Friday, March 25, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 3/25/2016 - Dodgers Links - Grandal, Seager and Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzales tweeted a fantastic team photo featuring himself as an youth.  He was a member of the Liga Municipal de Tijuana ballclub.  No date is provided.  BTW, he is the kid standing in the top row, fourth from the right.

Below are more links to check out:
  • Yes, Dylan Hernandez's story at the LA Times is dumb and immensely short-sighted.  Check it out here for yourself.  In it he laments how the club is wasting the prime years of Clayton Kershaw; which is funny considering the club has won the division the past three years in a row for the first time in its history.  But I digress... After all, I have little patience for this kind of skullduggery.  Fortunately, Dave Cameron at FanGraphs takes on the task of challenging Hernandez's piece (Link Here).  It's worth your time to check out:
Of course, things haven’t gone as well in the postseason, with the team getting knocked out in the Division Series twice and getting eliminated in the League Championship Series once. But judging a team’s commitment to winning based on how they perform in the postseason is a bit silly, given how small the margin is between advancing and being eliminated in a short series. Last year, they got eliminated in a winner-take-all Game 5 by a 3-2 margin, so their season literally ended because they got outscored by a single run. 
No, our only motivation in signing him (Greinke) was to improve our staff and to improve our pitchers behind him. Zack can give us the best opportunity to compete and possibly win in our division. Not one time did I think “ha-ha, Dodgers” or “ha-ha, Giants, you didn’t get him.” I never thought about that one bit. Not one bit. I knew how great this would be for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“It’s not like I feel bad when I’m playing or anything,” Grandal said Thursday. “I feel like I’m ready. If the season was to start today, then I could start today. I’m swinging good. I’m throwing good. I’m catching good. That’s always a plus. Good thing about it if you can look on a positive side is I’m concentrating on my defense. They don’t want me to hit or anything, so let’s just concentrate on defense.”
  • Corey Seager got back out on the field yesterday.  Via Ken Gurnick at, "Seager reports no pain after extended workout."
"Everything was fine," he said. "I rounded first, stopped like I did when it buckled the last time, did other little things, no problems so far. No pain, that was nice."
Via Doug Padilla at ESPN:
Seeing live pitching again was the real goal of this day.

“There was 100 percent rust,” he said. “It was two weeks now of no ABs, so you’re not going to get right back at it where you want to be at this point of spring training. That’s OK, I’ll go out and get a couple of ABs a day and hopefully get back.”

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