Dodgers news ...
There was no Dodgers game yesterday as the team was traveling to Miami for their upcoming series. You can read the series preview here.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, at 79-41, have the top record in the majors and statistically have the edge over the Astros in starting pitching. Their rotation’s ERA of 2.93 is by far the best in baseball and the only one currently below three earned runs a game. That figure is incredible considering the ball is booming out of big-league parks in record numbers.
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the 1994 MLB strike. Jorge Castillo of the LA Times tells how the Dodgers were affected by the short season.
“I look back at that at times,” [Tim] Wallach said, “and wish we could’ve finished that out.”
A trio of Dodgers were juggling in the athletic trainer’s room a few days ago, and it was hilarious.
Will you just look at this video of David Freese, Chris Taylor & Russell Martin doing a tag-team juggling act in the trainer's room of the #Dodgers clubhouse today? (via Freese's IG) pic.twitter.com/2IhiApI1V5— Adrian Garro (@adriangarro) August 11, 2019
Around the league ...
The Cleveland Indians won via walk-off yesterday and our friends at Let’s Go Tribe wrote a hilarious “Carlos Santana celebration recap” in lieu of a game recap. It’s safe to say Indians fans are pretty pumped up about this.
Scott Miller with Bleacher Report wrote about why Fernando Tatís Jr. is the future of baseball. After all, he’s so exciting, he did this yesterday. Unreal.
Tim Kurkjian also wrote a story about the 1994 MLB strike. It is an eloquently written story about the history, background, reaction and consequences of the 232 days without baseball.
It was the summer of 1994, and, on the field, baseball was thriving. Pennant races were developing. The Yankees were in a revival. The Expos looked like they might make history -- and, in hindsight, possibly save baseball in Montreal. Players were having spectacular seasons, none better than future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who at .394 was chasing the first season with a .400 batting average since Ted Williams in 1941. Minor leaguers awaited a September call-up, in some cases to make their major league debuts. And kids everywhere, including a 9-year-old from Visalia, California, were living life through baseball.
But when midnight ET struck on Aug. 12, so did the players.