Thursday, August 18, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 8/18/2016 - Dodgers Links - De Leon's Immaculate Inning, AJ on Vinny and Adrian Gonzalez

What he said!

Joc Pederson tweeted the above photo after the Dodgers, with the help of Adrian Gonzalez, defeated the Phillies, 7-2.  He added the following caption,
"@Adrian_ElTitan put the team on his back"
Last night AGon hit a three-run homer in the third to give the Dodgers a lead.  Then, for good measure, he blasted a two-run home run in the seventh as insurance.  Joc Pederson, for his part, went three for four on the evening.  Per Todd Zolecki and Evan Webeck at
"Everybody's made some great adjustments," Gonzalez said. "For the most part, I feel like [Joc Pederson has] made some great adjustments, [Howie Kendrick has] made great adjustments. The guys who were already swinging it well have continued swinging well. When you've got one through eight swinging it great and taking great at-bats, it makes it really tough on the opposing pitcher."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1959 former Dodger GM Branch Rickey is named President of the newly formed Continental League.  The new third Major League never plays a game, though.  Instead, it became a catalyst for the addition of eight more teams to the American and National Leagues over the next decade.  In 1995 the Dodgers traded for Brett Butler.  This would be his second stint with the team.
  • Podcast:  Listen to Dave Roberts speak with Colin Gunderson on the newest episode of the "Love of Baseball" podcast (Link Here).
  • Via AJ Ellis at ESPN; "A.J. Ellis: How I'll describe Vin Scully to my son."
Mostly, and very regularly, I will tell Luke how special it was to be part of the Dodger organization. How the organization that gave us Jackie, Newk and Campy, Sandy and Clayton, had allowed me to wear its uniform. And while wearing that uniform, competing in front of baseball's best fans in baseball's most beautiful ballpark, I was humbled and honored to know that Vin Scully was sitting right above home plate, painting the picture of our great game and, at times, even using me as the paint for his brushstrokes.
"I called her, and she was like, 'I saw it,' and she was so happy it happened, because she doesn't miss much," said Sharon (Robinson), referring to her 94-year-old mother who lives in Manhattan. Since Rachel married Jackie the year before his Major League debut, she saw all of the turmoil he suffered from fans, opponents and even teammates as baseball's first African-American player. She also encountered racism in general, and that included the kind that banned African-Americans from public swimming pools. When African-Americans were allowed into the water, they often watched whites scramble to backyard pools of their own or to the farthest beach.
  • Following on the heals of Topps unveiling of their 2017 Baseball card design, they now have released preview pics of the 2017 Heritage Baseball card set, via Blowout Buzz.  Check out the Clayton Kershaw card on the right.  As you can see that years set will pay homage to the often maligned yet equally loved 1968 Topps Baseball card set.
  • In Baseball America's morning prospect report they make note of Dodgers starter Jose De Leon:
The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect at midseason, the former Southern ace is positioning himself to help the big club later this season. He struck out 10 Wednesday in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 3-2 win over Albuquerque (Rockies). De Leon allowed just six hits and two runs in six innings, walking none. De Leon has a fastball that sits 92-93 mph and touches 95 with a great spin rate. He throws a tight slider but the difference-maker is his double-plus changeup. 
BTW, De Leon threw an "Immaculate Inning" in yesterdays game against the Albuquerque Isotopes.  You can watch it here.

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