Monday, May 09, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 5/9/2016 - Dodgers Links - Baez, Puig and Urias

There was nothing but pink all day.  Featured above are Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig in their Dodgers pink Mother's Day uniforms prior to the start of yesterdays game.  Pic above via Puig on twitter.  Unfortunately, one player didn't have his pink bat.  Via Ken Gurnick at
Howie Kendrick had the go-ahead RBI with his usual bat, but he didn't mean to slight the Mother's Day theme.

"My pink bat got left behind, or I would have used it," he said. "It was in the rack back home, but it missed the plane."
BTW, the Dodgers won the game over the Blue Jays, 4-2.  They rallied, with the game tied at two, in the eight inning off an RBI single by Kendrick.  Then, Kenley Jansen shut the door with his eleventh save of the year.  So far, he is perfect is save opportunities this season.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"When you're really good, people can take you for granted," Kershaw said. "You expect him to go 1-2-3 and strike out the side. But he's not an unknown. It's just a matter of him being so good. What you want from a closer is someone who wants the ball, and Kenley embraces it. He wants to be out there, and that's huge."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1947, the infamous photo of Jackie Robinson with Phillies manager Ben Chapman is taken prior to a game in Philadelphia.  As you know, Chapman lead an cavalcade of racial slurs against Jackie when they played in Brooklyn several days before, and the ensuing backlash against his actions caused him to seek amends by taking this photo.
  • Happy Birthday, Aaron Harang!
  • Via Ken Gurnick at, "Roberts: Urias top option for promotion to 'pen."
"I think internally there's talk," Roberts said, as concern has increased over recent bullpen issues. "He just came off another great outing, and I think that we're thinking through a lot of options, and Urias is definitely at the top of the list."
"Julio can do a lot of different things, whether it's out of the 'pen or as a starter," Roberts said. "It's a necessity-based thing when he's ready. Things are showing he's getting to that point. What we need and what he can do and how dynamic he is, there's a lot of things to consider."
  • Blowout Buzz shares some preview pics from a set called 2016 Topps Gold Label; including the Kenta Maeda card on the right.  Go here to check out more.  The set comes out in late August.
  • Bolsinger pitched well in his first rehab start in Oklahoma City, via Brandon Lennox at True Blue LA: "OKC Dodgers mount late comeback in Mike Bolsinger's 1st rehab start."
On the mound Mike Bolsinger made his first rehab appearance and threw pretty well. Over four innings Bolsinger gave up just three hits and struck out three, although he also permitted a pair of runs including a solo homer. 
  • Via Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA, "An interview with Dodgers Sr. Manager of Player Development Jeremy Zoll."
  • I couldn't agree more.  I think Urias needs to stretch out his arm by throwing more innings this season before we start thinking about bringing him up - even in a relief role.  Via Chad Moriyama at Dodgers Digest, "Calling Julio Urias up now risks seriously stunting his development."
  • Via Ken Gurnick at, "Baez shows stuff, confidence of setup man."
"The stuff is certainly there," manager Dave Roberts said. "I think it's the mound presence, the confidence and the way he carries himself, the look in the eye that he wants the ball and going after guys and trusts his stuff and [is] not nibbling.

"Yesterday, he had a little conversation with A.J. in midst of his outing and rared back and threw the 98. I think to be the back-end guy, you've got to be confident and be your biggest fan. The stuff plays, it's sharp."
3. In Bryce Harper, he believes.
Bryce Harper is my idol now. I'm going to join him in the "make baseball fun again" campaign; I'm just waiting to get my shirts and baseball caps. He's always been a great friend and a great athlete, and I admire him. I like how he plays the game, and I think he gets it. It's good to see an American player saying that there needs to be a little more fun in baseball. Fans leave everything behind to come and see us play. We have to make baseball fun for the fans and not take everything so personal.

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