Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 7/8/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

I've been absolutely swamped lately, so I apologize for the lack of recent post.

Check out the always cheery Joc Pederson showing his love for the game, via a tweet from the Dodgers.

We're so close to watching Baseball -- I can almost taste it. In fact, the Dodgers are holding an intrasquad game this afternoon, at 6:40 PM, that will be streamed live on the Dodgers’ Twitter and Facebook with commentary from Alanna Rizzo and Nomar Garciaparra. It’s expected to last 3 innings.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1901 the Brooklyn Superbas defeat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-5, as a result of a questionable call by the umpire. This act infuriates Cardinals fans, to the point of rushing umpire Hank O'Day and giving him a split lip. He has to be rescued by the police. In 1907 Cubs manager Frank Chance, after being pelted with pop bottles, hurls a bottle back at the crowd that cut's a boy's leg. This resulted in a mob that forces Chance to leave the park in an armored car witha police escort after the Cubs defeat the Dodgers, 5-0 (boxscore). In 1949 Giants infielder Hank Thompson faced Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe at the plate -- marking the first time a black batter hit against a black pitcher in Major League history (boxscore). Thompson would hit a pop fly to third in his first at-bat, and go 0-for-2 with a walk overall In 1980 the All-Star Game is played at Dodger Stadium. The National League wins, 4-2 (boxscore), for the ninth consecutive time.
  • Happy Birthday, George HunterRowdy ElliottTex WilsonGeorge FallonCharlie GilbertGeorge CulverLerrin LaGrowMike RamseyDanny Ardoin & Ferdinand Abell (one of the original founders of the Dodgers)!
  • Not a surprise. Via ESPN -- "Clayton Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers vs. Giants."
  • Via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Dodgers To Sign AJ Ramos."

“Jimmy was a guy that we really counted on, whether it be in the pen with length, meaningful innings back there, or potentially to fill in as a starter, compete for a role,” Roberts explained. “Fortunately we have a lot of viable options. I feel bad for Jimmy, but it’s an opportunity for other guys.”
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue -- "Scott Alexander, Tony Gonsolin & Keibert Ruiz Bring Dodgers’ Total To 7 Players Not In Summer Camp."
  • You all already know this, but I thought I'd provide a link anyway. Per George Miller at MLB Trade Rumors -- "David Price Opts Out Of 2020 Season."
  • Hey... The Dodgers official blog wrote about Baseball cards. Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider -- "The Holy Grail of Dodger baseball cards."
  • Just another reason to dislike her. Per Jack Baer at Yahoo Sports -- "Report: Former Dodgers co-owner among ambassadors who sold stocks as President Trump downplayed pandemic."
  • Cody Bellinger is now pitching Old Spice, via his Instagram:

  • Tracy Hackler at Panini America's blog shares a bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2020 Absolute Baseball brand. Below is a look at cards for Gavin Lux and Edwin Rios. Go here to check out more. These cards will hit store shelves this coming Friday.

The 21-year-old Beeter’s a past Tommy John surgery patient (2017), but he rebounded to post effective numbers at Texas Tech from 2019-20. While Beeter only threw 41 2/3 innings as a Red Raider, he notched a 2.81 ERA with a jaw-dropping K/9 of 15.8. 

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