Thursday, March 14, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 3/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Happy Birthday, Charlie!

Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox and Bob Milliken surround skipper Charlie Dressen with enough cake to feed all of Brooklyn. This pic was taken following the clubs doubleheader against the Phillies, dated September 20, 1953.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1932 the Dodgers sent 23-year old future Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi, the still very effective Babe Herman and Wally Gilbert to the Reds for Joe Stripp, Tony Cuccinello and Clyde Sukeforth. In 2010 the Dodgers crush an All-Star team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League, 11 - 1, at Kaohsiung Stadium to complete their three-game tour in Taiwan.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill HolbertJud DaleyJohn MillerMike StrahlerKevin Brown Jose Nunez!
  • Spring Training Notes: Manny Mota is now at Camelback Ranch. He will be a guest instructor this week as he enters his 51st season with the Dodger organization. Former Dodger hurler Jerry Reuss will be enshrined in the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame this year. Reuss, who attended high school in St. Louis and was originally drafted by the Cardinals, pitched for the Dodgers from 1979-87.  
  • FYI: This coming Friday Chase Utley will be honored at Jackie Robinson Stadium prior to the that evenings game between (#2) UCLA vs. (#3) Oregon State. Game starts at 6:00 PM, so get there early. (Hat Tip: Reddit u/nitrogenousbear)
  • Via Bob Nightengale at USA Today; "MLB to implement new rule changes that will shake up look of sport."
-- Pitchers will be required to face a minimum of three batters in a game beginning in 2020.
-- There will be a single July 31 trade deadline, starting this season, with teams prohibited from making any type of trade after that date. 
-- Mound visits will be reduced from six to five during games beginning this year, and perhaps reduced to four visits in 2020.
Check out Nightengale's story for even more changes beyond the above three. 

While Buehler did attribute some of his delayed ramp-up this spring to a slow-playing by the club after throwing more than 150 innings last year between the regular season and postseason, he said his arm also wasn’t moving the way he wanted it to. From the beginning of his throwing program, he said his body wasn’t feeling 100 percent. But he added it was “nothing scary” and he’s now feeling healthy again.
“It’s just kind of hangover stuff from last year,” Buehler said. “You don’t really want to ramp things up until you’re feeling right.”

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