Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #506 -- Curtis Granderson's Grand Slam

Curtis Granderson is the newest Dodger hero to earn a 2017 Topps Now card. Go here to check it out and order. As you know, he came up with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to put the Dodgers ahead of the Pirates, 5-3. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"That's what he does. He puts together big at-bats and gets big hits," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Granderson. "We've seen that from the other side from him. Back-to-back days, a couple of big homers for us, and obviously for us, the grand slam was huge."

2017 Topps New Era Exclusive Caps and Cards - All the Dodgers

Much like last year, Topps has teamed up with New Era to produce a limited edition card set for fans and collectors. Additionally, they have joined them to create co-branded caps that feature design elements from both the 1987 Topps and 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball card sets. Check them out directly above and below.

Although it is not entirely clear to me, from what I understand the limited edition cards are only available at stadiums across the country. Per a Blowout Buzz:
As part of the promotion, there will be a 32-card set that found only at MLB ballparks when purchasing select Topps and New Era products. That begins on Aug. 1. They’ll get one eight-card pack with the purchase of a cap and team set.

2017 Topps Walmart Online Exclusives - The Clayton Kershaw Card

Here's a new Clayton Kershaw card for the player collectors out there. Featured is a retail exclusive insert only available if you order certain products directly from Walmart's website. According to Beckett, with the purchase of either a blaster box of  2017 Topps Stadium Club or 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball will get you a free five-card Walmart exclusive online set. Go here or here to check out the Walmart website. In addition to Kershaw, the other players in the set are Buster Posey, Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant and Miguel Cabrera

Walmart Online Exclusives

#WM-2 Clayton Kershaw

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Blog Kiosk: 8/22/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

We were witness to a strange and yet fantastic ritual before yesterday's game. Justin Turner, as the eclipse was in full swing, got down on his knees, performed an ancient hand gesture consisting of interlocking middle fingers to form a "w" for winning, and then yelled to get the attention of the bright red sun god in the sky. His bright orange hair immediately burst into flames. Then, like a flash, JT returned to his normal self. I kid you not!

Yasiel Puig, on the other hand, used his newfound powers attained by following in JT's footsteps to help the Dodgers to victory last night. In the 12th inning of a tied game Puig came up and slugged a go-ahead home run for the Dodgers. Per Adam Berry and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I was just trying to put the ball in play," Puig said. "I was waiting on the fastball, that's his best pitch and the one I struggle with. But I put a good swing on it."
Photo above via Justin Turner on twitter and the pic of Puig via his twitter. BTW, these two jokesters also recreated yesterday's solar eclipse, and it's hilarious. Check that out at the very bottom of this post. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1948 the Dodgers recorded a triple steal in the fifth inning of their game against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.  Jackie Robinson stole home, Gene Hermanski took third and Pee Wee Reese swiped second base.  In 1965 Giants hurler Juan Marichal attacked Johnny Roseboro with his bat while at the plate. He had been buzzing Dodger batters all day, so Roseboro decided to throw a baseball back to his pitcher while at the same time making sure it barely missed Marichal's face. Quickly, benches cleared and a brawl commenced. See the pic on the right to see what I mean. In 2000 Eric Karros becomes the first Dodger in franchise history to hit two home runs in one inning.  It was against the Expos.
  • Happy Birthday, Ned HanlonAl BashangJeff WeaverRandy WolfDavid Huff!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Uncle Robbie's Letter to Scoops at Christie's Auction

The often venerated Christie's auction house is currently running their "Golden Age of Baseball" auction, and it includes numerous historical artifacts; including this fantastic vintage original letter featured here.

Dated February 9th, 1930, Dodger manager Wilbert "Uncle Robbie" Robinson writes to friend and ex-Dodger Max Carey. (auction link)

As you may know, future Hall of Famer Max Carey had just retired from the game after having spent 17 years with the Pirates and the past four seasons in Brooklyn. So now he was looking towards life after playing, and naturally wanted to stay in the game. After all, he was a captain and a leader throughout his time as a player, and many believed he would eventually make a fine manager.

Welcome to the Blue, Jordan Jankowski!

