Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 5/26/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

On Sunday the Dodger, in partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), created a Fallen Heroes Lights display at Dodger Stadium in honor of Memorial Day. Each individual light will honor the memory of a military member that served our country. The thousands of red, white and blue lights in the Dodger Stadium outfield will also represent the families of these fallen heroes that are supported by TAPS in California.

All photos above provided by the Dodgers. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Baseball HistoryIn 1957 the Dodger got back Tommy Lasorda. After having been drafted by Brooklyn in 1948 he bounced around from the Phillies to the Browns to the A's and then to the Yankees before returning home. As you know, he would remain with the franchise for the remainder of his entire Baseball career. In 1970 the Dodgers knocked out 20 hits against the hated Giants at Candlestick Park during their 19-3 victory. This is the all-time record for highest number of runs scored total against our rival. In 1971 Maury Wills recorded his 2,000th career hit at Dodger Stadium against Gaylord Perry and the Giants. It was a run-scoring single in the fifth inning. Unfortunately, the Dodgers lost the game, 6-4.
  • Happy BirthdayJack Cronin & Rob Murphy!
  • Per Erika Martin and Christina Pascucci at KTLA5 -- "Dodger Stadium to become L.A.’s largest COVID-19 testing site, with triple the capacity of any existing location."
Dodger Stadium will serve and Los Angeles’ newest and largest coronavirus testing location starting Tuesday (today), Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday.
The drive-thru site will have the capacity to test 6,000 people each day. “That’s three times larger than any testing site that we have,” Garcetti said.
Like other meatpacking facilities across the country, the Farmer John plant in Vernon — which manufactures the iconic Dodger Dog — has had an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
At least 140 people who work for the Smithfield Foods-owned plant have tested positive over the past few months, according to Freddie Agyin, Director of the Health and Environmental Control Department in the City of Vernon.

  • Per Marly Rivera at ESPN -- "If you love traditional baseball, Hyun-Jin Ryu has advice: Watch the KBO!"
"American-style baseball revolves around power, home runs, slugging percentage. Korean baseball is more based on your on-base percentage, closer to traditional baseball," Ryu told ESPN through a translator from his spring training home in Florida. "They play sound fundamentals, are contact-focused. It doesn't matter what part of the lineup you are, if you need to bunt, you bunt. It's more classic baseball versus current MLB baseball, which is power-focused."
  • Per Chris Cwik at Yahoo Sports -- "Carl Crawford addresses drownings that occurred at his home: 'I'm at a loss for words'"
  • Former Dodgers farmhand Jose Miguel Fernandez is tearing it up in Korea. Per Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs -- "Doosan Bears’ Fernandez Is Tearing Up the KBO."
  • Tracy Hackler at Panini's Blog shares a bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2020 Donruss Optic Baseball card brand. Check out two parallel Cody Bellinger cards below. These cards should be hitting store shelves on July 22nd.

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