For those who missed last night’s Dodger Thoughts outing, Jon Weisman posted a recap here. I’m glad so many people seemed to enjoy themselves and we look forward to next year’s outing.
Quick turnaround after the night game, but when you’re 9-0 at home, no one seems to care much. Here are some interesting tidbits along those lines…
Not only would a win today establish a franchise record for most consecutive wins to start a season at home with 10, it would also tie the modern-day National League record held by Atlanta’s 10-0 start in 1983 at Fulton County Stadium, the Cubs’ 10-0 mark at Wrigley Field in 1970, and the New York Giants’ 10-0 start at the Polo Grounds in 1918 (thanks to ELIAS’ John Labombarda). Do note, Joe Torre was the manager of that 1983 Braves squad, which finished 88-74 and in second place in the National League West behind the Dodgers (91-71).
– The Major League record for consecutive wins at home to start a season is 12 by Detroit at Bennett Park in 1911, the year before Tiger Stadium opened.
– The Dodgers’ 9-0 start at home is the best in the Majors since the 2003 Royals won their first 11 games at Kauffman Stadium. Bob Schaefer served as the bench coach on that squad, which finished 83-79.
– The Dodgers are the only undefeated team at home in the Majors.
Here’s the lineup for today…
This morning’s visit to Tinseltown was pretty cool and I hope a few of you were able to make it out there. We had tons of current and former Dodger players, coaches, broadcasters and other luminaries and despite the heat, I think it was a pretty special event.
Over at DodgerThoughts, Jon Weisman married his career with his passion, as we worked together to create a special section of Daily Variety that honored the Dodgers for their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. There are a ton of stories in today’s edition, many of which are written by Jon and his DT readers, so be sure to take a look. It’s easily the most extensive coverage of the Dodgers’ Hollywood history as I’ve ever seen and arguably the best that exists.
I’m a day late, but congrats go out to former Dodger coach Jim Riggleman, who is now the manager of the Mariners. While I’m sure he isn’t happy with the way it came to be, I know that he had always wanted to manage again and that’s mainly why he left here as Jim Tracy’s bench coach. Riggs is a solid person and a longtime baseball veteran and it’s nice to see good things happen to good people.
As a reminder, Ned Colletti will take some calls tonight on DodgerTalk on KABC 790 after the game, so tune in to the show with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon.
Lineup to be posted shortly…once it’s up in the clubhouse (Troncoso is here, by the way, in place of Hiroki).
UPDATE: TONIGHT’S LINEUP