Friday, July 13, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 7/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - First Place!

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The Dodgers now sit alone in first place in the NL West after they defeated the Padres last night, 3-2. Per Ken Gurnick at
"Beats being in second place," said manager Dave Roberts, who promised when his club was at its lowest that it would rebound as it has.
"Beats being in fourth place. This is what we expected. Made it a little tough on ourselves early, but we righted the ship. We've got a long way to go." 
The Dodgers are 8-3 in July and 35-17 since May 24. Their .676 winning percentage since June 1 is the best in the National League.
BTW, I made the above Cody Bellinger fantasy Baseball card after seeing his Moms Instagram post celebrating her son's 23rd birthday today. She posted a Cody toddler photo and I knew I had to do something with it. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1954 Brooklyn's rookie manager Walter Alston makes the first of a record nine appearances as National League manager in the annual All-Star Game. Unfortunately, the National League would lose this game to the American League, 11-9.
  • Happy Birthday, John O'BrienDaryl Spencer & Cody Bellinger!
  • Cat Loves the Dodgers was at the premier of the 1988 Dodgers documentary “Only in Hollywood” and shares a bunch of pics from the afternoon. Go here to check them out.
  • Per Kenny Kelly at Beyond the Boxscore; "Ross Stripling is moving away from his slider to great success."
  • Here's a story about a minor league host family for a Dodgers Class-A team. Via Evan Petzold at From the Nest; "Beyond Baseball: Biskupski family build large household as longtime host parents for Loons."
The main rule at the Biskupski house is — “We eat dinner as a family.”
“After that, they are free to do whatever they want,” Tony said. “It just helps us talk. We learn from them and they, hopefully, learn from us.” 
With one group, Tony said, after dinner, the family played Scrabble. Eventually, it turned into a weekly event.
“They said they were going to be tough, they were going to yell,” a reminiscing Sborz said. “That’s how it was, you have to listen and be respectful to everyone. I committed quickly after I visited.”
Sborz initially saw this toughness when UVa. made it to Omaha, Neb., the site of the College World Series, for the first time in 2009. Back then, he didn’t know much about the UVa. program. Sborz quickly recognized why O’Connor’s teams stood out: they carried themselves with respect and confidence — traits he admired.
  • This mornings Baseball America report makes note of two Dodger prospects -- Keibert Ruiz and Dustin May:
Ruiz has not set the world on fire in the Texas League this season. But dig a little deeper and what's he's doing is still pretty remarkable. Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double yesterday, raising his slash line to .251/.315/.397. That obviously isn't a great stat line, but he's a 19-year-old switch-hitting catcher in Double-A who has made defensive improvements while striking out in less than eight percent of plate appearances.
May has continued to pitch well for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. May struck out 12 with two hits allowed and one walk (and three runs, two of which were earned) in 6.2 innings yesterday.
  • To the surprise of no one who has followed the industry, Topps and MLB have extended their exclusive trading card contract through 2025. Go here to check out the Topps press release. 

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