Yesterday afternoon the Dodgers jumped on a plane (as evidenced by a video tweeted by Charlie Culberson) and headed out to the capitol for this weekends NLDS matchup against the Nationals. Once there, they held their first workout at the stadium. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, Dave Roberts had this to say about the season so far:
"The thing I'm most pleased with is we've made no excuses and we've persevered," said Roberts. "We've got a tough group of players. In life and in sports, there's always talk about accountability and reasons why you don't have success, but our guys don't have that, and I think that's the thing I can hang my hat on."Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1963 the Dodgers completed their sweep of the NY Yankees in the World Series for their third championship in franchise history. Sandy Koufax got the win and complete game in the 2-1 victory. In 1965 Sandy Koufax sat out his scheduled start in the World Series against the Twins due to Yom Kippur.
- Happy Birthday, Alfredo Griffin!
- Mike Petriello at MLB.com put together, "A position-by-position NLDS look" between the Dodgers and Nationals. Go here to check it out.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Toles (wrist) works out, but doesn't swing bat."
- Via David Hood at True Blue LA; "Dodgers MLB Draft 2016 season review: A look back at some standout picks and their performance in 2016."
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Farm Fresh: Edwin Rios powered his way to Player of the Year."
“I feel like I’m growing into my body, and finally being able to control my body,” he said. “Hopefully the power keeps coming.”
Rios was second in the Dodger farm system with 27 homers. He slashed .301/.341/.567, splitting 108 games between Low-A Great Lakes, Rancho and Double-A Tulsa. There was a 33-game stretch with the Quakes in which he hit 16 homers and had an OPS of 1.187.
He homered once every 8.7 at-bats. Between July 8 and July 15, he had three multi-home run games.
“I love to hit home runs,” Rios said. “It’s fun running the bases (after).”
- Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "Nationals Manager Dusty Baker 'always wanted to be a Dodger'"
“I always wanted to be a Dodger,” he said Wednesday. “I heard the Dodgers had the best athletes, pretty uniforms and good bodies. I was like, ‘Shoot, you’re talking about me.’”
- I wouldn't want to be this guy. Via Jesse Winter at the Star; "Police release photo of alleged suspect in Blue Jays-Orioles beer-can tossing scandal."
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