What a great aerial view of Dodger Stadium. Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo took a ride on the Goodyear Blimp last night to capture some views of the Dodger home from the heavens. Go here to check them all out.
- Dave Cameron at FanGraphs writes, "Yasiel Puig’s Historic Start."
We’re talking about a guy who, through this point in his career, has been a better hitter than almost all of the greatest hitters of all-time. And he seems to be getting better. The story of Puig’s rookie year focused heavily on the parts of his game that reminded everyone of Manny Ramirez. Perhaps we shouldn’t miss out on the fact that he’s hitting like an in-his-prime Manny Ramirez as well.
- Daniel Brim at Dodgers Digest notes that, "Hyun-Jin Ryu Has A Theme Song Now." He even has a video. Check it out!
- Via Craig Minami at True Blue LA, "Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus talks Dodger pitching prospects."
- Via Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com, "Dee Gordon is all ears."
"It's tough when you come up and have instant success after everybody has been pumping you up and telling you how great you're going to be," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "People anointed Dee as the Dodger shortstop for the next 15 years and then he stumbled, and it's hard to pull yourself out of that. What's impressed me is his humility and drive and knowing how this could all be taken away in a moment's notice. He's not going to let that happen again."
- Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy shares his Saturday afternoon in Rancho Cucamonga getting a Yasiel Puig bobblehead from the Dodgers farm team.
- Via Michael Martinez at FoxSports West, "Matt Kemp, Dodgers at odds over playing time."
"We still go back to him being 100 percent," manager Don Mattingly said. "We don't feel like he's moving like he did a couple of years ago. We still feel like maybe physically he's back because he's not on the medical report, but you see his steps sometimes where he doesn't really want to stop hard and maybe it's just getting over that, still a little fear of the ankle and where it's at."
- And the DL parade just doesn't want to stop. Via Earl Bloom at MLB.com, "Crawford headed to DL with left ankle sprain." And, it was such an innocuous play. Crawford was just quietly going to the corner to pick up a ball hit down the line. He wasn't running full speed, and he didn't need to rush. He just stepped awkwardly and bent his ankle. It was really bad luck.
"It doesn't look good," manager Don Mattingly said after the game. "The video didn't look good."
- In light of this past weekends tragedy in Isla Vista and the ensuing media frezy that always seems to pop up, I thought the below video is worth watching.
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