Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: A Dodger, Two Lakers and a Ram

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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Turner's Doppelganger - Some Fun Fantasy Cards


Like most of you, I was introduced to a fellow on social media who bore a striking resemblance to a certain red-headed infielder on the Dodgers -- Justin Turner. The Dodger Blue wearing fan was seen all around Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, within the stadium and with numerous Dodger players -- enjoying selfie and selfie. After all, when you look like the older retired version of a very popular current Dodger player you're gonna have a good time.

Meet Tampa Bay resident James Worley and check out his style. The fellow sports lustrous red hair with a long beard to match, and a stout body that looks like what I imagine an aging and retired Justin Turner might look like decades from now.

BTW, you can follow Worley on twitter here: @RedTurnTwo. He shares a bunch of great pics with both players and fans alike.

Obviously, with Turner's doppelganger being the proverbial "toast of the social media town" I had to take a few moments to make some fantasy Baseball cards of him. Check them out above and below. I've even included a card that features both Worley and Turner in a selfie (below).

Blog Kiosk: 9/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Yu Darvish was very good last night. He went 5.1 innings, giving up one unearned run, four hits and a walk. He also struck out seven phillies. Per Ken Gurnick and Ben Harris at MLB.com:
"I think I'm in a pretty good place," Darvish said. "I think I'm where I need to be at this time of the season."
Unfortunately, one pitcher is not where he needs to be. Pedro Baez came in to hold the lead, but proceeded to yield four runs to lose the game. Per Andy McCullough at the LA Times:
“It hasn’t been a good stretch,” Baez said. “I’m grateful that they keep giving me the opportunity.”
Photo of Yu Darvish above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1907 the Dodgers are no-hit by Pirates rookie Nick Maddox, 2-1. In 1959 the Dodgers and Giants play the last ballgame ever at San Francisco's Seals Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 8-2. The Giants would play at Candlestick Park the next season. In 1993 pinch-hitting machine Dave Hansen collected his 18th pinch-hit of the season to set a new franchise record. In 2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the first Dodger twenty game winner since Ramon Martinez in 1990. He defeats the Giants 2-1.  BTW, DodgerFilms was there and shared a video that you can watch here.
  • Happy Birthday, Nelson GreeneVic LombardiChuck Dressen!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Chase Utley remains a very popular person in Philly.

Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of causing a disturbance at a sporting event, and has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron during a May 30th game threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt. In 2014 Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season for the second time in his career. He is the first Dodger pitcher to win 20 game twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and 1972.
  • Happy Birthday, Sadie McMahonJack RyanRed BarkleyDuke SniderJoe FergusonScott BakerCharlie Haeger!

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 Topps Heritage High Number - The Dodgers Cards

Now that you've seen the base cards, here are the rest of the Dodgers'. Featured below are all of the Dodger inserts, relics and autographed cards found in packs of 2017 Heritage High Number.

Of note, there is a Corey Seager Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relic card available that is not listed on Topps official checklist for this set. I've added a pic below.


Real One Autographs

#ROA-AT Toles                 #ROA-CB Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 9/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I want to send out a hearty congratulations to the Dodgers Rookie-Level minor club, the Odgen Raptors, for their first ever Pioneer League Championship victory yesterday. Per William Boor at MLB.com; "Uceta helps lift Ogden to first Pioneer League title."
Mitchell Hanson, who had been just 2-for-10 in the postseason, put the Raptors on the board early with a two-run double in the top of the first. Hanson's hit got the offense rolling and the Raptors broke the game open with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings via RBI hits from Brayan Morales, Connor Heady, Luis Paz and Romer Cuadrado. With the offense rolling, it was up to Edwin Uceta and the rest of the Raptors' pitchers to keep the Voyagers' offense in check and that's exactly what happened.
Per Michael Leboff & Andrew Battifarano at MiLB.com:
"We said very little in between games, the players dominated the dialogue," Raptors manager Mark Kertenian said. "They just got ready to get back to work and that's very characteristic of this group."
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"They were fired up," Kertenian said. "They're happy for each other and they're enjoying each other. These guys understand that they are part of a good baseball team. They cared for each other and challenged each other, everybody feels very involved right now and they're expressing that."
Photo above of the team travelling home after winning via the Raptors on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #613 -- Bellinger Ties NL Rookie Homer Record


