Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 5/10/2016 - Dodgers Links - Accents, McCarthy and Vin Scully

It's all about the accent.

After sixteen years in the big league, Adrián González announced on twitter, all he was missing was an accent on his name.  So, last night he came out of the Dodgers dugout with a new change to his uniform.  Check out his accented "á" above.  AGon then challenged Kiké Hernández to do the same.  Naturally, he did.  Check out Kiké's new uniform on the top right, pic via his twitter.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1955 Don Newcombe threw to an minimum of 27 batters in a complete game one-hit shutout 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field.  The lone hit was a lone single given up to Gene Baker in the fourth inning.  He would be subsequently thrown out trying to steal second base soon thereafter.
  • On Thursday, May 19th at the Skirball Cultural Center on Sepulveda Tommy Lasorda will sit down with Larry King for an evening of talking Baseball.  Go here for information.  A Q&A session will also follow.
  • Check out this fun new Reddit called r/DodgerChia.  Fans are sharing pics of how their Justin Turner Chia Pets are doing.
  • Brandon McCarthy threw off the Dodger Stadium mound yesterday.  Watch him throw a pitch here.  Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Day by day, Brandon McCarthy keeps moving forward."
“We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, this progression through bullpens,” McCarthy said. “It’s a little less learning at this point, and a little more just trying to (approximate) Spring Training as we’re trying to get going.

“It’s the equivalent to the first or second week of spring, somewhere in there, where you’re ready to move into live BPs. … After that point, if everything’s good, then you go into games.”
  • Blowout Buzz shares a preview pic of the 2016 Bowman Chrome Kenta Maeda autograph card that you see on the right.  This product comes out in early September.
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, Julio Urias extended his scoreless innings streak to 16 innings yesterday.  Watch some highlights here.
  • Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated shares his interview with Vin Scully, here.  There's a video and fantastic story.  BTW, Vin is also on the cover of the magazine this month.  Check it out below.
“I’m not a military general, a business guru, not a philosopher or author,” Scully told the graduates in the adjacent Vincent Lombardi Fieldhouse. “It’s only me.” 
And for that bad luck? On balls in play at home, the Dodgers’ batting average is .235, worst in the league. On the road, their BABIP is .382, second best in baseball. Balls that find holes in visiting stadiums have not been doing the same at home.

“We’re all a little surprised or frustrated by it because we look forward to coming home and we love playing here and getting in front of our fans,” manager Dave Roberts said. “To not win baseball games here in this short sample is a little frustrating, but it will all even out. We will play well and we will win games here.”

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