Friday, May 02, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 5/2/2014 - Dodger Links - Dodgers 10,000 Win Pin, Dan Haren and Puig's Phantom Lean

Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez were pimpin' it last night.  The above photo was taken just before the Dodgers flight to Miami.  Do you think Uribe's getup qualifies as one of his outrageous outfits?  Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at, "Dodgers eyeing Monday return for Kershaw."
  • Ken also writes about a replay challenge from yesterday's first game in, "Mattingly wins challenge on close play at second."  It involved Hanley making a leaping grab then shovelling it to Dee.
(.gif via Dodgers on tumblr)
“I still don’t throw it much in bullpens between starts, and then I’ll throw 15 in a game, so it’s not like I’m using it that much,” Haren said of the splitfinger.
  • Oh, man!  I really want this pin.  Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, in celebration of the Dodgers 10,000th franchise win they will be giving out a commemorative pin to the first 40,000 attendees to their Wednesday, June 4th game against the White Sox.  Check out the pin on the right.  Also, a special $10 ticket special is available for the game.  Get info here.
  • Via David Brown at Big League Stew, "Yasiel Puig called out for phantom 'lean' toward second base."
  • Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, "Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation launches Dodgers RBI on Saturday."
The LADF will launch Dodgers RBI on Saturday with Dodgers RBI PlayerFest (presented by Bank of America) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Dodger Stadium. More than 1,000 children ages 5-18 who will participate in Dodgers RBI this season through City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks, Boys and Girls Club of Venice and the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton will be in attendance.
  • Let's hope it never comes to this.  Via Wendy Thurm at FanGraphs, "The MLB Commissioner’s Power To Discipline A Donald-Sterling Like Owner."
Note the similarities and differences between the MLB and NBA Constitutions. The MLB Constitution gives the Commissioner broad authority to fine, suspend and remove owners who act contrary to “the best interests of baseball.” In the NBA, the Commissioner can fine and suspend (but not remove) an owner who “gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of basketball.”  So while both leagues demand that owner always act in the best interests of the sport, MLB’s Commissioner has the power to remove an owner, and the NBA’s does not.

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