After sitting on the bench for eleven days due to a sprained ankle in mid-August, Cody Bellinger is back to his homer hitting ways. Last night he walloped his 38th home run of the year to tie a National League mark for homers by a rookie. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Roberts said Bellinger now has his legs back under him "literally and figuratively," although Bellinger said he doesn't believe he wasn't himself as soon as he was activated. 
"He's taking really good swings, moving well, in the batter's box he's staying inside the strike zone," said Roberts. "For him, it's not about left-handers or right-handers. To have him in the order to slug or take a walk to keep the line moving, he's a big part of our offense."
No doubt he'll be the record holder soon. To commemorate this newest achievement a new Topps Now card has been issued. Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reserve:

Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Topps Heritage High Number - Dodgers Base, Variation and Parallel Cards

Topps 2017 Heritage High Numbers Baseball was released earlier this week, and below is a look at all the Dodger cards in the base set. Go here for a complete checklist. This set includes Cody Bellinger's first Heritage card.

Base Set

#507 Brandon McCarthy

#528 Logan Forsythe

Blog Kiosk: 9/15/2017 Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


There's nothing like spending the afternoon sitting on the grass at your favorite ballpark.

Featured above is a vintage 1919 NEA press photo (ebay link) of several Brooklyn Dodger players relaxing before a game. It is date stamped August 27th, but likely comes from the prior day when they played a twin-bill against the Cardinals. I have no idea who is in the photo, but I figure Zach Wheat has got to be hiding there somewhere.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1946 the second game of a doubleheader between the Dodgers and Cubs at Ebbets Field is postponed during the fifth inning due to a giant swarm of gnats attacking the field and players. In 1978 the home attendance at Dodger Stadium of 47,188 fans marks the first time in Major League history that a team has drawn more the three million rooters at home.
  • Happy Birthday, Doc BushongBud ClancyFritz OstermuellerCharley SmithJim Barbieri!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Koufax Tropicana Hotel Postcard - Sandy in a Dodger Uniform


Many moons back I briefly wrote about an oddball postcard I had run into. It is from the famous Tropicana Hotel on Santa Monica Boulevard, and it prominently featured Dodger legend Sandy Koufax. Check out that original post here (I wrote a bit about the hotels fun and sordid past).

As you'll recall, Sandy had purchased the facility in the early 60's, and wisely sought to cash in on his fame and popularity by using himself as an promotional tools. As a result, they issued various postcards splattered with either his name and/or face.

At the time, I was only aware of a casually dressed Koufax in these postcards (see that on the right), but now I realize a postcard exist with him in Dodger Blue -- albeit, with a poorly drawn-on Dodger uni. You can see that postcard at the very top of this post.

Blog Kiosk: 9/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Last Nights win puts the Dodgers magic number at seven. Yu Darvish was fantastic on the mound as he recorded seven shutout innings to lead the team. Just in time, eh? Darvish was not looking like the pitcher we thought we got. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It's more like if I keep pitching like that with that kind of results, I'm not going to be able to pitch in the playoffs," Darvish said. "The Dodgers got me for that situation, the playoffs. That was my concern."
Overall, Dodger pitchers struck out seven Giants and their offense recorded seven hits. Best yet, Cody Belling hit his first homer into McCovey Cove. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“You always see it when you’re growing up watching Barry Bonds do it,” Bellinger said of the splash homer. “To actually do it, it’s pretty cool.”
The home run was Belli's 37th of the year -- just one shy of the National League record for a rookie. He also had seven total bases. Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1945, during an overnight trip between St. Louis and Chicago, the Brooklyn Dodgers train rammed into an gasoline truck, sending flames everywhere.  The train engineer and a firefighter were killed.  The Dodgers survived without serious injury because the momentum of their section carried it through the burning remains.  I had previously written about this incident here. In 1993 Mike Piazza hit home runs no. 29 and 30 to break the Major League record for homers by a rookie catcher. In 2002 Dodger infielder Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues. He would get a pinch-hit walk and score on a double by Mike Kinkade.
  • Happy Birthday, John DouglasStan WilliamsTim WallachJerry DoggettJon Weisman at Dodger Insider wrote a great piece celebrating Doggett's 100th birthday last year (link here).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/13/2017 - Dodgers Links - A Win and a Playoff Spot -- Woo Hoo!


