Friday, February 07, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 2/7/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here's a great vintage action photograph taken by AP one June day. It features Pee Wee Reese attempting to snag a poorly thrown ball (eBay auction link)
Dodger Steamroll Temporarily Halted -- Tommy Glaviano (12), Cardinals' erstwhile right fielder, legs it pellmell into second for successful steal on bad throw to Dodgers' shortstop Pee Wee Reese in 5th inning of St. Louis-Brooklyn game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn June 7. Ball (lower center) got away from the Dodger captain and rolled out into short center field. Glaviano took third and later scored on Cards' shortstop Stan Rojek's single. Scorer credited Glaviano with steal and charges Dodgers' catcher Roy Campanella with an error on his throw. All this went for nought as Dodgers won 2-1 to make a sweep of 3-game series over cards. 6/7/1951.
The photo was also part of the George Michael Collection of vintage press photos of ballplayers sliding. For those who don't know, George Michael was the host of a nationally syndicated weekend sports show before the days of cable TV and the internet. It was how I, and many other sports fans, received our weekly sports news. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 the Dodgers officially became the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc. In 2006 the Dodgers signed Japanese pitcher Takashi Saito to a free agent minor league contract. Saito made the Opening Day roster and would quickly become a fan favorite. That first season he would record 24 saves with an 2.07 ERA, 1.87 FIP and come in 8th place in Cy Young voting.
  • Happy BirthdayTom DalyMel AlmadaCy MooreArt JonesJohnny Werhas & Burt "Happy" Hooton!
  • I'm covering my ears -- refusing to listen. Mark Timmons at LA Dodger Talk -- "I Have a Bad Feeling…" My biggest worry is that Boston will renege on the deal due to the large public outcry from Red Sox fans on social media... frick'n Social Media!
  • So... There's nothing to worry about? Per a tweet from Bob Nightengale:
The Dodgers announced their Spring Training broadcast schedule with 30 games on SportsNet LA, 18 games on AM 570 and an additional eight games on Spanish radio.
SportsNet LA will broadcast 27 of 30 Cactus League games in Arizona, excluding the three split-squad road games. SportsNet LA also will televise all three of the “Freeway Series” exhibition games against the Angels from March 22–24, including two games at Dodger Stadium.
“You know, there’s numerous times where you talk to your manager during BP before the game, first inning, anytime you see him where you might have pitched three times in a row, and he asks if you can get one guy, will you be able to get this guy, the game’s close and in a big spot, you know, get us out of a jam, and there were times where I would say ‘Yes,’” Kelly continued. “It’s going to change the way that guys answer that question, which kinda sucks.
To talk about that option, we need to talk about Muncy as a player rather than merely as a contract. He’s an archetypical dingers-and-walks hitter, and his plate discipline gives him a leg up on providing value. Think of it this way: with his walk, HBP, and strikeout totals in 2019, he’s giving himself a high floor. If he replicated those numbers and produced a .354 wOBA on contact in his remaining plate appearances, he’d be a league average hitter.
A .354 wOBA on contact is anemic. That’s Kolten Wong, Kurt Suzuki, and Delino DeShields territory. The league average number last year was .384. Muncy could be 8% worse than league average on contact, in other words, and still put up an exactly league average batting line.

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