Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 7/2/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

With the All-Star Game looming I figured the above press photo, originally taken by the Dodgers first in-house photographer Frank Worth, would be an apt share (eBay link). It features Jerry Reuss, in his second career All-Star appearance, being interview before the start of the 1980 All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium -- the last time they played the game in Los Angeles.

BTW, the National League won this contest, 4-2, and Jerry Reuss recorded the win. He pitched the sixth inning and struck out all three batters he faced (Darrell Porter, Buddy Bell and Tommy John).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1939 Dodger shortstop Leo Durocher instigated a melee. During the second game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds, Durocher grounded into a double play and spikes the Giants first baseman, Zeke Bonura, as he crosses the base (similar to Manny Machado's recent incident). Bonura proceeded to chase Leo down the right field line, throws his glove and wrestles him to the ground. After the game 'Leo the Lip' says, "If that big clown hadn't got his foot in my way, I wouldn't have been close to him." In 1962 starter Johnny Podres recorded eight consecutive strikeouts during the Dodgers 5-1 victory over the Phillies to tie a Major League record. It all began with the third out in the top of the fourth inning and ends after the first out of the seventh. In 1995 Hideo Nomo becomes the first player from Japan to be selected to participate in the All-Star Game. Leading the NL in strikeouts with 119, Nomo would start the game nine days later, pitch two scoreless innings, allow just one one hit (to Carlos Baerga) and strike out three.
  • Happy BirthdayGil English & Caleb Ferguson!
  • Video: Backstage Dodgers -- "Kershaw's Mission" - Go behind-the-scenes as the Kershaw's participate on African mission trips in an effort to assist children in need. (Video Link)
  • Video: Backstage Dodgers -- "Clayton’s Start Day" - Dodgers takes you inside the Kershaw household on a Clayton start day. (Video Link)
  • Podcast: FanGaphs - Effectively Wild Episode 1397: (Ross) Stripling Explains it All (Podcast Link).
  • Praise for Buehler. Per Leo Sepkowitz at the Bleacher Report -- "TO LIVE AND THROW HEAT IN L.A."
In short order, he has earned mass respect, including from Clayton Kershaw, the team's longtime ace and a part-time mentor to him: "He has the best stuff in the game, or right up there." The wiry, fiery Buehler also has an attitude to match. "He can come off as cocky to some people," says Joc Pederson, one of Buehler's closest teammates. "You gotta get to know him."
"I've always had a little Napoleon complex," he says. As a teenager, he chose baseball because he was too small to pursue any other sport. He's attacked it with distinct vigor. "I might not be physically intimidating, but people messed with me, so I've always kinda had a sharp tongue. That's just who I am." 
  • This is a badge of honor! Per Eduardo Gonzalez at the LA Times -- "Most hated baseball team on Twitter? The Dodgers are in the mix." We're the third most hated team - behind the Yankees and Cubs.
  • The 2019 Topps Now National League All-Star team set is now available for order, exclusively online, and it incldues three Dodgers out of 15 cards in the set. They include Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Cody Bellinger. Unfortunately, Topps has not released preview pics of the cards.I suspect they want to use photos from the All-Star Game to use in this set. Go here to check it out and order.
  • Today is the first day of the international signing period and many teams, including the Dodgers, are busy making some signings. The Dodgers have already inked two youngsters -- outfielder Luis Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Kristian Cardozo. Jesse Sanchez at MLB.com has more -- "Dodgers to sign pair of top int’l prospects." Also, Baseball America has a '2019 MLB International Signings Tracker' available. Go here to check it out.
  • Gavin Lux has been on fire sicne his promotion to Oklahoma City. Per Joe Bloss at MiLB.com -- "Dodgers' Lux crushes first Triple-A homer"
"The strides he's made on both sides of the ball and the confidence that he's playing with right now [are most impressive,]" Dodgers manager Travis Barbary said. "He fits right in with an older group. He carries himself well, a real professional. He's shown that he belongs at this level."

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