Matt Kemp looked pretty good last night. He walked twice and drove in a run. Unfortunately, he was still stymied since he didn't get a hit. Still, his confidence at the plate is apparent, so I remain hopeful he'll return to form.
- Here's an early peek at the Matt Kemp figurine the Dodgers giving away to fans on Sunday, August 24 on the right.
- Via Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest, "Dodgers’ answer to finding a bat at the deadline: Alex Guerrero." I couldn't agree more.
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "McGwire on Canseco: 'It's too late.'"
"Mark, to me, when I played with him, I looked up to him," Canseco told reporters. "I idolized him for a lot of reasons -- the guy was on the field, he was off the field. It haunts me till this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true. I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across."
It's the gesture most associated with celebration in sports, but few know the story of the high five---from its origins to the professional and personal decline of the man credited with its creation, Glenn Burke.
- Orel at Sons of Steve Garvey writes, "Vin Scully, on BYO Musical Instrument Night at Ebbets Field." Awesome!
- Shawn Anderson of the Hall of Very Good shares his interview with their Glenn Burke Memorial Courage Award winner Tanner Vavra. He is a ballplayer in the Midwest League who has one eye.
- It was National Hot Dog day yesterday, so in celebration SI Extra Mustard shares the best hot dogs available from each MLB stadium. Go here to check that out.
- Hockey is going moneyball. For those who follow the NHL, the recent signing of Kyle Dubas as assistant GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs did not go unnoticed. Via Kavitha A. Davidson at Bloomberg View:
The 28-year-old stats guru -- dubbed the "Billy Beane of hockey," after the A's general manager -- is jumping to the big leagues after serving in the Ontario Hockey League. In just three seasons, Kubas turned around the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from worst to first in the Western division, building a team around advanced statistics.
Of course, if you've really been paying attention then you already know that advanced statistics is already a large part of the game. Just look at the LA Kings.
- This is the best umpire strike three caller ever! Really.. Watch it below. James Kratch at NJ.com has the story.
"The umpire is 'Eddie the Ump.' He calls games like that all the time and is generally a fun guy to be around. He is one of the reasons the league is a great way to spend Sunday afternoons trying to stay young. He also umpires high school and youth games, but would not bring the act on the road to those games as it may cross a line in those circumstances. But with us, it's enjoyable and brings something new to the game."
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