Even with the Dodgers cruising, there is no rest. The front office continues to make moves, and it won't necessarily have any bearing on this season. They know better than most that in order to continue their competitive advantage -- building the deepest team in the league -- they must look at development as a year-round thing. Even with the playoffs looming there's no better time than now to be thinking about next season. The Dodgers, sensing an opportunity, grabbed recently waived right-handed relief pitcher Jordan Jankowski from the Houston Astros. He is 28-years old and was immediately sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City. You can follow Jordan on twitter here: @JJ_Jankowski33. BTW, Jordan can't sing. Go here to check out what I mean. Per a Dodgers press release:
Jankowski has gone 24-16 with a 3.46 ERA in 233 games (28 starts) in six minor league seasons in the Houston organization, striking out 509 in 421.0 innings and limiting opponents to a .228 batting average. He made his Major League debut on May 24 against the Tigers and allowed six runs in 4.1 innings in three big league games with the Astros this year before being designated for assignment on Monday.

Welcome to the Blue, Curtis Granderson!

This recent move came out of nowhere. I had thought, like many others, that the Dodgers were done with their shopping. Instead, they prove once again that you should never take a nap on this team. Not only can they score runs in bunches, but the front office is always looking for ways to improve the ballclub and will make a move at any time. Case in point, following Friday evenings game against the Tigers the Dodgers traded for one-time Detroit star and current Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson in exchange for pitching prospect Jacob Rhame. You can follow Granderson here on twitter: @cgrand3. Per a Dodgers press release:
Granderson, 36, has a .254 career batting average with 312 home runs and 853 RBI in 1,760 games in 14 Major League seasons with the Tigers (2004-09), Yankees (2010-13) and Mets (2014-17). The three-time All-Star (2009, ’11, ’12) and 2011 Silver Slugger also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award for his community work. Defensively, Granderson has appeared 1,246 games in center field, 445 games in right field and 59 games in left field during the course of his career. He’s also played in 51 postseason games, tied for the 14th most among active players.

Blog Kiosk: 8/21/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kenta Maeda and Tigers ace Justin Verlander were locked in a pitching duel Sunday afternoon - both of whom had no-hitters going into the 6th inning. Then the Dodgers stuck first when newly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson hit his first homer as a Dodger to break up Verlander's no-no. Soon thereafter, Maeda lost his when he coughed up four runs during his half of the 6th inning. Per Jason Beck and Catherine Slonksnis at MLB.com:
(Pic via @Dodgers on twitter)
"Well, it's good to go ahead and try to put us in a situation, at that point, to break up the no-hitter, to give us the lead," Granderson said. "But to not get enough to help this team win tonight, I'm a little dissatisfied because you want to put yourself in a situation where we could earn the sweep here."
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, August 18, 2017

2017 Dodgers Sports Crate - July Edition - Corey Seager!

This is my favorite Sports Crate Dodgers box so far -- not because if features phenom shortstop Corey Seager. Rather, it's filled with stuff I can actually use... even, need. Of course, this all mitigated by the fact that this July edition of Sports Crate is almost a month too late. As you may know, they've been having fulfillment issues, so this box that should have been delivered during the last week of July didn't hit my doorstep until yesterday. Fortunately for them, I've starting to really dig the crates, and I now find myself waiting impatiently every month.

Anyway, let's take a look at this crate. Featured at the very top is the 2017 Topps Sports Crate card of Corey Seager. This is the third Dodger card so far in the set -- Clayton Kershaw and Yasmani Grandal are the others.

At right and below is a Dodger themed car sunshade -- complete with sports crate bag to hold it in. As you can see, I've already put it to good use.

Better Late Than Never -- 2017 Topps Now -- #484 -- Dodgers to 50 Wins over .500

For whatever reason I totally missed this Dodgers 2017 Topps Now card from earlier this week. So, I figured I should highlight it now -- even though it's too late to order. The card above makes note of the Dodgers reaching 50 wins over .500 since the 2004 Cardinals. Go here to check it out.

Blog Kiosk: 8/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

One of the premier auction houses in the world is getting into the Baseball business. Christies is currently running their "Golden Age of Baseball" auction at it includes a whole bunch of fantastic Dodger photographs; including the above 1961 spring photo of Dodger aces Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. (auction link)

There is also the below pic of the 1925 Brooklyn Dodgers during spring training. (auction link) At center are Hall of Famers Wilbert Robinson, Zach Wheat and Sazzy Vance.

Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #490 -- Yasiel Puig's Walk-Off

Here's another in a long line of Dodgers' 2017 Topps Now Walk-Off Baseball cards. This time it features Yasiel Puig -- who whacked a game-winning two-run double to left-center to win last nights game, 5-4. Go here to check it out and order.

2017 Topps Clearly Authentic - All the Dodgers Cards

The newest Topps Baseball card product has just hit stores. It is called Topps Clearly Authentic and it features cards made of acetate, instead of cardboard. As you may know, this means the cards are transparent. (I know it's hard to tell in the pics, but I promise you they are see-through) Go here for a complete checklist. There is no base set to chase after -- every card available is autographed (on-card).

Below are all of the Dodger cards available. Only the Julio Urias card comes with a redemption card. The obviously key card here is the 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax reprint autographed card. You can see that at the very bottom.


  • #CAAU-JU Julio Urias -- redemption card
#CAAU-AT Andrew Toles

Blog Kiosk: 8/17/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This time it's Puig.

Last night the Dodgers recorded their eighth walk-off win when trailing into the last frame of the game, and this time Yasiel Puig was the one who put in the final nail. With two on he hit a blistering liner that went to the left-centerfield wall. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“You never want to use superlatives with players, but I think that Yasiel cares as much as anyone, or more than anyone, as far as wanting to be the guy and his care and his try,” said manager Dave Roberts.
On another note, Yu Darvish exited the game after the sixth inning due to some advice from our ace. Per ESPN:
"Between innings, I talked to Kershaw, and he asked me, 'How do you feel?' '' Darvish said through an interpreter. "I told him, 'I feel something in my back,' and he said, 'We need you really bad in six weeks.' 
Photo above of Yasiel Puig via @Dodgers/ Jon SooHoo on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1982 the Dodgers and Cubs played a 17 inning game that was temporarily halted at a tie, 1-1, because of darkness (this was before Wrigley Field had lights). The next day they begin where they left off. The Dodgers would eventually win on a sacrifice fly by Dusty Baker in the 21st inning. In 1992 Dodgers hurler Kevin Gross no-hit the Giants at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. Watch the last out of the game, as called by Vin Scully, here. Per a NY Times article:
"The later it got, the more the adrenaline started pumping," Gross said. "It was just a blur when that last out was made."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Dodger Photographer Jon SooHoo

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.

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Last night, the Blue Crew held off the White Sox until the inevitable rally began. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“Kind of a weird night,” Wood said. “I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff. We made some (good) pitches. It’s a kind of an interesting dynamic became they’re one of the most aggressive teams in all of baseball, so it was a lot more of my secondary stuff, and I feel like we were able to command that for the most part and made some pitches and they put the ball on the ground and in the air. … I just had to hold us in there till we got that offensive explosion.”
Soon, a bases loaded hit-by-pitch drives in the go-ahead run and opened a floodgate that eventually lead to four more runs crossing the plate.

Oh... And where 50 games over .500... Let that sink in for a bit...

Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummelled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hit against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again this season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. I nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
  • Happy Birthday, Hub NorthenBilly RhielRoger CedenoYu Darvish!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Dodgers Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions

A couple weeks ago I highlighted an original Norman Rockwell drawing featuring the Dodgers that is currently on auction at Heritage. With just days before the end of that sale I thought I would point to a some more Dodger memorabilia that I thought were cool.

For instance, check out the above twenty-one-pound slab of Italian white marble above. (auction link) As you likely guessed, it once resided in the Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field, and it's story about how it still exist is fascinating. Per the auction description:
Before a wrecking ball--painted at the whim of a dark humorist with the white hide and red stitching of a baseball--swung the more dramatic blows in wiping the Dodgers off Brooklyn's map, any contents of monetary value were salvaged. Seats were unbolted and hawked for five dollars each. Discarded bats and photos were sold at auction. And, as the exterior walls of the grandstands fell, the valuable white marble of the rotunda was carted off and repurposed in the Tri-State area's inexhaustible rush of progress.

Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The other day we were introduced, via a tweet from the Del Mar Racetrack, to a thoroughbred racehorse named "Puig." The four-legged speedster hit the track for the first time on Sunday in an maiden race (a race for horses who have not yet won a race) at a bit over 32-1 odds, and came in at a very respectable second place. You can watch the contest here.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1926 a daffy play happened to the daffiest of Brooklyn ballplayers. Outfielder Babe Herman, in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, hit a double off the right field wall and attempted to stretch it to a triple. Unbeknownst to him, two runners ahead of him failed to advance beyond third base. So, he cruised into third while two other Dodgers were standing there. Per the rules, the lead runner is entitled to the base, so Herman and the man who was on first (Chick Fewster) were called out. So, Herman doubled into a double play.

Monday, August 14, 2017

White Sox Series Starts on Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
The Chicago Dog will be available for this homestand only against White Sox at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas located on the field, loge and reserve levels. It features an quarter pound of all-beef dog topped with Sport Peppers, Neon Green Relish, Diced Onions, Spicy mustard, Pickle Spear and Tomato Slices on a Poppy Seed Bun. See it on the right.
Tuesday, August 15th at 7:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LA
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Promo Cards - All the Dodgers Cards

As part of this past Saturday's National Baseball Card Day, Topps has issued both an in-store set and an in-stadium team set for every club in the Baseball. All thanks to a couple of great readers, I now have photos of all the Dodger players from both sets. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

In-Store Packs - Base

#3 Corey Seager

In-Stadium Packs - Dodgers Team Set - 08/11/17

#LAD-1 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 8/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Dodgers just win. Per Joshua Thornton and Nathan Ruiz at MLB.com:
"I think we take pride in just how we play the game," manager Dave Roberts said. "When you're hearing things, people get ahead of things, different things in a Major League season happen, success, struggle, whatever it may be. For us each day to come in and win a game, that's the thing we're most excited about and obviously is a byproduct of us winning a lot of games."
Last night Justin Turner lead the Dodgers with two home runs and four RBI's, and the Dodgers bullpen turned in another stellar performance. Overall, four relievers held the Padres scoreless for 3.2 inningd, recording four strike outs and allowing only one hit.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon and Josh Barber from yesterdays game. You can see photos from Saturday's game here. Friday's pics can be seen here. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, August 11, 2017

There's a Topps Baseball Card Promotion at Dodger Stadium Tonight

I was helpfully reminded by a reader last night that there is a Topps Baseball card promotion at Dodger Stadium scheduled for tonight's game. It is related to National Baseball Card Day -- an annual event being held at participating card shops throughout the country on Saturday, August 12th. Go here to check out a Topps press release about the promotion. Go here for a complete checklist of available cards.

The promotion consist of two different parts.

Blog Kiosk: 8/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Darvish was not perfect and he was far from efficient. Still, an ace pitcher, given a less than ideal start, will more often than not find a way to win. Yu Darvish, no doubt, did that last night. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
For the second time in as many games as a Dodger, Darvish struck out 10 batters. And despite the deep counts — nine 3-ball counts total — he walked two batters. 
“I fele like I was able to do the least job, going five innings, and I got the strikeouts to get (their) guys out,” Darvish told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “I struggled to throw first pitch strikes. … It was a battle throughout the game.”
In fact, according to ESPN Darvish is only the second Dodger since 1900 to record 10+ strike outs in each of his first two starts in Blue. Karl Spooner in in 1954 is the other.

Photo above via ESPN on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 the Dodgers were no-ht by Vern Bickford of the Boston Braves, 7-0. He needed only 97 pitches to accomplish the feat. In 1951 the first color televised broadcast of a ballgame is aired on WCBS-TV. It featured a game at Ebbets Field between the Dodgers and the Boston Braves. Unfortunately, the Boys of Summer lose the contest, 8-1. In 1962 the Dodgers protest the Giants tactic of wetting down the basepaths in order to slow down speedster Maury Wills at Candlestick Park. The Dodgers would lose 5-4. Giants manager Alvin Dark would forever earn the nickname "The Swamp Fox." In 1969 Don Drysdale announced his retirement from the game.  In 2015 every home team won their game -- making that a first in the live ball era with a full slate of games. 
  • Happy Birthday, Bobo NewsomLuis OlmoDennis LewallynRex HudsonMike HuffBubba Crosby!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

The next homestand starts on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
For this homestand against the Padres only the Dodgers have made the Taqui Changas that includes flour tortillas stuffed with smoked pork carnitas, California pepper sauce, shredded cheddar, shaved lettuce, Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream. See it on the right. It can be found at Reserve Section 32. 
Friday, August 11th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2017 Topps Now -- #463 -- 80 Wins in 113 Games, Fastest in Franchise History

Featured here is a new 2017 Topps Now card that celebrates the accomplishments of the best team in Baseball. Go here to check it out and order. As you know, the Dodgers won their 80th game of the season last night, and that marks the fastest pace the franchise has ever experienced. In fact, that win put the team on a pace to win 115 games this year -- the highest win total in Dodger history. Not only that, they'll come shockingly close to tying the Major League mark for wins at 116 (held by both the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners).

