Thursday, February 27, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 2/27/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

And the crowd goes wild!

Featured above is a April 30, 1945 International News press photo of slugger Dixie Walker avoiding the rush of fans after a Dodger victory. It's from a game played at Ebbets Field on April 29th (boxscore link). Below is what's written on the reverse:
"Young Brooklyn Dodger fans are chasing Dixie Walker as the "Peepul's Cherce: legs it for the dugout after the end of yesterday's game against the Giants. Walker added to his popularity with the flatbushers by striking the blow that humbled the New Yorkers 4-3. He belted out a homer that netted three runs in the 8th inning."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1901 the NL Rules Committee declares that all foul balls would now count as strikes, except after two strikes. They do this in order to lower their cost of lost foul balls. In 1908 the sacrifice fly rule is adopted for the first time. In 2011 Dodger Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider dies of an undisclosed illness in Escondido. He was the last living Brooklyn Dodger who was on the field for the final out of the 1955 World Series.
  • Happy Birthday, Roy HutsonRube MeltonCarl WarwickHenry Cruz, Willie BanksCarlos Triunfel!
  • Video: Dodgers Nation shares their interview with Dodger prospect Josiah Gray (video link).
  • How fun! Via Clint Pasillas at Dodgers Nation -- "Dodgers Players Participate in Spelling Bee at Camelback Ranch."
  • Kemp ain't done with the game. Per Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Matt Kemp Hopes To Play At Least Four More Years."
“I’m for real. I can still do some damage out there,” Kemp said. “This is a redemption year. I had 40 at-bats last year, but I was an All-Star in 2018. Seriously, I can still play.”
Nelson, 30, was a known health risk at the time he signed a heavily incentive-laden deal — a reality that was reflected both in his relatively modest $1.25MM guarantee and the $1MM bonus he’d receive simply for making the Opening Day roster. Nelson’s contract also contains $500K bonuses for spending 45 and 90 days on the active roster, as well as another $1.5MM of unlockable bonuses based on innings pitched. The deal’s low-cost, $2MM team option would become a $5MM mutual option if Nelson is on the mound enough, and the base of that option can also rise based on his innings totals.
Suffice it to say, the Dodgers knew that Nelson was a risky but high-upside signing when handing out that $1.25MM guarantee. The right-hander didn’t pitch at all in 2018 due to late-2017 shoulder surgery, and he was slowed by elbow and shoulder troubles in 2019. Overall, he’s pitched just 22 MLB innings since undergoing surgery in Sept. 2017.
  • Via Randy Miller at -- "How Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax helped Yankees’ Gerrit Cole realize his greatness."
“I would say, ‘Brent (Strom), how do I get more depth on my slider?'” Cole told The Athletic. “And he would say, ‘Well, Koufax used to do this.’ OK, I’ll try it. Boom, it works.
“Where else am I going to get that information, other than probably Sandy himself? Nowhere else.”
  • I know it's just his second out this spring, but you gotta be exciting about the results so far. He was hitting 92-94 MHP on his fastball yesterday -- striking out all three batters he faced. Via a tweet from Los Dodgers:

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