May 2006

Today's game

Went searching for coffee and found today’s lineup. Still searching for coffee…

Furcal, SS

Cruz, CF

Nomar, 1B

Drew, RF

Kent, 2B

Alomar, C

Aybar, 3B

Ethier, LF

Sele, P

Great article

For those who missed it, Bill Plaschke wrote an awesome article on Brett Tomko in today’s L.A. Times. He has a way of writing tear-jerkers and this one is no different.

Today's lineup

Furcal, SS

Lofton, CF

Nomar, 1B

Drew, RF

Kent, 2B

Ethier, LF

Aybar, 3B

Martin, C

Penny, P

Mueller to the DL

Just got to the ballpark in San Francisco and unfortunately, Bill Mueller’s right knee is still acting up, so we’re going to put him on the DL and recall Oscar Robles from Las Vegas.

Lineup to follow…

Luke Hochevar Update – Roy Smith

I would like to give everyone an update on Luke Hochevar. Luke is currently playing for the Fort Worth Cats of the Independent American Association League. The Dodgers retain exclusive negotiation rights to Luke until May 30, which is a week before the June 6 first-year player draft.

Since drafting Luke last June, we made him what we considered a fair offer. That offer was rejected and negotiations would best be described as being at an impasse. We have monitored Luke all along and have had scouts at the games he has pitched for Fort Worth. As happened with Jered Weaver, who signed at the last minute with the Angels last year before the deadline to reenter the draft, anything is possible.   

Today's lineup

Furcal, SS

Lofton, CF

Nomar, 1B

Drew, RF

Kent, 2B

Mueller, 3B

Cruz, LF

Martin, C

Lowe, P

Kent ties Snider

What are the odds? We invited Duke Snider out tonight to take part in pregame ceremonies and sign copies for fans of his new book, "Few and Chosen." Before the game, he’s down on the field, shaking hands with Grady Little and just about the time he sat down to start signing his books, Jeff Kent hits a three-run homer to give him 1,333 career RBI, tying him for 75th place all-time with…Duke Snider.

We can’t make this stuff up.

Oh yeah, he also passed Ron Santo on the RBI list. Next up is Johnny Mize at 1,337. The official scorer, Don Hartack, said that the only thing stranger would be if we had been playing the Cubs and Santo were here to broadcast the moment.

Meanwhile, Kenny Lofton just stole his 575th career base to move him into sole possesion of 20th place all-time, surpassing Hugh Duffy. Ken Gurnick asked me if Duffy would be here to sign books, but alas, he passed away back in 1954.

In our research earlier today, we found it interesting that several different "all-time stolen base" lists exist. That’s because, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to 1900 a fielder’s choice counted as a stolen base. Seems strange to me, but we’ve decided that we’re going to be announcing the list that exists since 1900. Lofton is now five shy of Ozzie Smith for 19th place on that list.

On any given night, you can see history made at Dodger Stadium. Now if only Brett Tomko goes seven more innings without allowing a hit…

Today's lineup

Repko’s sprained ankle looks like it’ll keep him off the field for at least a week, so we’ve DL’d him and recalled Willy Aybar, who will be here by game time.

Furcal, SS

Lofton, CF

Nomar, 1B

Drew, RF

Kent, 2B

Mueller, 3B

Ethier, LF

Martin, C

Tomko, P

Steve Howe Memorial Service

I just returned from the memorial service for Steve Howe and it was very respectfully done. The service was led by former Dodger infielder John Werhas, with eulogies from his former teammates on the 1981 World Championship team, Rick Monday and Ken Landreaux. Among his other teammates that were present were Ron Cey, Matt Nokes, Lee Guetterman and several others.

The service, which is the first of three in the next week (there is one in his hometown in Michigan and another in Montana) also had a video tribute to Steve, which can be seen here. His daughter, Chelsea, recorded a song in his memory that was played and his son, Brian, who looks quite a bit like his father, were both there with Steve’s widow, Cynthia.

Steve’s life was cut short tragically, yet he will always be remembered for his place in Dodger history and more importantly, for the memories he shared with his family.

Today's lineup

Furcal, SS

Cruz, LF

Nomar, 1B

Drew, RF

Kent, 2B

Mueller, 3B

Repko, CF

Martin, C

Seo, P

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