Monday, October 21, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 10/21/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Featured above is a 1941 press photo showing Dodgers skipper Leo Durocher and first baseman Dolph Camilli arguing with the home plate umpire. To the far left is a dejected Pee wee Reese. Apparently, Pee Wee was called out on a third strike, that nobody in the Dodgers dugout liked. Unfortunately, we don't know the exact date of this photo or even who the opponent is, but we do know this is Ebbets Field (eBay auction link).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1968 the Dodgers sold infielder Bob Bailey to the newest expansion ballclub Montreal Expos. Bailey was attained via a trade with the Pirates for speedster Maury Wills in 1966, and proceeded to stink it up in LA for two season. He slashed .227/.309/.325/.633. Nevertheless, he recorded the Expos very first hit in its franchise's history -- also driving in the clubs first two runs. Bailey also became a mainstay in Montreal, playing seven season in Canada and slashing an impressive .264/.368/.437/.805.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill RussellFranklin StubbsBryan CoreyToby HallCasey FeinZach Greinke!
  • RIP, Eric Cooper. Via Liz Roscher at Yahoo Sports -- "Veteran MLB umpire Eric Cooper dead at 52."
  • Via Neal J. Leitereg at the LA Times -- "Former baseball all-star Milton Bradley sells Encino home."
  • Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider -- "Rick Honeycutt refined pitchers and helped rebuild a Dodger tradition."
“When you look at a golfer, they’re creating 400 pounds of ground force to swing a golf club. Their balance and stability is that strong. That’s really what Sandy and this organization leaned on was angling the foot on the rubber and how you create maximum leverage with your lower half to produce that force and how do you become balanced,” Honeycutt says. “You’re transferring weight from the lower half from the back side to the front side and have it be in a way that you’re able to not only throw with the most power you can, but also have control of that.
“The way I like to think of that is, ‘Do you understand what’s happening (in the lower half) that makes you throw the ball, and can we improve that balance so you can now start commanding your pitchers better?’ The more command you have, the more success you have because you’re able to throw different pitches with different speeds with different variations.”
In every meaningful stat except for strikeouts, Kershaw is noticeably worse in October. But by no means is Kershaw terrible in the postseason. A 4.50 ERA is a quality start by the Quality Start metric (6IP, 3ER or less). Just last night Zack Greinke went 6 innings giving up 3 runs and left to a standing ovation because he gave his team a chance. So why is the Kershaw narrative so drastic? Well because the losses have been drastic.
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue -- "SportsNet LA Sets Ratings Records During 2019 Season." In other words, you should expect the cable lockout to continue.
  • The Cardboard Connection has a bunch of preview pics from Topps 2020 Inception Baseball card brand slated to be released in mid-March. To the right is a Gavin Lux card from the set. Go here for more details.
  • A must watch video. Via GQ Sports on YouTube -- Walker Buehler, Justin Turner and Joc Pederson break down famous baseball movies and TV shows, including 'Bull Durham,' 'Hardball,' 'Major League,' 'The Natural,' 'Eastbound & Down' and '42.'

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