Profiles in awesomeness.
Dodger links for a Tuesday...
- ESPN LA's Tony Jackson, a voter this year for National League Cy Young, hasn't yet made up his mind (and BBWAA rules forbid him to tell us if he has, before the winner is announced) but noted that Clayton Kershaw is making a strong case for the award.
- "No matter what people speculate and what people say, Andre wants to stay in L.A. for next year and the rest of his career," Nez Balelo, the agent for Andre Ethier, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
- The seasons for both Juan Uribe and Jonathan Broxton might be over, wrote Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times.
- Roto Professor writes that Juan Rivera would be a good pickup for the rest of the season in fantasy leagues.
- It's unlikely we will see Cameron Maybin this series, as the Padres' center fielder is back in San Diego to have an MRI on his right wrist, per Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune.
- Bill Petti at Beyond the Box Score has a terrific primer on breaking down luck versus skill when evaluating players, and goes into amazing detail. "The point of this (extremely long) exercise is that the rules of thumb we have uncovered and developed over time as baseball analysts often hold true, but before accounting for over- or -under achievement with luck we need to go further down the analytical ladder to be as confident as possible, especially when dealing with individual players," Petti said.
- In a subscription-only piece at Baseball Prospectus, Geoff Young writes about the Dodgers attendance woes this season. In their first 53 years in Los Angeles, the Dodgers finished in the top three in the NL in attendance 49 times. This year, they are sixth, and that's in tickets sold.
- In case you missed a recap and photos of the True Blue LA picnic/softball game from Sunday, click here and here.