Thursday, May 02, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 5/2/2013

Check out Julianne Hough and Ginny Goodwin with Matt Kemp in the Dodgers dugout.  Pic via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2013.
  • The Bleed Blue Crew has some email responses to the recent Dodger fan incident in Arizona where fans sitting in the expensive seats behind home plate were asked to either leave of take off their Dodger Blue.
Kristin sent me another email saving the best stuff for last, “Nat forgot to mention in his email that the AZ marketing team were actually calling our group and asking if we would be back this year knowing we are Dodgers fans. They all knew us and pursued our business knowing we are Dodgers fans. That BS about policy wasn’t true. We felt welcomed last year. The D-backs staff were so cool. It was an on the spot policy because the owner didn’t like what he saw and just came up with that policy. The D-backs comments are damage control BS.”
  • Howard Cole at LA Weekly introduces us to the Dodgers twitter guy- Josh Tucker.
  • Alex Belth at Bronx Banter passes along an old 1992 article from GQ that features Tommy Lasorda Jr. and his relationship with his father.  (Hat Tip: Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts)  Jon is right about this piece being excellently written and timely; considering the recent James Collins news. 
  • Aaron Gleeman at Hardball Talk notes that, "Dodgers may move Dee Gordon to second base."  Makes sense, doesn't it?  With Dee's defense at SS being questionable, it makes sense to give him some experience in another infield position to broaden his appeal.  Besides, with Hanley expected to around for awhile, another option looks warranted if they want to keep him in Dodger Blue.
  • Josh Beckett provided a surprisingly blunt assessment of his pitching yesterday, via JP Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers.
“I’ve just got to get back to work, figure something out,” he said. “That’s what this business is all about. They’ve made an adjustment to me. It’s a pretty good one. I can’t just go out and keep pitching like s—.”
Guggenheim Partners president Todd Boehly told a Beverly Hills audience Wednesday that his company's winning $2.1 billion bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers was a reflection of how the consortium of new owners see the team: As an entertainment property.

    And somehow… he hasn’t been awful. I’m not going to say he’s been good, because he’s still hitting just .200, but by the standards of the atrocities he’s provided over the last two seasons, he’s… actually been pretty good. His wRC+ is 119 — 100 is average — and when his solid defense is factored in, he’s been slightly above replacement level this year.

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