Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 3/12/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Tony Gonsolin has been turning heads at the Dodgers camp -- and not just because he fancies cat t-shirts. Rather, he's been lights out during his three appearances this spring, pitching six scoreless innings. Overall, the 25-year old has struck out five, walked none and batters are hitting a paltry .190 off him. Per Matt Borelli at Dodger Blue:
“Minor League Pitcher of the Year, he has a four-pitch mix, he can throw his secondaries for strikes when he needs to, he’s a tough competitor, he’s very intelligent, and the stuff is real,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts answered when asked for his evaluation of Gonsolin. 
“For me to be able to put eyes on him, our coaching staff, was good. The way he carries himself in the clubhouse is very mature.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Pic on the right via Gonsolin on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1989 the Dodgers traded outfielder Mike Devereaux to Baltimore for starting pitcher Mike Morgan. Morgan would stay in LA for three seasons -- compiling a 33-36 record with an 3.06 ERA, 3.38 FIP and a 1.162 WHIP. In 2003 Mets catcher Mike Piazza charged the mound to go after Dodgers reliever Guillermo Mota during a spring training game at Thomas J. White Stadium in Port St. Lucie, FL. Mota plunked Piazza on the shoulder, so Piazza stormed after him -- even going so far as to enter the Dodgers clubhouse following the game. Both players would be suspended five games. Per Mike DiGiovanna at the LA Times:
"Where's Mota?" Piazza screamed, checking the trainer's room. "Where's Mota?" he yelled, walking through the clubhouse. Once he realized Dodger reliever Guillermo Mota had left, Piazza walked out the back door, got into his car and sped off.
It was one day at home plate the 15-year-old batboy in Oklahoma City wouldn't forget.
Legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate five times on a sunny, spring afternoon in 1949.
"Before the game I shagged some ground balls in the outfield for the Dodgers players, it was something you do as a batboy," Nichols said. "I knew who Robinson was. He was already my hero for being the first black baseball player. He fascinated me for baseball and for history."
  • Here's some fun stories about old-tyme Dodger Roger Craig. Via Nick Diunte at MMO; "Roger Craig Impacted Two New York Baseball Dynasties."
  • WooHoo! Via Alden Gonzalez at ESPN; "Kershaw pain-free after 20-pitch bullpen session."
"Kershaw with no pain is going to be a great Kershaw," Honeycutt said. "He's been feeling good and throwing the baseball, and it showed today -- just kind of a nice, smooth delivery; not overdoing it."
  • Here's a fun and short interview. Via Ryan Fagan at The Sporting News; "Dodgers' Max Muncy discusses 'Game of Thrones,' piano dreams and more." 
  • I just saw this, so I figured I should pass this news along. Import Dragon will once again have a license to sell figurines this season. So far, there are no Dodgers on the 2019 yet, but there is a Dodger available as a part of their 4" bobbleheads series. Check out the Cody Bellinger mini bobble on the right. Go here for more information. Pre-order is only available through ClarksToys.
  • Via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors; "Dodgers Place Andrew Toles On Restricted List." This is largely an accounting move. His placement allows the team to free up an additional spot on the 40-man roster.
  • Per JP Hoornstra at the Whittier Daily News; "New Dodger pitcher Donnie Hart was helped by a fortuitous sidestep"
In 2013 he was a junior at Texas State University. One day, while taking ground balls at first base, the Bobcats’ pitching coach noticed Hart throwing from a lower arm slot to second base. The motion came naturally to the left-hander, yet he’d never tried pitching sidearm in a game.
“He said, ‘let’s go see if that will work out in the bullpen,’” Hart said. “So we went down there and I threw off the mound like that, two bullpens. The rest was pretty much history.”

And then a surprise encore by Clayton Kershaw, via David Freese's Instagram:

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