Friday, October 02, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 10/2/2015 - Dodger Links - Ethier, Puig and AJ Ellis

Andre Etheir looks like he was having a fun time hanging out with part of the cast from the show Fuller House, via a pic from David Vassegh on twitter.  It's a bit worrisome those ladies were sporting those colors, though.  Couldn't they find them some Dodger Blue to wear?  It's even more disconcerting that Ethier is wearing a hat reminiscent of that crazy preacher guy in Poltergeist II.  That character was creepy.

Below are more links to check out:
  • Check out a copy of the October issue of Dodger Insider magazine on the right.  Jon Weisman writes a bit about it here.
  • Via Jim Caple at ESPNW, "Will Kim Ng be MLB's first female GM?"
"She's very competitive,'' Torre says. "And for someone as bright as she is, she has no trouble relating to people on everyone's level. She is there, she doesn't delegate, she does it herself.''
  • I totally missed this from Wednesday's game.  Apparently, Austin Barnes achieved the rare feat of hitting a single pitch twice... Twice!  Ben Cosman at Cut4 has a gif of it.  Check it out.
  • Yasiel Puig might just be ready to play in the NLDS.  Via Ken Gurnick at, "Puig makes 'miraculous' progress."
"Three days ago, he was running 80 percent and having pain," said Mattingly. "All of a sudden it's 100 percent and he feels fine. That's a nice surprise. It's been pretty miraculous, really, for me. Eighty percent to 100 percent. That's legendary."
It was during early batting practice at Dodger Stadium against a mechanical pitching machine. Ellis, who tends to be a relentless tinkerer when he is struggling, had a million thoughts swimming in his head before that. Then, he said, “something just grabbed.”

“It felt perfect,” Ellis said. “It reminded me of when I first got to the big leagues in 2012, when I really stayed through the baseball.”

The breakthrough involved Ellis’ left hand. Rather than break his wrist during his swing, which tended to force him to “roll over” on pitches and hit harmless ground balls to the left side of the infield, he was hitting the ball with greater loft and driving balls to the outfield. He decided he would keep all his focus on keeping his left hand firm.
  • A big thanks to Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider for letting everyone know about the current LA Dodger Foundation auction currently ongoing.  Go here to check that out.  There's a bunch of great items for sale; including game uniforms, signed balls, bats, locker tags and autographs.  My favorite item is the signed Sports Illustrated magazine with Kershaw and Kings centerman Anze Kopitar on the cover.  Check it out on the right.  Awesome!
  • Night Owl Cards once again writes a fantastic post - this time celebrating Don Newcombe's 1956 Topps card while also tackling the recent "foreigners" comment made by Bud Norris at the same time.  He does this by weaving in the integration of Baseball, the rise of the Latin American ballplayer and Newcombe's future role as an alcoholism counselor.  It's really a great read, so be sure to check it out.  Heck, I think he brilliantly ties them all together in the most perfect of ways.  Thanks for writing this Night Owl!
  • Congrats, Brett Anderson!

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