Yeah!

That was a tough win last night. The Dodgers battled, fought and scraped their way towards snapping a losing streak that has been bane to faithful fans everywhere. Kershaw was good, but at times struggled. The offense showed signs of life, but still stranded eleven runners on base. The relief staff got the job done, but they sure did make me feel like downing a shot of whiskey after it was all said and done. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“This is a good thing for us,” Jansen told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “It keeps us humble and keeps us in check. it shows you this game is not always going to love you. You love this game and sometimes it’s not going your way. Sometimes you have to be patient and remind you how hard it is to get to the playoffs and how hard it is to win the World Series.”
BTW, with the win last night the Dodgers finally clinched a playoff spot. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"When you get off to the start we did, teams are going to gun for you, people prepare and they're out to beat you," said manager Dave Roberts. "Now, with the win, we can exhale and reset. You'll see some guys enjoy a win more than typically enjoy a win. That's a good thing. We'll refocus tomorrow. Usually there's handshakes [after wins], but tonight there were hugs."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 Dodgers Sports Crate - August Edition - Adrian Gonzalez


The newest edition of the Dodgers 2017 Sport Crate came in a little light, but that's only because they finally figured out that they can no longer wait for the figurines to arrive at their warehouse. As you may know, their Sports Crates have been fashionably late, so they recently sent emails to their MLB customers indicating that the figurine for the 4th edition of their MLB Sports Crates would not be included. Instead, they would be sending those along to fans in a separate mailer. They even provided a postcard in the crates to explain the situation (see it on the right - click to embiggen).

Blog Kiosk: 9/12/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


After a lengthy rain delay the Dodgers continued on their streak of loses -- losing to the Giants late last night, 8-6. Ugh! Per Ken Gurnick and Chris Haft at MLB.com:
"I wouldn't say it's demoralizing, but it's disappointing," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Our guys played hard, I thought we were going to win that game and we were in position to, but we couldn't hold the lead."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1930 Dodger catcher Al Lopez hit the last Major League bounced home run. It was off Ray Kolp at Ebbets Field. Prior to the rule change any hit ball that bounced over the outfield walls was ruled a homer. Now, it'll be a ground-rule double. In 1963 the NY Mets hold a pregame ceremony in honor of Brooklyn favorite Duke Snider - "I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn". In 2000 Dave Hanson broke former Dodger Johnny Frederick's record for pinch-hit home runs during a season with his seventh pinch-homer of the year against Curt Schilling of the Diamondbacks.  BTW, Johnny Frederick set his record of six pinch-homers on this exact same date in 1932.
  • Happy Birthday, John GochnaurMasao KidaFranquelis Osoria!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I am sorry to report that legendary scout Mel Didier has past away, per a tweet from Bob Nightengale. He was 90. As you may know, Mel was the man who wrote the scouting report that Kirk Gibson depended on during the Dodgers thrilling Game 1 walk-off victory. You can check out an excerpt of that report in the photo at the very top, made available via Josh Suchon on twitter. It says, pertinently:
*Like to "backdoor" slider to LH hitters with 3-2 count. 
Below are more links to checkout:

Saturday, September 09, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #577 -- Darvish Fastest Pitcher to 1,000 K's in MLB History


Last Nigh Darvish did something faster than any other ballplayer to have played the game. He struck out his 1,000th career batter in just 812 innings. The next fastest was Kerry Wood with 853 innings, then Stephen Strasburg in 855.1 inning. Unfortunately, his feat was overshadowed by another Dodger loss. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
“We want to win, and I wanted to go deep in the game. Those are the goals I had today,” Darvish said. “A couple guys came in and congratulated me, and that was great, but that wasn’t my goal today.”

Friday, September 08, 2017

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


I think it's always best to accentuate the positive. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
"The back end of the game, one real highlight was obviously Walker Buehler," Roberts said. "And to see him break in like that, just the presence, the command of all his pitches. It just looked right. It was exciting for us."
Walker pitched two scoreless innings; striking out two and allowing one hit on 26 pitches.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger HistoryIn 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the pennant when they defeated the Milwaukee Braves, 10-2. As you know, they would go on to win the World Series later that season. In 1957 the Dodgers and Giants would play for the last time against one another while still New York based clubs. Unfortunately, the Jints beat the Bums, 3-2.
  • Happy Birthday, Val PicinichDon Aase!

Thursday, September 07, 2017

New to the Collection: 1993 Friendship Series in Taiwan Program


I have absolutely no recollection of this occurring. Thankfully, I was able to acquire a fun little pamphlet that tells me a lot about it. Featured here is a program for the three-game 1993 Dodgers Friendship Series played in late-October against the CPBL (Taiwanese Professional Baseball League) All-Stars.

As you'll recall, 1993 was a dismal year for the Dodgers. They finished the season at .500 (81-81) -- 23 games behind the then formidable Atlanta Braves. So I'd imagine an overseas trip to Asia was a desirable respite for the guys. In fact, nearly all the big names came along -- Brett Butler, Raul Mondesi, Darryl Strawberry, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Pedro Martínez, Ramon Martínez, Orel Hershiser and manager Tommy Lasorda. Heck, even our poet laureate, Vin Scully, visited Taiwan to comment on the games.

Check out some pics of the program below. Click on any pic to embiggen.

Blog Kiosk: 9/7/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here is Curtis Granderson presenting an nominee award to Justin Turner for being selected the Dodgers representative for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award.

Photos above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1889 the most controversial game in American Association history is held in Brooklyn. The St. Louis Browns hold a 4-2 lead in the ninth over the Bridegrooms and claim it is too dark to continue. The lighted candles in front of their bench make umpire Fred Goldsmith determined to finish the game no matter what. Several St. Louis players are hit with bottles as they leave the grounds. The Browns will forfeit the game the next day because they fear for their safety. In 1903 the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) and the NY Giants play a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader.  The first game began at 10:30 AM at Brooklyn's Washington Park (Giants won, 6-4), and the second game got underway later that afternoon at the Polo Grounds (Brooklyn won, 3-0). In 1924 the pennant race between the Dodgers and Giants got crazy. So much so, a calvacade of fans with crowbars stormed the Ebbets Field gates to watch the already sold out game. 200 officers were called, but an estimated 7,000 fans got in anyway. In 1962 Maury Wills stole four bases against the Pirates to break the modern National League record for stolen bases at 82. In 2001 Shawn Green hit two homers against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium to eclipse a Dodgers franchise record for home runs in a season. Green would finish the season with 49 home runs.
  • Happy Birthday, Dave FoutzEd PooleLew RitterCurt DavisEddie WilsonWillie CrawfordBrent Cookson!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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


The next homestand starts on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand; including autograph guest. Here are some important links:

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Thursday, September 7th at 7:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Thursday's game starts at 7:10 PM. Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.

It is Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Law Enforcement Appreciation Night mug. See that on the left. This event is already sold out.

Honor Guard will be provided by the California Highway Patrol Southern Division Honor Guard.

Welcome to the Blue, Walker Buehler!


The Dodgers consensus #1 prospect is officially heading to Los Angeles, and frankly that's amazing. In fact, I find it difficult to wrap my head around it. I say this because right-handed hurler Walker Buehler -- just drafted in 2015 -- spent most of last year in the DL due to Tommy John surgery and has since thrown only 93 professional innings in his career. Now, he's preparing to play on a Major League ballfield.

As you likely know, Buehler is a starter, but was converted to relief duty just recently to allow him this opportunity to pitch for Los Angeles this season. Also, ever mindful of his recent Tommy John surgery, this change keeps his total innings down. In spite of those worries, though, his stuff is apparently too good not to have in LA. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
"He's had a very quick ascension," Roberts said of the 23-year-old Buehler. "He's ultra, ultra competitive and ultra talented."

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Turner, Hershiser and Hough

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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2017 Topps Definitive Collection - All the Dodgers Cards

Here is a look at most of the Dodger cards found in packs of Topps newest Baseball card brand -- known as 2017 Topps Definitive Collection. It hit stores last week. Go here for a complete checklist.

