Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 2/25/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here are three custom fantasy Baseball cards I made featuring the Dodgers version of the "Killer B's" -- Mookie Betts, Walker Buhler and Cody Bellinger. All photos were taken by Jon SooHoo during Photo Day this spring. Go here to check out a bunch of pics from the day. Below are some notes from spring training, as provided by a Dodgers press release:
  • The Dodgers and the White Sox played to a tie Monday afternoon as Chicago rallied from a one run deficit to end the game in a 2-2 draw. The Dodgers had another impressive showing from All-Star Mookie Betts as the newly acquired outfielder went 2-for-3 with two put outs. Right-hander Ross Stripling made his Spring debut, firing one inning and striking out two. Dylan Floro, Adam Kolarek, Edubray Ramos, Kyle Lobstein, Edwin Uceta and Michael Boyle helped the cause tossing scoreless frames, while the offense was paced by solo homers from Cody Thomas and Omar Estévez.
  • Dodger left-hander Victor González will make his Spring Training debut and his first ever appearance in a Cactus League game this afternoon. González, 24, has been with the Dodgers’ organization since 2013 after signing with the organization at 17 years old from Tuxpan, Nayarit, Mexico. In six seasons with the organization, he has combined to go 17-27 with a 4.34 ERA (182 ER/377.0 IP) and 364 strikeouts against 138 walks. He put together his best campaign in 2019, going a combined 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA (23 ER/89.2 IP) and 93 strikeouts across three different levels. The lefty was added to the 40-man roster on October 31, 2019.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1994 former Dodger Leo Durocher is is elected by the Veterans Committee to the Hall of Fame. In 2002 84-year old broadcaster Ernie Harwell announced that this season would be his last as the Tiger's play-by-play man. As you may know, Harwell is the only announcer to have been traded for a ballplayer. Branch Rickey, in 1948, needed a substitute for an ailing Red Barber, so he traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association for his services. Ernie would broadcast in Brooklyn for two years.
  • Happy Birthday, Al HollingsworthAndy PafkoCesar Cedeno & Xavier Paul!
  • Via Chad Moriyama at Dodgers Digest -- "Off-season work of Kenley Jansen, Alex Wood, Clayton Kershaw provides reason for optimism." All three went to Driveline Baseball to improve their game.
  • You can catch the spring debuts this weekend, via a tweet from Ken Gurnick:

Hatcher played baseball like his hair was on fire, and that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the 1988 Dodgers. Though Kirk Gibson grabbed the headlines that year with his walk-off homer in Game 1 of the World Series, Hatcher’s out-of-nowhere performance filling in for Gibson the rest of the way helped L.A. finish off its big upset of Oakland.
“He creates a ton of leverage in his swing with his bigger frame,” Bates said of the 6’4″, 200 lb. former finance major. “He doesn’t have a lot of wasted movement at the plate, which allows him to wait longer and recognize pitches. Kody can really drive the ball to the opposite field. He showed an advanced approach in the limited at bats he got last season.” 
Hoese’s power profile is intriguing, in part because of what bookended the aforementioned 23-dinger explosion. He’d hit just five collegiate home runs going into his junior year, and then five more in his first forays against professional pitching. Great Lakes skipper John Shoemaker sounded cautiously bullish, observing last August that while Hoese “hasn’t yet demonstrated power in our games, you do see that he’s got bat speed and can put the barrel on the ball. He just needs to learn more about the professional game.”

  • Listen to some good stuff, helpfully provided by Blake Harris on twitter. It's a conversation about biscuits between Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser:

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