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Dodgers notes: Clayton Kershaw, Pride Night, Glenn Burke, Joe Beimel(?)

Saturday morning LA news and notes

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A perusal of Dodgers news and notes for a Saturday morning.


Before Friday night’s eighth annual Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers senior vice president Erik Braverman talked with Molly Knight about The Athletic. “You have to put in the effort year-round,” he said. “You can’t just pander to any groups. You have to be visible in their communities year-round. A lot of teams do it to tick a box.”

Andrew Maraniss, whose book ‘Singled Out’ is a biography of Glenn Burke, the first openly gay player in MLB, wonders in the Los Angeles Times why the Dodgers have been slow to honor or even recognize their former player, who died of AIDS in 1995. Maraniss compared it to Vanderbilt waiting more than four decades to honor Perry Wallace, the first black basketball player in SEC history.

Clayton Kershaw is hosting a virtual baseball camp on June 17, with proceeds benefitting Kershaw’s Challenge, the charitable foundation started by Kershaw and his wife Ellen. Among the Dodgers providing instruction during the camp are Justin Turner, David Price, and Mark Prior.

Changes in spin rate aren’t always because of sticky stuff, writes Robert Arthur at Baseball Prospectus.

Baseball Prospectus has updated its leaderboards to include team splits for Deserved Runs Created (DRC+) and Deserved Runs Allowed (DRA+). Editor-in-chief Craig Goldstein explains the changes.

Former Dodgers left-hander Joe Beimel, now 44, who last pitched in the majors in 2015, is attempting a comeback on a minor league deal with the Padres, reported Dennis Lin at The Athletic.

The stats here were updated for Jacob deGrom to an 0.56 ERA and 103 strikeouts through his first 10 starts, but here is some company in the 10-dominant-start club that includes Clayton Kershaw: