Thursday, February 02, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 2/2/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Let's hope we see something like this in October.  Shown above are outfielder Willie Davis and third baseman John Kennedy in the midst of celebrating the Dodgers 1965 National League pennant, dated 10/2/1965 (eBay Auction Link).  They had just defeated the Milwaukee Braves, and clinched the title over the hated Giants.  As you know, they would go on to win the franchise's fourth World Championship.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1964 a Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee elected former Dodgers Burleigh Grimes, Heinie Manush and John Montgomery Ward into the Hall. 
  • Happy Birthday, John Tudor, Scott Erickson & Chin-lung Hu!
  • In case you're interested, Dodger photograph Jon SooHoo shared a whole bunch of great photos from the Campo Las Palmas dedication ceremony on Tuesday.  Go here to check those out.
  • Via Evan J. Davis at Beyond the Boxscore; "Clayton Kershaw and tunnels: An initial investigation: Baseball Prospectus’s new pitching data is fascinating, and like always, the Dodgers ace makes them even more so."
Some early conclusions: Kershaw varies his release points and doesn’t disguise pitches before they reach the tunnel point. His pitches also finish in generally the same spots. However, by pounding the zone, adding crazy movement, and switching up speeds, hitters remain heavily off-balance, even if they know what pitch is coming and where it might finish after it crosses the plate. 
  • Paul Lukas at UniWatch lets us know that the Dodgers (and the entire MLB) will have new batting practice tops for this coming season.  On the right is a pic of the new Dodgers tops.
  • Cuteness overload.  Via Chris Landers at Cut4; "Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson played golf with Joc's two extremely adorable dogs."
  • I really love this series.  Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew; "Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Nats manager Dusty Baker."
  • Via Curtis Carpenter at TC Palm; "Historic Dodgertown looks to the future." 
“We want Historic Dodgertown to be a viable, vibrant sports complex,” said Ruth Ruiz, the director of marketing and communications for the facility. “When the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers were here, the town of Vero Beach looked forward to spring training. With the Dodgers gone, the complex remains active and used year-round.”
  • Ken Gurnick at; "Dodgers scout Pascual uncovers diamond: (Kenley) Jansen's catcher's gear gives way to mound presence."
"Not many catchers can pitch because they have that short arm, but he got that long arm," Pascual said. "I heard he had pitched in the Little Leagues in Curacao, but when I saw him he was a catcher. I had nothing to do with the change, the credit goes to player development.

"Kenley worked at it and the organization made a great decision to change him. I'm proud of him, proud of his success and proud he stayed with the team. He's a terrific guy."
  • With a Hat Tip to DodgersBeat on twitter, the Inland Empire 66'ers (an Angels minor league affiliate) will be giving away a two-way Kenley Jansen bobblehead on August 12th.  Check out what it looks like below.  They are also giving out a Orel Hershiser bobblehead on July 29th.  You can go here for more details.
  • As you know, Vin Scully was presented with an Lifetime Achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association earlier this week.  Below is a video of his acceptance speech.

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