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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pickoff Moves

Today's Birthdays

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 2

Were 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.

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Roster Notes

Obituary: Dodger Dog Inventor Thomas G. Arthur

The 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.

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