Thursday, November 07, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 11/7/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

As I am wont to say, "Baseball will break your heart". Check out the above 1939 press photo showing the hard-luck case of Vito Tamulis (eBay auction link).
May 18, 1939 -- Vito Gets the Hard Luck Crown -- Vitautras C. Tamulis (right) today wore the Major League's hard luck baseball crown, the Brooklyn left-hander, shown with manager Leo Durocher (left) and Lynn Lary, pitched 11 innings (boxscore) of that 19 inning struggle at Chicago yesterday, allowing only four hits, but couldn't come up with a win. His whole career has been like that.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2016 the Dodgers traded catcher Carlos Ruiz to Seattle for Vidal Nuno III. Ruiz came to Los Angeles as a late-season addition for their playoff run -- a trade that sent popular backstop AJ Ellis to Philadelphia. Carlos Ruiz got into 14 games and slashed .278/.350/.333/.683.
  • Happy BirthdayJoe HattenDick StuartRich Rodas & Orlando Mercado!
  • As you know, Cody Bellinger recently won his first career Gold Glove award over the weekend, but that is not the final defensive award he can win. As you may know, fans are being asked to vote for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award -- given to only one fielder (regardless of position) in each league, and Cody Bellinger is one of nine National Leaguers you can vote for. Go here to vote for Cody Bellinger.
  • Via Jeff Jaffe at FanGraphs -- "Click Here To Subscribe Steve Garvey is Modern Baseball Ballot’s Ballast."
As the most popular player on my favorite childhood team, and the one who seemed to shine most brightly on the biggest stages, Garvey felt larger than life. An Adidas poster of him standing upon what was supposed to be the moon, captioned, “The harder you hit it, the further it goes,” hung on the wall of my younger brother’s bedroom. Yet when I began reading Bill James in the early 1980s, I was struck by the extent to which the new numbers took Garvey down a peg, though to be fair, he’d entered his mid-30s already beginning his decline, postseason heroics aside. Likewise, when I began writing about the Hall of Fame in early 2002, Garvey’s lack of traction on the ballot in his nine previous tries stood out.
  • Panini America unveiled some preview pics from their upcoming 2019 Prizm Draft Picks Baseball band; including a pic of a Michael Busch card -- the Dodgers 1st round pick from the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft. Go here to check out more photos. You can purchase boxes of this product online from Panini, here.
  • Good for Russell! Via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Russell Martin Intends To Play In 2020."
  • Via Ken Gurnick at -- "Muncy proved his breakout '18 was no fluke."
“There is definitely a little more satisfaction because coming into this year, all I heard people talking about was, ‘Oh, teams are going to make the adjustment. You’re not going to be able to do what you did last year,’” Muncy told Dodgers Insider. “Why can’t it work on both sides? Why can’t hitters make the adjustment? It kind of aggravated me a little bit to hear all these people saying all these things. I wanted to go out and prove I can still be a very productive player that I was [in 2018].”
  • Awesome! Per Paul Lukas at the Gothamist -- "Hail Satin: The Brooklyn Dodgers Briefly Wore 'Rapturous' Shiny Uniforms Under the Lights."
"Remember, lighting systems in the 1930s and ’40s were nothing like today," Tom Shieber, Senior Curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, told Gothamist. (The museum has several of the old satin uniforms in its collection.) "So the satin uniforms were about making night baseball more attractive to fans, but also about making the game more functional for the players, so they could see each other better."
  • Via Lisa Johnson at Beyond the Bricks -- "Power of Positivity: Baseball and optimism helped OKC Dodgers pitcher Daniel Corcino cope with family tragedy during 2019 season."
His family tragedy reinforced to him the importance of living in the moment and enjoying all life has to offer as he put together an impressive July — ranking as one of the Pacific Coast League’s top pitchers during the month following the loss of his brother.
“I tried to hang in,” Corcino said. “I think the game helped me a lot. The guys, (their) support, the team. It’s something you never forget, but every game I just dedicate to him because he was playing too…The moment is hard, but there (are) things you have to keep doing. 
“It was very tough.”
  • Do you remember Tyler White -- who came to the Dodgers mid-season 2019 from the Astros? It was hoped that he'd be another find -- a 'diamond in the rough' as it were -- for the Dodgers. Unfortunately, it didn't exactly turn out that way. Instead, he fizzled at the plate and was eventually placed on the DL with a lateral strain. Well, now know that he had a thyroid issue, and apparently Houston knew all about it, but didn't do enough to help. The Dodgers, on the other hand, began immediately treating him. Clint Pasillas at Dodgers Nation writes all about it here. Via a tweet from Clint Pasillas:

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