"Lookin' pretty chill."
Staff aces Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke take a moment to rest their weary legs during yesterday's workout at Dodger Stadium in the photo above tweeted by Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo. Go here to see more pics from yesterday's workout from Jon.
Below are more links to check out:
- Via Steve Dilbeck at The LA Times, "Dodgers call a halt to their Jim Johnson experiment." He will not be in the postseason.
“I feel, out of respect, we didn’t feel like Camelback Ranch was a place for him as a veteran,” Mattingly said. “He just had a baby. We didn’t see him as the next guy up if somebody was hurt. Didn’t feel like it was fair to ask him to go Camelback.”
- Three Dodgers make Baseball America's 2015 Texas League Top 20 Prospects, here. They are Julio Urias, Jose De Leon and Jharel Cotton. (Hat Tip: Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider)
- Former Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers shortstop Bill Dahlen is being considered for induction into the Hall by the 2016 Pre-Integration Committee at the Hall of Fame. Ten folks are on the ballot. Check out the story here. Dahlen is often considered one of the best 19th century ballplayers not already in the Hall of Fame. In fact, SABR selected him as the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2012, here.
- Eric Stephen at True Blue LA take an early look: "Dodgers 2016 salary arbitration preview."
- Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "Rob Manfred Q&A: topics range from Dodgers TV debacle to Pete Rose."
Q: At the root of the dispute – and the Dodgers are not the first team to have their games blacked out in this way – is that cable and satellite distributors are reluctant to raise rates for fear that subscribers will cancel their service entirely. You don’t need a cable or satellite subscription to watch TV any more. How worrisome is that for you, given the substantial percentage of revenue clubs get from the local cable television contracts?
A: I think the market in L.A. has been particularly difficult, with the fragmentation of the RSNs [regional sports networks]. I think the ability to pass on additional costs to consumers is a concern. But I think the RSN business is a fundamentally sound business. Occasionally, there are going to be blips in terms of getting distribution. This is not the first one, and it probably will not be the last one. But the fundamentals of the RSN business, the strength of live sports programming, remains solid.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Seager motors from NASCAR country to bigs."
"I wore cleats until I went to kindergarten, and they wouldn't let me wear them anymore and apparently I bawled my eyes out for days just because they wouldn't let me wear cleats to school," Seager said. "I wore cleats everywhere, literally, but they wouldn't let me wear them. I don't even remember it, but I've seen pictures and they tell me. They said I bawled my eyes out."
- Via Paul Francis Sullivan at Sully Baseball, "VIC DAVALILLO – Sully Baseball Unsung Post Season Hero of October 7." Vic is an often forgotten Dodger.
- I would just blame McCourt, and his penny pinching, lets fleece and squeeze the club for everything they're worth actions. Via Houston Mitchell at The LA Times, "Former Dodgers announcer Ross Porter still doesn't know who fired him."
I was less than an hour away from guest-hosting a radio sports talk show. Asked if they planned to notify me before I went on the air, the Dodger executives not only said, "No," but reported they were releasing the story at the same time I was going on the air. My agent said, "So, Ross may learn about this from a caller to the show? This isn't right." He raced to his car and drove 30 minutes to reach me before airtime and give me the news.
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