Cooper loves his Magic bobblehead. Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013. See more of his pics from yesterday, here.
- "Vin Scully receives respect from unlikely source," via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA.
But if you do know to look for it and you do notice it, it will put a smile on your face every time it happens – and it happens before almost every Dodger home game and has for years. All four umpires will turn and face the Dodger Stadium press box and will either wave or tip their hat to the man who has been so appropriately named ‘The Voice of Baseball’ – Vin Scully.
- Howard Cole at LA Weekly makes 15 bold Dodger predictions.
- Remember this guy? Chad Billingsley is on the mend, via a tweet from Austin Laymance of MLB.com.
Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery) has started a throwing program. #dodgers
— Austin Laymance (@JALaymance) September 12, 2013
- "Dodgers buy into class system in raising prices for 2014 tickets ," via Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times.
The Dodgers said more than 45,000 seats are increasing by less than $3, but they are making it more costly for the premium tickets. Like a little bit of the Staples Center approach.
Though general admission parking remains unchanged, premium season parking increases from $300 to $400 for the season. Front-row seats between the bases go up by $30 (from $80 to $110), and rows 2 through 8 increase by $20 ($80 to $100).
- "Hanley leaves with mild hamstring tightness," via Austin Laymance at MLB.com. I understand that this was just a precautionary move.
- Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors writes, "Free Agent Profile: Ricky Nolasco". Based upon his recent performance with the Dodgers, I'd love for him to stay in Blue.
- "Adrian Gonzalez has been the anchor," via Mark Saxon at ESPN.
"I think you look back at the season and you think that Adrian's really been the glue that kept us going, kind of kept us hanging around," Mattingly said after Gonzalez drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. "It could have been a lot worse with all the injuries. Adrian was able to kind of steady the ship almost and just keep us around."
- "Kershaw's curve ridiculously effective," via Kenton Wong at ESPN.
The key pitch in Kershaw’s repertoire is his curveball. Opponents are hitting .084 against it this season, making it the best hook in the National League.
Despite only throwing it 12 percent of the time, more than a third of Kershaw’s 208 strikeouts this season have come on curveballs (71). That’s because he saves it almost exclusively to finish off hitters. Of the 381 curveballs he’s thrown this season, 279 have come in two-strike counts (73 percent).
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