Dodgers news ...
The Dodgers split the four game series with the Phillies after a late inning loss on Thursday. You can read the TBLA game recap here.
Clayton Kershaw became the new good luck charm. When being interviewed in the dugout, Matt Beaty and Kiké Hernández hit back-to-back homers.
Kersh, can you jump back on the headset for the rest of the game? pic.twitter.com/6G1L0X3akH— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 18, 2019
There was some drama in the game, too.
Max Muncy said Héctor Neris screamed “Fuck you!” toward the Dodgers’ dugout after the last out. “He’s blown about eight saves against us over the last two years,” Muncy said. “I guess he was finally excited he got one.”— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 18, 2019
Around the league ...
Jeff Passan writes 10 things to watch for as the July 31 deadline approaches.
In case you missed it, this 6-year-old coach for the Kalamazoo Growlers goes absolutely bonkers after being ejected from the game.
6-year old Coach Drake LOSES it after ejection. pic.twitter.com/S9W0Xuj5fo— Kalamazoo Growlers (@kzoogrowlers) July 16, 2019
You know those patches NBA teams have on their jerseys? Yeah, those might be coming to the MLB.
There’s already considerable interest across MLB, due in part to the success NBA teams have had in selling ad patches (an average of $7 million per year for each team, according to Navigate Research) to new sponsors in nontraditional categories. However, the MLB Players Association would have to approve a uniform patch as part of the next CBA, which would start in the 2022 season. It took the NBA more than three years to work through the complexities leading up to its ad patches, which debuted during the 2017-18 season.