The Dodgers play the Toronto Blue Jays today at the Rogers Centre. Here’s a brief history of Dodgers in Canada:
1. From 1939-60, the Montreal Royals are the primary minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, churning out such notable talents as Jackie Robinson, Tommy Lasorda (then a pitcher) and Walter Alston (then a manager).
2. The Dodgers beat the Expos 5-3 in Montreal on May 27, 1969 in the Dodgers’ first regular-season game ever played in Canada.
3. Don Drysdale is found dead at his hotel room in Montreal on July 3, 1993, the same day he was scheduled to broadcast a Dodgers-Expos game.
5. June 8, 2007: The Dodgers beat the Blue Jays 4-3. The game features Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez for the Dodgers; Matt Stairs, Frank Thomas and Troy Glaus and Royce Clayton for the Blue Jays. Stunning that they were all still productive major-league hitters in 2007.
Today’s game will be just the 13th ever between the teams.
Some bullet points for a Monday morning:
• In case you missed it, Matt Kemp got hurt in yesterday’s game, his first after coming off the disabled list. Don Mattingly told reporters after the game that Kemp’s sprained ankle “has a little swelling.”
• Given the events of Sunday, it’s easy to forget that Kemp recently played in 399 consecutive games, a streak that ended in May of last year. Baseball’s current iron man is … Prince Fielder.
• “The only thing separating him from 767 straight games played is one day off, Sept. 13, 2010, which he spent hooked up to IV fluids trying to rid himself of flu-like symptoms,” writes Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
• Julio Urias pitched two innings for the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday. He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out two. The 16-year-old left-hander is pitching on a starter’s schedule, but his pitch count has limited him to no more than two innings in each of his last three outings.
• Gabe Kapler, briefly a Dodger, writes that baseball players don’t understand advanced statistics as well as they need to.
• According to MLB, 1,654,687 fans attended 45 games this past weekend, a season high and the second-best 45-game weekend since 2009.
• Baseball America analyzed every draft from 1987 to 2008 to see how many players made the major leagues. Some interesting data here.
• Not a baseball link, but I find it interesting that our local NBC affiliate apparently never fired the person responsible for mistaking the Sacramento Kings for the Los Angeles Kings — twice. The same station has confused Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi with legendary football coach Vince Lombardi.
• A classic Fela Kuti jam, “I No Get Eye For Back”: