Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Topps Living Set - #17 Chris Taylor - The First Dodger

Have you heard of the Topps "Living Set"?

Introduced at the beginning of this season, Topps has created a whole new concept in collecting. They have put together a set that has will have no end and is not tied to any specific season or era. Rather, it's a cross-generational brand that will issue one card for every player -- unless that player changes teams. In other words, this set will continue to grow in size seemingly forever with only one card per player/per team. For instance, ten years from now they will still be adding to the set, and assuming a player like Clayton Kershaw never changes teams, you will only find one card of him available.

Blog Kiosk: 4/19/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

See... Nothing to worry about. Per Jay Paris at
“We’re starting to play more like us, which is nice,” Seager said.
The Dodgers are slowly but surely returning to the juggernaut we always knew they were.
"We played a full game,'' said Seager, who went 7-for-16 in the series. "We pitched well, we hit well, we came up with hits with runners on base. That is how you get it going and it is a really good recipe for success.''
Photo above via @Dodgers on Twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1890 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms (Dodgers) play their very first game as a member of the National League. In 1938 Dodgers outfielder Ernie Koy hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. In 1956 Roy Campanella recorded his 1,000th career hit at New Jersey's Roosevelt Stadium - a tenth inning double. This was the first ever MLB game played in New Jersey. The Dodgers would play several home games here just prior to moving to Los Angeles. In 1968 Met's hurler Nolan Ryan throws an Immaculate Inning (three strikes out on nine pitches in one inning) against the Dodgers in the third inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill GreenwoodRJ ReynoldsBrett MayneJose CruzDennys ReyesGeorge SherrillJoe Beimel & Alberto Callaspo!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 Onyx Platinum Elite - All the Dodgers Cards

Here's one of those tertiary card brands, like Leaf, that most collectors happily ignore. Featured below are the handful of Dodger prospects found in packs of 2018 Onyx Platinum Elite. Go here for a complete checklist.

This is a very small set, and includes only two Dodgers' to chase after. They are Double-A Tulsa first base prospect Matt Beaty and teammate Yadier Alvarez. Furthermore, the Alvarez card is actually a buyback from their 2015 set, so there really is only one new card to gawk after.


#Matt Beaty

Blog Kiosk: 4/18/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I'm still salty about last nights elimination of the Kings at the hands of the upstart Las Vegas Knights. These were some tough hard-fought games, and losing all four of them when it could have easily gone the other way does not ameliorate my grief. Overall, only ten goals were scored collectively and the play of each net-minder was beyond excellent. Unfortunately, the Kings offense could never find a consistent rhythm, and the team and its fans (yes, the crowd was just as frustrated as the players) suffered for it.

I can't say I'm happy with how this season ended, but I will say we did better than I thought we'd do when the season started.

With that all being said, I send out a hearty congratulations to the Las Vegas Knights. They beat us this time. We'll get them back. I sense that an intense rivalry has just begun.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1925 Charles Ebbets, the Dodgers owner and president, dies of an heart attack on the morning of his teams home opener at Ebbets Field. In 1939 Red Barber announces the first ever regular season Dodger game to be broadcast in Brooklyn. In 1946 Jackie Robinson makes his debut as a second baseman for the Montreal Royals. He belts a home runs and records three singles. In 1947 Burt Shotten is named the Dodgers manager - replacing Leo Durocher who was suspended by the league ten days prior. In 1950 Vin Scully calls his very first game as a Dodgers broadcaster. In 1952 Willie Mays is knocked unconscious when he runs in to the Ebbets Field outfield wall while making a game saving catch. In 1958 Los Angeles holds a downtown parade for the the Dodgers before their first home game at the Coliseum. A National League record 78,672 fans crowd the stadium to watch their new team defeat the soon-to-be-hated Giants, 6-5. In 1964 Sandy Koufax throws his second career Immaculate Inning - three strike outs on nine pitches during one inning. In 1966 Maury Wills becomes the first batter to get a hit on artificial grass - a single off of Robin Roberts at the Astrodome. In 2008 the Dodgers announce that Joe Beimel had been selected by fans to get a bobblehead.
  • Happy Birthday, Hughie HearneTommy McMillanNick PollyBobby CastilloJim Eisenreich & Brady Clark!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Pee Wee Reese Pee-Rookie Premium to Add to the Collection

It's been awhile since I've shared any new additions to my collection, so I figured I'd jump-start a small flurry of post with something that arrived at my doorstep just a few days ago. The featured item above is not of the Dodgers. Instead, it is a team-issued premium that includes a future legendary Dodger. Check out my 1939 Louisville Colonels team-issued photograph and sitting in the front row (just a bit right of center) is 20-year old Pee Wee Reese.

