Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 4/18/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I'm still salty about last nights elimination of the Kings at the hands of the upstart Las Vegas Knights. These were some tough hard-fought games, and losing all four of them when it could have easily gone the other way does not ameliorate my grief. Overall, only ten goals were scored collectively and the play of each net-minder was beyond excellent. Unfortunately, the Kings offense could never find a consistent rhythm, and the team and its fans (yes, the crowd was just as frustrated as the players) suffered for it.

I can't say I'm happy with how this season ended, but I will say we did better than I thought we'd do when the season started.

With that all being said, I send out a hearty congratulations to the Las Vegas Knights. They beat us this time. We'll get them back. I sense that an intense rivalry has just begun.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1925 Charles Ebbets, the Dodgers owner and president, dies of an heart attack on the morning of his teams home opener at Ebbets Field. In 1939 Red Barber announces the first ever regular season Dodger game to be broadcast in Brooklyn. In 1946 Jackie Robinson makes his debut as a second baseman for the Montreal Royals. He belts a home runs and records three singles. In 1947 Burt Shotten is named the Dodgers manager - replacing Leo Durocher who was suspended by the league ten days prior. In 1950 Vin Scully calls his very first game as a Dodgers broadcaster. In 1952 Willie Mays is knocked unconscious when he runs in to the Ebbets Field outfield wall while making a game saving catch. In 1958 Los Angeles holds a downtown parade for the the Dodgers before their first home game at the Coliseum. A National League record 78,672 fans crowd the stadium to watch their new team defeat the soon-to-be-hated Giants, 6-5. In 1964 Sandy Koufax throws his second career Immaculate Inning - three strike outs on nine pitches during one inning. In 1966 Maury Wills becomes the first batter to get a hit on artificial grass - a single off of Robin Roberts at the Astrodome. In 2008 the Dodgers announce that Joe Beimel had been selected by fans to get a bobblehead.
  • Happy Birthday, Hughie HearneTommy McMillanNick PollyBobby CastilloJim Eisenreich & Brady Clark!
  • BTW, the Dodgers have called up infielder/outfielder Max Muncy from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Breyvic Valera has been sent back to Oklahoma City. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
Muncy appeared in nine games with Oklahoma City this season, going 10-for-32 with two home runs, two doubles and six RBI.
The versatile 27-year-old, who’s in his second year with the Dodgers after spending the previous five seasons in the Oakland organization, was a non-roster invitee at big league camp with the Dodgers this spring, going 4-for-14 with two doubles and a triple in seven games.
  • ICYMI: The Dodgers made a little trade yesterday. They got reliever Ariel Hernandez from the Reds for minor league starter Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel. Per a Dodgers press release:
Hernandez, 26, appeared in three games with Cincinnati’s Double-A Pensacola, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings and collecting two saves this year. In 2017, Hernandez spent most of the season in the minor leagues, where he posted a 3.24 ERA with one save in 39 relief appearances for Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville.
He made his Major League debut with Cincinnati in 2017, making 19 relief appearances during four stints with the Reds, posting a 5.18 ERA (14 ER/24.1 IP) while striking out 29 batters. The Dominican Republic native has appeared in 167 minor league games with a 17-6 record and 3.70 ERA while also collecting 12 saves over nine seasons with the Giants (2009-2015), Diamondbacks (2016) and Reds (2017-2018).
On Tuesday night it wasn’t so much the pitch speed for Jansen, but rather his cutter — the bread and butter pitch he has thrown 88% of the time in his career — wasn’t cutting.
“The velocity was good but the characteristics of his cutter just weren’t doing what it typically does,” Roberts said. “There were some good throws but there were others that were straight as a string. The one to Hosmer, the one to Villanueva.”

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