Tuesday was the first Dodgers game since the trade deadline, and the club’s only move was to trade away Ross Stripling, who didn’t have a spot in the rotation. A couple Dodgers interviewed on Tuesday reflected on Stripling as a teammate.
Chris Taylor was acquired by the Dodgers midseason in 2016, which was Stripling’s rookie season.
“I think Strip is one of everybody’s favorite teammates,” Taylor said on a conference call. “He’s the same person no matter what, all the time. Whether things are going good or not, he’s always got a smile on his face, and I think we’re definitely going to miss him.”
Blake Treinen just joined the Dodgers in December, but in those few months was so impressed that he reached out to Stripling, who he called “an infectious guy.” after the trade to tell him what an impact he had on him.
“I think something that I struggle with is, I allow myself a day in the perfect world to process an outing that maybe I’m not happy with, or maybe if I’m dealing with something off the field,” Treinen explained. “You would never know with him if he had seven scoreless or maybe didn’t have the start that he was looking to have. Every day he walked in and, from my point of view just seeing his work ethic, it didn’t matter. There’s always something he was trying to do to get better. And he’s gonna be in this game a long time because of that.”
Treinen added, “Seeing that type of commitment to that degree, it motivates you to kind of reset your compass on what’s important, Not taking for granted a situation that we’re in.”
Links & notes
- Vin Scully, who is joining social media on Wednesday, talked to Bill Plaschke at the Los Angeles Times about several topics, including not leaving his home in the last four months. “I’ve never been inclined to be a monk, but in some ways, my home has become a monastery,” Scully told Plaschke.
- Mark your calendars: the Dodgers-Astros game on Sunday, September 13 will be nationally televised by ESPN, with Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney on the call. That game, the last of a short two-game weekend series, will start at 5 p.m. PT.
- MLB will allow instructional camps, including games against other teams, beginning on September 18, per Josh Norris at Baseball America.