Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/28/2019 - Dodgers Links - MVP! MVP! MVP!

First, I wanted to acknowledge a patch that ballplayers wore for the first time yesterday, for Memorial Day. It is a remembrance poppy that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war and was first adopted by the American Legion. See it on the right, via UniWatch.

As for Cody Bellinger (featured in the pic above), he is unbelievable. Cody was a driving force behind this weekends sweep of the Pirates and their Memorial Day win yesterday afternoon. He is slashing .278/.381/.722/1.103 with two home runs, five runs scored and five RBI over the past four games. On top of that, he is looking like a Gold Glover every day. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“Words are tough to come by,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “I don’t know if they give out Gold Gloves in May, but it’s hard to see it play out any other way.” 
Roberts said there’s only one comp to what Bellinger can do to impact a game and he used the name – Mike Trout – with trepidation. 
“You’re talking about slug, average, on base, first-to-third, stolen bases, catching the baseball, outfield assists, all that stuff,” said Roberts. “To do what he can do, to check all those boxes. You’ve got to be careful when you’re talking about Mike Trout. That’s longevity, too. For a two-month span, that’s kind of what you’re talking about.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from Memorial Day. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1957 the NL officially approves of the move of the Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast, provided both clubs make their request before October 1 and move at the same time. This effectively allowed both clubs to start negotiating with potential host cities. In 1962 Don Newcombe signs a contract to play for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League. In 2001 Dodger catcher Paul Lo Duca has a big day. He goes 6-for-6 to lead the Dodgers during an 11-10 win over the Rockies. He records five singles, a three-run home run and four RBI. In 2011 a small fire in a nearby storage area in the Reserve seats at Dodger Stadium forces the evacuation of fans of that section during a game between the Dodgers and Marlins. The fire is controlled quickly and they do not need to evacuate the entire stadium.
  • Happy Birthday, Rafael LandestoyKirk GibsonCory Wade!
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue -- "Kik√© Hernandez, Justin Turner Making Appearance At Philippe’s The Original For Adidas L.A. Event." This is today, so I apologize for the late notice.
  • ICYMI: The Dodgers brought up catching prospect Will Smith from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Catcher Austin Barnes was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain.
  • ICYMI: Relief pitcher Joe Kelly is activated from the bereavement list yesterday. Caleb Ferguson is sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • RIP: Bill Buckner, who was a member of the heralded '68 Dodgers draft class, passed away over the weekend after battling dementia. 

  • Via the South Pasadena Library -- "A Baseball Doubleheader at the Library | Dodger Themed Author Night: Author Night at South Pasadena Public Library on June 6 features Jason Turbow and Ron Rapoport exploring “Fernandomania,” “Mr. Cub,” and much more."
  • Awesome! Per Kristen Lago at Spectrum News1 -- "Riverside Dodgers Fan Amasses Museum-worthy Memorabilia Collection."
Allen owns what he describes as the "largest collection of Dodgers memorabilia in the nation." His passion for collecting began when he was five-years old. 
“It’s been a passion, it’s been a love, but in a way, it’s trained my mind my whole life," Allen said. "“When I was a little kid, what [my uncle] did was he went and steamed off Tip Top bread labels for me and that’s how the collection started.” 
Over the last six decades, it has grown to over 250,000 items, ranging from baseball cards, to magazine covers, and everything in between. 
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres have received subpoenas seeking records relating to scouting and signing of players from Latin America, and the Washington Nationals voluntarily turned over documents to federal agents, including emails and financial records. Those who have testified to a federal grand jury in D.C. or have spoken to federal agents, according to people with knowledge of the investigation, include a former MLB official, a former Dodgers front office staffer, a former Dodgers player from Cuba, two veteran scouts who worked for the Dodgers and Braves, a sports agent who has represented Cuban players, and three employees of a player development camp in the Dominican Republic.

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