Welcome to the Blue, Breyvic Valera!

As you certainly know by now, Logan Forsythe was put on the 10-day DL, so the Dodgers called up infielder Breyvic Valera (#33) from Triple-A Oklahoma City over the weekend. Since then he has appeared in two games with the club as a pinch hitter -- walking once and lining out to right field. Per a Dodgers press release:
Valera, 26, has appeared in seven games with the OKC Dodgers this season and has gone 6-for-19 (.316) with six runs, two doubles and six RBI along with a .417 on-base percentage. Valera, who is set to make his Dodger debut, was acquired by Los Angeles on April 1 in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Blog Kiosk: 4/17/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I love that Matt Kemp is proving that he still has plenty in the tank. Per Jay Paris at
"I'm just happy to be in a uniform playing for the team that I started with,'' Kemp said. "My main focus is just to help this team any way I can to win games and get back to the World Series.
It's doubly good that Ryu is doing the same. Ryu went six strong innings, striking out 9, and allowing just two runs on three hits. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
“I was really happy with my outing tonight,” Ryu said. “Those couple of years were tough.”
BTW, you should check out Jon Weisman's blog post from this morning pointing out how Ryu's comeback this season is something to behold (link here). Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1934 Casey Stengel makes his managerial debut as the Dodger skipper. Brooklyn defeated the Boston Braves, 8-7. In 1947 Jackie Robinson recorded his first major league hit -- a bunt single down the third base line off of Boston Braves hurler Glenn Elliott. In 1955 Roberto Clemente, who started out as a Dodger prospect, singles off of Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres for his first major league hit. In 1956 future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale pitched in his very first game. He threw one inning of hitless relief in the ninth inning of a losing game. In 1994 the Dodgers belted 19 runs against the hapless Pirates to tie a club record for most runs in a game. In 2013 Clayton Kershaw strikes out his 1,000th batter of his career -- the victim was Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso.
  • Happy Birthday, Ad YaleJake DaubertStan AndrewsMarquis Grissom & Gary Bennett!

Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #80 and #83 -- Kershaw and Puig

After nearly three weeks of on-field futility Topps has finally decided to issue the very first two Dodgers' 2018 Topps Now cards for collectors to chase after. As you know, the Dodgers have not been very good so far this season, so these new cards can only be a sign that things are looking up.

Blog Kiosk: 4/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Weekend Odds and Ends

April 15th is one of the best days in Baseball. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It gives us a chance to get out of our little bubble and get a little perspective,” manager Dave Roberts said before the Dodgers’ 7–2 win, which snapped a three-game skid and marked their first victory against the Diamondbacks this year. “I know that word (perspective) is thrown around a lot, but yeah, when you talk about Jackie Robinson and being a Dodger, it’s a little, ‘Man, things aren’t that bad.’ For us, for me personally, you need that sometimes.”
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1975 newly signed free agent and soon-to-be Hall of fame pitcher Juan Marichal made his last appearance in a game when he started for the Dodgers against the Reds. He would throw 2.1 innings and give up four runs. He would retire soon afterwards. In 1983 former Dodger Steve Garvey appeared in his 1,118th consecutive game to break the National League record. He broke the record as a Padre, but played 1,107 of those games in Dodger Blue.
  • Happy Birthday, Ned ColletiPaul WanerBabe PhelpsSergio RoblesPaco Rodríguez!

Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Panini Diamond Kings - All the Dodgers Relic and Autographed Cards

There are a ton of different Dodger relic and autographed cards available in Diamond Kings to chase after. Below are pics of most of them.

You can get autographed cards of current mainstays like Chris Taylor and Justin Turner, cards of fast rising youngsters like Seager and Bellinger, prospects like Buehler or Verdugo, or Dodgers from the past like Darryl Strawberry or Orel Hershiser. Best yet, because this brand is not as popular as it's licensed competitor Topps you can get these jewels at a relative discount. In fact, in my opinion these are the cards that make this set worth checking out.

DK Signatures

  • #34 Justin Turner -- Not Yet Seen
#30 Chris Taylor                #42 Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 4/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Last night Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie, accepted the inaugural Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE) award on behalf of The Jackie Robinson Foundation. RISE is dedicated to elevating the national conversation on education by creating space for leaders from diverse industries and political backgrounds to have purposeful discussion of the issues.

