Friday, July 05, 2013

Welcome to the 'Topes, Ian Stewart!

I didn't want to alarm anyone here, so I figured I should make the headline "Welcome to the 'Topes" instead of "Welcome to the Blue".

Announced earlier today, via JonHeyman on twitter, is news that recently released infielder Ian Stewart has been signed by the Dodgers.

Now, before you get in to a tizzy, I should add that in all likelihood he is headed to Albuquerque instead of Los Angeles.  I've yet to find confirmation of this (save a notice on NBC Roto-World), but I would be surprised if he was signed to replace anyone on the current roster.  Instead, I think Stewart is a depth signing for the club.  We are a little weak at 3rd base right in the high-minors, so in order to provide some insurance against a major injury Stewart was signed to come in as a just-in-case measure.  Besides, the man has shown some power at the plate, so he is certainly worth a try.

Below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:

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Blog Kiosk: 7/5/2013 - Dodger Links - Man Bear Puig, Scully and Urias

I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day holiday.  Pic above is of the fireworks display from Colorado, via twitter @Dodgers.
  • "Scully talks Dodgers, reflects on legendary career: Legenday voice speaks on current state of club along with favorite all-time teams," via Barry M. Bloom at
"Sixty-four years is a long time to live, let alone broadcasting or doing anything," Scully responded when asked if it was even more mindboggling to him. "God has been very kind to me. I should be on my knees most hours of any day giving thanks. I got what I wanted to do ever since I was 8 years old. It came early. My health and the job itself have lasted all these years. You are looking at the most grateful person who walks the planet."
  • Via Baseball America, "Prospect Hot Sheet (July 5): Precocious Julio Urias Earns Top Spot".
Urias, a Mexican lefty who has been succeeding with both stuff and feel, has been one of the better pitchers in the Midwest League since his arrival, going 2-0, 2.78 with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings and a reasonable 3.6 BB/9. 
“Still a singles hitter,” he said. “If I happen to hit a home run, I’m going to take it, but I’m still a singles hitter.”

Does he really believe that?

“Do I believe that?” Gonzalez said. “Yeah. I’m just trying to get singles up the middle.”
  • This makes me so sad.  Kings veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi just signed a 4-year free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Dammit!  He was out best stay-at-home D-man.  Via Jewels From the Crown.
  • "Putting the Great In Great Britain: Baseball in London," via Craig Robinson at The Score.  He took in a Baseball game in Great Britain.

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In your Dreams, Ranger Jon... Puig ain't Going Anywhere

Yasiel Puig has been a wonder to behold.  So, it's no surprise that fans of other teams wonder if they can somehow steal him away from us.  

Well, a couple of days ago Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels took over their official twitter account to answer fan questions.  One of which was an inquiry about his interest in Puig.  He was asked,
"What are our odds of getting Puig from the Dodgers this season?"
To which, Ranger Dan responds,
"Pretty Strong."

That's right, GM Daniels wants Puig. 

Heck, who wouldn't, right?

Before you pull your hair in fear that Colletti might do the unthinkable, check out how the Dodgers twitter account responded, below.
"It might be time for a nap"

Yeah, I don't think he's going anywhere. 

Pic Credit at very top: twitter @Dodgers.

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2013 Panini Golden Age - All the Dodgers Cards

Panini recently released their newest card set.  It is called Golden Age, and as the name suggest it takes a look at not only Baseball's past, but America's past, as well.  There are cards featuring athletes from many different sports, TV and film entertainers and news makers.  Some of the subjects include the cast from the Happy Days, Three Stooges, the Bad News Bears and Stan Lee.

Check out the Dodgers related cards below.  Directly below are the base cards.  The Jake Daubert is an example of a normal sized card, the remaining 4 Dodgers are their mini parallel versions.

#19 Jake Daubert

#49 Branch Rickey                           #61 Gil Hodges

#95 Tommy Davis                    #134 Tommy John

Headlines Set

#12 Gil Hodges

Historic Signatures

#37 Ron Cey                                      #44 Tommy Davis

Museum Age Memorabilia

#23 Gil Hodges                                    #28 Jake Daubert

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