Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 4/30/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Cody Bellinger just keeps rolling along. Last night he went two-for-three, recorded his fourth outfield assist of the season and drove in his 37th run -- a new Major League record for RBI's before May 1st. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough as the Giants ended the Dodgers four game winning streak last night, 3-2.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1935 the Dodgers signed 21-year old amateur free agent Rod Dedeaux. He would later on go on to become the head baseball coach at the University of Southern California (USC) for 45 season -- winning 11 national titles and 28 conference championships. In 1940 Brooklyn tied a Major League record for consecutive wins to start a season at nine victories when Dodgers hurler Tex Carlton no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, 3-0In 2014 the Dodgers won their 10,000th game in franchise history when they defeated the Twins, 6-4, behind the pitching of Zack Greinke.
  • Happy BirthdayPaul WachtelPhil GarnerJeff Reboulet & José Peraza!
  • A must read. Written by Rich Hill at The Player's Tribune -- "I Want to Talk About My Son Brooks."
The more we heard, the more our hearts broke.
And, truth be told, we were basically just flailing around at that point. Asking a zillion questions, but not even knowing what to do with the answers. Just before entering that boardroom, Caitlin and I had been chatting about renovation projects and wondering aloud if our older son, Brice, who was one-and-a-half at the time, was driving his Auntie Emily crazy back at the house. And then, all of a sudden, we’re being told that our newborn son may never walk or talk.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com -- "Koufax's legacy paves the Dodger way: Mentorship molds aces dating back to Brooklyn."
"A lot of what is currently taught is Sandy,” said Hershiser, a Dodgers broadcaster during the season who moonlights in Spring Training as a pitching instructor, as Koufax once did.
“Because he accomplished so much, when you say, ‘This is what Sandy would say,’ or, ‘What Sandy taught me,’ or the way he did it, as a coach instead of showing somebody,” Hershiser continued, “that’s a name that has so much weight, you know as a coach you’ve got somebody’s ear. The resume is at such heights, you’ve got the combination to continue the legacy.”
  • I was wondering when they were going to do this. Per Erin Edwards at Dodger Insider -- "LADF: Bid on Dodger memorabilia from anywhere." When the Kings moved towards online bidding for in-game auctions I noticed a steep increase in the prices items sold for.
  • Hopefully this is the cause for his slow start and he'll be back to normal in no time. Per Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors -- "A.J. Pollock Likely Headed To Injured List."
  • I hope things are okay. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com -- "Toles reports to spring facility, but return unclear."
  • Per Janene Scully at the Noozhawk North County Editor -- "Dodgers Fan and Double Amputee to Throw Out First Pitch for Game Next Month."
  • I can't believe this may actually happen. Via NBC4 -- "Metro Board Moves Forward With Gondola to Dodger Stadium."
"In another major milestone, Metro's Board of Directors has endorsed moving the environmental review process forward for Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies' gondola system that will fly thousands of fans from Union Station to Dodger Stadium," said Martha Welborne, a project manager for ARTT.
  • Here's something different. Baseball History Daily takes a closer look at feuds between former Negro League ballplayers in the Majors (link here). There's stuff here about Robinson, Newcombe and Campanella. Below is an excerpt about Campy's feud with Willie Mays:
“Campy, who had earned his place in the sun by playing both Latin ball in the winter and Negro ball in the summer, catching doubleheaders, and riding broken-down busses before entering organized ball, was miffed because Mays became a major leaguer in less than a year following graduation from high school.
“Every time the teams met, Campanella rode Mays unmercifully. It got to the point where Mays complained to his manager Leo Durocher, who said Campy had no right to do it. 
“Mays, a naïve youngster, was at bat one day, Campy went into his needling routine. Mays turned and told the catcher, ‘Stop talking to me. Mr.  Durocher says you have no right to keep talking to me that way.’ But Campy didn’t stop talking until Mays went into the army this year.”

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