This is a high-end product that consist of only hits -- all cards either have an autograph, relic or both. A single box has one pack of eight cards, and it'll cost about $1,000 for that pack. Obviously, these boxes are not for the weary.

I especially like the Autograph Inscription cards that include a personal note written by the player. From what I can tell, Clayton Kershaw has at least two different inscription cards available. I am unsure if the other players available have multiple inscriptions in packs.

Base Autograph Relic

  • #ARC-JU Julio Urias -- Redemption Card
#ARC-CK Clayton Kershaw             #ARC-CSE Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 9/6/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Ryu was good last night. Unfortunately, Dodger bats continue to struggle -- and also Pedro Baez... Ugh! Per Steve Gilbert and Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
"I thought Ryu came out and pitched really well for us," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Zack matched him pitch for pitch, we really couldn't muster anything outside that home run ball from Yasmani. The scoring opportunities really are not presenting themselves. You just got to continue to grind and make our own breaks."
Baez, on the other hand, has been terrible his last three outings -- all of which were in September. During his past three games he has faced ten batters, given up seven hits (including three homers), two walks and struck out one. Also, he's allowed five runs to cross the plate, and it can be argued that we was the principal reason for the Dodger loses during those three games. Nevertheless, I still believe Baez is a better option out of the pen than most of our other relievers.

Photo above of Hyun-Jin Ryu via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1943 the Dodgers signed 19-year old amateur free agent Gil Hodges out of  St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. In 1950 Don Newcombe started both ends of a doubleheader against the Phillies at Shibe Park. In Game 1 he threw a complete game three-hit shutout. In Game 2 he left the game behind by two runs in the seventh inning. The Dodgers would eventually win that game, as well, on a three-run single in the ninth inning by Gil Hodges. In 1953 Giants manager and Dodger-traitor Leo Durocher is heard yelling "stick it in his ear" before pitcher Ruben Gomez struck Dodger Carl Furillo on the wrist with a pitch. As Furillo took first base he suddenly sprinted to the dugout to get at Durocher. In the subsequent melee Furillo fractures a finger -- ending his season. In 1976 catcher Steve Yeager is injured in the on-deck circle when a jagged end of Bill Russell's broken bat struck him in the throat. It pierced his esophagus, necessitating surgery. Soon thereafter, Dodger trainer Bill Buhler invented a device that hung down from a catchers mask to protect a players throat. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela threw his seventh shutout as a rookie -- tying a National League record. In 1996 the ever popular Brett Butler defied the odds to return on the field for the first time after being diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils, having surgery and intensive radiation therapy earlier in the year.
  • Happy Birthday, Oyster BurnsPete GilbertGeorge HildebrandDel Bissonette!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Welcome to the Blue, Fabio Castillo!


Another one of the new faces to arrive in Dodger Blue over the Labor Day Weekend holiday is the wonderfully named Fabio Castillo. He is a right-handed pitcher from Samana, Dominican Republic who has both started and relieved at Tulsa and Oklahoma City this season. Per a Dodgers press release:
Castillo, 28, will make his first career appearance on a Major League roster after going 4-8 with one save and posting a 4.04 ERA (41 ER/91.1 IP) in 25 combined games (16 starts) with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa. Castillo, who had his contract selected on June 8, has spent the majority of the season with Oklahoma City appearing in 22 games (16 starts) and going 4-8 with a 4.27 ERA, while striking out 85 batters against 31 walks in 84.1 innings.

Welcome to the Blue, Wilmer Font!


Now that September is here a bunch of new faces are turning up in Dodger Blue. One of whom arrived over the weekend. His name is Wilmer Font, and he had been one of the Pacific Coast League's best pitchers.

2017 Topps Now -- #547 -- Kershaw's Scoreless Return


Here is a Topps Now card released this past Saturday that I just plain didn't see, so I was unable to highlight it over the weekend. Which it too bad, since Clayton Kershaw's performance in San Diego on Friday was the only good think about the long holiday weekend.

