Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 4/12/2016 - Dodgers Links - Maeda, Urias and Vin Scully

As street dedications go, this event was probably the most captivating.  Yesterday afternoon the City of Los Angeles and the Dodgers officially welcomed a street change that has been a long time coming.  They renamed Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue.  Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider has the complete story; including the entirety of Vin's speech:
“I don’t know you, and I miss you, believe me, each and every day. You have been so kind and so gentle, that again, as I said in my opening remarks, I’m overwhelmed. Just to hear your enthusiasm, the voice that comes roaring up out of the stands, there’s nothing like it.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016 on the Dodgers twitterTake a look at even more pics taken by Jon from the event here.  Below are more links to check out:
  • Yeah, I noticed this too.  Clayton Kershaw was getting ridiculously squeezed by the home plate umpire on Saturday.  Via Jeff Sullican at FanGraphs, "We Might Already Have the Season’s Worst Called Ball."
  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Micah Johnson optioned to Oklahoma City."  Howie Kendrick has been activated off the DL.  Another move is likely once Yasmani Grandal is activated.
  • Via Doug Padilla at ESPN, "Kenta Maeda 'honored' to take ball in Dodgers' home opener."
“I feel honored to start in the home opener,” he told about a dozen members of the media from Japan before Sunday’s game at San Francisco. “I just need to do my job and if I do, the results will come.”
  • Via Tyler Maun at MiLB.com, "Urias reverses fortune in first Triple-A win: Top Dodgers pitching prospect dominant over five scoreless innings."
"I had a little apprehension because when he went up to Triple-A last year [and] it didn't go well," said Oklahoma City pitching coach Matt Herges. "I thought that might be in the back of his mind. But after I saw the first pitch, I thought, 'OK, this is going to be good.'"

Urias overwhelmed Memphis for five innings, striking out nine without a walk while scattering four singles as the Dodgers captured a 4-0 win at AutoZone Park.

"It was electric, to use an old phrase," Herges said. "[He threw] 67 percent strikes. What impressed me the most was we gave him a game plan, gave him a scouting report, and Jack Murphy who caught him tonight is really good at sticking to a game plan. He has good recall. And they just worked together wonderfully. Julio attacked their weaknesses and simply just overmatched them."
With Uber, you can get exclusive access to any of the 5 entry gates and dropped off anywhere around the stadium. Once the game is over, head to the dedicated Uber Zone in Lot 12. Your driver will pick you up to get you to your next destination: whether it’s out to celebrate or back to home base.

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