Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 5/3/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Cody Bellinger can do it all. Last night he lead a Dodger comeback with a bases-clearing triple in the second inning that entirely erased an early Giants lead in the game. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
“There’s definitely a spark he’s contributed to our club. Tonight, he had another good night at the plate,” manager Dave Roberts said. “It just seems like every time he takes the field, he does something to help you win. To me, that’s the mark of a winning player.”
Go here to watch complete highlights from last nights game. Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1947 Branch Rickey makes a trade that sends a signal to the Dodgers clubhouse - He will not waver in his commitement to breaking the color barrier and supporting Jackie Robinson. He trades Kirby Higbe, Dixie Howell, Cal McLish, Hank Behrman and Gene Mauch to Pittsburgh for Al Gionfriddo and $100,000. In 1979 Dodgers hurler Rick Sutcliffe made his first major league start and threw a 5-2 complete game victory at Dodger Stadium over the Phillies. Rick would go on to win the NL ROY Award that season. In 1986 Ron Cey hit his 300th career home run. He did it as a Cub against the Giants.
  • Happy Birthday, Dan Bankhead, Chris Cannizzaro, Davey Lopes & Darren Dreifort!
  • Video: Dave Roberts praises Cody Bellinger after Dodgers’ 4-0 comeback to beat the Giants 13-5 and even the series on Tuesday.  (video link
  • Video: Now hear the kid speak. Cody Bellinger talks to the media after racking up 2 Runs and 3 RBI against Giants on Tuesday.  (video link)
  • So it seems that Cody Belling may have played himself onto the Dodgers roaster. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Dave Roberts: No roster moves set in stone: Strong play of Cody Bellinger has Dodgers mulling options as players return from DL." 
“Cody has done everything he can to show that he warrants a continued opportunity. You tip your hat to him and the way he plays the game. A lot can happen between now and Friday. We haven’t made a final decision.”
  • It's important to give credit where credit is due -- even if its a Giants fan. Per Mike Oz at Big League Stew; "Giants fan sitting front row at Dodger Stadium shows us best way to taunt an opponent." That's a fake newspaper, buddy!
  • Today's Baseball America Prospect Report makes note of Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler:
The former Vanderbilt ace, who had Tommy John surgery in 2015, was promoted to Double-A Tulsa Tuesday after striking out 27 in 16.1 innings at high Class A. Buehler had allowed just eight hits and touched 99 mph. 
Which makes his marginal value all the more impressive, because even at $36 million per season, Kershaw is a huge bargain, his performance actually worth somewhere around $60 million per season, assuming he remains reasonably healthy.
  • BTW, Goldin Auctions recently concluded their 70th Anniversary Jackie Robinson Auction, and raised more than $125,000 for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The proceeds will be used to complete the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City. Per a press release:
“Our partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation is a great opportunity for us to help promote the legendary life of a true American hero,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions.  “It’s appropriate that the legacy and memorabilia from some of the greatest Civil Rights leaders and sports heroes will help the Foundation complete the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City.”
  • Per Bruce Markusen at Hardball Times; "Talking Ball: Dickson on Durocher." Per Bruce Markusen at Hardball Times; "Talking Ball: Dickson on Durocher." Here's an interview with biographer Paul Dickson on his newest book that focuses on former Dodger Leo Durocher.
Markusen: It was Durocher who was supposed to manage Jackie Robinson during his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but a suspension prevented him from doing so. Before the suspension, what was the relationship like between Leo and Jackie during spring training in 1947?
Dickson: The two men got along extremely well and Leo headed off a famous petition drive by certain players who did not want to play with Robinson. The scene in the movie 42 with Durocher confronting the team on the matter of Robinson is accurate.  Durocher had spoken out in favor of the integration of baseball as early as 1939 and seemed to be color blind. Little known is that an African-American man named David Redd was instrumental in getting Leo to try out for the Hartford Senators. He made the team, which led to his [Durocher’s] signing by the Yankees. For decades to come, Leo made sure David Redd had World Series tickets.

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