Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Hank Behrman BRO b. 1921, played 1946-1948, d. 1987-01-20. 11-5 his rookie year with a 2.93 ERA, and awful the rest of the time.
Bull Durham BRO b. 1877, played 1904, d. 1960-06-28. Sounds like his name was done on a dare, as in Truth or Consequences, NM. His given name was Louis Raphael Durham, so at least one part of it was right. A lousy ballplayer, though: he only pitched 29 innings in parts of four seasons.
Jim Edmonds ANA,CAL b. 1970, played 1993-1999, All-Star: 1995, 2000, 2003, 2005. "Hollywood", as the Top 100 Angel was sometimes known, was one of if not the greatest centerfielder the Angels had ever produced until Darin Erstad. Injuries, a "me first" attitude, and an itch to get off a club he perceived as going nowhere caused a trade to the Cards for Adam Kennedy; AK has a ring, Jim doesn't, and well, you know the rest of the story.
Roy Jarvis BRO b. 1926, played 1944, d. 1990-01-13
Wayne Terwilliger BRO b. 1925, played 1951
Daryle Ward LAN b. 1975, played 2003. A slow, inconsistent-hitting and terrible fielding first baseman who got started with the Astros, he really failed to hit with the Dodgers in 2003, when the team had its best pitching staff in over a decade. He's having a good season now with the Nationals, though he's getting little playing time.
Too Many Pitches: Twins 8, Dodgers 2Were the Twins waiting for revenge from their 1965 World Series loss? (Probably not. But a win's a win.) Was Chad Billingsley just a victim of too many pitcher's parks in the Dodgers minor league system? (Who knows. Isn't it odd that the Angels and Dodgers have opposite problems in that regard, with the Dodgers' pitchers learning in mostly pitcher's parks and the Angels' hitters learning in mostly hitter's parks?) Did he throw too many pitches again? (103, only 55 for strikes. That latter part wasn't good news.) Anyway, Bills might not be the in-utero answer to the Dodgers' rotation woes. I tell you what, though, I did find it funny to see Proven Closer Baez used as mop-up — and still getting slammed.
- The Dodgers are near to a trade with the Devil Rays for Tampa Bay's Mark Hendrickson; the Dodgers would send Dioner Navarro in exchange for Toby Hall.
- A Tale of Two Papers: Los Angeles Times: Eric Gagné could be out several more weeks.
Long Beach Press Telegram: Gagné could be back soon.
Believe what you want.
- The Dodgers still have no idea when Brett Tomko will make his next start. Odalis Perez will get his next scheduled start instead.
- Darin Erstad will return to Anaheim Wednesday (why?), but not to the lineup.
- Of Bartolo Colón's stuff:
"The ball was not coming out of his hand as well," Scioscia said. "He was trying to be quick to the plate, and was not finishing his stuff as well. His stuff in the bullpen was electric, it's in there, he just needs to bring it to the mound."
- Orlando Cabrera's 54-game on-base streak is the fifth longest since 1950. Barry Bonds reached 58 times in 2003, the longest in that time.
Obituary: Dodger Dog Inventor Thomas G. ArthurThe Times informs us that Thomas G. Arthur, the inventor of the Dodger Dog, has passed away in St. Louis, of a heart attack; he was 84. Originally called a foot-long dog after the hot dogs sold at Coney Island, Arthur's were 10 inches; a customer complaint about the size discrepancy led to the renaming as Dodger Dogs.