Friday, August 14, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 8/14/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Look who got their awards last night -- Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger. Unfortunately, Cody has been struggling at the plate this season. Mookie, on the other hand, is heating up... big time! He celebrating yesterdays award ceremony by walloping three homers to tie a Major League record for three-homer games in a career at six (6) -- tying Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1919 the Dodgers and Cubs play a doubleheader that last a total of only two hours and seventeen minutes. In the opener, the Cubs blanked Brooklyn 2-0, in one hour and ten minutes, and in the nightcap it takes the Dodgers one hour and seven minutes to shut out Chicago, 1-0In 1980 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent pitcher Tom Niedenfuer out of Washington State University. In a couple of years he would be a mainstay in the Dodgers bullpen -- recording 64 saves as a Dodger.  
  • Happy BirthdayMagic JohnsonFrank McCourtMark LorettaScott StewartMcKay Christensen & Juan Pierre!
  • ICYMI: The National Sports Collectors Convention in rescheduled for December in Atlantic City has been cancelled.
  • This is something I can absolutely support. That guy does not deserve accolade. Per Zach Dean at USA Today -- "Police chief who forced Jackie Robinson to leave game has name removed from park."
Robinson started the game in Sanford at shortstop and had a pair of hits through two innings before Williams entered the dugout and told Robinson he had to leave or the game would be called off.
“It was a bad thing,” City Commissioner Whitey Eckstein said at the time. “We shouldn’t have done it. We need to make it right with the Jackie Robinson family.”
  • Ben Clemens at FanGraphs writes a bunch of words about Mookie's home run explosion last night -- "Mookie Betts Hit a Home Run."
  • Good guy, Mookie! The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) will support Mookie and Pull Up Neighbor, a community response organization, to host a grab-and-go giveaway in Compton on Sunday. The giveaway will take place at the Compton Town Center (1621 Towne Center Dr, Compton, CA 90220) from 12:00- 3:00 p.m. and will provide free hand sanitizer, reusable face masks, food boxes, and health screenings to the Compton Community to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The event will also offer voter registration services onsite to encourage Compton citizens to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming elections.
“I know people who have had the virus, and hearing different stories we have to do what we can to help. I, along with Pull Up Neighbor, want to help as many as we can with the essentials to stay healthy, as well with opportunities to register to vote,” said Mookie Betts.
  • Good folk, Dodgers! Per a Dodger press release:
The Dodgers, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, and California Secretary of State’s office today announced that Dodger Stadium will serve as a Vote Center for the Presidential General Election. The site will be accessible with free parking to any registered voter in Los Angeles County over a five-day period with operational details to be announced at a later date. The Dodgers are the first team in Major League Baseball to make their stadium available for voting and the site will follow all CDC and Public Health guidelines regarding social distancing. 
 “Dodger Stadium is part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and we’re proud to continue to partner with the County to make the property available for the benefit of the community at large,” said Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten. “Voting is all of our civic duty, and we’re excited to work with More than a Vote to do anything we can to help get out the vote by making this process as easy, accessible and safe for all Angelenos.”
All teams in Baseball -- heck, all sports teams -- should immediately make their facilities available for voting. Don't allow the politicians to shut down polling stations and mail drop boxes.
  • Joe Kelly cracks me up. Per Buster Olney at ESPN -- "Dodgers' Joe Kelly sounds off on Astros players' handling of sign-stealing investigation."
"The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense," Kelly said. "Yes, everyone is involved. But the way that [sign-stealing system] was run over there was not from coaching staff. ... They're not the head boss in charge of that thing. It's the players. So now the players get the immunity, and all they do is go snitch like a little b----, and they don't have to get fined, they don't have to lose games."

—No. 12 prospect Dennis Santana pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in the team’s win over the Padres. The righthander, who is 1-0, 2.89 with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings, allowed a hit and struck out one.
—No. 14 prospect Edwin Rios went 0-for-2 as a substitute for third baseman Justin Turner. Rios has made the most of his scant playing time, hitting three home runs and driving in six in 24 at-bats.
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