Monday, May 16, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 5/16/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This guy showed up at Dodger Stadium on both Saturday and Sunday to the delight of players and fans alike.  We first noticed him when Ziggy Marley shared a pic of him signing this fans uniform (link here) on Saturday.  Then, he appeared again on Sunday (link here) with a whole new set of drawings on his face.

Photo at the top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game here.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: On this day in 1970 a fourteen year old fan named Alan Fish was struck by a Baseball at Dodger Stadium and die four days later.  This marked the first fatality of a fan from a batted ball in a Major League game, and it happened off the bat of Manny Mota.  Tom Hoffarth provides more detail about the incident here.  In 2000 was the infamous fight at Wrigley Field that started when Dodgers catcher Chad Kreuter was hit in the back of the head and had his hat stolen by a unruly fan.  Several players and coached jumped into the stands during the melee.
  • Happy Birthday, Rube Walker!
  • Via Austin Laymance at, "Puig, Turner enjoy baseball on the beach: Dodgers participate in Play Ball Weekend event with Boys & Girls Club of Venice."
"I think I had more fun than some of them did," said Turner, who often played different forms of baseball on the beach as a kid growing up in Southern California. "I think the message here is to encourage kids to get outside and be active. Maybe in the future, they will organize some little games like this on their own so they can come out and get out of the house, get out from behind the computer screen and the iPad."
"I was pleasantly surprised by how the ball was coming off his bat," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's moving around really well, taking balls off the bat and the way he was swinging. I think later this week is realistic now, I really do."
  • BTW, Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched two innings yesterday in the Rancho Cucamonga game.  Via JP Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers (JP also has video from his rehab session at that link):
Ryu threw only 22 pitches and allowed one hit, a short opposite-field flare that fell for a single. He struck out two batters, both on sweeping curveballs, and walked none. After his outing was over, Ryu threw another 10 pitches in the bullpen.
Ryu said he was exerting about 60 to 70 percent of his maximum effort, which explains his lower-than-usual 85-mph average fastball velocity.

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