‘Dugout Blues’ episode 175 – Jose Fernandez, Vin Scully, Kershaw, Hill

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I are very sad, still sad, then happy, then sad again.

We start by talking about the tragic and untimely passing of Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez. I wrote about it on Sunday morning, but Jared and I talked about him, his impact and presence on the game of baseball. It was an incredible loss and baseball (and the world) is worse off than it was just a couple days ago.

We’re also sad, but for a different reason. Vin Scully‘s final days as the Dodger broadcaster are coming to an end. There was a great celebration of his career on Friday night, and the rest of the weekend was great as well. We recorded before the game on Sunday, so we didn’t get to talk about Charlie Culberson‘s walk-off and Vin’s Dodger Stadium farewell. We talked about the possibility of a fourth consecutive NL West title, but it actually happened — and Vin got to call it. Fantastic.

After that, we talk about Clayton Kershaw and him being back. He was great during the week and definitely looks playoff-ready.

Rich Hill had his start skipped, but it was more of a luxury than a necessity. He’ll get one more start as a tune-up for the postseason.

Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson have been pretty good of late, especially Grandal. He’s one of the best, if not the best, offensive catcher in the league.

On the minor-league side, we talked about Baseball America’s Top 20 Arizona Rookie League and Pioneer League lists. The Dodgers had a few players on each list, highlighted by Yadier Alvarez in the AZL and D.J. Peters in the Pioneer League. The farm system, despite the graduations and promotions, is still strong.

To close, a solid Q&A session. Please keep the questions coming.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.