Dodgers hurler Kenta Maeda met with some special guest before yesterdays game. The kids from the Tokyo Kitasuna team from Japan, as seen in the photo above shared by Dodgers photographed Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016, greeted the MLB rookie with giant smiles. As you likely know, they won the 2015 Little League World Series. Check out more pics from Jon from yesterday here.
Below are more links to check out:
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Rick Monday, Tom Paciorek, J.D. Drew elected to College Baseball Hall."
- Better late than never, I suppose. Via Tricia L. Nadolny at Philly.com, "Sorry, 42: City Council apologizes for Phillies' race-baiting of Robinson."
"Be it resolved by the Council of the City of Philadelphia," reads the resolution unanimously passed Thursday, "that City Council hereby recognize, honor and celebrate April 15, 2016 as a day honoring the lifetime achievements and lasting influence of Jackie Robinson, and apologizing for the racism he faced as a player while visiting Philadelphia."
- Laura DeLallo at the IBM Center for Applied Insights writes, "How data science conquered baseball – and why fantasy baseball is next." In it she shares some insight with the help of former Dodger GM Fred Claire. (Link Here)
- ICYMI: Via Doug Padilla at ESPN, "'Minimal' knee damage enough to send Dodgers' Alex Guerrero to DL."
- Via Buster Olney at ESPN, "Players beginning to ask for more transparency regarding therapeutic use exemptions."
Adrian Gonzalez is among many players who have raised the topic with ESPN the past couple of years, but the Dodgers first baseman is the first willing to speak on the record. "I feel like TUEs should be [a matter of] public record," Gonzalez said Wednesday, sitting at his locker. "Not because they shouldn't be allowed, but because we should all know the reasons why [players] are taking what they're taking -- and are allowed to take."
Gonzalez believes this should happen for the sake of transparency. "The whole system is in place to make it an even playing field," said Gonzalez. "I know I don't have a TUE. I would want to know who has one, for what reasons, and if those reasons are justified."
- Brett Ballantini at MLB Trade Rumors shares Part II of his interview with Dave Stewart. It includes some Dodgers stuff.
Q: You were drafted in the 16th round by the Dodgers in 1975, but you also had a ton of football scholarship offers, and played some pretty good basketball, too. Why did you choose baseball?
DS: [Laughs] It was the sport that I was least likely to get hurt playing. There are obvious injuries that happen in baseball, but in football, even at 6’2”, 210 pounds, that’s not big enough to play the sport, for me. In basketball, there were some size restrictions as well. What’s great about baseball is that anybody can get on the diamond and show their skills. At the time, among the three sports, baseball was not my favorite, and probably not my best sport. But it’s just funny how things turn out.
- Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue, "Dodgers News: Carlos Frias, Ross Stripling Final Candidates For 5th Starter."
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