Monday, February 11, 2019

Dodger Links - 2/11/2019 - Dodger Links - Some Odds and Ends

This weekend Cody Bellinger, along with fellow baller and Diamondback prospect Jamie Westbrook, were inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame. Per Richard Obert at the Arizona Republic:
"He is a great ambassador for Arizona baseball, as well as Hamilton baseball," said Hamilton coach Mike Woods, who coached Bellinger in high school. "He has given back to our program and is a source of pride for everyone in the Chandler community at large."
As you may know, Cody first flirted with fame at the age of 13 when he starred on the 2007 Chandler, Arizona Little League team that played at Williamsport. The photo above featuring Westbrook and Bellinger via Coach Woods on twitter.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1997 three new Jackie Robinson cereal boxes, created by General Mills, were unveiled to an eating and collecting public. He would be the first athlete to be honored on all three varieties of Wheaties: Original Wheaties, Honey Frosted Wheaties, and Crispy Wheaties 'n' Raisins. 
  • Happy Birthday, Boyd BartleyTodd Benzinger!
  • Video: Corey Seager is the No. 7 shortstop in Major League Baseball right now according to The Shredder (Video Link).
  • Audio: David Vassegh caught up with Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes at Justin Turner's golf tournament to talk about what he has done this offseason to improve on his swing (Audio Link).
  • Per Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest; "A look at the 21 non-roster players invited to Dodgers’ spring training."
  • William Boor at makes note of Dodger prospect Keibert Ruiz -- "10 biggest bargains on the Top 100 Prospects list."
Ruiz, a 55-grade defender, was signed because of his defensive ability, but his offensive development has helped him rise up the prospect rankings and turned him into the No. 3 catching prospect in baseball. The 20-year-old is a switch-hitter, but has been more productive from the left side early in his career. Ruiz hit .268/.328/.401 as a 19-year-old in Double-A last season, but what may be most impressive is the fact that he struck out only 33 times in 377 at-bats (101 games).
  • Via Ken Grunick at; "Pollock embraces LA's culture, expectations: Slugging outfielder brings competitive drive to Dodgers."
"First and foremost, the locker-room presence," Turner said. "He's a grinder, with the edge he brings to the team. He's a competitor, he doesn't like to lose. On top of the fact he's a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder. The attitude is a perfect fit for the clubhouse, to help us set the tone. He'll fit in well. Off the field, the stuff he does is off the charts."
"[Pollock] and Robert really connected last year," said Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations. "[Pollock] has an intellectual curiosity. He's always searching for ways to improve and we feel there's potentially more in there. He provides value in all phases of the game and someone who fits into our core and nucleus really well. He adds a lot of value in a lot of different ways."
  • Via the DuQuoin Call; "Miners catcher (Ben) Moore signs with Dodgers."
Moore was the primary backstop for the Miners for the last two seasons, and batted .251 with 11 doubles, three homers and 28 RBIs in 101 games for the black and gold. He hit .287 in 37 games with the club in 2018, ranking among the team leaders in batting average before a knee injury cut his season short.

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