Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/23/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out who's on the cover of the newest issue of Sports Illustrated -- Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig. Best yet, according to Alanna Rizzo on twitter, the photo used was taken by Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo - a first for him on this magazine. Congrats!

In other news, Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 2,000th hit of his career last night when he doubled in to the right field corner in the sixth inning. Per Ken Gurnick at
"It's cool, one of those milestones that just means I have a lot to be grateful for and thankful for," Gonzalez said. "That was really cool, special, seeing the guys in the dugout, the Dodgers fans in the stands. I know there's a lot of people back home smiling as well, especially my wife and my kids and my parents and my brother. It's a cool feeling."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 Gil Hodges hit his 14th career grand slam. It set a new National League record for grand slams in a career. BTW, Don Drysdale also walloped two solo homers himself during the game. In 1989 Tommy Lasorda had Expos mascot Youppi! ejected from a game in Montreal during the 11th inning. The mascot was causing too much noise by jumping on top of the Dodger dugout roof during the 22-inning game. You can watch Youppi! get tossed here. BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Expose, 1-0, on an home run by Rick Dempsey in the 22nd inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Red DownsPhil PageLonny FreyDale MitchellCasey Blake!
  • Video: Adrian Gonzalez speaks with Alanna Rizzo after his 2,000 career-hit in Dodgers' 8-5 over the Pirates on Tuesday night. (video link)
  • Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Clayton Kershaw after throwing 4 innings of a simulated game on Monday. (video link)
  • Video: Curtis Granderson joins The Rundown on the MLB Network. (video link)
  • Per Jerry Crasnick at ESPN; "Dodgers' Chris Taylor won't stay anonymous for long."
"We've been asked that question a lot -- who is Chris Taylor?" Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "We don't know yet. There's really no floor, and no ceiling. All I know is, he does a great job of living in the moment and trying to help us win baseball games. It seems like each night he does something, whether it's with his arm, his legs, taking a walk or getting a big hit. For me, that's the mark of a championship player."
"I just try to keep it as simple as I can and get the barrel on the ball," Taylor said. "That's about as simple as I can put it. You have to realize there's more pressure on the pitcher than yourself. I just try to be aggressive in the heart of the plate and not chase pitches out of the zone."
  • Per the Cal League at MiLB; "Quakes' Peters, Nuts' Neidert lead Cal All-Stars: Dodgers outfielder named MVP; Mariners righty top pitcher."
Rancho Cucamonga outfielder DJ Peters was named the Cal League's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year as well as being named to the Posseason All-Star Team. Peters, a 21-year-old from Glendora, California, is second in the league in home runs (24), seventh in hits (129) and leads the league in total bases with 237.

  • Blowout Buzz provides an early look at the 2018 Topps Tribute set slated to come out in late-February, and it includes a pic of the Cody Bellinger card on the right. Go here to check out more pics.
  • Via Jacob Rudner at Think Blue LA; "Beaty moving up on Dodgers top prospects list."
This year has been another chapter in the hot bat of Matt Beaty, as he’s currently hitting .324 with 61 RBI’s and has a strong OPS of .894. He credits his success to his coaches and to some adjustments he has made along the way.
“I made some minor mechanical adjustments,” Beaty said. “The coaching that I’m getting – we have some of the best coaching – and being able to talk to them is great.”

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