Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 8/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a fantastic Associated Press news photograph (with exceptional clarity) featuring the top-end of the 1941 Dodgers rotation, dated June 30th -- found at Hake's Auctions. Per the description on the reverse:
Dodgers' Winning Trio
Three star pitchers of the Brooklyn Dodgers gaze at their record spelled out in baseballs before the start of the Dodgers-Phillies game at Brooklyn, NY, June 30. They are (left to right) Walter Higbe, Hugh Casey and Whit Wyatt. When the game started, Wyatt went into the box and added another one, making it 31 games won.
This trio lead one of the great Dodger teams in franchise history. They ended the season with a pennant winning 100-54 season and faced off against their crosstown rival Yankees. Unfortunately, the Bronx Bombers bested the Bums in five games. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1910 the Dodgers and Pirates play the second game of a double-header to an 8-8 tie. Remarkably, the game included a boxscore where each team had 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strike outs, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman and 1 passed ball. This game was a tie in nearly every respect. In 1951 the Brooklyn Dodgers held Musical Depreciation Night -- where any fan who shows up with an instrument is given free admittance. Approximately 10% of the crowd, or 2,423 fans, participate. In 1982 Steve Sax set a team franchise record for stolen bases by a rookie at 41. In 2007 Nomar Garciaparra, for the first time in his career, is thrown out of a game, and had to be restrained by coach Mariano Duncan. Umpire Tom Hallion tossed him for arguing a called third strike.
  • Happy BirthdayFielder JonesKemp WickerWes FlowersMudcat GrantTom NiedenfuerDennis PowellTom PrinceWill Ohman & Scott Elbert!
  • ICYMI: The Dodgers (and all of Baseball) announced their preliminary schedule for the 2020 season. Go here to check it out. As you know, the All-Star Game will be at Dodger Stadium next year and it's scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 14th.
  • Via Barry M. Bloom at Forbes -- "Despite Houston's Zack Greinke Trade, Dodgers' Starters Have Edge Over Astros."
  • Per Mike Petriello at MLB.com -- "This year's Dodgers are best since move to LA: .658 winning percentage is team's highest since 1953 Brooklyn club."
You can get to that simply by looking at their .658 winning percentage, which is currently the third-best in Dodger history behind only the 1942 Brooklyn team of Pete Reiser and Dolph Camilli and the famed 1953 Brooklyn club of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, and Roy Campanella. It's better than the 2013 team that had a 42-8 run. It's better than the 2017 team that tore off a 43-7 run. Unlike those teams, there's been no down period. The worst month the 2019 club has had was July... when they went 14-10.
  • Just Announced: The Dodgers have announced that Alex Verdugo is getting a bobblehead this season. It's scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th versus Tampa Bay. Check it out on the right.
  • Per Daniel R. Epstein at Beyond the Boxscore -- "Hyun-Jin Ryu is an unconventional ace: A pitcher with a 90 mph fastball is the best in baseball."
Dodgers ace Hyun-Jin Ryu doesn’t rack up tons of strikeouts. His average fastball is only 90.6 mph, which places in the ninth percentile for velocity. It seems the only thing he does exceedingly well is prevent runs.
This does not compute.
Ryu utilizes five different pitches (per Baseball Savant), which very few pitchers can boast. Even more impressively, he throws all five to both lefties and righties!
Gonsolin went five scoreless innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The righthander worked around two hits and three walks while striking out nine batters. It was a bounce-back performance for Gonsolin, as the righthander didn’t go more than 3 2/3 innings in any one start during the month of July.
“It does bother me,” that there are no openly gay players in Major League Baseball, King said in an interview with Phillip Zonkel of QVoiceNews. “It would help if a player who was young and popular came out. If one person came forward, it would be great.”

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