It would be really, really easy to congratulate Brandon Beachy for simply making it back to pitch in a major-league game Saturday, but he wasn’t in the mood after the Dodgers lost 7-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez leads all National League first basemen in All-Star balloting. Gonzalez has 929,016 votes as of this morning. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is second, with 489,255.
Gonzalez leads all qualifying MLB first basemen in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.646) and OPS (1.071). His 35 RBIs are second only to Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona.
If he wins the fan vote, he’ll be the first Dodgers first baseman to do so since Steve Garvey (1974-80).
MLB only releases the top five vote-getters at every position, except the outfield. Only second baseman Howie Kendrick (third), and outfielders Joc Pederson (sixth) and Yasiel Puig (13th) showed up on Wednesday’s list of leading vote-getters.
True story: My wife and I share a birthday. Same exact date, three hours apart to the minute.
Wednesday was our birthday. We didn’t get to spend the day together last year. This year, a simple dinner would do. So I told my editor months ago that I was booking a three-night stay at the Winter Meetings hotel, then taking off Wednesday night. Play it by ear Thursday.
I pulled out of San Diego with the Jimmy Rollins trade still simmering, not looking like it would be resolved Wednesday, and Dee Gordon and Dan Haren firmly about to become Marlins. Checked with sources, felt good about the story, filed it at a Starbucks in Temecula, barely caught wind of the Brandon McCarthy signing before I turned off my iPhone. Because no good husband would constantly check his iPhone looking at sports news or doing work stuff during the birthday dinner.
In case you missed it, this is how possibly the greatest one-day roster makeover in the history of the Dodgers franchise unfolded: