Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 10/22/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a fantastic UPI press photo featuring the Dodgers' three co-MVP's from the 1981 World Series -- Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager and Ron Cey (eBay auction link). Dated October 28, 1981 and taken by Pat Benic/UPI.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1965 the Dodgers released Wally Moon -- whose famed "Moon Shots" over the short left field wire fence at the Coliseum helped propel Los Angeles towards a championship in 1959. In 1984 the Dodgers signed free agent reliever Brian Holton. He would eventually be an important cog to the Dodgers 1988 World Championship team -- going 7-3 on the season with an 1.70 ERA, a 2.72 FIP, 2.1 WAR, 49 strikeouts, 26 walks, one save in 45 appearances. In 2013 the Dodgers signed Cuban ballplayer Alex Guerrero.
  • Happy BirthdayKid CarseyOscar JonesMike McCormackJohnny MorrisonSam Bohne & Jumbo Elliott!
  • Awesome! Via Josh Peter at USA Today -- "Morganna 'The Kissing Bandit' still in love with baseball 50 years after debut." I know a lot of you folks may not know who she is, but to Baseball fans like myself it was always a fun treat when she jumped out of the stands.
  • Per Chris Creamer at SportsLogos.net -- "Umpires to Wear Coop Patch in 2019 World Series."

Kendall can't point to a specific at-bat or instance where the light went on, but he finds it easier to return to that "feeling" as he calls it.
"At this point for me, it's about repeating those actions during that final month," he said. "It's nice to have that feeling and be able to go back to it. It's not so much mechanical, although that always plays a part. It's finding that swing in batting practice and getting that familiar feeling to carry through into games. It's not as hard for me to get that back now, and that's a good feeling."
For similar reasons, a potential August trade between the Dodgers and Nationals that would have seen Yasiel Puig head to D.C. and Harper go to L.A. was also a no-go.
Fiala also a major role in the success of the great Post 75 squads of 1979, ’80 and ’81 that went 88-17 in those three summers (Middletown won the state title in ’79 and two Zone 3 crowns in that span). He went on to a distinguished college career first at Brandeis and then at Princeton — he also pitched in the Cape Cod League — and was taken by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 1985 amateur draft. Fiala spent two summers pitching for the Dodgers’ rookie team in Great Falls and Class A team in Bakersfield. He had a 9-6 overall record.
  • Whatever you believe about Kenley Jansen, you can't say he doesn't care. The guy wants to win... Desperately. And he's willing to do the work. Via a tweet from the Dodgers

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