This week on the podcast is mostly catching up with all the Dodgers’ roster turnover, including the introduction of new pitchers Kevin Quackenbush, Justin Bruihl, and Conner Greene, among others.
We rehash last week’s question of whether the Dodgers have enough pitching, updated with the news that Clayton Kershaw won’t be available until September 5 at the earliest, and Danny Duffy no sooner than September 15. Oh yeah, and since we last recorded, Cole Hamels signed with the Dodgers, and he won’t be ready until September, either.
Also this week, a brief but very tantalizing glimpse at the Dodgers’ full lineup, an appreciation of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, lots of trivia, and so much cheese talk that I bought carne asada nachos for lunch immediately after recording.
Thanks to producer Brian Salvatore for all his work behind the scenes.
This week we look back at Claude Osteen, who turned 82 on Monday. An under-appreciated Dodgers rotation stalwart for nine seasons, Osteen was a key piece of two World Series teams. He was the No. 3 starter behind Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, and Osteen’s shutout in Game 3 of the 1965 World Series started a Dodgers championship-winning comeback.
I thought we remembered Osteen in a previous Dodgers rewind, but I was mistaken. We did rewind on Frank Howard (in episode 1923), for whom Osteen was traded for at the winter meetings in 1964.
Thanks to SABR for putting Osteen at the front of mind earlier this week.
Happy 82nd to stirrup-clad Claude Osteen! A stalwart southpaw w #Dodgers , he tossed pivotal shutout in Game 3 of 1965 WS to help club to title. He was a 2X 20-game winner & authored 40 shutouts in career. His @sabr bio by yours truly https://t.co/SuDHi9Up4A pic.twitter.com/YGGJjtpG6B— SABR BioProject (@SABRbioproject) August 9, 2021
Episode link (time: 1:04:33)