So, how many of you stuck around to watch the end of last nights (or this mornings) game?
I sure didn't. I was safely tucked away in bed. Sure, I had the television on, but make no mistake I slowly drifted into a slumber.
As it turns out, the Dodgers and Rockies played 16 innings and finished up their match at about 12:30 in the morning. That's a 5 hours and 23 minutes contest. No doubt that was exacerbated by their egregious use of the bench. According to Israel Fehr at Big League Stew they broke Major League records by using a combined 58 players and 24 pitchers in one game. Via Zach Helfand at the LA Times:
"In this time of year, you don’t plan on running out of guys," Mattingly said. "We pretty much ran out of guys."At the least the weather was good... Oh, yeah... It was a misty sprinkled filled evening... Sorry, my bad. Hopefully tonight's game is better.
The photo above is via @Dodgers on twitter. BTW, the Dodgers "Magic Number" is now at 11 - thanks to the Reds defeat of the Giants in extras. Below are more links to check out:
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers shake up Minor League staffs." Wow! Not Stubbs!!
Among the 10 whose contracts will not be renewed are Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Damon Berryhill, who was named manager of the year in the Pacific Coast League earlier this month, and Double-A Tulsa manager Razor Shines.
In addition to Berryhill and Shines, Oklahoma City hitting coach Franklin Stubbs, Great Lakes pitching coach Glenn Dishman, Arizona Rookie League manager Jack McDowell, instructor Rick Rhoden, Great Lakes coach Angel Sanchez, Great Lakes hitting coach Jay Gibbons, Ogden hitting coach Darryl Brinkley and instructor Erik Bedard will not be retained.
"All our Minor League staff put forth a tremendous effort in 2015, and we appreciate all their work and dedication," said Gabe Kapler, Dodgers director of player development. "At this moment in time, we wanted to bring in some new voices in some key areas. Our changes should not be viewed as a reflection on any performance; they simply reflect that we are heading in a different direction."
- Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Schebler still not bothered by playing in shadow of others."
On Corey Seager: “He deserves all the attention he gets. I mean, look at what he’s doing,” Schebler answered about his very close friend and former roommate. “No… no, I don’t mind being [the] under-the-radar guy, that’s fine. But yeah, he deserves everything he gets.”
- I've wondered about this too. Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Dodgers platoon a lot, but not the most." As Jon shows, the Dodgers used the platoon far more often under Manager Walter Alston. Heck, you can maybe argue that they don't platoon enough today.
Seven of the top 10 platooning squads in Los Angeles Dodger history came along between 1961-1971, all under manager Walter Alston. The other three came from 1990-92, under Tom Lasorda. Perhaps oddly, despite the rise of sabermetrics in mainstream acceptance, no Dodger teams outside of 2004 and 2015 crack the top 20 in platoon advantage.
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