Blog Kiosk: 9/5/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Rich Hill was very good last night. Unfortunately, the relievers who followed were not. Heck, they were terrible. Hill, for his part, went a strong six innings, and only erred when he gave up a single in the fourth and a homer soon after to JD Martinez. That was the only bit of scoring against Hill. Then four relievers came in a proceeded to yield 11 runs on 12 hits (five of which were home runs) in three innings. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:
The Dodgers aren't ready to hit the panic button despite this recent slide and don't plan on changing any of their normal routines going forward. Even with Monday's blowout loss, Roberts sees a shift coming and it starts with the performance Hill put on Monday. 
"You win and go deep in the postseason with starting pitching in my opinion," Roberts said. "To have Rich [Hill] reset our starters and have an outing like this tonight, I think that's a good sign for all of us. We expect [Hyun-Jin] Ryu to do the same thing tomorrow."
Photo above of Rich Hill via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Monday, September 04, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #558 -- Bellinger Sets Dodgers Home Run Rookie Record


Not only does Bellinger's record breaking homer last night mean a 2017 Topps Now card, but it also deserves a bunch of autographed variations as well. Featured here are both the normal base and autographed cards that celebrates Cody's home run Dodger record.  Go here to check it out and order. Per the writing on the reverse of the card:
Just one day after tying Mike Piazza for the Los Angeles Dodgers record for HR's in a rookie season, Cody Bellinger ripped home No. 36. Bellinger was at the plate in the top of the ninth inning facing San Diego pitcher Brad Hand when he crushed a ball over the right-field fence and put himself atop the list in the Dodgers record books.

Blog Kiosk: 9/4/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Let's accentuate the positive by celebrating Cody Bellinger's ninth inning home run during the Dodgers 6-4 loss to the Padres last night. The solo shot was his 36th of the season, and it surpassed Mike Piazza's franchise record for home runs by a Dodger rookie. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“To now pass (Piazza), it feels pretty special,” Bellinger told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “It’s a team game. Hopefully we can get out of this and start winning some games again.”
Photo above of Cody Bellinger via @DodgerInsider on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1924 the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) won both ends of a doubleheader against the Boston Braves -- sweeping their fourth doubleheader in four consecutive days. From September 1st to 4th they beat the Phillies twice and the Braves six times. In 1966 the Dodgers become the first team to draw two million fans at home and on the road when they defeated the Reds at Crosley Fields in front of 18,670 patrons, 8-6. In 1969 Willis Davis' Dodger hitting streak comes to an end at 31 consecutive games -- setting a franchise record. It came at the hands of the Padres in San Diego. 
  • Happy Birthdays, Elmer HortonGeorge PfisterDoyle AlexanderMike PiazzaBrian Myrow!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #548 -- Bellinger's 35th Homer Ties Dodgers Rookie Record


Cody Bellinger wasted little time to tie Mike Piazza's record. After a ten day layoff due to a minor ankle injury he took four games to hit his 35th of the season -- tying Mike Piazza's 1993 Dodger rookie record. It took him just 105 games and 434 plate appearances to accomplish the feat. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It was in the back of my mind,” Bellinger said of the record. “Obviously he was a great player, had a great career. So to be in the same sentence as him is pretty cool.”

Diamondbacks Series Starts on Monday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand; including autograph guest. Here are some important links:

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Monday, September 4th at 5:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LA
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, Radio Korea 1540

Friday, September 01, 2017

Welcome to the Blue, O’Koyea Dickson!


Along with top prospect Alex Verdugo and useful utilityman Rob Segedin, outfielder O'Koyea Dickson has been called up to the Dodgers as a part of their September roster expansion. In fact, this will mark his debut as a Major League ballplayer. After seven years of toiling in the minors Dickson finally has an opportunity to enter the big show. Per a Dodgers press release:
Dickson, 27, is also being called up to the Majors for the first time in his career after hitting .246 with 70 runs, 22 doubles, one triple, 24 homers and 76 RBI in 116 games with Oklahoma City this season. He appeared in left field the majority of the season (59 games), but has also seen time in right field (23 games) and first base (seven games), posting a combined .990 fielding percentage. The San Francisco native was drafted by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Sonoma State and spent seven seasons in the minors (2011-17), slashing .279/.349/.491 with 182 doubles, 12 triples, 117 homers and 437 RBI in 736 career games. Dickson has received multiple honors during his seven-year career, including two Player of the Week honors (2014 and 2016), two-time mid-season all-star (2012 and 2014) and the MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2014.