Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 Topps Museum Collection - All the Dodgers Base Cards

The newest Baseball card product out this week is Topps 2017 Museum brand. It is a high-end product that features one autograph or relic card per pack. A box of of four packs will run you about $200. Go here for a complete checklist. Below are all of the Dodger base cards.

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#14 Clayton Kershaw             #15 Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 6/23/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


This series against the Mets was ridiculous. The Dodgers set a new franchise record when they collectively hit 15 homers during the four-game set. The last of which scored the game winning run to help the Dodgers sweep the Mets. It was hit by Joc Pederson on the very first pitch of the seventh inning. I think it's safe to say, after a crushing collision in the outfield a month ago, that he is on the mend. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“I think he’s getting there, and the one gauge for me is seeing his plate discipline,” said Dodger manager Dave Roberts. “And over the last 10 games he’s not offering at everything moving forward. So when balls are out of the strike zone he’s doing a good job taking. And he’s getting on base at an incredible rate right now. The next piece is when he gets balls in the strike zone to do what he did tonight.”
Photo above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Juan and Jon SooHoo from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rockies Series Starts on Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

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Friday, June 23rd at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, KMPC 1540

Vintage Jackie Robinson Photos at RMY Auction


Featured here are a couple fantastic vintage photos I came across at a recent RMY Auction that I wanted to pass long. As you can see, they both highlight Jackie Robinson. Above is the multi-faceted athlete on the hardwood floor. (auction link)

The auction house had speculated that it is from 1950 and is related to the filming of the biopic "The Jackie Robinson Story." It sold for a lofty $943.05. A princely sum, no doubt.

The below photo is just as fantastic -- even though it tells a rather sad story if your a Dodger fan. (auction link) It sold for a far more reasonable $78.77.

2017 Topps Series 2 - The Dodgers Insert Cards Part 2

Here is a look at some of the Dodgers' insert cards found in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Below are the 1987 Topps throwback, Memorable Moments and Topps Salute cards. Go here to check out all of my past post on this set.

1987 Topps Rookie & All-Star Edition Autographs

#1987A-AT Andrew Toles         #1987A-JDL Jose De Leon

Blog Kiosk: 6/22/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Dodgers have now won six games in a row and sit atop of the National League West. Their lead is just half a game over the Rockies, but it's nice that all of their efforts are bearing fruit. And it's doubly nice that Yasiel Puig is beginning to contribute once again. He launched a massive home run last night that effectively put the lights out in the Mets clubhouse. It was so big Yasiel could do nothing but admire his masterpiece.  Of course, the whining masses had to complain. Per ESPN:
"I don't think he knows what having respect for the game is," Flores (Mets first baseman) said. "We're playing horrible right now. We don't need his [behavior]. He disrespected us."
To which Puig responded:
"If that's the way he feels, it might be a result of them not playing so well," Puig said.
Doh!

That was a nice simple little burn -- use Flores' own word to show how stupid this all is.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:

  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1936 Reds outfielder Ival Goodman hit a three-run home run at Ebbets Field that lands and stays on top of the Schaefer Beer scoreboard in right field. Rules at the time dictate that it is still considered in play, so Goodman rounded the bases for the easiest inside-the-park home run ever. In 1947 Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell, after having thrown a no-hitter his last time out, lost out on throwing a second consecutive no-no when Dodgers second baseman Eddie Stanky single with one out in the ninth inning. In 1959 Sandy Koufax struck out 16 Phillies batters to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game. 
  • Happy Birthday, Luis Maza!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Brooklyn Dodgers Goodies at Lelands - Mullin Drawing, Koufax Jersey and the Movie "42"


It's not often that you see a Willard Mullin original in color, so when one crosses your view you've got to pay attention. Featured here is his classic depiction of the Brooklyn Dodger "Bum" in a heated exchange with with an uninterested umpire. (auction link) It is one of several Dodgers-related goodies currently up for auction at Lelands. Below are a couple more items I thought were worth noting.

2017 Topps Now -- #272 & #273 - Bellinger and Seager's Home Run Explosion


It's only fitting that the 10th Cody Bellinger 2017 Topps Now card of the year would celebrate an historic run that saw him hit ten home runs in ten days -- a first for a rookie in MLB history. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
"I'm having a blast," Bellinger said. "I think what really tops it off is how well we're playing as a team. It's fun to watch. It's fun to be around. We're just clicking on all cylinders."

