Tuesday, August 06, 2019

A Look at Players Weekend Uni's and Dodger Nicknames

Later this month (Aug. 23-25) MLB will once again host a Players' Weekend that will feature sleek new uniforms for all, more social media presence than ever before, player nicknames, and custom designs for various pieces of equipment -- including spikes, batting gloves, bats, and catcher’s gear. Featured here is a peek at the uniforms, and as you can see they've gone decidedly minimalistic this season. Instead of the flashy colors like in years past, they've chosen monochromatic all-black or all-white uniforms. Per Chris Cwik at Yahoo Sports:
The colorful uniforms are gone, but there’s a reason for that. Making the new uniforms monochromatic was done to draw more attention to the custom equipment and accessories designed by the players. Bryce Harper’s colorful shoes — which we’re going to assume are coming — will stand out quite a bit if his entire uniform is black.

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"Help is on the way."

While some complained that the Dodgers didn't do enough to grab a reliever before the trade deadline, others realized that there's Major League-ready talent in the minors itching to show their worth. We recently witnessed the potential of Dustin May, and last night we got a good look at another. Tony Gonsolin made his second career start yesterday and proceeded to blank the Cardinals for six innings. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
In a seemingly never-ending line of standout Dodger rookies, Gonsolin has stood out for his precision. 
“I think Tony walked his first guy tonight in his three outings,” said Justin Turner, who recorded two hits and knocked in a run. “That’s something we talked about around the clubhouse — he makes guys earn it.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 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 1908 St. Louis Cardinals hurler Johnny Lush throws a six-inning no-hitter to beat the Dodgers, 2-0. The game was halted due to rain, but still deemed an official game. In 1961 Muary Wills hit his first career home run when he hit a fourth inning solo homer off Cubs pitcher Jack Curtis to give the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. It only took 1,167 at-bats to hit his first dinger. (boxscoreIn 1981, after a seven-week strike, a split-season format is approved by the players; such that the Yankees, A's, Phillies and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions of their respective divisions. They all would then qualify for the divisional series at the end of the season. In 2009 Andre Ethier hit his fifth walk-off hit of the season when he walloped a three-run home run against Braves closer Rafael Soriano to give the Dodgers a 5-4 victory.
  • Happy Birthday, Clem LabineAndy Messersmith & Ron Davis!