Monday, April 20, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 4/20/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a fantastic AP press photo featuring Pistol Pete's follow-through at the plate -- dated 9/20/1941 (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Brooklyn, NY -- Pete Reiser, hard-hitting young center-fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, who will be in there swinging for his team during World Series play, if they win the National League flag. 
The Leo Durocher managed Dodgers did win the pennant (with a 100-54 record), but lost to the Bronx Bombers in October. Below are more links to checkout:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1995 Peter O'Malley donates the Brooklyn Dodgers' 1955 World Championship banner to the borough in which it was won, saying, "The flag belongs in Brooklyn." In 1999 the Dodgers surpass the 100 million mark in attendance at Dodger Stadium. In 2011 it is announced that MLB will be taking over the operations of the Dodgers due to concerns over the finances of team owner Frank McCourt
  • Happy BirthdayDon MattinglyGermany SmithPat HannivanDave BancroftHal PeckTom HuttonTodd Hollandsworth & Ian Thomas! 
  • Video: Walker Buehler joins John Hartung from his home in Kentucky to talk about his quarantine life (video link).
  • Audio: Kenley Jansen Talks Playing The Season Without Fans & Under Quarantine at AM570 (Audio Link).
I'm thankful and grateful for wearing the Dodger uniform. We don't know how long we are going to play for and anytime I could put on that uniform on and play with empty seats or whatever they want to do...I'm grateful for that. We gotta do something.
People need some kind of entertainment. I think it would be a great thing for us to be out there and I'm ready for it.
I miss you guys — I miss the fans. I miss playing in front of everybody — hearing everyone cheer for us as we take the field. Through anything that happens, always supporting us. Always remember to stay safe out there… we’ll get through this together.
"There are other teams that are not the Marlins at the moment," Puig said in Spanish, translated by theScore. "They were among the first to offer me. I did not agree with the financials. I asked for a little more to play in front of my Cubans, close to my homeland. But it is also difficult. I was six years with the Dodgers. It is another hobby. There, my Mexicans adore me, they appreciate me. I don't have to hit 5-5. ''
"I'm a traditionalist and I don't love change," he said. "I like the way that I always grew up playing baseball. But under the circumstances, I understand that there possibly needs to be adjustments if we want to watch baseball being played this year. From that standpoint, if I was still a player, I would be open for some change just to speed the games up, to get as many games in as possible because I think everyone benefits from the more games being played. 
"I would be open to some change. Now, how much? That really depends on what's being thrown out there. I'm not really privy to those conversations anymore now that I'm a math teacher."
“The main thing, especially right now, there’s not a lot of fan interaction. So whether it’s Twitch or YouTube, it’s still a way for fans to interact with players and still get what they need and be able to talk. And I just thought it was a cool way to be able to do it,” Lux said.

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