Players Weekend Brings Nicknames and Funny Socks

As I'm sure you know by know, the last weekend in August will be "Players Weekend" -- which happens to coincide with Little League World Series weekend in Williamsport. I mention that last part because the festivities that weekend is not only about celebrating each ballplayers personality and passion, but it's also an opportunity for them to be kids again.

Each player and coach on the field will get their own special uniform emblazoned with their own chosen nickname on the back, and the right sleeve of each jersey will have a patch with a blank space for them to write the name of a person or organization that was important to their development.

Obviously, the main draw for fans will be the goofy nicknames each player chooses, but I think there is something else worth noting first. Apparently, everyone will be wearing colorful and outrageous socks, as well. See what I mean on the right.

Blog Kiosk: 8/10/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Dodgers just go about their winning ways. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I think it’s more a testament to the guys on our team,” Wood said. “It’s literally been a different guy every night.” 
On Wednesday, it was Wood, the bullpen and the No. 7 and No. 8 hitters in the Dodger lineup leading them to their 33rd comeback win of the year and moving them to 68–0 when leading after eight innings. 
“It just shows we can come back and get teams late, and our bullpen’s good enough to shut them down late,” said Joc Pederson, whose RBI double tied the game at 2 before scoring the go-ahead run.
Last nights win was the 80th of the season. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1966 former Dodger manager Chuck Dressen died at the age of 67. In 1979 Don Sutton recorded his 50th shutout as a Dodger -- setting a new franchise record -- when he defeated the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. In 1995 the first forfeit in 16 years happened during a game between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Following the ejection of Raul Mondesi and Tommy Lasorda in the ninth inning, fans starting throwing souvenir Baseballs onto the field. The balls were given to them as a game giveaway as they entered the stadium. Watch an ESPN news story about it here.
  • Happy Birthday, Rocky ColavitoAl Osuna!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Fernando and Kenley

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.


Blog Kiosk: 8/9/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic, dated April 12, 1932, original type I International News Photo from Opening Day featuring three new Dodgers -- all of whom would eventually be inducted in the Hall of Fame -- that is currently on auction at RMY Auctions (link here). Per the description on the reverse:
A Trio of Newcomers at Brooklyn Opening
Three notables who came in for a large share of the attention at the game between Brooklyn and the Boston Braves which rang up the curtain on the new season at Ebbets Field this afternoon (Tuesday.) The new Brooklyn Men are, left to right: Hack Wilson, late of the Chicago Cubs; Max Carey, new manager; and George Kelly, another new recruit to the Brooklyn aggregation.
Unfortunately, the new faces did little to change Brooklyn's fortunes. After all, this team was still trying to shake off nearly two decades of futility experienced under Robbie Robinson's "Daffiness Boys".

On a side note, it was around this time that famed sports cartoonist Willard Mullin created the famous "Brooklyn Bum" caricature for the Dodgers.

Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Welcome to the Blue, Dylan Floro!

Here's a little bit of news that escaped my attention over the weekend. On Friday the Dodgers announced that they had claimed right-handed reliever Dylan Floro from the Chicago Cubs. They immediately shipped him to Triple-A Oklahoma City in hopes that they found another diamond. As you know, the team likes to chase after ballplayers that have unrealized skills, and Floro appears to have something to offer. Per a brief report by John Sickels on Floro at Minor League Ball in 2016:
As you may anticipate from his background, he doesn't have a blazing fastball, working with heat in the 80s. He'll mix in a variety of breaking balls and change-ups and his delivery has some funky deception. He succeeded in college and the lower minors because he is allergic to walks and generally possess pinpoint location. Triple-A hitters exposed his thin margin for error when he started last year, but he's been more successful in shorter stretches coming out of the bullpen.