Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 5/23/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Last Night Yasiel Puig hosted a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at Dodger Stadium in benefit of his Wild Horse Foundation -- an nonprofit dedicated to helping underprivileged children and families in the Dominican Republic. Per Chad Thornburg at MLB.com:
"I wanted to do this event for the kids, because when I was a little bit younger, 8 or 9 years old, I know how hard it is [to get] the stuff -- baseball, bat, glove -- to go play baseball," Puig said. "I'd be asking my friends, 'Hey, can I use your glove?' I want to give to the kids baseball supplies and school supplies, too. ... [Making] life more easy for the families and the kids."
Photo above via Steve Garvey on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1944 the Dodgers and Giants play the first night-time game in metro New York since 1941 at the Polo Grounds due to the easing of wartime restrictions. Brooklyn defeated Bill Voiselle and the Giants, 3-2. In 1981 Ron Cey hit his 200th career home run. It was against the Reds in Cincinnati. In 1995 the Dodgers traded Henry Rodriguez and Jeff Treadway to Montreal for Joey Eischen and Roberto Kelly. In 2002 Shawn Green hit four home runs in one game against the Brewers in Milwaukee, and set a major league record for total bases at 19. Overall, Green went 6-for-6 with a single, double, six runs scored and seven RBI's.
  • Happy Birthday, Zach Wheat, Augie Galan, Clyde King & Ramon Ortiz!
  • Per Michael Duarte at NBC4; "The Los Angeles Dodgers 2017 Walk Up Songs."
  • Jonah Keri at Sports Illustrated shares their newest power rankings and the Dodgers placed fourth.
  • Joc Pederson got with skateboarder Paul Rodriguez in a 'Can I Hang?' episode. Go here to watch it.
  • Per Nicolas Stellini at FanGraphs; "What You Can Reasonably Say About Chris Taylor Right Now."
Taylor’s taken a free pass in an impressive 16.8% of his plate appearances, which happens to be the exact same rate at which Joey Votto‘s walking this season. So, to recap: Taylor is hitting for high average, hitting for power, walking at a high rate, and fielding well. He’s doing all that in some snappy stirrups, too. The Dodgers may have a hell of a find on their hands, even when the regression dragons decide to work their magic.
Font set an OKC franchise record with 15 strikeouts last Monday, allowing one run on just two hits in seven innings in a win over Sacramento. The right-hander followed that up with 10 more strikeouts on Sunday, allowing three runs in five innings in a no-decision at El Paso.
“When I first signed in Rookie ball, it was a whole body load, so I would miss pitches and swing hard and topspin the ball,” Bellinger recounted. “I learned in Rancho that I needed to be more handsy — I have these fast hands — loading with my hands creates more consistent. With balls I was topspinning, I started getting them up in the air, and that combined well with my decent bat speed.”
  • Jaime Jarrin is featured in this weeks ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ on HBO. It will air tonight at 10:00 PM ET & PT. Watch a preview below:

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