Monday, July 17, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 7/17/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Weekend Odds and Ends

The Dodgers just keep on rollin'. Instead of boring you with details I thought I would point to the above action photograph taken by Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. As you can see, Jon decided to photograph the game in a different perspective, and in the process snapped one of my favorite subjects. Here, he captured Kike Hernandez with a broken bat swing -- complete with a piece of the barrel flying off the bat.

Go here to check out more pics by Jon from Sunday's game. You can also see pics from Saturday's game here, or Friday's game here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1954 the Dodgers field the very first starting nine that consist of a majority of black ballplayers for the first time in Major League history. In 1974 Dodger starter Tommy John suffers an arm injury on the mound against the Expos that would eventually lead to a revolutionary new surgery that would be widely known as "Tommy John" surgery -- to repair a torn ligament in the elbow by replacing it with a ligament taken from another part of the body. The surgery is performed by Dr. Frank Jobe. In 1976 Walter Alson wins his 2,000th game as a manager. His Dodgers defeat the Cubs in Los Angeles, 5-4. Alston would then leave the Dodgers at the end of this season -- finishing with a 2,040-1,613 lifetime mark as skipper.
  • Happy Birthday, Eddie Brown!
  • Video: Dave Roberts speaks to Alanna Rizzo after Rich Hill strikes out 9 and does not allow any walks through 5 innings as Dodgers sweep the Miami Marlins. (video link)
  • Video: Cody Bellinger speaks after hitting the 3rd cycle in Los Angeles Dodgers history, the first one by a rookie. (video link)
  • Video: From Oklahoma City. Per Patrina Adger at KOCO; "Returned soldier surprises family at Dodgers game: Sgt. Jeremy Looman spent eight months away from his family." 
“This is the first opportunity where I've been able to do something special for them," Looman said.
His daughter Halle announced who she thought was the next batter, not realizing the name she was calling.
Buehler has taken another step toward the Dodgers bullpen with a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The former Vanderbilt ace, who has struck out 91 in 65.1 innings at high Class A and Double-A, has been used as a starter but the Dodgers have monitored his innings. He could be called up to the big league bullpen if he shows he can handle Triple-A, although it’s unclear if he’ll pitch in relief at OKC.
He's coming along quicker than I think anyone ever imagined possible. 
"Will was having a strong season, even better than his numbers suggest. He was spitting on borderline pitches and attacking strikes. He was driving the ball line to line. He's grown tremendously behind the plate and in his interactions with pitchers.” said Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler. “We're all proud of him and look forward to having him back in late August assuming all goes well with his rehab."
"He really looked sharp," said Roberts, who added that Ryu's return is still unknown. "I don't know when we're going to drop him in, but it'll be at some point. That's a conversation that we're going to have with him and try to see what makes sense for our ballclub."
That likely won't be on the current five-game, six-day road trip, which continues in Chicago for a pair of games with the White Sox on Tuesday and Wednesday. 
"Unlikely on this road trip," is how Roberts put it.

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