Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Dodgers just win. Per Joshua Thornton and Nathan Ruiz at MLB.com:
"I think we take pride in just how we play the game," manager Dave Roberts said. "When you're hearing things, people get ahead of things, different things in a Major League season happen, success, struggle, whatever it may be. For us each day to come in and win a game, that's the thing we're most excited about and obviously is a byproduct of us winning a lot of games."
Last night Justin Turner lead the Dodgers with two home runs and four RBI's, and the Dodgers bullpen turned in another stellar performance. Overall, four relievers held the Padres scoreless for 3.2 inningd, recording four strike outs and allowing only one hit.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon and Josh Barber from yesterdays game. You can see photos from Saturday's game here. Friday's pics can be seen here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1980 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent pitcher Tom Niedenfuer out of Washington State University. IN a couple of years he would be a mainstay in the Dodgers bullpen -- recording 64 saves as a Dodger. 
  • Happy Birthday, Magic JohnsonMark LorettaScott StewartMcKay ChristensenJuan Pierre!
  • Video: Dave Roberts talks about Kenta Maeda's performance, the pride in winning series and more after Dodgers' 6-4 win over the Padres on Sunday. (video link)
  • Video: Justin Turner speaks to Kelli Tennant after hitting 2-home runs in Dodgers' 6-4 win over the Padres on Sunday. (video link)
  • Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is set to return, but he won't be an everyday player."
“All that he’s accomplished as an individual is incredible,” Roberts said, “but the one thing he wants to do is win a championship. … Any competitor wants to be in there every day. I would expect that from him as well. But the unselfishness that he has as a person and a player will allow me to make the decision that’s best for our ballclub.”
(Pic via Jon SooHoo/Dodgers 2017)
"I think we've been pretty cautious," Roberts said. "Which is most important. … We're in a good place with Clayton. So hopefully this next marker we pass and we can assess going forward."
“I remember thinking, ‘So this is what it’s like to win a World Series,’ ” he said. “Today I’m like, ‘Holy cow, I was actually there.’ ”
And then he wasn’t. 
“I kept chasing that feeling from 1988, but I just never got it back,” he said. “I was living my dream, then it came down to the other part of my life, the reality part, and it wasn’t real good.”
What Hartley walked out of the building with was a lot cooler than a jacket, though. Mixed in with bins of yellowed books, legless G.I. Joes and cracked salt shakers was an old baseball bat. A really old baseball bat. A really valuable baseball bat.
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A Harold “Pie” Traynor baseball bat, specifically; one the Pirates Hall of Fame third baseman used at some point between 1926 and 1934 that could be worth several thousand dollars, according to Troy R. Kinunen, the owner of Mears Auctions. The bat’s knob — thinner and far less pronounced than anything used by players for decades — tipped Hartley off.

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