Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 6/28/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


After recently being sent to the bullpen, Kenta Maeda was masterful in his spot start last night. He went seven strong innings, yielded just four hits, recorded six strike outs and gave up zero walks for his sixth victory of the season. Per Ken Gurnick and Kaelen Jones at MLB.com:
"The last few outings, he's been aggressive and filling the strike zone," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Maeda. "With his mix, putting hitters on the defensive, there just weren't many good swings they got off him." 
Maeda is responding positively to the pressure that comes with being on the Dodgers pitching staff. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“There’s a sense of urgency overall,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “I didn’t start the year on a good note. Regardless if I’m in the bullpen or starting, there’s a sense of urgency I feel to produce results.”
Photo above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Go here to check out pics by Dodger photographers Jon SooHoo and Juan Ocampo from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1907 then Yankees catcher Branch Rickey (who would be known for signing Jackie Robinson decades later) saw twelve Senator runners steal a base on him. In 1969 the Dodgers and Don Drysdale shut down the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium by the lopsided score of 19-0. They break a LA Dodgers all-time record for runs scored in a game. In 2008 the Dodgers were no-hit by the Angels (Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo), but still won the game, 1-0. The lone run was scored in the fifth inning when a couple of errors and a sacrifice fly by Blake DeWitt scores the eventual winning run.
  • Happy Birthday, Fred MillerAl DowningJose Flores!
  • Video: Dave Roberts praises Maeda's performance in Dodgers 4-0 win on Tuesday night. (video link)
  • Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks to Joc Pederson after his 3-run home run on Tuesday night against the Angels. (video link)
  • This is always fun. QUIZ: Name the 20 pitchers in Dodgers franchise history to have thrown a no-hitter. Go here to check out the quiz. How many did you get?
  • Per Steve DelVecchio at Yardbarker; "Dave Roberts calls out Dodgers fans over weak All-Star voting." Go here to vote for Corey Seager.
  • Of course, Bill Plaschke at the LA Times adds his two cents: "Why don't the red-hot Dodgers have any sure starters in the All-Star Game? Blame it on the TV blackout."
Shelve the spin, ignore the finger pointing, plow over all the numbers that show the Dodgers losing about half of their viewing audience since the blackout began, and a simple truth emerges.
When the majority of households in your market can’t watch your games on TV, they lose interest in your team. While the blackout hasn’t affected attendance, it’s put a huge dent in attitude. The winning is there, but the buzz is not.
“We were at the house watching,” Clay Bellinger said. “I think my wife said something first: ‘You know, he passed you now!’ I was hoping he was going to, you know what I mean? Maybe not so fast.…”
"There's really no drop-dead decision we have to make on Corey yet," Roberts said. "It's tougher playing shorthanded, but with the extra position player that we do have, essentially we've been playing with four all year, and now we have four not counting Corey, but right now I think we do have some flexibility."
In a negotiated settlement, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig's one-game suspension has been rescinded and he instead will make a charitable donation.
Chances are, the names Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer would not come immediately to mind when thinking about baseball. Yet, even without playing a game, the duo made an incredible contribution to baseball. Back in 1908, Norworth and Von Tilzer created the iconic song ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame,’ with Norworth writing the music and Von Tilzer contributing the lyrics.... 
On this day in 1940, the Brooklyn Dodgers sought to change that. They celebrated Jack Norworth Day at Ebbets Field, honoring the great lyricist for his contribution to the game.



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