Thursday, August 23, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 8/23/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Buehler was fantastic last night, and I don't think it's hyperbole to say that he's on his way towards becoming an ace. Kenley Jansen, on the otherhand, hasn't been right since coming back from heart issues experienced in Colorado. Per Ken Gurnick at
"Life sometimes is a fairy tale," he said. "Everything was going well. Just got stopped with A-Fib [atrial fibrillation] and here I am. Just got to figure out how to get out of this mess." 
Jansen hesitated, then sidestepped a question about any lingering side effects from his condition or the prescribed medication. 
"Sometimes, you just got to go through it, no excuse. You would never hear that from me," he said. "Feel good or not feeling good, no excuse, just tough it out. Last two days weren't my days. Be ready Friday. I just need one game, I'm very confident I'll get it back."
Once again, I mean to distract with a pic featuring Chase Utley and his three kids (that happens to also include Kike Hernandez), via Juan Ocampo/2018 Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 Gil Hodges hit his 14th career grand slam. It set a new National League record for grand slams in a career. BTW, Don Drysdale also walloped two solo homers during this game. In 1989 Tommy Lasorda had Expos mascot Youppi! ejected from a game in Montreal during the 11th inning. The mascot was causing too much noise by jumping on top of the Dodger dugout roof during the 22-inning game. You can watch Youppi! get tossed here. BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Expose, 1-0, on an home run by Rick Dempsey in the 22nd inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Red DownsPhil PageLonny FreyDale Mitchell & Casey Blake!
  • Podcast: Bill Simmons at The Ringer chats with Jason Bateman on His Career, the Dodgers, and ‘Ozark’ (Podcast Link).
  • I think I hate Jon Hamm! Via TMZ; "Jon Hamm revels in Jason Bateman's sadness... at Dodger Game.
Hamm -- easily one of the biggest Cards superfans on the planet -- had a front row seat for St. Louis' 5-2 win over Bateman's Dodgers on Tuesday ... and he made sure J.B. never heard the end of it.

From the beginning, Joe and Plantier decided that starting open was the best way for Joe to get in an athletic position and ready to hit, similar to his stance at San Diego. But they added a component that Joe, and not many others, have done. Before the pitcher releases the ball, Joe brings his feet together in the back of the box. And once the pitcher releases the ball, he strides with his left foot, a more typical feature, and takes his swing.
“After a few hitting drills we figured out this is the way my body likes to move,” Joe said.
  • This mornings Baseball America prospect report makes note of Dodger pitcher Dustin May:
May had one of his best starts since being bumped up to Double-A as he allowed four hits while striking out six in 6.2 scoreless innings.
  • Like last season, Topps is issuing a special five-card Players' Weekend Topps Now set. It will include Brian Dozier (Bull), Clayton Kershaw (Kersh), Cody Bellinger (Belli), Walker Buehler (Ferris) and Manny Machado (El Ministro). Go here to check it out and order. I had gotten last years set, so  you can check that out here. As you'll see, Topps thankfully used five new players for this new set. On a side note, I really wished they included a Rich Hill card. His nickname, "Dick Mountain", is a classic and deserves to be memorialized on cardboard.

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