Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 8/7/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It was LA Kings Night at Dodger Stadium yesterday, so I thought I'd put up this pic of Tommy Lasorda with Kings winger Tyler Toffoli.

BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Cardinals last night (3-1), so maybe this is an omen for the upcoming Kings season -- or, maybe not.

Photo above via the LA Kings on twitter. Go here to check out a bunch of pics from last nights game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1915 rookie Dodger pitcher Ed Appleton committed a grievous error due to a bit of trickery by Cardinals player/manager Miller Huggins. In the seventh inning of a tied game Huggins, while coaching at third base, called for the ball from Appleton -- 'Let me see that ball'. Appleton obliged and tossed the ball, only to see Huggins step aside to allow the ball to roll on the field. A Cardinal runner then scored a go-ahead run. The Dodgers protested, but time out hadn't been called, so the run counted. In 2003 Eric Gagne tied the single season record for consecutive saves to start the season at 38. It also marked the 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.
  • Happy BirthdayAdonis TerryTom DrakeRocky BridgesJosé DomínguezJose De Leon!
  • ICYMI: The Dodgers recalled Caleb Furgeson and Edwin Ríos. Alex Verdugo was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain and Tony Gonsolin was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • Phil Hecken at UniWatch provides his full review of MLB's PLayers Weekend uniforms.
  • Also, Chris Creamer at Sports Logos shares an early look at 2019 postseason logos.
  • Not good news, via a tweet from Ken Gurnick:

  • Audio: Andrew Friedman joined Petros and Money to talk about the trade deadline, Dustin May, Will Smith, Gavin Lux and more! (audio link)
  • To the surprise of no one. Via a PCL story at -- "(Gavin) Lux Named PCL Player of the Month For July."
For the month, Lux led the league in batting average (.435), on-base percentage (.519), and OPS (1.356) while also tying for the league lead in runs scored (29) and triples (4). The Kenosha, Wis. native also finished among the top of the league's leaders for the month in many other categories including: hits (42, t2nd), total bases (77, 4th), and RBI (26, t6th).
  • Via Sam Dykstra at -- "Dodgers' Gray leads Pitchers of the Week: No. 5 prospect fans 11 in 11 frames in second week with Tulsa."
  • Via Rick Bozich at -- "PARENTAL PRIDE: Legend of Cards' Will Smith grows with Dodgers."
“We’re trying to keep it in perspective, because it’s baseball,” said Smith’s’ father, Mark. “There will be bad days. There are for everybody. But it’s been great. Unbelievable. ”
“I’m happy for him and very proud, because I know how hard he’s worked for this,” added Smith’s mother, Julie.
If his fastball hasn’t met it’s potential yet, we’ve seen what his other pitches can do. The split-finger grades out as his best secondary offering, and it’s what he uses most often. It was his most effective tool for carving up the Cardinals lineup as he got 10 swings and misses on the 23 splits he threw. Gonsolin’s splitter sat 84-88 mph on Monday night. Of the 31 pitchers who have thrown 50 splitters this season, only four have thrown theirs harder than Gonsolin.
  • Justin Turner provides his snarky opinion, via a tweet:

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