Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 8/1/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Brian Dozier is now in the house. Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times:
The first call Tuesday afternoon came from Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. Players have 72 hours to report to a new team, but Friedman asked Dozier if he would consider hustling to Los Angeles for a game that would start in six hours. 
“Absolutely,” Dozier said. “I don’t like days off. No days off.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1906 Brooklyn hurler Harry McIntire lost his no-hit bid in the 10th inning  when he yielded a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. He and the Dodgers would then lose the game in the 13 inning due to an unearned run, 1-0. In 1924 Dazzy Vance struck out seven consecutive Cub batters to set a major league record. The Brooklyn Robins would win the game, 4-0. In 1957 Gil Hodges hit not only his 13th grand slam of his career to set a new National League record, but it also proved to be the last grand slam in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 2015 Clayton Kershaw battled Mike Trout, marking the first time that reigning MVPs had faced each other. Trout would go 0-for-3 against Kersh; including a first inning strike out, as the Dodgers defeat the Angels, 3-1.
  • Happy Birthday, Joe ShauteHoward FreigauMyron WhiteDave AndersonBrian Bohanon! 
  • FYI: Via an AP report at ESPN; "Power outage during Brewers-Dodgers game caused by Mylar balloon."
  • Video: Dodgers newly-acquired second baseman Brian Dozier discusses the process of being traded to Los Angeles and what he will bring to the team (video link).
  • Podcast: Dodgers Nation -- Dodgers Trade Deadline Extravaganza - Episode 13 - Blue Heaven Podcast (Podcast Link).
  • Here's another great story on the Dodgers former clubhouse manager. Per David Wharton at the LA Times; "Nobe Kawano, longtime Dodgers clubhouse manager, dies at 95."
  • Via Ken Gurnick at; "Turner nears return after ramping up rehab: Dodgers third baseman could come off DL as soon as Thursday."
Turner has been on the disabled list with a strained right groin muscle and is eligible to be activated on Thursday. Roberts said he expected Turner to be ready Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
"He looked good in the batter's box, running laterally was good, running the bases was good. I'm encouraged," said Roberts. When Turner returns to third base, Manny Machado will move back to shortstop.
  • Tracy Hackler at Panini's The Knight's Lance blog shares more pics from their upcoming 2018 Immaculate Baseball set; including the Cody Bellinger card on the right. Go here to check out more.
  • Via Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs; "The Dodgers Finally Get Brian Dozier."
The Dodgers have ridden the game’s macro-level trends about as well as any team in recent years. They’ve manipulated the 10-day DL, have employed an opener, limited pitchers’ trips through lineups, and were willing to give more dollars and years than any other club to Rich Hill’s unconventional pitch mix two winters ago. (Hill’s usage is now becoming more and more conventional.) Justin Turner has preached the power of the air ball to teammates like Chris Taylor. In Dozier, they get another hitter with natural loft and pull-side power.
  • Check out this Logan Forsythe interview from the Twins clubhouse -- he chats a bit about what it's like to play for the Dodgers (at about the 1:00 min. mark):

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