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15 Minutes of, Well, Not Fame, but Something
2003-03-09 22:31
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

I got the 2003 Dodger Media Guide on Sunday. I decided to give myself 15 minutes to pull 15 interesting facts from it. (I'm going to allow myself to proofread my results after I'm done.)

Ready?

0:00 The Dodgers' last trade with the Angels was Orlando Alvarez for Ellie Rodriguez, March 21, 1976. (Page 213)
1:02 The Montreal Expos are the only visiting team that stays in a hotel in Glendale. Figures they'd be rebels. (Page 202)
1:31 Wilkin Ruan's boyhood hero is was Vladimir Guerrero. How young is this guy? (Page 136)
2:30 Shawn Green is a career .333 hitter in major league games played at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. (Page 74)
3:39 The only time the L.A. Dodgers have pitched a one-hitter where the hit came in the ninth inning was August 4, 1963, when Johnny Podres and Larry Sherry combined to one-hit Houston. (Page 330)
4:26 Jose Offerman holds the L.A. single-season sacrifice hit record with 25 in 1993. (Page 326)
5:20 Phelbitis is an inflamamtion of a vein. (Page 374)
5:55 Mike Kinkaide's son's name is Kameron with a K. (Page 95)
6:40 Andy Ashby batted .244 for San Diego in 1996. (Page 36).
7:15 Since his debut with Elizabethton in 1983 (0-1, 20.25 ERA), Yorkis Perez has played for teams in 24 different cities. (Page 161)
9:10 The picture of a guy batting on Fred McGriff's page is wearing a Los Angeles road uniform. When did they take (or doctor) that picture? (Page 104)
10:36 The Dodger minor league home run record is 44, shared by Greg Brock and Phil Hiatt. (Page 262)
11:07 There is now at least one Dodger minor leaguer born after I graduated high school. Concepcion Garcia, December 8, 1985. (Page 264).
12:01 Hiram Bocachica led the Dodgers in pinch-hit home runs last season with two. (Page 176).
12:54 Gary Sheffield is the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodger all-time slugging percentage leader at .573, just ahead of Mike Piazza at .572 (Page 315).
13:36 Casey Stengel holds the Dodger record for most hits in a debut with four, September 17, 1912. (Page 314)
14:13 Vance Lovelace, once a terrible starting pitcher for the Dodgers in a year where they just couldn't find a No. 5 starter, is a Dodger scout. (Page 236)
14:56 The - oh, time's up.

Hey - 17. Not bad!

I looked up Vance Lovelace's stats after the challenge. He never pitched for the Dodgers. He only pitched for the Angels and Mariners. I remember his career got derailed somehow, but I guess it happened before he made it to the majors with L.A. I'm gonna dock myself half a point for that mistake.

Terry Wells! That was the guy. 1-2, 7.84 ERA in 1990. Man. It took me another 15 minutes to find him.

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