Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 7/23/2019 - Dodgers Links - Stadium Upgrades

Holy Moly! The upcoming changes at Dodger Stadium look awesome. It'll be a $100 Million renovation that will include a new center field plaza -- two acres of food concession stands, beer garden/sports bars, a children’s play area, the relocated Jackie Robinson statue and a permanent home for the “Legends of Dodger Baseball” plaques.. Per Arash Markazi at the LA Times:
“We’re finally going to have a front door with this entertainment plaza we’re building below and beyond the pavilions,” said Stan Kasten, Dodgers president and chief executive. “It’s going to act like a two-acre tailgating area pre- and postgame.”
“This is all meant to be a celebration of the Dodgers and Dodgers history and provide fans with the kind of amenities that you see at new ballparks without changing our postcard view,” (Janet Marie) Smith said. “We relish the beauty of this place and want to preserve that. I know when fans hear we’re renovating the pavilions the first thing they ask is what’s going to happen to the wooden benches. The answer is they’re staying in place. None of those things that fans love will change. We’re just improving the experience.”
Click on any pic to embiggen. Below are more links to check out:

  • BTW, Alanna has just launched a foundation, per twitter:

So following an effective regular season and NLDS and a dominant NLCS, Dodger relievers delivered five World Series games of supreme effectiveness. 
That leaves, of course, the infamous Games 2 and 5. These were group disappointments on a colossal scale, but from a bullpen construction perspective — which, I remind you, is today’s topic — the two main culprits were the two best relievers, Jansen and Morrow, who along with Kershaw gave up the most critical, lead-surrending runs.... 
The point here is only that in confronting the most unreliable part of any major-league team (the bullpen), the 2017 Dodgers nailed it. You can’t ask for more than what they had. If your bullpen sails through the regular season, makes its way into 15 playoff games, does its job in 13 of them and dominates in 12, you’ve built a championship bullpen. 

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