Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 1/21/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

One of the unheralded heroes of any Baseball staff is the team doctor. For the Dodgers, during the Golden Years of the franchise, it was Harold W. Wendler, or Doc Wendler, who kept the players healthy and in tip top condition. Featured above is a 1956 Spring Training press photo taken by noted photographer Herb Scharfman featuring Doc tending to Sandy Amaros (eBay auction link). Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Looking For a Break -- Miami, FLA... Doc Wendler looks for a possible fracture on the left ankle of Dodger outfielder Sandy Amaros, who was hit by a pitched ball in the third inning od an exhibition game with the Boston Red Sox today. sandy was able to walk to the dugout unaided. The Red Sox walloped the World Champions, 17-5. 
Below are more links to check out:
“I’m just hoping to bring some love back to baseball, some integrity to the game, and I think I got relative respect in the game,” Baker said. “There’s something missing. I need a championship, and I’d like to bring a championship to the city of Houston.”
As is shown pretty clearly above, Buehler’s change-up essentially disappeared and his two-seamer went from basically being the second most-used pitch down to his fifth. The 15% drop off to righties the most significant change of any pitch to batters on either side of the plate.
In its place, Buehler primarily did a pair of things. First, he picked up his cutter usage, a wise move given where it ranked in baseball during 2019. And secondly, he simply started using his four-seamer to set up more often early in counts.
Set in a New York City hotel room in the spring of 1947, the play imagines a crucial discussion overseen by Rickey in which he evaluates the African-American community’s reaction to his groundbreaking vision. In addition to Robinson, he invites heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, celebrated singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson and popular vaudeville entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson to share their thoughts. Along the way, motives are questioned and debate ensues.

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