Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Derek Jeter played his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. Here’s the clip of his final at-bat:
Don Mattingly‘s final year as a player with the Yankees, 1995, was Jeter’s first, so of course he tuned into the game last night:
Dodgers prospect Julio Urias, who was named the club’s Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year, visited Dodger Stadium for the first time on Friday.
“It’s the nicest stadium I’ve ever been to, aside from Minnesota where I played (in the Futures Game),” he said. “It’s truly incredible and I hope to make it my home from here on out.”
Here, Urias talks about his historic season with Rancho Cucamonga, when he pitched a 2.36 ERA as an 18-year-old in the Single-A California League:
Dodgers prospect Corey Seager, who was named the club’s Branch Rickey co-Minor League Player of the Year on Friday, visited Dodger Stadium and discussed some of the ups and downs of his 2014 season:
Seager added that he won’t be playing Winter League Baseball once his time in the Arizona Fall League is up.
More on the 20-year-old shortstop in tomorrow’s editions.
Joc Pederson hit 33 home runs and stole 30 bases for Triple-A Albuquerque this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers chose Julio Urias, 18, as their Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Friday. Infielder Corey Seager and outfielder Joc Pederson were chosen as co-Minor League Players of the Year.
The three players, widely regarded as the top three prospects in the organization, will all be at Dodger Stadium to be honored in a pregame ceremony tonight. Pederson will be in uniform because he was promoted to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster on Sept. 1.
Urias had been taking part in the Arizona Instructional League. The 18-year-old left-hander spent the entire season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and went 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 25 games (20 starts), and a 1.20 ERA (6 ER/45.0 IP) in 12 games (10 starts) after the All-Star break.
Seager, who turned 20 on April 27, was selected to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team, batting a combined .349 with a minor league-best 50 doubles, five triples, 20 homers, the second-most extra-base hits in the minors (75) and 97 RBI in 118 games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in his third professional season.
Pederson, 22, was also the Dodgers’ minor league player of the year in 2012. In his first full season at Triple-A, he produced the fourth 30-home run/30-stolen base campaign in Pacific Coast League history.
The Dodgers lost their assistant general manager of player development, and Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley lost their agent, to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Jackie Robinson West, from the Washington Heights neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, defeated Nevada, 7-5, to win the U.S. Championship before losing to South Korea, 8-4, in the Little League World Series championship game in August. (Associated Press)
The Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team from Chicago that won the U.S. Little League championship and finished runner-up to South Korea for the Little League World Series title will visit Dodger Stadium on Saturday as guests of the Dodgers.
The first all-black team to reach the Little League World Series since 1983 will take batting practice from 1:45-2:15 p.m. on the field at Dodger Stadium with Carl Crawford, then participate in the on-field pre-game ceremonies and attend the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game that evening.
Crawford has helped the team financially since 2013 after being inspired by their play in the Little League World Series last year.
As the Dodgers celebrated their NL West-clinching victory on the field last night, the San Francisco Giants coaches watched and waited.
Then, when they had the attention of the Dodgers coaches, they did this:
(h/t Carmen Kiew)
Clayton Kershaw delivered an MVP-caliber performance
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw joins a group hug after beating the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, 9-1. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
in the Dodgers’ National League West-clinching victory. His line: 8 innings pitched, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts. The full box score is here
Not to be a downer (part 1) but: Colleague Vincent Bonsignore writes that the Dodgers should have their sights set on bigger celebrations.
Not to be a downer (part 2) but: Chad Billingsley accepts that he might never pitch for the Dodgers again.
Ever wonder why some pitchers blindly throw their glove out when there’s a ground ball headed to the mound?
Because sometimes it works.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers can clinch the National League West by beating the Giants today.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, in his pregame remarks to the media (above), was careful in choosing his words. After all, the Dodgers’ haven’t clinched the division just yet.
“It’s a good situation, obviously, that we’ve put ourselves in,” he said. “Anytime Clayton’s pitching, you feel pretty good.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy seems to have embraced the possibility of losing the division with a slightly firmer handshake.
“We know it could happen,” Bochy said. “If it does, I’m not going to get caught up in what they do.”
Last year, the Dodgers celebrated the NL West title by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool. This year, there’s no pool in sight: Just 24 cases of beer, 204 bottles of champagne and four cases of Martinelli’s sparkling cider — MLB doesn’t allow alcohol on the field — buried in the bowels of the stadium in case the Dodgers clinch.
In light of that, Mattingly had an interesting message to his players: Restrain yourselves.
“I know it’s a rivalry but in the situation, there’s a good chance if we’re able to do this tonight you want to stay humble because you have a chance of playing (the Giants) again,” Mattingly said. “They’re a championship team. They have a chance to move forward.”