Monday, December 15, 2014

Know Our New Reliever - Chris Hatcher did a Q&A on Twitter

Chris Hatcher, our newest right-handed reliever (via a trade with the Marlins) was travelling with some Miami teammates in southwest Asia when he found out about being traded to the Dodgers.  He was with first baseman Justin Bour and announcer Preston Wilson on a Troop Tour and shared some of his adventures on twitter.  You can follow him here: @handlebars41.

While heading back home this past weekend, Hatcher had some downtime between flights so he took to twitter to see if there were any fans interested in a Q&A.  Unsurprisingly, he was flooded with questions.  Below is a small collection of his responses.

Hatcher understands how it's done.  All new Dodgers' must sing the praises of Vin Scully. 

It's not pandering.  It's just the truth.

Chris Hatcher has a nice beard, as well.

I think Hatcher just threw the first stone.  As you know, both Hatcher and Dodger closer Kenley Jansen started out their professional careers as a catcher, so I imagine there will be some healthy discussion about who was better.  We might have the makings of a bullpen rivalry here. 

Ever gracious and humble.  I think I'm liking this guy more and more.

Again with the beard.

And here's my stupid question.  If you don't already know, I posted up a story over the weekend about how Yasiel Puig eats sushi with ketchup.  Gross!  Check that out here

Thanks, Chris. 

Pic at the very top via Chris Hatcher on twitter.

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2014 Bowman Draft Baseball - The Dodger Insert Cards

After taking a look at the Dodger Base cards in Topps 2014 Bowman Draft Baseball set on Friday, let's now check out all of the insert cards below.  Go here to see all my previous post on this set.  Tomorrow I'll have pics of the autograph and relic cards.

Of note, the very first card of Dodger starting pitching prospect Jose De Leon is available in this set.  He was recently named to the Pioneer League All-Star Team and recently wowed scouts in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

1989 Bowman is Back Silver Diamond Refractor

#89BIB-CS Corey Seager                        #89BIB-JU Julio Urias

Blog Kiosk: 12/15/2014 - Dodger Links - Kemp Physical Tuesday, Brandon McCarthy and Jay-Z to Buy Dodgers?

There's no better way to get over the doldrums of a dreary winter than to gaze upon a vintage Spring Training press photo.  Featured above is an April 1948 International Press Photo of Leo Durocher providing some instruction on the mound.  You can check this out on eBay, here.

Below are some links to check out:
  • Sy Berger, a former executive at Topps and the Father of the Modern Baseball Card, died on Sunday.  RIP, Sy Berger.  Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily has a collection of stories about him, here.  Check out Night Owl Cards writeup here
  • I hope you get a laugh out of this one.  Via Abe Abrams at Empire News, "Jay-Z Buys LA Dodgers, Plans On Moving Them Back To Brooklyn For 2015 Season."
“It all came together beautifully,” said Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter. ”I already own Washington Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Dodger Stadium suffered just enough damage in a minor November earthquake to make it unsafe, and the Dodgers were a steal at just $2 billion. Washington Park is a little small, but it will be a nice intimate setting until I can build something bigger. I’m going to have my babygirl Beyonce sing the National Anthem on opening day! Hell I may have her sing it every time we’re there. The Brooklyn Dodgers are back home where they belong, it’s a beautiful thing!” 

  • David's Autograph Signing shares his day at the, "2nd Annual Barnyard Wiffleball Invitational 12-14-14" in Anaheim. Several ballplayers were there in support the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation; including Justin Turner.
  • So this happened.  Domingo Ayala made it to the Winter Meetings in San Diego and has a video report to prove it.  He was seeking a "Big Tyne" contract to play ball.  Follow him as he searches for agents, tries to get TV time, and looks for the perfect deal.  I wonder if he got the huge signing bonus he was seeking.

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