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Dodgers: Joc Pederson Chooses Home Run Derby Pitcher

Pressure? Dino doesn’t know the word.

First, Joc Pederson was added as a late-entrant to the 2019 Home Run Derby. Then, he requested for the Padres to lend their coach to throw to him as he did in 2015. That request was declined by the Padres.

Finally, Joc Pederson has his running-mate in the contest. Indeed, Echo Park legend (who also moonlights as the Dodgers’ third base coach) Dino Ebel has stepped up to the task.

Bill Plunkett of the OC Register has more on the long ball union that will take place on Monday night between Pederson and Ebel.

According to first-hand accounts, there was a fierce competition between Ebel and Jose Vizcaino for the spot.

Ebel was fine with no matter what the Dodgers’ slugger decided.

“I said to (Pederson), ‘Whatever you decide, it’s fine,’” Ebel said. “If you want someone else to do it, I’m OK with it. It’s totally his choice, because he’s the one swinging the bat. He has to trust somebody he wants out there. If he goes with me, fine. If he doesn’t, I’m good with it.”

However – in the end – the coolest head prevailed. There can only be one home run ball-tosser to Joc Pederson this year, and that man will be the guy with the wicked send from the third-base coaching box.

Plunkett writes that as always, Dino was cooler than the other side of the pillow in regards to pressure.

“No pressure at all,” Ebel said. “If (Pederson) tells me the same day of the Derby, I don’t care.”

What a guy. Seriously, is there a man in baseball cooler than Dino Ebel? Obviously that question is rhetoric, because the answer is an emphatic ‘no’.

The only true question that remains – how much does this improve Pederson’s chances to win the derby? Honestly, I think it does by a bit. Ebel will be out there Monday night humming beautiful strikes that will become souvenirs by the dozen.

In life, everything happens for a reason. On Monday night, it’s Dino’s time to shine alongside Pederson.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. If I were a part of the Dodger management team, I would not allow my players to participate in this nonsensical competition. I think it does nothing to improve the player’s game, and might very well hurt it as the pitches are all “grooved” to facilitate a good “score”. Go Blue!!!

    • A negative effect to Joc may ease the decision making when Pollock and Seager come back. We have too many players and none deserve to sit so somethings gotta happen

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