Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/26/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Ugh... We are now in a theoretical tie with the Rockies.

Last nights game did not end the way we had all hoped -- losing 3-4. After clawing back from behind to tie the game in the ninth, Kenta Maeda gave up a walk-off homer on a 3-2 pitch to the first batter he faced, Eduardo Escobar -- a ballplayer who had been really great on my fantasy team. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"They're not in the playoffs this year, but you can't discredit that team," Hernandez said of the D-backs. "They have a lot of good players in that lineup. Really good bullpen. Our bullpen has been really good the last few weeks. We're human, we're baseball players, it happens. Just a tough night for them."
I thought I would show the above pic that recently sold on eBay. It features an acrobatic Pee Wee Reese floating above a sprawled-out Elston Howard. This is a classic depiction that is sadly a thing of the past. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1975 Burt Hooton set a Dodgers record for starters when he won his 12th consecutive game. In 1981 the Dodgers were no-hit by legendary fireballer Nolan Ryan of the Astros in Houston, 5-0. It would be the fifth no-no of his career. You can watch the last out of the game hereIn 1997 Mike Piazza hit a change-up against former Dodger Darren Holmes 496 feet to left-centerfield - hitting a billboard between the scoreboard and the Rockpile - at Coors Field. It is deemed the longest homer ever hit at the stadium. You can watch the blast here. BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 10-4. Per a Denver Post story:
“It was mammoth, man,” pitcher Darren Holmes said. “It was a big bomb.”

Machado’s defense, weirdly, is what has taken a giant step forward since joining the Dodgers. After grading out so poorly during the first half of the year, Machado has played right to his career average since. He’s been worth 3.3 defensive runs above average while wearing the blue and white. It might be because he has played more innings at third base with the Dodgers than the Orioles, and this is where he grades out best.

  • Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily shares some preview pics of the 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball set that features the 1971 Topps Baseball card design. Check out a Walker Buehler insert card on the right. Go here to check out more pics. This is expected to hit store shelves in late-February 2019.
  • In case you care. Jessica DeLine at Halos Heaven; "Shohei Ohtani slated for TJ surgery next week in LA."
  • Tracy Hackler at Panini's The Knight's Lance shares a bunch of preview pics from their 2018 National Treasures Baseball brand that officially comes out today. Check out cards of Buehler and Alex Verdugo below.

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