Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 8/18/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - The Brothers Seager

As you surely know by now, the Seagers -- Corey and Kyle -- played against each other for the first time in their career last night. Better yet, they both homered in the game -- becoming the first brothers to do so for opposing teams in the same game since 2001. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“It was hard almost to stay focused with him out there, you want to go talk to him,” said Corey. “And he’s a talker, he wanted me to go over there. You try to be in the moment as much as possible. You’re still trying to win a game. But when you got around him, it was hard to not see your brother in the opponent. Really enjoyed it, one of those things we’ll remember for a long time.”
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1959 former Dodger GM Branch Rickey is named President of the newly formed Continental League. The new third Major League never plays a game, though. Instead, it became a catalyst for the addition of eight more teams to the American and National Leagues over the next decade. In 1977 Dodger Hall of Famer Don Sutton threw his fifth career one-hitter. It was against the hated Giants at Dodger Stadium, 7-0 (boxscore). Sutton recorded seven strikeouts and issued four walks -- on the way to his 11th victory of the season. BTW, he had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning. In 1995 the Dodgers traded for Brett Butler. This would be his second stint with the team.
  • Happy BirthdayBurleigh GrimesWilliam MarriottJim PetersonBob KennedyPaul PopovichDon Crow & Yimi Garcia! 
  • ICYMI: left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek had been called up and infielder Edwin RĂ­os has been placed on the injured list (IL) with a left hamstring strain.
  • Per Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs -- "Mookie Betts Is Building a Case for Cooperstown." By the time his playing days are over, he'll be wearing a Dodger cap at Cooperstown.
The fact that Betts unlocked that achievement while still in his age-27 season, where Mize and Rodriguez needed until their late 30s, for example, testifies not just to his talent but to his precociousness. Consider this: less than a month into his seventh major league season, before he’s reached even the most rudimentary milestones such as 1,000 hits or 200 homers, he’s already surpassed the seven-year peak of the average Hall of Fame right fielder. With 2.0 bWAR in 23 team games — a crisp 14.1-WAR pace over 162 games, by the way, and did I mention that he didn’t even bat in two of those games due to an inflamed middle finger? — he’s totaled 43.8 WAR in his career. The average Hall of Fame right fielder totaled 42.4 WAR in his best seven seasons. In other words, he needed roughly two weeks of this season to get there. By the way, Betts’ rookie season was a 52-gamer that began when he was called up by the Red Sox on June 29, 2014, meaning that two of the seven seasons in that seven-year total cover just 74 games.
“That’s kind of a tough word to just throw in there, dude,” Corey said to his older brother. Minutes later, with the conference underway, the brothers were asked what it’s like to finally play against each other in a Major League game, spawning the following exchange: 
COREY: “A, Avocado.”
KYLE: “I said avocado first, for the record. You guys might not have heard it, but I definitely said it first.”
COREY: “The rules were you needed to be recorded, and I don’t think it had started yet. But thank you, Justin, for my $20.”

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