking with Magic Johnson after Monday's presser, but Mark Saxon of ESPN LA did, and Johnson threw out the number of $100 million for Dodger Stadium renovations.
- Ken Gurnick of MLB.com has more from Johnson, who said of the Dodgers' massive expenditures, "It's good that the Dodgers' organization will go after free agents again, but do it in a disciplined way. Not a crazy way, do it just right."
- Keith Law of ESPN says with the additions of Ryu and Greinke the Dodgers are the favorites in the National League West.
- Jimmy Bramlett at LAist is skeptical of the Dodgers' 2013 chances despite all the smiles now.
- Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA shares his thoughts as well as photos from the Ryu press conference.
- I missed seeing Roberto Baly of Vin Sculy is My Homeboy at the press conference, but maybe is that because he was busy taking several photos.
- It took only one day, but the Dodgers had Ryu pose doing Gangnam Style, then joked in Twitter, "this is a standard part of every physical. Functional gangnaM Style #FMS."
- Bill Plaschke at the Times weighs the risks of the Dodgers guaranteeing six years to the relatively unknown Ryu.
- Mark Whicker at the Register said the Dodgers own December and called them "The Boys of Winter" with their offseason moves.
- General manager Ned Colletti was a guest on Petros & Money on Monday afternoon, after the Ryu press conference.
- In case you missed it, Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness was a guest Monday morning (well, Sunday night) on Effectively Wild, the daily Baseball Prospectus podcast, talking about the Dodgers' new additions with Sam Miller and Ben Lindbergh. That podcast, which usually runs about 20 minutes and comes out Monday through Friday, is a must-listen daily.