Friday, August 16, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2019 - Dodgers Links - Youngest to 40

Cody Bellinger launched his 40th homer of the season last night to become the youngest Dodger in franchise history to hit as many home runs -- he is 24-yeas old. Via Christina De Nicola at
Per Andrew Friedman: “Obviously, incredibly talented player who’s had a lot of success, but for him to take that other big step forward has been awesome. Just the maturation that we've seen over the offseason into this year, we think it's a big contributing factor to that.”
“He's a special player, when you think about it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “This guy plays center. He plays first. He's a really good outfielder. He can steal a bag. He has power. The whole thing. It's a different look. He does everything. When you're talking about one of the top guys in the league, they're guys that can do that. It's not just home runs. It's not just average. It's a little bit of everything.”
Photo above via Michael Reaves/Stringer at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummeled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hits against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again that season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. In nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA as the Dodgers head to the World Series.
  • Happy BirthdayHub NorthenBilly RhielRoger Cedeno & Yu Darvish!
  • Per Mike Mazzeo at Yahoo Sports -- "Yasiel Puig's inspiration behind becoming an American citizen."
Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig explained Thursday that he decided to become an American citizen because his mother, Maritza, had done so a couple months prior.
“She’s in Miami,” Puig said of Maritza. “I got to the U.S. first, but she became an American citizen before me, so that’s the reason — I wanted to be like her.”
“It is definitely a hard transition back and forth between the majors and minor leagues,” said pitcher Casey Sadler. “Lots of packing and unpacking, but it’s alright. It’s worth it.”
(Brock) Stewart was optioned seven different times in 2018. He saw a lot of fellow pitcher Pat Venditte, who was also optioned seven times last year. 
“We’ve never spoken about it out loud,” Venditte said last year of his and Stewart’s constant travel. “There have been times when I’ve been passing him getting off the flight at the airport, and vice versa. Literally the only thing you can do is pitch well, that’s it.”

  • Even Dodger fans should check this out. Per Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily -- "Upcoming Exhibit Tells Polo Grounds Story Through Memorabilia." As you know the New York Giants played at the facility and soon there'll be en exhibit featuring the history of the venue.
“Home Plate:  A Celebration of the Polo Grounds” will open at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on August 22 and run through January 5, featuring memorabilia from moments associated with the historic stadium.
The exhibit will be curated by Neil Scherer, a long-time sports fan whose specialty is creating framed tribute pieces to historic baseball moments with photographs, autographs and memorabilia. His works will be among the items on display inside the mansion, which was built in 1765 and is considered the oldest residential property in Manhattan. For several weeks in 1776, George Washington used the home as headquarters for his army. The entire history of the home is fascinating but it’s the location near one of New York’s most historic sports venues that makes it a perfect host for the baseball exhibit.

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