Congratulations to the Dodgers Single-A affiliate Great Lakes Loons on their Midwest League Championship series win over the Clinton LumberKings last night. This achievement marks their first championship in their ten-year history. The game itself was highlighted by an five-run come-from-behind sixth inning that gave the Loons a lead they never would relinquished. Per Hugh Bernreuter at MLive:
"I think the tough times in the first half made it possible for us to persevere in games like this," Loons manager Gil Velazquez said. "Winning a championship in the minor leagues means something.Hopefully, many of them will carry the experience learned there to the Dodgers. Photo above via Great Lakes Loons on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
"They learned how to play when the pressure is off the charts. They learned how to come through and play big in tough situations. They played in a playoff situation and succeeded. It shows what they're made of. They carry that for the rest of their lives."
- This Day in Dodger History: In 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt.
- Happy Birthday, Charlie Haeger, Joe Ferguson and Duke Snider!
- Via Jared Massey at Dodger Blue; "2016 Minor League Year In Review: Dominican Summer League Dodgers."
- Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Dodgers not worried about Kenley Jansen's sore right wrist."
“He’s not concerned at all. It’s just more precautionary,” Roberts said. “The training staff feels the same. I don’t know how it kind of flared up on him. He says that sometimes when he gets full extension, it kind of flares up on him, but he’s not concerned.”
- Via Bill Plunkett at the OC Register; "Dodgers' Justin Turner doesn't relish free agency, despite strong offensive numbers."
While some players find the process of being a sought-after free agent flattering, Turner says he is not “looking forward to it, really at all.”
“I know the experience I had last time and it wasn’t fun,” he said. “Trying to go through the agent who was a middle man with what was being said and what was going on – it’s really not that fun of a process for anyone no matter how good or bad your year was going into it.
“I guess everyone’s cut from a different cloth. I personally don’t look forward to it. Obviously, I’ll be excited when it’s over with. But that whole process is the part of baseball I could do without. The process of playing the game, the preparation of getting ready for the games – that’s what I love about it. The process of the off-the-field stuff is not very fun.”
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Joc's 463-foot shot is Dodgers' longest of season."
- Also from Ken Gurnick; "Kazmir develops blister in simulated game: Dodgers' plans for a postseason No. 4 starter remain in flux."
"I don't know how significant it is," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, adding that Kazmir will meet the team in Los Angeles on Monday.
- Via Nick Percoro at AZ Central; "Arizona Diamondbacks to cut ties with De Jon Watson." As you will recall, Watson worked in the Dodgers scouting departments just a couple years ago.
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