Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 4/23/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic, circa 1950's, photograph taken by Barney Stein of the Brooklyn Dodgers "Sym-Phony" Band that is currently available at RMY Auctions.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1946 Dodgers righty Ed Head threw a no-hitter against the Boston Braves, 5-0. He said after the game: “I knew I had it all the time – don’t ask me how, but I knew it.” (boxscore) It was his first appearance after returning from the military. In 1958 Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges hit his 300th career home run on the same day that Pee Wee Reese played his 2,000th career game. In 1999 Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis becomes the first player in MLB history to hit two grand slams in one inning when he did it against Chan Ho Park at Dodger Stadium, 12-2. You can watch it here.
  • Happy BirthdayJames MulveyDolph CamilliBob O'Brien & Andruw Jones!
  • Good Guy, Clayton Kershaw! Video - Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, chats with ESPN regarding their mission to help fight the battle against human trafficking (YouTube Link).
  • Dodger Talk -- Christian Yelich joins David Vassegh to talk about his efforts to help out relief efforts for the tragedies in California and Cody Bellinger's hot start (Audio Link).
  • Check out this podcast from our Single-A minor league affiliate the Great Lakes Loons called Dodgers at Dow Diamond. They chat with the Dodger coaches and prospects. Go here to check it out. A couple of weeks ago they interviewed Josiah Gray -- Listen to it here.
  • Via Josh Flickinger at the Beloit Daily News -- "BC Alum Davis Voice of Dodgers."
Davis came to Beloit College after growing up in Potterville, Mich., and was intrigued by the recruiting pitch of then-coach Chris Brann.
"He said I could play for the football team, but announce the basketball games during the winter," Davis said. "He knew what I wanted to do. So that helped, and the chance to play right away and get a good education. It's a different place, for sure. You have people coming from all over the world with all sorts of different viewpoints. I was a kid coming out of small-town Michigan and I hadn't been exposed to a lot of different experiences. It was really transformational for me."

  • Via a TMZ report -- "Luke Walton sued for sexual assault by female sports reporter." He allegedly attacked former Dodgers reporter Kelli Tennant.
In her suit, Tennant -- who worked as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA -- says the 2 had a business relationship that went back several years and that's why she had asked him to write the foreword in her book.
Tennant claims when she arrived at Walton's hotel, he convinced her to come up to his room so they could "catch up." But when they got to his room, Walton suddenly pinned her to the bed, placing his hips and legs over her body.
The Dodgers’ ace is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, but the last few seasons have seen his fastball velocity dip considerably, which has negatively affected his numbers. I noted late last season that Kershaw was no longer a fastball pitcher, and instead used his slider as his dominant pitch. This spring, some focus switched to his changeup, and how Kershaw might need something new to combat what he has lost. So far this season, Kershaw has been effective by going to his strengths and using hitter tendencies to his advantage.

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