Friday, September 22, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/22/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I am hoping desperately that there isn't an "ESPN Curse" 'cause I don't think I can handle that. As you can see, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig are featured on the cover of this coming months issue of ESPN The Magazine MLB - Playoffs Issue. BTW, the Cleveland Indians are also on the cover (I assume in newsstands on the east coast). Per a story inside via Tim Keown; "You Win Some, You Lose Some: Two dramatic streaks will define the Dodgers' 2017 season -- unless they can pull off something even more memorable in October."
It's jarring to watch a team that considered winning a byproduct of its existence profess a joyless pride in a minimal level of competitiveness. Twice a day, Roberts talks about signs of life as if assessing the vitals of a comatose patient. The Dodgers had the best 50-game streak in 105 years and the franchise's longest losing streak in 73. Same team, same season. On the day his team broke the losing streak, Roberts said, "A lot can change in three weeks. We've lived it."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1947 Duke Snider hit his 39th and 40th homers of the season to tie a National League record for hitting at least 40 home runs in five consecutive seasons. His second homer also proved to be the last home run to ever be hit at Ebbets Field. In 1954 Dodgers pitcher Karl Spooner, in his Major League debut, shutout the Giants, 3-0, at Ebbets Field. He fanned 15 Gnats and allowed only three hits. In 1976 Don Sutton, for the first and only time in his career, won his 20th game of the season when he defeated the Giants, 3-1. In 1986 Fernando Valenzuela became the first Mexican ballplayer to win twenty games in a season when he defeated the Astros, 9-2.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill JoyceDoc MarshallTommy LasordaSweet Lou JohnsonDoug CamilliJim FaireyJeffrey LeonardDave SaxMark Guthrie!
  • Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Andre Ethier after hitting a pinch-hit home run in the Dodgers 5-4 win over the Phillies on Thursday. (video link)
  • WTF! Per Enrico Campbell at CSN Philly; "The Phillie Phanatic got a date with a Dodgers reporter (Alanna Rizzo), spilled all over her." Watch the video here.
The Phillie Phanatic is nothing if not persistent. 
When he has his big bug eyes set on something, he goes to great length to make it happen. 
So it was with great joy we got to see his wooing of Los Angeles Dodgers' reporter Alanna Rizzo paid off on Thursday -- at least in the short term.
A season that began in high Class A now includes a major league win. Buehler tossed a scoreless sixth inning against the Phillies—his first scoreless outing after allowing a run in each of his last three relief appearances—and earned the win when the Dodgers surged into the lead in the top of the seventh. It was his first major league victory.
  • Now it's Curtis Granderson's turn to open up a pack of old Baseball cards. Per Mike Oz at Big League Stew; "Curtis Granderson names his GOAT player on '25-Year-Old baseball cards'"
  • I just love these pack opening videos put together by Mike Oz of Big League Stew, and apparently much of the collecting world loves it too. Kelsey Schroyer at GOGTS Distribution shares an interview he had with Mike Oz about the videos, and you can check it out here.
KS: You’ve had some pretty impressive guests, including Ivan Rodriguez Alyssa Milano. Have you had a favorite guest so far?
MO: It’s tough to pick just one. Dusty Baker was great because he legitimately loved opening the cards and would have sat there with me for a half hour, I think. A-Rod was great because, c’mon, he’s A-Rod. Alyssa Milano wins for personal nostalgia. Pedro Martinez was a great one because he was one of my bucket-list guests. Not only did we get him, but his episode is fantastic.
  • Here's a great article from Nick Ostiller on his own site that features former Dodger GM Fred Claire: "Claire’s Baseball Evolution Spans a Half-Century." He writes about the '88 Dodger team, and Claire's past and current exposure to Baseball analytics. 

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