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Alex Wood and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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Blog Kiosk: 6/21/2017 - Dodgers Links - Jansen, Kershaw, AGon and Seager


Homers are starting to get contagious.

Last night was Corey Seager's turn with the round-tripper parade. He slugged three home runs and almost accomplished something that had never been done. He came close to recording the only "home run cycle" in Baseball history -- Seager recording one-run, two-run and three-run home runs. Amazingly, he had the chance to hit a grand slam to complete the feat when he came up with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but lined out a deep left-centerfield. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
"It's just one of those nights where balls go where you want it to and you're putting good swings on it and they're going out of the park," Seager said.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:

  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1998 the Dodgers replaced their manager, Bill Russell, with coach Glenn Hoffmann. Tommy Lasorda also becomes the GM. In 2016 the Dodgers signed Dean Kremer -- the first ever Israeli to sign a contract with a major league club. He had just been drafted in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft.
  • Happy Birthday, Randy MooreJackie CollumRick Sutcliffe!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Topps Series 2 - The Dodgers Variation Cards

There are four short-printed Dodger variation cards available in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Take a look at all of them below. I have paired each one with its normal base version. Notably, Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax have replaced Yasiel Puig and Kenta Maeda, respectively, on their cards. They are referred to as Legends Variations.

I also thought it was very accurate of Topps to make sure that the "LA" logo for the Koufax card reflects what the logo actually looked like during his playing days. As you can see, the "LA" is much skinnier than it is today -- much like how my waste-line has ballooned in size as the years have gone by.

Variations

#375 Jackie Robinson
Base                                      Variation

Reverse of Jackie Robinson Card

2017 Topps Now -- #270 -- Cody Bellinger Fastest to Reach 21 Homers


Cody Belling just keeps breaking records, and as long as he continues Topps will be sure to commemorate it. In fact, since he joined the Dodgers Topps has issued eight different 2017 Topps Now cards that include him -- which has got to be some kind of record in itself.

Well, now there are nine Topps Now cards.

Blog Kiosk: 6/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Yesterday was bonkers.

Not only did staff ace Clayton Kershaw give up an uncharacteristic four home runs, but the evening also saw a home run parade by both clubs that resulted in a total of eight homers in the game. Two of which were slugged by fast-rising rookie Cody Bellinger. In fact, his two home runs give him 21 on the year - giving him his fifth multihomer game so far and the National League lead in the category after only 51 games as a major leaguer. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
"It's crazy," said Bellinger, who made his big league debut on April 25. "A month and a half ago, if you told me what I was gonna do, I'd probably call you crazy."
Despite the poor showing on the mound, Kershaw recorded his 10th victory of the season and the Dodgers have now won ten out of the past eleven games. Photo above via Joc Pederson on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Willie Davis out of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. In 2000 the Dodgers traded infielder Jose Vizcaino to the Yankees for catcher Jim LeyritzIn 2008 the Dodgers are awarded the Award of Excellence star, which is placed in the Walk of Fame, for their significant contributions to the community by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver best his younger brother Jered Weaver at Angels Stadium, 6-4. They become the eighth set of siblings to have started against one another.
  • Happy Birthday, Luis AlcarazLarry SeePaul BakoJuan Castro!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wiki Fun at the Giants Expense - Who's Your Daddy?


As a Dodger fan few things provide more joy than the schadenfreude at seeing the Giants do so poorly.

They are currently on pace to lose 100 games this season, and got absolutely shellacked by Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado yesterday afternoon. The kid was a one-bat wrecking-machine on Sunday. Not only did Nolan knock out his first "cycle" of his career at the plate, but he capped off the feat with a walk-off homer against Giants closer Mark Melancon to win the game.

And to add insult to injury, an enterprising fan decided to troll the Giants a bit on Wikipedia.

That person added the line,
"He is also the Father of the San Francisco Giants."
Doh!

Who's your daddy... Nolan's your daddy!

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2017 Topps Series 2 - The Dodgers Insert Cards Part 1

Here is a look at a handful of the Dodgers' insert cards found in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Below are the MLB All-Star Game Logo Patch Relic, the Topps Reverence Autographed Patch Relic, Independence Day Logo Patch Relic, In the Name Relic and Major League Material cards. Go here to check out all of my past post on this set.

