This week on the podcast we look at strong performances by Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw, both on and off the field, plus another former MVP, Cody Bellinger, breaking out of his season-long slump in Anaheim.
Also on the podcast, Max Muncy fights a slump of his own, plus injury updates on Corey Seager and Will Smith, and Keibert Ruiz called up to make his major league debut Sunday. That, and the Dodgers are undefeated since an appearance by Salty Dave last week.
Betts authored the 28th three-home run game in Dodgers history, and the 21st since the club moved to Los Angeles. The first one out west came from Don Demeter at the Coliseum in 1959. Demeter has the dual distinction of being the only Dodger with an inside-the-park home run as part of his three-homer game, and as the only one to hit a walk-off home run in his three-homer game.
Demeter was an outfielder who was the Dodgers’ regular center fielder during their World Series-winning year in 1959 after a 10-year run at the position by Hall of Famer Duke Snider. Demter played parts of five seasons for Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and 163 home runs in 11 major league seasons.
These days, the 85-year-old Demeter is pastor emeritus at a church in Oklahoma City.
See also: Demeter’s SABR bio
Episode link (time: 60:55)