Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 4/21/2016 - Dodgers Links - Maeda and Chase Utley

The old man can still play.

At 37 years of age, Chase Utley is proving that this dog still has some jump in his step.  He sparked a Dodger team by making key plays on the field and scoring the go ahead run in the 10th inning after singling and stealing second base to put him in scoring position.  Per Jon Cooper at
"George made us all aware that [Grilli] can be slow at times," Utley said. "That first pitch, he was pretty slow to the plate, and we took advantage of it."

Utley not only swiped the base, but he changed the tone of the inning. The former Braves closer walked the ensuing hitter, Corey Seager, on four pitches, and then he give up an RBI double to Justin Turner.

"It was huge," said Roberts, a prolific basestealer during his career. "Now Grilli's got to pitch Corey Seager really carefully, and then J.T. gets the double, and we just kept the line moving. So that stolen base changed the inning completely."
And the catalyst for all that was the man expected to play a backup role this year.  Instead, Utley has slashed .306/.370/.408/.779, and forced himself onto the everyday lineup.  Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  On this day in in 1967 the Dodgers experienced their very first rain out at Dodger Stadium against the Cardinals.  It snapped an 737 games streak of consecutive games at home.
  • Happy Birthday to Joc Pederson and Jesse Orosco!
  • Video: Dugout Report: Roberts Discusses Travel Issues With Carl Crawford (Link Here)
  • ICYMI: Relief pitcher Louis Coleman has been placed on the bereavement list due to the recent death of his grandfather.  Luis Avilan from Oklahoma City has been called up in his place.
  • BTW, Pedro Baez was plunked in the head while in the bullpen and was unavailable to pitch in last nights game.   He underwent precautionary concussion testing.  From what I understand this morning is that he is fine and can pitch today.
  • Uh-Oh... Via Doug Padilla at ESPN, "Scott Van Slyke's injury worse than previously thought."
  • Via Gary Lee at Dodgers Nation, "Magic Johnson Honored by Colin Powell Foundation."
  • Via Owen Watson at FanGraphs, "Kenta Maeda’s Slider and the Chase for Valenzuela’s Record."
Maeda has been every bit of the solid #2/#3 starter the Dodgers envisioned slotting behind Clayton Kershaw. Maeda is also quietly echoing the success of another rookie Dodger starter who came before him, one whose consecutive string of successes to start the season led to the receipt both of the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in the same season — and caused a sea change in Dodgers’ fandom while doing it.
  • FYI: The Dodgers will be continuing their Spanish language broadcasting relationship with Univision Los Angeles.  Via a press release:
The Dodgers and Univision Los Angeles today Wednesday) announced a three-year partnership that will make Univision Radio KTNQ 1020 AM the Spanish-language flagship station of the Dodgers’ radio network through the 2018 season. Hall of Fame broadcaster and “the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers” Jaime Jarrn returns to the broadcast booth for his 58th season alongside son Jorge Jarrín, who joins Jaime in the booth for the second season on Univision Radio KTNQ 1020 AM. The Jarríns are the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio.
  • Via CBC News, "Story of Wilfred (Boomer) Harding shared in online project."
As a young man, he played for the Chatham Coloured All Stars, an all-black baseball team that won the Ontario Baseball Association championship in 1934.

He also later played hockey with the Windsor Staffords of the International Amateur Hockey League.

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