Monday, April 04, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 4/4/2016 - Dodgers Links - Scully, Seager and Dodger Stadium Netting

As you may know there was one noticeable change at the Dodger Stadium.  As mandated by the league, they have extended the netting behind the plate to go from dugout to dugout.  In the past, they left a section on each side open to the elements.  Now, the fans sitting there will have some protection.

BTW, per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, this recent change has already yielded a positive result.
In the eighth inning of last night’s game, Scott Van Slyke fouled off a Huston Street pitch. His bat splintered. A large, sharp chunk flew rapidly in the direction of the Lexus Dugout Club seats next to the Dodger dugout, but was stopped by netting.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Dodger manager Dave Roberts on the way Van Slyke’s bat broke. “I’ve seen a lot of broken bats, but to see a bat splinter in half like that that was different. It was very fortunate the screen was extended because at that point it was very dangerous. Kudos to Major League Baseball.
Photo above via David Vassegh on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • Via Variety, "Vin Scully on His Early Career, 67 Years of Calling Dodger Games." (Link Here)
Q: How did college prepare you to become a sportscaster?
VS: I was thinking I would probably be a writer, maybe a sportswriter. And then I went into the Navy, and when I came back, there was an FM station just about ready to go on the air. So I thought, “Wow, I could do that and write.” That was a big break, that they had not a campus station, but a true FM station, which to this day is doing very, very well in the New York area. That was probably one of the biggest breaks I could have gotten.
  • Audio: Listen to Dodgers President Stan Kasten with Colin Cowherd on The Herd. (Link Here)
  • Check out Andy McCullough's fantastic story at the LA Times about Corey Seager, "The Dodgers' Corey Seager doesn't act like baseball's top prospect." (Link Here)
He operates with a low pulse and a high aptitude. Scouts discuss his swing with reverence; teammates opt for envy. The veterans on the Dodgers see in him a preternatural calm. He performs at his own pace, and "he looks the part," said his older brother, Kyle, an All-Star third baseman for Seattle.

"If you're going to come up when you're like 20 years old, you can't really rattle," Clayton Kershaw said. "And his talent speaks for itself. It's just impressive to see. When I was 20, I wasn't like that."
  • Via Richard Sandomir at the NY Times, "As Baseball Arrives, There’s No End in Sight to Cable-Channel Conflicts."  We're not the only ones with cable tv issues.
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Dodgers 2016 opening day payroll is $236 million."
  • As you gamers no doubt know, MLB 16 is now out and ready to play.  One highlight, as shared by a twitter used named @alexbeeeeeee, is an easter egg featuring the Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez "Selfie Celebration."  Watch it below.

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