Photo above via the Jackie Robinson Foundation on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1939 Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, during a spring training game against the Dodgers in Norfolk, Virginia, hit two homers that would prove to be the last home runs he would ever hit. In 1954 Walter Alston made his major league debut as the Dodgers manager. In 2009 second baseman Orlando Hudson hit for the "Cycle" against the Giants during the Dodgers home opener. He is the first Dodger to accomplish the feat at Dodger Stadium, and the first Dodger to do it in a nine-inning game since Gil Hodges in 1949. In 2012 Dodger starter Aaron Harang struck out nine consecutive Padre batters -- breaking the Dodgers franchise record of eight held by Johnny Podres. The Major League mark is at ten, and is held by Mets pitcher Tom Seaver in 1970. 
  • Happy Birthday, Kid ElberfeldBen Cantwell & Ed Amelung!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Diamondbacks Series Starts on Friday - Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

Desert Chili Cheese Dog
The next homestand starts this coming Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Chorizo Torta
There are two new food items being made available for this homestand only, and they are available at the On Deck Circle stand on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4. First, you can get the Desert Chili Cheese Dog which features a bacon wrapped hot dog, house made chili con carne, grated sharp cheddar cheese, diced tomato & onion, yellow mustard. Also available is the Chorizo Torta. This features a chorizo sausage split in half, ranchero bean spread, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, queso fresco, smoked jalapeno aioli.


Friday, April 13 at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, KTLA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2018 Panini Diamond Kings - The Dodgers Base Cards and Variations

Here's a look at all of the Dodgers' base and variation cards available in packs of Panini's 2018 Diamond Kings. Go here for a complete checklist.

As you know, none of these cards have team logo's, so they look really weird. I do love the painted look of the cards, but that's not enough to convince me to spend some of my dough on packs. Also, I am tired of seeing the same pics being used over and over again on different brands, but also realize that cost is an significant reason why this is likely to never change.


#16 Carl Furillo            #23 Pee Wee Reese

Blog Kiosk: 4/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Just a fantastic photograph of the "Duke" from 1956. It is currently available at auction at RMY (link here).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1962 Dodgers left-handed rookie Pete Richert made his major league debut by striking out the first six batters he faced -- tying records for strike outs in an inning (4 K's in the 3rd inning), successive strike outs by a pitcher in his major league debut, and consecutive strikeouts by a relief pitcher. BTW, he also won the game when the Dodgers mounted a comeback by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bid on those Limited Edition Kirk Gibson Bobbleheads Now!

The very first bobble of the season was given out during Opening Week, and it featured the legendary Kirk Gibson scampering around the bases after hitting a walk-off home run to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. You can see that giveaway on the right.

That same week we were also told that a limited run, 88 total, of autographed Gibson bobbles would be made available for auction online, and as you can see in the pic above they are all painted gold. Currently, all 88 signed bobbleheads are available at MLB Auctions, and they have an starting bid of $288.00 each. Go here to check out all the Kirk Gibson items.

All proceeds from this sale will go to the Kirk Gibson Foundation.

BTW, I placed a bod on one of them, and you should do too. All 88 auctions close at the end of this month - April 30th.

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2018 Panini Diamond Kings - The Dodgers Insert Cards

Panini's 2018 Diamond Kings set -- fashioned after the ever-popular subset found in their Donruss brand -- is now available in stores. Like always, none of these cards have team logo's since Panini does not currently have a MLB license. Go here for an complete set checklist. Featured below are all of the Dodgers' non-relic/autograph insert cards. BTW, you should ignore the numbering indicated below. Panini does not provide accurate numbering for any of their insert cards prior to its release.

Gallery of Stars

#2 Justin Turner

Blog Kiosk: 4/11/2018 - Dodgers Links - Go Kings Go!

Corey Seager was given his second Silver Slugger Award prior to the start of last nights game. As a thank you, Seager walloped his first homer of the season during the game in the 1st inning - right after Chris Taylor did the same. Per Ken Gurnick at
"Can't really have a bad night getting that award," said Seager, who also won the award in his 2016 rookie season. "It was nice to get some runs early. They've been hard to come by. Everybody knew it was coming. Now it's just a matter of repeating."
On another note, the Kings begin the playoffs tonight against the Las Vegas Knights, so I'll be stuck to the tube watching that match-up. Go Kings Go!

In unrelated hockey news, I thought I would pass along Helene Elliott's story at the LA Times: "The hockey community is leaving hockey sticks out for the Humboldt boys."
The idea reportedly came from Brian Munz of Canada's TSN network, who posted a picture from a friend in Humboldt who had left a single stick on his front porch. The accompanying caption read, "Leaving it out on the porch tonight. The boys might need it ... wherever they are." It caught on quickly and spread far afield. Using the hashtag #Sticksoutfortheboys or #SticksoutforHumboldt, people have posted stunning photographs on social media of the sticks and tributes they've left outside homes in cities, prairies and suburbs.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1959 Don Drysdale hits his second Opening Day home run to become the first pitcher with two career homers on Opening Day. Unfortunately, Don's homer would be the only run the Dodgers score this day as they lose to the Cubs, 6-1.
  • Happy Birthday, Pop CorkhillAl NixonRoy Gordinier & Kenta Maeda!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 4/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

There's nothing like a father teach his son the game.

