Monday, June 05, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 6/5/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kenta Maeda wasn't exactly terrible on Sunday, though he was clearly inefficient. Through four innings pitched he struck out seven, but walked three batters and allowed two earned runs on 92 total pitches. That's certainly not the way to get things done. Per Ken Gurnick at
"We're going to run him out there in five days," Roberts said. "The conversation I had with him, it's not necessarily a short leash, it's where I don't really have an option. I'd like to see him go deep into games. When you get ahead of hitters like he does, you have to be able to put them away. I think he's a little afraid of contact, and there are a lot of non-competitive pitches when he gets ahead, and we've got to clean that up."
The Dodgers got blanked by Milwaukee, 3-0, and fall a half game beding Colorado in the NL West. Photo above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers BaseballIn 1977 the Dodgers retired former manager Walter Alston's uniform number #24 at Dodger Stadium. It was also Old-Timer's Day as the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 4-2.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill MaloneyFred MitchellDuke SimsRuss Ortiz!
  • Video: Dave Roberts speaks to the media about Kenta Maeda's performance against the Brewers. (video link)
  • ICYMI, before the start of the Brewers series this past weekend Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo shared some vintage pics from Shawn Green's epic four home run game in Milwaukee in 2002. Check those out here.
  • Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Every night is Firefighter Appreciation Night for Bellinger."
“It’s a really hard job to get into,” Cody said. “The shifts are tough. Sometimes it’s 24, sometimes it’s 48 hours. But, it’s a pretty cool job.”
It’s cool enough that Clay (Bellinger), who’s now been a firefighter for 10 years, calls the job “the best in the world.” 
“Ask any kid in America, what do you want to be? You want to be a baseball player or a fireman,” Clay said. “I’ve been blessed to do both of them.”
  • No jail time, but a nice resolution nevertheless. Per Ryan Parker at the Hollywood Reporter; "Dodger Stadium Security Guards Sentenced for Theft of Team Merchandise." They stole game used equipment and uniforms, and were caught when a hidden camera recorded their thievery.
  • This is a nice roundup focused on the numerous Dodgers free agent signings of Cuban players in 2015. Per Always Compete at LA Dodger Talk; "International Signings Two Years Later."
  • Via Marly Rivera at ESPN; "Adrián González on learning English and uniting a clubhouse."
ESPN: I have not seen it here [with the Dodgers] but some clubhouses are a bit fractured. Latinos hang out with Latinos and Americans with Americans. Have you felt you needed to bridge the two cultures?
AGon: I have the ability to talk to Americans and talk to Latinos; I can go out to dinner with both of them. So, often, I would end up being the one inviting people: "Hey, let's go eat, come with us." Even if that person wasn't able to communicate a lot, communication in baseball is universal. So going to dinner, even if you're not able to talk all the time with a person who may not speak your language, you can spend time with them.
“Now being up here Bobby tells me what he sees and so does Jack,” Farmer said. “It's really helped me out a lot in the last couple days I've been here. I'm really looking forward to spending a whole season with them and seeing what else I can learn from them.”
For three months in 1972, the Dodger Stadium organist was a child prodigy who wore a kooky uniform, played catch with players and once brought Vin Scully out of his booth in amazement.
Donna Parker, a 15-year-old sophomore at Baldwin Park High, spent one wondrous summer vacation energizing fans with “Charge’’ and “You Gotta Have Heart’’ before departing as abruptly as she arrived.

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