Monday, July 15, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 7/15/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

AJ Pollock is doing everything he can to make sure we haven't forgotten him. Since coming back from the IL on Friday he has gone 6-for-14 with two home runs with six RBI's. On Saturday he said, via Ken Gurnick at
“It’s only two games, but I like where I’m at,” Pollock said. “Physically, feel great, my legs feel really good and I’m in a good place health-wise. Hopefully I can have different results than my first go-round. It’s fun to get back. It’s a great group to be part of.”
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 1960 play at Candlestick Park is halted for 24 minutes after Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hits a Don Drysdale pitch in the second inning to shallow left field that no one can see due to thick fog. McCovey is given a "invisible triple." In 2004 Eric Gagne records his 24th save of the season, helping defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3. The save is his 130th as a Dodger -- breaking Jeff Shaw's record for most career saves in franchise history. In 2017 Cody Bellinger hit for a cycle against the Marlins at Marlins Park -- becoming the first Dodger rookie to have ever done so. You can watch highlights of the game here.
  • Happy Birthday, Dan McGannBruce EdwardsJames BaldwinMiguel Olivo!
  • RIP, Glenn Mickens. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider -- "Former Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Glenn Mickens has passed away."
  • Per Christopher Stock at Yahoo Sports -- "Former All-Star Kemp released by Mets after stint in minors." He's one of my all-time favorite Dodgers' and I hope he gets one more chance before sunset truly sets.
''I like Matt,'' said Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who was Kemp's manager for four seasons in Los Angeles. ''He was a great player and I still think there's something in there, to be honest with you. I know he's had some injuries and that always slows you down.''
''He got hurt early in Cincy. He had a great first half last year. I think there's still something in the tank. He's not old and it's just a matter of getting playing and getting healthy,'' he said.
Muncy, however, hasn’t achieved his resounding success the same way he did last year. A more aggressive approach (his swing rate’s up 5 percent since 2018) has helped lead to more swings and misses and fewer walks, yet Muncy is making more contact and striking out less. Unlike last season, Muncy’s doing more of his damage against right-handed pitchers than lefties. Once again, though, he has had little trouble with either, as shown by his 143 wRC+ versus southpaws and a 131 mark against righties.
  • Scouting some kids. Via Tyler Hawk at Dodgers Nation -- "Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts Spends Off Day At Cape Cod League."
  • I firmly believe he'll be a regular starter by next season. In the meantime, he'll do the little thinks to help us win. Via Ken Gurnick at -- "Urias could return to rotation later in season: 'He's awfully valuable in any role,' Roberts says of versatile lefty"
  • Always Compete at LA Dodger Talk chats about several of our "International Free Agents."
Ismael Cruz had the bindings removed for 2018-2019, and he did not disappoint. Top rated catcher Diego Cartaya (Venezuela) is the headliner. Diego is one of the highest rated Dodger prospects and is playing in the US as a 17-year-old in AZL. Diego is joined in AZL with another member of this period, SS/2B/3B Alex De Jesus. The third member of this august group is RHP Jerming Rosario who is dominating in the DSL. All three of these players could become regulars with LAD. They are way too young to include as can’t miss, but they are all awfully good and all eyes should be on all three of them as they progress. Three other members of this period are also on the AZL squads. South Korean RHP, Hyun–il Choi (19), Taiwanese RHP Huei-Sheng Lin (20), and Yujo Kitagita (25) from Japan.
Allison was the 2019 Central Valley Conference player of the year as a sophomore right fielder at Fresno City College. He batted .446 and slugged .831 from the right side with 36 extra-base hits, including 11 home runs. He had 50 RBI in 45 games.
"He's certainly one of the top five I've ever coached and I've had seven go to the big leagues," Fresno City coach Ron Scott told WholeHogSports in June. "He's a big, strong kid that can run and throw and hit, and hit with power. 
"He has all those tools that you look for as a professional player."

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