Three former Dodgers' were on-hand at the home run derby at Zócalo in Mexico City this past weekend. They transformed the central square into a ballfield for the event. In the photo above (tweeted by Miriam Helena Reyes) are Ismael Valdez, Fernando Valenzuela and Estaban Loaiza.
Below are some links to check out:
- Is Olivera coming?
@truebluela. Also FWIW - Olivera was carrying all his bats when he left.— Dodgerado (@Dodgerado) June 16, 2015
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers agree to terms with 2nd-round pick." It's Mitchell Hansen.
Hansen is a Texas high schooler who received $78,900 above slot. He was committed to attend Stanford.
- Via Brian Kenny at Sports on Earth, "The End of FIP As We Know It."
- Jonah Keri at Grantland takes a brief look at the Dodgers bullpen, here.
So far in 2015, Dodgers relievers have struck out more batters than any other bullpen in the National League — and more than any team in baseball, save for the Astros — flashing a 26.9 percent K rate. That’s up sharply from last year’s relief crew, who fanned 22.3 percent of the batters they faced, good for just 16th in MLB. A bit of that uptick is because of Jansen, who’s been absolutely spectacular since returning from an early-season injury, punching out 20 batters while allowing just four hits and no walks in 11 innings. But most of it is thanks to a group of no-names who’ve come up big in L.A., showcasing both the Dodgers’ scouting and player development chops, in addition to the franchise’s savvy in the trade market.
- Here's an old friend alert. Congrats to former Dodger Dave Roberts. He has just been named the temporary manager of the San Diego Padres, and may soon be named the interim manager. Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew, "Padres fire manager Bud Black after disappointing start to the season."
- Ha Ha! Via Michael S. Schmidt at the NY Times, "St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros."
Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.
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