MLB All-Star Game Logo Patch Relics

#ASL-SK Sandy Koufax

Blog Kiosk: 6/19/217 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Kiké Hernández had quite a day yesterday. After having been a focus of a recent article (link here) about his father's winning battle against cancer, he went out and had a fantastic game on Father's Day. Kiké recorded two doubles, two walks and a game-saving catch in the eight inning to salvage the game. (Watch it here) Per Jeremy Vernon and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I was playing pretty shallow and Joey Votto is a good enough hitter that I didn't want him to shoot one the other way," said Hernandez. "The fans were talking a lot of trash, so if there was a ball hit anywhere near me, I had to catch it or throw him out at the plate. Off the bat I had a pretty good jump, but I didn't realize how shallow I was. I felt like I ran forever."
Photo above via SportsNet LA on twitter. BTW, to the right is a look at the Dodgers complete Father's Day uniform, via Kiké's twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1952 Carl Erskine throws a no-hitter against the Cubs in the Dodgers' 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. The only Cub to get on base was the opposing pitcher via a walk. In 1973 Dodger outfielder Willie Davis collects his 2,000th career hit at Dodger Stadium with a two-run home run. In 1990 Dodgers catcher Gary Carter breaks a National League record for career games caught at 1‚862. He passes former Dodger Al Lopez who set the record in 1946. In 1991 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Juan Castro out of Los Mochis High School in Mexico. Castro is currently the Quality Assurance Coach for the Dodgers.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill SwiftLarry MillerBob AspromonteJerry ReussButch DavisDoug MientkiewiczClaudio Vargas!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mets Series Starts on Monday - Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts this coming Monday against the New York Mets.  Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
The Big City Dog will be available for this homestand only against Mets at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas located on the field, loge and reserve levels. It features an all beef hot dog with sauerkraut, green apples topped with drizzled whole grain Dijon mustard. See it on the right.
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Monday, June 19th at 7:10 PM
TV: SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LA
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dodgers First Round Pick Jeren Kendall Already has a Bunch of Cards

As member of the Team USA Collegiate Baseball team it is no surprise that the Dodgers 2017 first round pick, Jeren Kendall, already has a bunch of cards for fans and collectors to chase after. What I was surprised to find out is that he also has a couple cards from when he was just an high school prep star.

Featured below are all of the various cards issued for Jeren Kendal, and to start things off I share pics of a pair of 2013 Leaf Perfect Game cards. As you may know, this set was an inaugural issue that features the top 300 high school players in the country from an Perfect Game National Showcase event. Following that are a bunch of Panini cards featuring Kendall in a Team USA jersey.

2013 Leaf Perfect Game

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#12 Jeren Kendell

Blog Kiosk: 6/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Garvey at the Congressional Baseball Game


After all of the turmoil from the other day it was awfully nice that yesterdays annual Congressional Baseball Game turned out so well. A record crowd of almost 25,000 fans packed the stadiums lower bowl and cheered, rooted and gave standing ovations for just about everything. It was like Baseball has retaken its rightful place as America's unifying sport. BTW, Dodger legend Steve Garvey was also there to lend a hand and lead a prayer on the field before the game. Per Chuck Raasch at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“Just here to support the guys and gals,” said Garvey, a long-time first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. 
“It’s our national pastime,” he added. “If anything is bipartisan, it’s baseball.”
It is expected that the amount of money raised for charity, including literacy, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Capitol Police, will be near $1 million. As a side note, the final score from the match was very lopsided. The Dems defeated the Repubs 11-2. Photos above via Steve Garvey on his twitter.

BTW, the Dodgers six game winning was snapped yesterday afternoon. Oh well... Winning isn't everything. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1961 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Roy Gleason. He would get a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1963 -- recording a double in his only at-bat and getting a World Series ring. Soon thereafter he would be drafted into the Army and be sent to Vietnam. Gleason would lose his World Series ring there, and becomes the only US Combat Veteran and former Major League Baseball player to receive "Special Congressional Recognition" for being awarded a "Purple Heart", a World Series Ring, and holding a "Perfect" Lifetime Major League Batting Average. In 1963 rookie pitcher Nick Willhite shut out the Cubs, 2-0, and become the first Los Angeles pitcher for throw a shutout in his Major League debut. In 1977 the Dodgers purchased right-handed reliever and Los Angeles native Bobby Castillo from the Kansas City Royals. 
  • Happy Birthday, Pete CoscarartStan WallJonathan Broxton!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 Topps Series 2 - All the Dodgers Base Cards


Here is a look at all of the Dodger base cards found in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Go here for a complete checklist. But before I show you those cards I thought I would mention that Clayton Kershaw happens to be this products spokesman. His steely-eyed stare is plastered on every single box. Featured above is a pic of an hobby box.

