Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/27/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This past month has certainly been a struggle. Nevertheless, we now find ourselves with the best record in the National League and an offense that appears to be waking back up. Best yet, our pitching seems to have turned a corner. Last night Alex Wood staked his claim to a playoff start when he went six innings against the Padres to record his 16th win of the season. Although, he recorded  only one strikeout (which is troubling) while allowing eight hits and only two earned runs. Certainly not the best outing, but I'll take it. Per Joshua Thornton at
"It's out of my control, but I expect to start," Wood said. "I've been pretty good all year. I think guys trust me with the ball in my hands, so we'll see what happens."
"He's definitely pitched well," Roberts said. "We're continuing to watch and find a way to win as many games as we can. We're still not prepared to make a decision (about playoff rotation)."
The above pic of Alex Wood via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1936 future Dodgers Hall of Fame skipper Walter Alston played in his only Major League game. It was as an 24-year old first baseman for the Cardinals, and he got into the game as a late-inning substitution for Johnny Mize. He would commit an error on the field in two chances, and only get a single at-bat -- he struck out. In 1951 future basketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman was on the bench for the Dodgers as a 25-year old prospect. On this day he would be thrown out of the game, along with 14 other teammates, for "bench-jockeying" after a close play at home. He would never get a chance to play a Major League game, and thus became the only player to be ejected from a game without ever appearing in one. In 1961 Sandy Koufax recorded seven strikeouts against the Phillies to set a new National League record for strikeouts in a season at 269. The mark was previously held by Giants hurler Christy Mathewson who set it in 1903 with 267 strikeouts. In 2000 the Team USA Baseball team, skippered by Tommy Lasorda, beat the overwhelming favorites Cubans ballclub to win the gold medal in the Olympics.
  • Happy Birthday, Joe VisnerDoug BairdWhit WyattLen MatuszekJason PhillipsVicente PadillaJon Garland!
  • Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Corey Seager after hitting his 21st home run of the season in the Dodgers 9-2 win over the Padres on Tuesday. (video link)
  • Video: Hear from Dave Roberts after the Dodgers 9-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. (video link)
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Yasiel Puig & Justin Turner return to Dodgers lineup."
“Yasiel and I, and his teammates are all on the same page,” Roberts said Monday night. “It’s one of those things that we all have to be accountable to one another. We’re all in line, and our only focus is winning baseball games and a championship for the Dodgers“
  • What kind of sorcery is this? Via Jen Booton at SportsTechie; "Clayton Kershaw Hologram May Direct Fans To Seats at Dodgers Stadium."
VNTANA, a company that makes augmented reality experiences with holograms to help brands connect with customers, announced the first-ever artificially-intelligent hologram concierge on Tuesday, which it plans to build out featuring popular pro athletes and station at kiosks located in professional sports arenas.
  • Per Tim Loc at the LAist; "Couple Sues Dodgers Over 2015 Altercation That Involved Alleged Member Of The 'Lunada Bay Boys'"
One of the plaintiffs, Bakersfield resident Ariel D. Auffant, says that he was beaten and suffered severe brain trauma as a result of his injuries, reports City News Service. The lawsuit was filed against the Dodgers and the alleged assailants. In regards to the team, the suit alleges negligence, premises liability, and negligent hiring, among other things.
  • Panini America shares a bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2017 Contenders Draft Picks Baseball brand. These cards focus on up-'n-coming prospects and includes numerous collegiate stars (both past and present); including cards of recent Dodger draftee Jeren Kendall (seen on the right). Go here to check out more preview pics. This set releases next week.
  • This is worth your time to check out. Per Jim Tunney at the Monterey Herald; "TunneySide of Sports: Lending a helping hand."
“I stood watching twelve-year John asleep in his hospital bed. His ghost-like visage was covered with large and small areas of bruising. John was dying, diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. Three courses of chemotherapy were all unsuccessful.
Fellow interns suggested the most merciful approach was to keep him pain-free and let him die in his sleep. But they had not talked to John, who wanted to see his Dodgers win the World Series. I woke John up, and as we would do, kidded about which team would win the series. He said, ‘I really want to my Dodgers beat your Yankees and become world champions.’
  • Ned Colletti has a book coming out:

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