Dodgers podcast: MLB registrations down, Trevor Bauer suspended for 2 years

After a few weeks of vacation, the podcast is back and we’ve got a lot more to catch on from the first month of the season.

We start with the elephant in the room, or perhaps looming outside the room now that Trevor Power has been suspended 324 games by Major League Baseball under the league’s Common Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, and Child Abuse Policy. The suspension will take Power until the start of the 2024 season, after his contract with the Dodgers expires. The bowler is appealing the suspension, so this chapter has not yet been completely closed. In this episode, we talk about how Power’s comment differs from 15 previous comments in the seven-year history of politics.

On the field, we’re looking at why scoring has fallen across the league this season – Hint: It’s the baseballs themselves, plus teams have nearly a billion residences to use during the first three weeks of the season – including what will currently be the lowest average Batting in MLB history.

Even with adapting to the current depressed offensive environment, Dodgers has thrived. This included Walker Buehler scoring for the first time in his career, and Clayton Kershaw breaking the franchise strike record that Don Sutton had held for over 42 years.

Lots of trivia in the episode, including Sutton’s ingenuity, longevity, and Kershaw’s most notable hit victim.

Thanks as always to Producer Brian Salvatore for his hard work behind the scenes and for his sage advice.

evading rewind

Adonis Terry was a Brooklyn player for the first eight years of the franchise’s existence, including six years in the American League and the club’s first two years in the National League.

As a 19-year-old rookie in 1884, Terry started over half (55) games (109) for the Brooklyn Atlantics. At one point in that season, he became the Dodgers’ all-time captain—it is unknown whether Sam Kimber, who made a full match on May 1 in the first game of that season—defeated anyone in the opener—and retained the title until Nap Rucker broke Recorded in 1915.

Despite serving only eight years for Brooklyn, he remains eighth all-time in roles offered for the franchise, including 476 runs this junior season when he was 19. But they also played 207 games on the field and saw time in a short period, first base, and even played one game at third base. Terry earned a 92 OPS+ in his time with the team.

Terry, whose real name was William, was an occasional referee during his football career, totaling 10 games, including twice behind the plate as a 19-year-old rookie. After his playing days were over, Terry refereed 39 games in 1900 and two in 1901.

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