Now here are the Dodgers base cards.

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#375 Yasiel Puig

#388 Yasmani Grandal

This Just Might be the Best Dodgers' Baseball Card of the Year


When I first saw this card a sudden warm feeling came over me. I was immediately transported back in time to that ballgame in late September - when the sun was shinning and the Dodgers had a sizable lead going into the last home game of the season.

Blog Kiosk 6/15/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


With Kiké's help, along with a little bit of luck, the Dodgers win their sixth straight.

The game was all tied up at two in the eight inning when Hernandez came up to the plate and put the Dodgers on top. Batting against reliever Andrew Miller, who hadn't given up a homer all season along til the Dodgers came to town, he hit a lazy flyball to right field that sailed all the way into the stands. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It was kind of an emergency swing,” Kiké Hernández said afterward to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “Thank God we’re in Cleveland and not LA. That might’ve been an out at home.”
Thereafter, the Dodgers trounced. They quickly loaded the bases, scored three more runs and left the game in the capable hands of Kenley Jansen for the victory. He recorded his 202nd save of his career.

Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Topps Now - #246 - Bellinger's MLB Record 4th Multi-Homer Game


There's just no stopping the Belly-train. Last night he went on a homer barrage that was for the ages. He cranked out two home runs -- including the game winner -- to record his fourth multi-homer effort in his short major league career. In fact, he accomplished the multi-homer feat faster than anybody ever has -- in 45 days. In celebration of this new record Topps has issued the above 2017 Topps Now card that will be available until tomorrow morning. Go here to check it out and order.

2017 Topps Series 2 -- Dodgers First Pitch Cards -- Jabbawockeez

Today marks official release of 2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball cards -- their sequel to the flagship set released before the start of the season. To celebrate I though I would first focus on the ever-popular "First Pitch" cards featuring famous folks on the mound. Go here to check out my posts on all the various "First Pitch" cards released by Topps over the years.

As you can see, Dodger Stadium returns as a field that garners multiple cards in the set. The Series 1 version only yielded one Dodger card. This time around there are three Dodger cards to chase after. Check them all out below. Click on any pic to embiggen.
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First Pitch

#FP-26 Josh Duhamel

Dodgers Pick Pitcher Riley Ottesen in the Fifth Round - Welcome to the Blue!


For their fifth pick, 160th overall, of the 2017 Draft the Dodgers selected right-handed pitcher Riley Ottesen from the University of Utah. He's an over-aged sophomore who took a couple of years off to go on his mission to Japan. Per Tyler Crum at The Daily Utah Chronicle:
An unthinkable sacrifice for most college athletes, Ottesen did not throw a single pitch while on his mission, but he firmly believes any setback to his athletic career was justified by the life-changing experience.
“Japan was the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” he said. “A mission isn’t always the best two years of your life, but it’s the best two years for your life. It’s helped shape me into a person, a man and a husband that I may want to become in the future.”

Dodgers Pick Pitcher James Marinan in the Fourth Round - Welcome to the Blue!


Selected at the #4 spot for the Dodgers, 130th overall, is right-handed pitcher James Marinan. He is the first high school player chosen by the Dodgers. James is 18 years-old, stands 6' 5", is 220 lbs., and recently committed to the University of Miami. Although, I don't think we have to worry about him not signing. He recently expressed his delight on twitter (@marinan_james) at being selected by LA.

Blog Kiosk: 6/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


This Cody kid is good. Not only did he break a slump that saw him slash .143/.250/.286/.536 during a ten game stretch, but he has done it in glorious fashion. Over the past three games he has slugged five home runs and driven in eight, and last night he wowed his contemporaries by becoming the fastest player in Major League history to have four multi-homer games -- in 45 career games. Per Jordan Bastian at MLB.com:
"[He's] exceeded all of our expectations," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "It's easy to say he's only going to get better, and he keeps getting better." 
Even against a pitcher of Miller's caliber. 
"I think it's more crazy before a game," Bellinger said. "Once you step in the box, it's nothing new."
Pic above via ESPN on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1991 the Dodgers signed 17-year old amateur free agent pitcher Ismael Valdéz out of Victoria, Mexico. He would eventually play seven seasons in LA during an 12 year career -- accumulating an 61-57 record, an 3.48 ERA, a 3.88 FIP and a WHIP of 1.235 as a Dodger. In 1993 the Dodgers play their very first game in Colorado against the expansion Rockies. Behind the pitching of Pedro Astacio, Los Angeles pounded out 12 hits (including a Jody Reed homer) to win the game, 9-4. In 1995 Dodger hurler Hideo Nomo struck out 16 Pirates to set an Dodgers all-time rookie record for strikeouts. 
  • Happy Birthday, Don NewcombeGreg Brock!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dodgers Pick Catcher Connor Wong in the Third Round - Welcome to the Blue!


