Friday, June 05, 2015

The Skunks are Back at Dodger Stadium

Holy Moly!  They're back!

In 2013 a skunk, possibly a family of skunks, made their presence known at the Dodger Stadium.  I originally wrote a bit about that here.  They were initially found in the stands in early June of that year, and now, nearly two years later, they have made their glorious return. 

Per various tweets, a skunk has made his/her way to the Cardinals dugout, and is currently camping underneath the photog area.  Apparently, it is refusing to leave.   
As you might recall, the day that skunk first showed up at Dodger Stadium was on the same day Yasiel Puig made his debut as a Dodger.  Seemingly, out of the Blue, the Dodgers immediately went on an fantastic tear with Puig as their new offensive leader.

Now, the skunk has returned and standing in left field this evening will be rookie Scott Schebler to make his Major League debut as a Dodger.  

Do you think this is a coincidence?

I think not!

The mighty Dodger Skunk has come back to send his well wishes to the newest Dodger prospect, and if the past is any indicator of future events then we should be on the cusp of witnessing the emergence of our next great star. 

Good luck, Scott Schebler! 

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Welcome to the Blue, Scott Schebler!

The Dodgers have just called up another young bat from the minors to join the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  His name is Scott Schebler, and the righty thrower/lefty hitter will be inserted into the starting lineup - batting seventh.  This will be his Major League debut, and he will wear #55.  Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled outfielder Scott Schebler (#55) from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A.

Schebler, 24, will make his Major League debut tonight, batting seventh in left field, and has a .274 career batting average with 80 home runs and 305 RBI in 521 games in six minor league seasons. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this year, he's appeared at all three outfield positions and is batting .216 with six homers and 15 RBI in 49 games. Schebler, who was honored as the Dodgers' 2013 Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year, was selected by Los Angeles in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Des Moines Area (Iowa) Community College.
With the Dodgers a bit shorthanded in the outfield, Schebler will get an opportunity to show what he can do.  I do not expect him to be with us for very long, considering that Puig is expected to arrive soon.  Nevertheless, this "cup of coffee" provides a great chance to watch one of the clubs top-10 prospects up-close.  Here are some links to check out about him:
“I do know he is more prepared than I am for this,” Deb Schebler said. “Even though I always believed it would happen, I’m still not prepared.”
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Scott Schebler called up for MLB debut."  Jon includes a feature written about Schebler that was originally printed in the current issue of Dodger Insider Magazine.
  • Via David Hood at True Blue LA, "Dodgers top prospects 2015: Scott Schebler, No. 6."
What makes Schebler a top prospect in the Dodgers system is his bat. Schebler has 60 or better grades on both his hit and power tool and has the potential to be a .285 hitter with 20+ home runs at the major league level. Schebler’s swing is geared to hit the ball with authority. He uses a long stride and significant weight transfer to incorporate his lower half into his swing. His swing plane is designed to produce loft on the ball and he has the power to carry mishits out of the park as well.
And here's a video scouting report on Schebler from Bernie Pleskoff of (8/8/2014).

Video Link:

In celebration of Schebler's arrival to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a Getty Images photo/Jason Wise and the 1959 Topps Baseball card design.

Below are his career stats, via Baseball-Reference:

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2015 Topps Pro Debut - All the Dodger Insert Cards

Here is a glimpse at all of the Dodger prospect insert cards found within packs of 2015 Topps Pro Debut.  Unfortunately, there are no autograph cards available... But there is a cool looking mascot patch card of Oggie the Raptor.  So, there's that.  Go here to see my past post on this set.

Distinguished Debuts

#DD-16 Grant Holmes                      #DD-24 Alex Verdugo

Blog Kiosk: 6/5/2015 - Dodger Links - Puig, Jansen and Julio Urias

The toast of the town, Joc Pederson, is captured in the photo above signing autographs for adoring fans prior to the start of yesterdays game.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to check out more photos taken by Jon from Thursday's game.

Below are some more links to check out:
  • My fantasy team could really use a healthy Puig right now.  Via George Alfano at, "Puig gets two hits, hopes to return this weekend."
"I thought he looked great, and the hamstring looks good," Rancho Cucamonga manager Bill Haselman said. "He ran great. With a pulled muscle, the body eventually heals itself."

"I'm not 100 percent now, but it felt comfortable," said Puig, who is in his third season with the Dodgers and has a career batting average of .304. "I did my job, did my rehab in Arizona and I'll come back here [to Lancaster] tomorrow night."
The 33-year-old Aardsma has pitched quite well for L.A.’s Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, working to an excellent 2.41 ERA with 11.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 15 saves in 18 2/3 innings. Aardsma recently explained to The Oklahoman’s Jacob Unruh that his offseason work in a strengthening program called Top Velocity helped him add a couple of ticks back to his fastball, which is now regularly sitting in the 91-93 mph range.

  • Now... Back to some awesome news!  Top prospect Julio Urias appears to be recovering well from his recent surgery to his eye, per a tweet by him from yesterday.  He tells us that he'll be back on the field in one weeks time:

  • I would like to extend a hearty congratulations to LA Kings broadcaster Nick Nickson for being selected as the Hockey Hall of Fame 2015 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner.  This award celebrates "members of the radio and television industry who made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their career in hockey broadcasting."  This is the highest honor a hockey broadcaster can receive - like winning the Ford Frick Award for Baseball broadcasters.  Jon Rosen at LA Kings Insider shares a recent interview with him here.
“I don’t know if it’s going to sink in anytime soon,” Nickson said on Thursday. “I just talked to Pat Foley – he called like 10 minutes ago, literally – who won it last year in Chicago. He was telling me it’s been a year since he won it and he still kind of walks around and goes ‘Did this really happen?’ I guess it’s nice to know that your work is appreciated and the work that you do put in gets rewarded in some way.”
(Nick and I)

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