This past Friday on Veterans Day the Dodgers hosted a 300+ contingent of American military personnel and veterans for an afternoon of batting practice, food and tours at Dodger Stadium. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"The Dodgers want to honor the men and women that serve our country, and not just the service people, but their family and loved ones," said Naomi Rodriguez, Dodgers vice president of external affairs.Photos above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
"We want them to come here and have a great time, have a Dodger Dog. I mean, it's everyone's fantasy to hit a ball at Dodger Stadium. So we give them that opportunity to walk to home plate and take batting practice and have a great time."
- Happy Birthday, Jim Brewer!
- Via Meg James at the LA Times; "DirecTV's Daniel York brought hardball tactics to Dodgers channel negotiations."
- No real surprise here. Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors; "Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner Will Reject Qualifying Offer."
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Darnell Sweeney gets fresh start in return to Dodgers."
"He had a little bit of a down season in Triple-A, but we've seen him very good in our organization. He's a very versatile player defensively, and he switch hits. We view him as major league depth,” Zaidi said. “His versatility could help him earn some type of a role with the big club.”
- Via Josh Jackson at MiLB.com; "Toles, Calhoun, Bellinger bopped for Dodgers: Winning organization featured breakout performances across all levels."
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Maeda excels in transition to Major Leagues: Dodgers right-hander led NL rookie starters in six stats."
"You know, he's a guy that you talk about the medical, when we signed him, and you know, the uncertainty of how much -- how many innings he could give us this season, and he's been the one stalwart in the rotation," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's probably 165 pounds dripping wet, but this guy is the ultimate competitor, he really is. So to give us that consistency every fifth, sixth or seventh day, whatever he's given us, really has been huge.
"Kenta is a great human and a great competitor. And you know, I think that you look at the season that he had, and what a special season it was, and to go through the adjustments that he had to make for himself on the baseball side, the family. There's a lot of things that we really can't appreciate, the adjustment that he's had to make on travel and learning where things are at and really making sure his family is OK, and also adjusting to the schedule and the usage, the workload."
- Jesse Chavez, who the Dodgers received last season in a trade with the Blue Jays for Mike Bolsinger, has just signed a free agent contract to play for the Angels, via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Former Dodgers great Green makes mark on tech side."
"The Dodgers have always been one of the most innovative sports franchises in the history of our country, going back to Jackie Robinson," said Green. "The different things they've done for the sport and for our culture are pretty amazing, and I see them onto a similar type of shift here from a technology standpoint."
- Brian Dozier? Apparently, the Dodgers have spoken with the Twins about getting the 29-year old second baseman, via a tweet from MLB Network Radio/Jim Bowden:
.@JimBowden_ESPN: #Dodgers had a discussion with #Twins at the GM Meetings re: Brian Dozier. "I wasn't supposed to leak that out."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) November 11, 2016
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