It was team photo day for the Dodgers Friday afternoon, and as you can see in the pic above (via @Dodgers on twitter) they had a lot of fun with Vin Scully. Per Courtney Schellin at ESPN:
What you're looking at is 88 Vin Scully masks on the Los Angeles Dodgers and one smiling Vin Scully in the flesh.Go here to check out a bunch of pics taken during team photo day by Jon SooHoo and Juan Ocampo. BTW, Saturday was the Hollywood Stars game, and you can check out some photos from Jon SooHoo here. Below are more links to check out.
In honor of the broadcasting great, the team wore photo masks of Scully, who will retire this year after having announced for the Dodgers since their days in Brooklyn. That's 67 years in the booth for the franchise.
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1948 Jackie Robinson hits for the backward cycle when he homers in the first inning, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, and completes the rare event with a single in the eighth.
- Video: Go behind the scenes as Louisville Slugger makes a custom bat for Joc Pederson’s brother Champ (Link Here).
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Van Slyke to address wrist issue with surgery."
- Via David Adler at MLB.com; "Puig reportedly placed on trade waivers."
- Via Andy McCullough at the LA Times; "Clayton Kershaw praises new Dodgers catcher Carlos Ruiz, laments loss of A.J. Ellis."
What was yesterday like for you?
“It was hard, man. It was really hard. Carlos Ruiz is awesome. Heard nothing but great things. But it’s a tremendous subtraction from this team. There’s no doubt about it. Just what he brought to the team, as one of my best friends, but I think everybody.
“He really brought that presence that not a lot of people have, where you can just get along with everybody. And really help everybody’s careers. That’s something that’s not easily replaced.”
- Via Alex Shultz at Los Angeles Magazine; "11 Die-Hard Dodger Fans on Why Vin Scully is the Greatest."
- Baseball America's daily prospect report makes note of Dodger pitchers Jose De Leon and Brock Stewart:
Jose De Leon, rhp, Dodgers. De Leon was the No. 1 player on last week’s Hot Sheet and after Sunday’s outing, he most assuredly will be on the list next week. De Leon struck out 13 in 7.2 scoreless innings as Oklahoma City beat Colorado Springs (Brewers) 6-1. In his past three starts, De Leon has struck out 33 and walked none. De Leon’s fastball can touch 95 mph and he has a tight slider, but it’s the plus-plus changeup that makes him unhittable at times. In addition, the win clinched the PCL American Northern division title for OKC.
Brock Stewart, rhp, Dodgers. Stewart had a meteoric rise from high Class A to the majors. The son of Rays scout Jeff Stewart, Brock was barely on the Dodgers’ radar at the start of the year, but injuries and his performance forced their hand. His first three major league appearances didn’t go well, but on Sunday he matched up with Jon Lester of the Cubs and turned in his best performance to date. He didn’t get his first MLB win, but struck out eight in five scoreless innings as the Dodgers went on to a 1-0 win over baseball’s best team.
- Via August Fagerstrom at FanGraphs; "Rich Hill Truly Curveballs Like No One Else."
By now, the greatness of Rich Hill’s curveball is well understood. Among starting pitchers with at least 100 innings thrown since the beginning of last year, Hill is baseball’s ERA leader, and he’s become so by throwing exactly one curveball for every fastball. By usage, Hill curveballs like no one else. On a per-inning basis, only Jose Fernandez‘s curve has been more valuable, according to our pitch-type linear weights. By dominance, Hill curveballs like nearly no one else. The spin rate ranks in the top five. Next to no one can spin it like Hill.
- Via Michael Grennel at the Standard-Examiner; "For Raptors' Santarsiero, faith and determination overcame a career-threatening injury."
“I dropped the bike on my left side, and I slid into his vehicle,” Santarsiero said. “And when I hit my arm on his vehicle I broke my humerus. He kept driving, and he drove up and over my helmet. I remember seeing the tire go across my facemask, and that’s when I blacked out.”
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