Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 7/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Cody was fantastic. He escaped the first round of the derby by defeating Colorado's Charlie Blackmon with 15 homers. Then he faced the behemoth that is Aaron Judge, and I think it's fair to say he was overwhelmed. He knew Judge was going to beat him handily. Per Anthony DiComo at MLB.com:
"I knew I had no chance," Bellinger said. "At that point, I'm just glad I won the first round. It was pretty tiring. I was just trying to get out as many as I could."
No worries from him, though.
"I didn't know what to expect, but that was more than I expected," Bellinger said. "That was probably the best time I've had playing baseball."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out a bunch of fantastic pics by Jon from yesterdays All-Star event. Below are more links to check out:

“I would love to start someday, no doubt,” Kershaw said. “But Max has earned it. Regardless of whether I was eligible or not, I think Max has earned that right.”
  • I can't wait to see this. Did you notice Kenley Jansen with a camera during last nights Home Run Derby? Well, he is apparently helping out SportsNet LA on a future feature for Backstage Dodgers, per Kenley's tweet
  • This is just fantastic news. Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs takes a look at the second-half schedules of every team and the results are good for the Dodgers. They appear to have the easiest schedule in the National League, going forward. Go here to check it out. 
  • Doesn't it feel like Dodger prospects are getting recognized more often than any other team? It's almost as if we're filled to the brim with future stars and that we're about to experience an explosion of young players ready to make an impact. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; " Shibuya, DJ Peters capture minor league weekly awards."
  • Dodgers first-rounder Jeren Kendell spoke with the media over the weekend. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register/The Daily News provides a report:
“Putting the ball in play, there’s always a chance for me to get on base,” Kendall said. “I feel I’m more of a gap-to-gap guy, get on base. One thing I do need to work on is just putting the ball in play more consistently to make the defense play a little more.
“I’ve heard of that (strikeout criticism). Obviously you see high-strikeout numbers with guys who hit the ball out the ballpark. That’s part of their job. For a guy like me who should put the ball on the ground, my approach should be a little different.”

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