Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 7/15/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

First, let me just add that net proceeds garnered from this will go directly to the LA Dodgers Foundation. Now, on to this exciting news. The Dodgers are offers "fan cutouts" in the Dugout Club or the new Pavilion Home Run Seats for $299 and in the Field Level or Loge Level locations for $149. On top of that, the cutout is yours at the end of this truncated season and it'll be authenticated by MLB. Go here for more information.
“The electrifying energy of Dodger Stadium is rooted in the passion of our fans. While we are saddened that they will not be part of the live experience, the personalized cutouts will bring a bit of color to the stadium during these challenging times,” said Nichol Whiteman, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of our fans everywhere, this campaign will fund our critical work. Together we will help Angelenos when they need support the most.”
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1960 play at Candlestick Park is halted for 24 minutes after Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hits a Don Drysdale pitch in the second inning to shallow left field that no one can see due to thick fog. McCovey is given a "invisible triple." In 2004 Eric Gagne records his 24th save of the season, helping defeat the Diamondbacks, 4-3. The save is his 130th as a Dodger -- breaking Jeff Shaw's record for most career saves in franchise history. In 2017 Cody Bellinger hit for a cycle against the Marlins at Marlins Park -- becoming the first Dodger rookie to have ever done so. You can watch highlights of the game here.
  • Happy BirthdayDan McGannBruce EdwardsJames Baldwin & Miguel Olivo!
  • Dodger Talk Podcast -- Former Dodger pitcher Ramon Martinez calls into Dodger Talk on the 25th anniversary of his no hitter against the Florida Marlins (Podcast Link).
  • Puig going to Atlanta. Per David Adler at -- "Puig agrees to deal with Braves (source)."
Free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig has agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Braves, a source told's Mark Feinsand on Tuesday afternoon. The reported deal is pending a physical, as well as a negative test for COVID-19 before Puig could join the club at camp.
The club has not confirmed the signing.
As part of the health and safety protocols this season, to limit the chances of extended games, every extra inning will begin with a runner on second base. Said runner will be the batter who made the last out of the previous inning, but can be replaced by a pinch runner.
“There’s obviously the runner on second base. But there are other situations, close ballgames, plus-or-minus type games in the seventh, eighth, or ninth, where he can steal a base and potentially get in scoring position,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of situations I think that a guy like Terrance, who’s done it, would make sense for any team, especially in these circumstances, so something certainly could happen in the next couple days.”
[Mookie] said he could see my pinky flare on my changeup from second base. Like, he could see into my glove as he took his lead. So either stop flaring my pinky on the change or flare it on the other pitches too to throw off guys on second base.
“Even as we were going to break (Spring Training camp) with 26 players, he was a real big part of the conversation,” said manager Dave Roberts. “That’s a credit to Edwin. And now you’re talking about expanded roster, the continued defense continues to get better, the at-bat quality as we’ve seen recently is continuing to get better, (and) even what he did last year for us with the quality at-bats he gave us, I’m really proud of Edwin, and I expect him to make an impact for us.”
“Clayton, Ross, Woody threw throughout quarantine, and I think with Walker, he took some time off with the uncertainty and indecision and Mark [Prior, pitching coach] was in tune with it, so the buildup with Walker is just going to take a little longer,” Roberts said.
“Ultimately, if we get him when the season starts [throwing] three or four innings with some guys behind him, we’ll be fine. I think it was because he took time off in quarantine.”
  • Don't you ever run on Chico! Via Matt Kelly at -- "Dodgers don't learn: Chico flashes cannon."
Dodgers clubhouse attendant Francisco “Chico” Herrera, who’s been pressed into left-field duty during camp, added to his growing highlight reel in the club’s intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. First Herrera ranged back and robbed superstar slugger Mookie Betts of extra bases with a twirling catch at the wall. Then “Chico” unleashed that now famous arm with a strong throw to the cutoff man, who doubled off Gavin Lux at first base.
You can watch below, via a tweet from the Dodgers:

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