Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 9/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Never count out the old guys.

The story of the season has been the rise of the kids. From Buehler to Bellinger, it is the youngsters who have driven the Dodger bus all season. That said, we've got some wily veterans who don't want you to forget that they've got some heroics left in them too. Last night it was the geezers -- Russell Martin and David Freese -- who got it done. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“I think we’re going to go to Denny’s after this and get on the 55 and older menu, order some Grand Slams,” Turner joked. “No, but it was a good night. Big swing by Russell, two strikes and gives us a lead. And before we even get done giving him high-fives, Freezer gives us a little cushion.”
The Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 5-3, last night. The photo above via Carrie Giordano/Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 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 1924 the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers won both ends of a doubleheader against the Boston Braves -- sweeping their fourth doubleheader in four consecutive days. From September 1st to 4th they beat the Phillies twice and the Braves six times. In 1966 the Dodgers become the first team to draw two million fans at home and on the road when they defeated the Reds at Crosley Fields in front of 18,670 patrons, 8-6. In 1969 Willis Davis' Dodger hitting streak comes to an end at 31 consecutive games -- setting a franchise record. It came at the hands of the Padres in San Diego. Dodger Historian Mark Langill wrote a fantastic story about Willie Davis and this record here.
  • Happy BirthdayElmer HortonGeorge PfisterDoyle AlexanderMike Piazza Brian Myrow!
  • Audio: Gavin Lux joins the Petros and Money show to talk about his big first night with the Dodgers and what it meant to him (Audio Link).
  • LOL! Per Adrian Garro at Cut4 -- "The adventures of a baseball fan who bungled a home run ball but emerged a hero."
You see, Mr. Louie World actually deserves nothing but accolades, despite this clank of a non-catch. Because as dramatic as his fail was, the result of his outstretched glove being ever so slightly at the wrong angle as Chris Taylor's homer in Monday's Rockies-Dodgers game came down from the sky, this guy bore the brunt of judgement of his peers, and emerged unscathed.

Beyond that, he attributes his success, and especially his power surge, to two influences in his professional career. First, he acknowledged the player development program of the Dodgers. One would expect that the influence of the Dodgers hitting coach, Robert Van Scoyoc, has filtered down through the system and (Zach) McKinstry has bought into the approach. He doesn’t talk specifically about that but credits the development program with giving him the tools to compete at each level as he advances through the system.
“[The Dodgers] give me all the tools to perform every day,” he said. “There’s great coaches here in OKC and throughout the organization. I love playing for the Dodgers. They’ve given a guy from a lower-level college a chance in the 33rd round and pushed me through the system.”

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