Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 6/7/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It's a little frustrating when your team pitches well, but loses the game nevertheless.

Last night the Dodgers lost a tough one as Brandon McCarthy and Max Scherzer dueled it out. Unfortunately, the Nationals pitcher was a bit better as the Dodgers offense continued their slump at the plate for the third straight game. I suppose the saving grace, though is that our pitchers appear to be locked in; especially McCarthy. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It seems like every single time he gets out there he has control of the game,” Roberts said. “Like Scherzer, he had his mix working today — the breaking ball, the cutter, the two-seamer down below the zone, the four-seamer up. He left the change to Harper up that he hit the double on. But you take those (two) starts out and he’s as good as anyone in the league.”
The Dodgers fall to two games behind the Rockies in the NL West. The Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1898 Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets stepped in to be the teams manager for the remainder of the season. They would not fare very well. The Dodgers would finish in 10th place with a 54-91 record. In 1982 Steve Garvey played in his 1,000th consecutive game. He would receive a standing ovation from fans at Dodger Stadium. In 1995 Tommy Lasorda won his 1,500th game as a major league manager when his Dodgers defeated the Expos, 7-1.
  • Happy Birthday, Ike Benners, Bones Ely, Lafayette Henion & Roy Jarvis!
  • Video: Hear from Dave Roberts after the Dodgers 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. (video link)
  • Per the OC Breeze; "Red Cross to host 19th annual Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans blood drive." 
The American Red Cross is calling on Southern California baseball fans to knock it out of the park and help the community by donating blood at the 19th annual Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans blood drive. The blood drive will take place Saturday, June 24, at 13 locations throughout Southern California.
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "Wood to bump Maeda or Ryu from rotation: Lefty set to return from disabled list this weekend vs. Reds."
"As far as Saturday or Sunday, Alex will pitch one of those games," said Roberts. "Outside of that, we're trying to figure out how to kind of plug in the other potential options."
  • This just seems stupid. The last out of last nights game got weird. Per ESPN; "Exchange between Koda Glover, Yasiel Puig gets testy."
    "Tempers flared a little bit," Glover said. "It is what it is. I don't have any hard feelings toward him. He was staring at me, and I didn't like it."
  • Via Houston Mitchell at the LA Times; "Dodgers Dugout: Ten things you should know about Chris Taylor."
  • Per Joshua Thornton at; "Taylor's success a good problem for Roberts."
"With Chris Taylor, the way he's played, he's earned the opportunity to get more chances out there," Roberts said. "Whether it's in center field, whether it's in right field, to spell [Justin Turner at third base] or [Logan Forsythe at second base], he'll do that."
  • Per Mark David at Variety; "Dodgers Owner Mark Walter Pegged as Record-Setting Buyer of David Geffen’s Malibu Compound." 
Billionaire music and media tycoon David Geffen sold his longtime beachfront compound on Malibu’s Carbon Beach last month in an internationally trumpeted off-market deal valued at a record obliterating $85 million. Property records list the buyer as a generically named corporate entity with an address in Miami, FL, but this property gossip, along with the impeccably well-connected Yolanda Yakketyyak, hear from a growing slew of trusted real estate snitches, including Peter Propertyseller and Our Fairy Godmother in Bel Air, the new owner is billionaire financier Mark Walter. Mister Walter, who presides over a private fortune the bean counters at Forbes estimate at around $2.5 billion, is the founder and CEO of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory outfit with about a quarter of a trillion dollars under management, but he is perhaps more publicly well-known, at least in sports circles, as the owner of the L.A. Dodgers who swooped in and bought the team out of bankruptcy about three years ago for $2.15 billion.

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