Monday, May 07, 2018

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 5/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Fernando was the only choice to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to begin the Mexico Series between the Padres and Dodgers. Per Jesse Sanchez at
"Fernando deserved to throw out the first pitch and many more things because of who he is," said Jarrin, who famously served as Valenzuela's interpreter. "He's so popular in Mexico and he's so popular in this city. People still scream his name in Los Angeles when they show his image, and he's so beloved everywhere he goes. It is the perfect way to start this series."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1959, the Roy Campanella benefit game, dubbed "Roy Campanella Night," against the Yankees is played at the Coliseum in front of 93,103 fans -- the largest crowd ever to have attended a ballgame. In 2009 Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is suspended 50-games for a PED violation.
  • Happy Birthday, Mickey DoolinTom ZacharyAl EpperlyDick WilliamsJames Loney!
  • YouTube Video: Eric Karros joins Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt to discuss Albert Pujols collecting his 3,000th career hit, Yankees winning on a walk-off single and the Dodgers throwing a combined no hitter (Video Link).
  • ICYMI: Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 10-Day DL over the weekend with bicep tendonitis. Fortunately, it doesn't appear that surgery is in the cards. Rather, he'll do rehab. Via a tweet from David Vassegh:

  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "Kershaw's Challenge takes step to expand reach: Foundation for Dodgers star partners with Sports Placement Service Inc."
On Thursday, Kershaw announced a marketing deal with Harlan Werner's Sports Placement Service Inc., with all off-field proceeds earmarked for charitable distribution through the foundation.  
"This was an easy choice, making Harlan part of our team. He has worked for Sandy Koufax for over 30 years -- that says a lot about his character and credibility," said Kershaw.
I am familiar with this company. I recently shared a pic of my Campanella autographed photo (see it here) that I had gotten that at a card show in the early 90's. That show was hosted by Sports Placement Service and included just about every one of their clients; including Koufax, Campanella, Ali, Namath, etc.
Alex Verdugo brings his own flavor to the diamond. It’s easy to notice him, from his tattoo sleeves to his bright red batting gloves and hightop cleats. But his style applies to not only his accessories, but also to his style of play. He has a knack for extending a typical single to extra bases or playing aggressive defense. He has supplied a spark to the Dodgers, who are riding a three-game win streak, and his manager has noticed.
“He’s got a little edge to him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I like his at-bat quality. He can defend at all three outfield spots…I think the handedness doesn’t bother him, left or right-handed (pitching). I just like his at-bat quality and he can slug when he needs to as well.”
  • I'm not quite sure what I think of this. On one hand you want reporters to be not only be objective, but also act in an objective manner. But does acting objectively automatically lead to objective reporting? Is it possible to celebrate a no-no like this while also being able to report objectively? Per Tom Hoffarth at the OC Register; "How a Dodgers high-five raises objectivity concerns."
  • Per Brian Robitaille at Dodgers Nation; "An Interview With Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti."
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Dodgers sign Danny Espinosa to minor league contract."
  • Puig is coming back on Wednesday, via a tweet from Ken Gurnick:

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