Thursday, April 21, 2016

Corey Seager's First Public Signing Coming in June

I don't normally make note of an autograph signing that is over month away, but I figured it'd be prudent to point this out.

Dodgers rookie Corey Seager is scheduled to have his first public autograph signing on Sunday, June 5th at Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe in the City of Industry.  It is tentatively scheduled at 6:00 PM to 7:30PM, but is subject to change (likely based on when that afternoon's game ends).  Go here for information.  Ticket prices range from $99 to $199, and only 250 total tickets will be sold. Corey Seager is appearing c/o of Fanatics Authentic.
Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe
13131 Crossroads Pkwy S
City of Industry, CA 91746

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A Duke Snider Report from the Trenches of the Minor Leagues

After retiring from the game in 1964 Duke Snider rejoined the Dodgers franchise as a scout and manager in the minor leagues.  Tasked with leading the Class-A Tri-City Atoms of Pasco (but playing in Kennewick), Washington in 1966, he shares his utter dismay at the state of affairs with Dodgers GM Buzzie Bavasi in an letter featured in this post.  It is currently for sale through Heritage Auction.

In the letter Duke sends along his thoughts about a couple high-flying prospects he has and provides a report on the happenings at the clubs Class-AAA team in Spokane.

2016 Topps Museum Collection - The Dodgers Autograph Cards

Here's a final look at Topps 2016 Museum Baseball card set.  Below are most of the Dodgers autographed cards; with exception of many of the scarcer issues. Go here to check out all of my previous post on this set.

Archival Autographs

#AA-CK Clayton Kershaw                   #AA-CS Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 4/21/2016 - Dodgers Links - Maeda and Chase Utley

The old man can still play.

At 37 years of age, Chase Utley is proving that this dog still has some jump in his step.  He sparked a Dodger team by making key plays on the field and scoring the go ahead run in the 10th inning after singling and stealing second base to put him in scoring position.  Per Jon Cooper at
"George made us all aware that [Grilli] can be slow at times," Utley said. "That first pitch, he was pretty slow to the plate, and we took advantage of it."

Utley not only swiped the base, but he changed the tone of the inning. The former Braves closer walked the ensuing hitter, Corey Seager, on four pitches, and then he give up an RBI double to Justin Turner.

"It was huge," said Roberts, a prolific basestealer during his career. "Now Grilli's got to pitch Corey Seager really carefully, and then J.T. gets the double, and we just kept the line moving. So that stolen base changed the inning completely."
And the catalyst for all that was the man expected to play a backup role this year.  Instead, Utley has slashed .306/.370/.408/.779, and forced himself onto the everyday lineup.  Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  On this day in in 1967 the Dodgers experienced their very first rain out at Dodger Stadium against the Cardinals.  It snapped an 737 games streak of consecutive games at home.
  • Happy Birthday to Joc Pederson and Jesse Orosco!