Thursday, June 20, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 6/20/2019 - Dodgers Links - First to 50

The Dodgers are the first team in the Majors to win 50 games, but it wasn't easy getting here. They've experienced injuries (losing Pollock, Seager and now Hill) and seen their bullpen falter on numerous occasions. Still, they find a way to win. Per Ken Gurnick at
“Credit to our guys for shutting the door,” said Taylor. “It was big for us to get a lead early there. We’re playing free and easy, relaxed. We’re a very confident group and we’re playing our best baseball.”
BTW, Chris Taylor had a huge game. After struggling for much of the season, Taylor broke out by hitting two home runs (his first multi-homer game of his career), drove in four and scored three times.

Photo above via Carrie Giordano/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Willie Davis out of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. In 2000 the Dodgers traded infielder Jose Vizcaino to the Yankees for catcher Jim LeyritzIn 2008 the Dodgers are awarded the Award of Excellence star, which is placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for their significant contributions to the community by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver best his younger brother Jered Weaver at Angels Stadium, 6-4. They become the eighth set of siblings to have started against one another. 
  • Happy Birthday, Jaime SchultzLuis AlcarazLarry SeePaul Bako & Juan Castro!
  • The 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game ballot is open til tomorrow, Friday, June 21st. Go here to vote for your favorite Oklahoma City Dodgers prospects.
  • Not the best of news, but considering his injury history this precaution is certainly warranted. As you may know, Rich Hill removed himself from the game after one inning last night. Via Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Dodgers To Place Rich Hill On Injured List." Ken Gurnick at has more:
“I’m pretty confident the MRI will show something, but not in the concerning category of missing a tremendous amount of time,” said Hill, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011. “Time away, get it right and come back and get back to pitching.”
“The third warmup pitch everything tightened up and I didn’t feel it would be a wise move to keep going,” he said. “I felt it was something more severe than something I can pitch through. Just knowing your body and being smart, as opposed to having something that could be disastrous for the rest of the year. 
  • Via Alden Gonzalez at ESPN -- "How 'Get it out of the ocean' stoked a rivalry -- and L.A.'s T-shirt business."
There it was: "Go get it out of the ocean."
"That's when we knew it was going to be a shirt," Bonvissuto said. "As soon as we saw the quote, we had the tag." 
"It was probably one of the greatest quotes I've ever heard," Cashman said. "As soon as I heard it, I had the idea."
  • It's so crazy it might just work. Via Jeff Passan at ESPN -- "Sources: Rays to explore playing in Montreal." They want to be a two-city team.
The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

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