Friday, June 29, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 6/29/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kershaw looked liked he hadn't missed a beat. He was fantastic during his first start since going on the DL. Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN:
"I saw 100 percent from him," Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said of Kershaw. "I didn't see anything hampering or laboring or anything. I thought he was the Kershaw that I know."
Dave Roberts added more, via Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“Very positive for us going forward,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Clayton was efficient, got up and down five times, felt the fastball had life (at 92–93 mph), good command. Curveball was sharp and the slider was good. I think that it’s only going to get better.”
Photo above of Kershaw via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Clayton went five innings, striking out six and walking none. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1990 Fernando Valenzuela no-hit the Cardinals, 6-0, at Dodger Stadium.  With 119 pitches he struck out seven and walked three.  Also, on this same night, former Dodgers starter Dave Stewart threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays; thereby marking the first time in modern Baseball history that two no-hitters were thrown on the same day. In 1995 Hideo Nomo struck out thirteen Rockies to give him a then team record of 50 strike outs in four consecutive starts. In 1996 Mike Piazza hit three home runs against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He became the fifth Dodger to hit three homers in a game. In 2012 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Yasiel Puig.
  • Happy BirthdayWilbert "Uncle Robbie" RobinsonFarmer SteelmanBobby MorganRick Honeycutt & Pedro Guerrero!
  • Check out pics from yesterday's game from Cat Loves the Dodgers, here.
  • Unfortunately, Walker Buehler did not fare well during his return to the mound on Thursday -- following Clayton Kershaw. Per Kaelen Jones at; "Buehler roughed up in return from DL: Righty allowed five earned runs in an inning-plus of work."
"We asked a lot out of Walker today," Kershaw said. "That was tough for him to fly back and then have to pitch out of the bullpen, and first time back out. … It was a lot."
Meanwhile, Buehler didn't chalk up his showing to travel or lack of recent in-game playing time. 
"I'm 23," Buehler said. "I've done it before. I should be able to adjust that way."
The right-hander has actually distinguished himself by means of his on-field exploits, though, entering the season with strikeout and walk rates of 27.6% and 8.7%, respectively, in 111.2 innings as a professional — all at age-appropriate levels. A combination of average stuff, relief risk, and the absence of any real pedigree, however, appears to have kept his profile relatively modest.
Manny Banuelos, Pat Venditte, Rocky Gale and Alex Verdugo were named Pacific Coast League All Stars, the league announced Thursday. The four Dodgers will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to play in the 2018 Huntington Bank Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Gildan on July 11.
League field managers, general managers, broadcasters and media voted for Banuelos and Venditte's entry into the game while PCL officials selected Gale and Verdugo.
  • Topps unveiled their newest 2018 Topps On-Demand set, inspired by the 1978 Topps Baseball card set, and it includes Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo. See the Verdugo rookie card on the right. Go here to check it out and order.
  • This weeks Throwback Thursday Topps online exclusive set (#20) uses the 1991 American Gladiator design and includes a Cody Bellinger card. Unfortunately, a preview pic is not available. Go here to check it out and order.
  • I want to send out a hearty Blue Heaven congratulations to former LA Blades and San Diego Gulls hockey player and NHL legend Willie O'Ree. He was recently selected to the 2018 Class of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder's category. As you may know, he broke NHL's color-barrier in 1958. Via Bryce Miller at the San Diego Tribune; "San Diego's Willie O'Ree broke NHL color barrier, charted path to hockey Hall."
O’Ree was Robinson, without baseball’s commanding spotlight.
Though he played just two games as a winger for the Bruins in ’58 and 43 more in 1960-61, the significance resonated. 
“The best word I would use is ‘hope,’ ” said NBC hockey analyst Anson Carter, when asked to gauge O’Ree’s impact. “I know what I had to go through, as a black hockey player growing up in Toronto, and some of the things I had to overcome and deal with and had to think about, Willie came through at a much earlier time than I did.

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