With their first pick of the day in the 3rd round, 100th overall, the Dodgers select versatile and athletic catcher Connor Wong from the University of Houston. He is a junior, stands 5' 11", 180 lbs., bats right and throws right-handed. Connor is also the stepson of Matt Maysey, who was drafted in the seventh round in 1985 by the Padres, and eventually pitched briefly for Montreal and Milwaukee in the early to mid-90's. He also has a major league hit from his only MLB at-bat as a Brewer in 1993.

You can follow Connor Wong on twitter here: @Connor10Wong. Unfortunately, he has not been very active on twitter. I am not aware of any cards made for Connor yet. Per MLB's prospect report:
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 55 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
Wong started immediately at Houston as a freshman shortstop before making the transition to catching as sophomore a year ago. He earned all-star honors behind the plate in the Cape Cod League last summer, leading the circuit with 72 total bases, and has upped his offensive production this spring. In a down year for catchers in the Draft, he should be one of the first selected and could climb as high as the third round.

Dodgers Pick Pitcher Morgan Cooper in the Second Round - Welcome to the Blue!


With the Dodgers second pick of the day, 62nd overall in the 2nd round yesterday, the Dodgers select right-handed University of Texas pitcher Morgan Cooper. Unsurprisingly, Cooper had Tommy John surgery in 2014 (the Dodgers have not been afraid to draft these players) and missed all of following season. He was also drafted last year by the Nationals in the 34th round, but did not sign. Furthermore, I am not aware of any cards made of him, but I will continue to look. Per a Dodgers press release:
In the second round, Los Angeles selected 22-year-old University of Texas right-handed pitcher Morgan Cooper. As a redshirt junior in 2017, he posted a 6-3 record in 16 games (15 starts) while recording a 2.32 ERA (23 ER/89.1 IP) and holding the opposition to a .208 batting average. Rated as the 80th overall pitching prospect by Baseball America, he led the Longhorns in starts (15), strikeouts (110) and strikeouts per nine innings (11.1) this season. The Jarrell, Texas native was named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball All-America Third team and is a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound pitcher was scouted by Dodgers’ scout Clint Bowers.

Blog Kiosk: 6/13/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's a great vintage pic, said to originally be a Sports magazine photo (eBay link), of an old codger having a laugh with a young hurler. Featured in the undated photo are Don Drysdale with Duke Snider.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1973 the famed Dodger infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey play on the field for the first time. Ten days later they would be inserted into the starting lineup for the first time. In 1998 the very first triple play is executed at Dodger Stadium. It sequence is 1-6-4-5 in the fifth inning -- with men at 1st and 2nd, Darren Dreifort fields a sacrifice bunt attempt, throws to shortstop Jose Vizcaino at 2nd, who then throws to covering second baseman Eric Young at 1st, who then throws to Bobby Bonilla at 3rd to get the final out. See the GIF on right to see the play.
  • Happy Birthday, Gene McCann, Bill Bergen & Charlie Malay!

Dodgers Pick Outfielder Jeren Kendall in the First Round - Welcome to the Blue!


Yesterday was the day when big league dreams become more of a reality. Thousands of youngsters, from high school graduates to college aged kids, had been glued to their televisions in hopes of hearing their name. For one Team USA and Vanderbilt University ballplayer his wait is over. With the 23rd pick overall the Dodgers chose outfielder Jeren Kendall. Per a Dodgers press release:
The 6-foot, 190-pound left-handed hitting outfielder posted a .307 (80-for-261) batting average with 10 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, 53 RBI and stole 20 bases in 2017 as a junior at Vanderbilt. He led the team in runs scored (59), hits and home runs, while posting a .372 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage. Kendall, 21, was rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best outfielder in the 2017 draft and was the 18th overall prospect. He was also named to the All-SEC and All-Defensive Team this season with the Commodores.