The week is sort of a catch-all episode of the podcast. We recap the situation with foreign substances on MLB baseballs and Trevor Bauer’s comments, then recap the week that included a few more players returning from the injured list.
We also answer a few mailbag questions this week, mostly regarding the Dodgers needs at the trade deadline, and dig into all the minor leaguers traded in-season under the Andrew Friedman-led front office in Los Angeles.
Trivia this week involves homers and stolen bases, stolen base rates, and Dodgers numbers through 60 games.
The Dodgers picked Davey Lopes in the January secondary draft in 1968, one of many in arguably the best single draft year by a single team in major league history. He made the majors in 1972, and by 1973 secured a starting gig at second base, a job he held for nine seasons.
Part of the famed Dodgers infield foursome that played together for an unprecedented 8... years, Lopes was a premier leadoff man in the 1970s. He led the league in stolen bases twice, and has the third-best steal success rate (83.1 percent) in Dodgers history. From 1973-80, Lopes led the majors in steals, ranked fifth in runs scored, and was 15th in walks, averaging 90 runs scored, 72 walks, and 49 steals in his first eight full seasons. At one point in 1975, he stole 38 bases in a row without getting caught, breaking a 53-year-old major league record.
Lopes in 1979 homered 28 times and stole 44 bases, the first Dodger with 25 homers and 25 steals in the same season.
After his playing days, Lopes was a coach for over two decades, including managing the Brewers from 2000-02. He returned to the Dodgers as first base coach from 2011-15.
Episode link (time: 1:04:26)