Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 4/26/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Bellinger and family was all smiles after the Dodgers 2-1 victory over the Giants last night. Not only did Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers eke out a win, but highly touted prospect Cody Bellinger recorded his first hit of his major league career. Ironically, it was flubbed slow-roller off the end of his bat that was hit towards the left side of the infield -- Cody is considered one of the top rated power hitters in the minors. Per Ken Gurnick and Chris Haft at
"Not what I expected it to be, but I'll take it," said Bellinger, son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger. "I think I'm going to give it to my mom. I think she'd enjoy it the most."
You can watch a replay of the hit here. Pay close attention to the end when the camera zooms in on the Bellinger family. The above photo via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1949 the Dodgers turn the 19th triple play of its history. Gene Hermanski, Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges perform the act in the third inning against the Boston Braves. In 2001 Dodgers GM Kevin Malone resigns after 2 1/2 years on the job. In 2008 Brad Penny throws a 98-MPH fastball that is missed by catcher Russell Martin and knocks out umpire Kerwin Danley. He is stretchered off the field. Also on this day Vin Scully received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Pepperdine University. You can watch his commencement speech at Pepperdine here.
  • Happy Birthday, Hack Wilson, Packy Rogers, Sal Maglie & Ricky Trlicek!
  • Video: Alanna Rizzo caught up with Cody Bellinger after getting his first hit in Major League debut. (video link
  • Video: Hear from Clayton Kershaw after striking out 7 players in 7 innings in Dodgers’ win over Padres on Tuesday. (video link)
  • ICYMI: Julio Urias will pitch on Thursday for the Dodgers against the Giants. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
He said the Dodgers would like to see Urías with the team for the “duration,” which is why the 20-year-old pitcher was being built up in extended spring and the Minors. Urías only threw 3 2/3 innings in his first start for Oklahoma City, then an inning longer in his next start and finally another inning longer in his third and final start at Triple-A.
The Dodgers are forecast to pay a $25.1 million competitive balance tax this year, according to opening-day calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press, down from $43.6 million in 2015 and $31.8 million last year.
Bellinger will face a learning curve like most players getting their first taste of the majors, but if he can maintain his plate discipline he has a chance to provide a high on-base percentage and a few tape-measure home runs. 
“I know the game and I know I’m not trying to get to the big leagues tomorrow morning,” Gagne said. “I’ve got to pitch and I’ve got to prove myself. Of course I’m willing to go to the minor leagues. I’m open to anything. Even if I can’t do that, I’m open to maybe the Can-Am League or independent baseball. I need to prove myself to people.” 
The 6-foot-6 right-hander gave up five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first appearance for the Loons. But since then, he has started three games and has thrown 13 shutout innings.

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