Tuesday, May 30, 2017

2017 Topps Now - #198 - MLB Players Honor Veterans on Memorial Day - Kershaw

In commemoration of this weekends Memorial Day weekend activities Topps has issued a 2017 Topps Now card for fans to add to their collections. It featured six ballplayers on both the front and back; including Clayton Kershaw (on the reverse). Go here to check it out and order.

Proceeds from the sale of the card will be donated to various Military and Veteran charities though MLB Charities.

UPDATE: The print run for this card is 539 copies.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/30/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Rich Hill was dominant against the Cardinals yesterday afternoon. He went five strong innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and one earned run. Best yet, the Dodgers bullpen recorded four straight scoreless innings to help the Dodger win their fifth consecutive game. Per Scott Chasen and Joe Harris at MLB.com:
"Those guys did a heck of a job tonight with the bullpen," Hill said. "It's a reason why they're the best in baseball, so it's a lot of fun to see."
Per Rowan Kaver at Dodger Insider:
“I feel much more comfortable where I am now, getting my hand out of my glove, getting timing down,” Hill said. “It’s huge. You could see it today, it was much more crisp and clean and the ball was coming out much more efficiently.”
Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1946 Boston Braves outfielder Bama Rowell became the first player to hit the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard with a long drive at Ebbets Field.  His wallop shattered the clock face, causing glass to fall on the field and onto Dodger outfielder Dixie Walker. The event is said to have been the inspiration for a similar incident found in the book The Natural that was written by Brooklyn author Bernard Malamud. In 1962 Maury Wills becomes the 7th player in history to hit home runs from each side of the plate during a single game.  The feat was accomplished against the Mets during the first game of a doubleheader that afternoon.
  • Happy Birthday, Jesse Whiting, Al Mamaux, Ed Rakow & Manny Ramirez!