Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 12/5/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I'm fairly certain I've shared this pic in the past, but it's so good I figured it's worth another look. Featured above is a March 6, 1957 United Press photo of a contingent of Los Angeles politicians wooing Dodger owner Walter O'Malley at Vero Beach. (eBay Auction Link) As you can see, Duke Snider and the famed clown Emmett Kelly (the Dodger Bum) also joined them. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
It May Happen - Officials from the city of Los Angeles arrived at the Brooklyn Dodgers training camp here March 6th to confer with Dodger officials on the possibility of the team moving from Flatbush to the west coast city. Left to Right are: Kenneth Hahn, of the LA Board of Supervisors; LA Mayor Norris Poulson; Dodger slugging star Duke Snider; and Dodger President Walter O'Malley.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1973 the Dodgers traded outfielder Willie Davis to the Expos for relief pitcher Dr. Mike Marshall. Dr. Marshall went on to win the NL Cy Young Award that next season. He pitched in 106 games, finished 83 of them and recorded a league high 21 saves as a reliever. In 2011 the Dodgers signed free agent utilityman Jerry Hairston to a two-year $6 million contract. He would soon thereafter retire and join the Dodgers broadcast crew.
  • Happy BirthdayJamie McCourtGus MancusoDon PadgettSteve RachunokRaleigh AitchisonBilly Shindle & Ray Moss! 
  • Dodgers Memorabilia: Check out this fantastic 1956 Dodgers Tour of Japan Magazine that features a fantastic drawing on the cover of Pee Wee Reese turning a doubleplay over a sliding Giants runner at Lelands Auction (link here).
  • Audio: Petros and Money show - Dave Roberts Talks About His New Deal And Players On The Dodgers Radar (Audio Link).
  • Podcast: Dodgers Nation - Puiggy Don’t Go | Episode 33 | Blue Heaven Podcast (Link)
  • Kyle Downing at MLB Trade Rumors has put together their Offseason Outlook for the Dodgers here.
  • A Dodger minor league club is a finalist for the inaugural Copa de la DiversiĆ³n (“Fun Cup”) event series -- Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City Dodgers), via Ballpark Digest.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers (Cielo Azul de Oklahoma City) established deep connections with localarea businesses searching for programming to reach OKC’s Hispanic/Latinx community, resulting in the second-largest commercial partnership revenue among all Copa-participating teams.
“I understand batted ball data from an objective standpoint, from an outcome standpoint,” Van Scoyoc said. “I also think I dive pretty deep into the process of what creates quality batted balls. I don’t spend my time looking at Statcast data (for example) and seeing, ‘Was this ball hit at a certain angle?’ I spend most of my time observing the process that will create those outcomes. I believe with each individual we’re trying to maximize how efficient their process is.”
That’s what he did in working with Chris Taylor, who credited Van Scoyoc for helping him create a better path to the baseball, which led to the dynamic player’s 2017 breakthrough. 
“There were certain areas we focused on where he wasn’t as efficient as he could be, and there were certain areas we attacked that made his swing more efficient, gave him bigger room for error and more efficiency in how his body worked,” Van Scoyoc said.

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