Monday, November 12, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 11/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

A contingent of three Dodgers - Chris Taylor, Kike Hernandez & Kenta Maeda - are in the Japan All-Star Series, and they appear to be having a great time. Per Alyson Footer at
"The fans have been amazing so far," Hernandez said to the crowd. "Japan has always been a place that I have wanted to come visit. I get to experience this amazing culture that you have here. Playing at the Tokyo Dome has been great."
Per Kenta Maeda:
"It's been a little while since I've pitched in that stadium (Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium)," Maeda said. "I want to show all my fans in Japan something that they would enjoy. I'll do my best to get as many hitters out as I can and have a good performance."
Pic above via Kike Hernandez on Instagram. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1986 the Dodgers officially released longtime shortstop Bill Russell -- in order to facilitate his recent retirement from the game. He had an 18-year career with Los Angeles and ranked second in franchise history for games played (behind Brooklyn Dodger Zack Wheat). In 2014 Clayton Kershaw is the unanimous winner of the National League Cy Young Award. It is his third Cy Young. He went 21-3 with an 1.77 ERA, 1.81 FIP, six complete games and two shutouts. He will be named the MVP the next day.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack RyanRed EvansGreg Gagne!
  • RIP, Ron Negray. Via Nick Diunte at Baseball Happenings; "Ron Negray, pitcher in the first ever Los Angeles Dodgers game, dies at 88."
  • RIP, Ken Howell. Per Matt Kelly at; "Former Dodgers coach Howell passes away." Per Kenley Jansen on twitter:

  • This afternoon the Dodgers will host 400 active duty service members and veterans from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and their families for batting practice and lunch at Dodger Stadium. Dodger third baseman Justin Turner, whose foundation supports veterans housing and military programming, will join Dodger alumni Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, Billy Ashley and Dennis Powell at Monday’s event.
  • Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Mike Rosenbaum at named DJ Peters the Dodgers top power-hitting prospect.
Peters has a long track record of power production, setting a Western Nevada CC home run record (16) in the program's final season in 2016; leading the Rookie-level Pioneer League in total bases (161) and OPS (1.052) in his pro debut that summer; topping the high Class A California League in extra-base hits (61) and slugging (.514) en route to MVP honors in 2017; and pacing the Double-A Texas League in homers (29), extra-base hits (55) and total bases (232) this summer. He derives his pop from impressive strength and leverage in his 6-foot-6 frame.
"The thing I'm having the most difficult time with is being a part-time dad," Utley said at a press conference to make the announcement. "So that's really the reason I'm shutting it down. I'm ready to be a full-time dad."

  • Per Josh Jackson at; "Peters, Lux lead Dodgers' All-Stars: Rich system boasts four Top 100 Prospects, three league titles."

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