As you can see, featured above is Jackie Robinson teaching Jackie Robinson Jr. the finer points of the game in a March 1, 1953 Associated Press photo. It is currently available at auction at RMY Auctions (link here).

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 the Dodgers officially announced, during the sixth inning of an exhibition against the Royals, that they had purchased the contract of Montreal Royals infielder Jackie Robinson.  He would be the first African-American to be on the roster of a modern Major League club. In 1962 the Dodgers played their very first home game at the newly built Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine. There were 52,564 fans on-hand to watch Johnny Podres throw the first pitch to infielder Eddie Kasko -- who promptly doubled in the at-bat. Duke Snider would record the first Dodger hit with a single in the second inning.  Unfortunately, the Dodgers would lose the game to the Reds, 6-3. Reds outfielder Wally Post hit the first homer in the stadium during the seventh inning to lead Cincinnati.
  • Happy Birthday, Bob McGrawChuck ConnorsLee LacyMike DevereauxAlberto ReyesAndre Ethier & Charlie Culberson!

Monday, April 09, 2018

A's Series Starts Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

Oaktown Poke Nachos
The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Belli Bomb Bao
There are two new food items being made available for this homestand only, and they are available at the On Deck Circle stand on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4. First, you can get the Oaktown Poke Nachos which features Ahi tuna on top of cream cheese wontons, drizzled with eel sauce, spicy mayo, green onion, black sesame seeds and bonito flakes. Also available is the Belli Bomb Bao. This features Steamed lotus buns with smoked “Char Siu” pork belly, broccoli slaw with sesame dressing & Thai peanut sauce.

Tuesday, April 10th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Friday, April 06, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 4/6/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out these formidable Dodger players. Per the descriptor attached to the bottom:
June 28, 1942 -- Rarin' for another crack at the Yankees -- Six of the Seven Brooklyn Dodgers, who will represent the National League in the July 6 All-Star Game, lined up in front of their dugout here today, 'Champing at the Bit' for another crack at the Yankees, nine of whom will be on the American League roster. Left to Right: Joe Medwick, left field; Billy Herman, second base; Pee Wee Reese, shortstop; Pete Reiser, center field; Mickey Owen, catcher; and Whitlow Wyatt, pitcher. The seventh, third baseman Arky Vaughan, is ill.
The AP wire photo above can be found here on eBay. Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, April 05, 2018

2018 Topps Tribute - The Dodgers Autographed Cards

Here is a final last look at some of the Dodgers cards found in packs of Topps 2018 Tribute brand. Below are most of the autographed cards that are available. Unfortunately, quite a few of them have yet to show up online; especially the Career Tribute cards of Sandy Koufax. This set features 20 different autographed Koufax cards, and they are all "1 of 1's".

Generations of Excellence Autographs

#GOE-SK Sandy Koufax

Blog Kiosk: 4/5/2018 - Dodgers Links - Go Kings Go!


The second season is about to begin, and to my utter surprise the Kings are in. I just didn't think they had a chance this season, but they proved me wrong.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1913 25,000 fans watched the Dodgers play their first game in their new home, Ebbets Field. It was an exhibition match that saw Brooklyn defeat the Yankees, 3-2. Superbas (Dodgers) outfielder Casey Stengel (the future famed Yankees manager) hit the first home run at the stadium -- an inside-the-park homer in the fifth inning. In 1977 the Dodgers signed free agent first baseman Boog Powell.
  • Happy Birthday, Héctor Olivera & Greg Smith!

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Ron Fairly, Stan Williams, Jay Johnstone & Tim Leary

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.


Four old-tyme Dodgers will be signing autographs this coming Saturday at the KDB Sports Fest event being held at Iguana's Bar in Rosemead. You can meet Ron Fairly, Stan Williams, Jay Johnstone & Tim Leary. Also in attendance will be AAGPBL star Marge Villa of the Kenosha Comets. Go here for more information. See the flyer below.
Iguana's Bar
8528 Rosemead Blvd
Pico Rivera, California 90660

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Blog Kiosk: 4/4/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It's not often that you see an action photo like this from the early 20th century. Featured is an circa 1913 International News press photo of an unnamed Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers player sliding into first base. It's hard to tell exactly what's going here, but it appears the batter was trying to avoid a close play at first, but the fielder chose to block the base as he scampered for the ball -- which is not to be seen anywhere. I assume there was some sort of throwing play at home plate -- maybe a bunt or pass ball/wild pitch on a third strike.

Anyway, the pic is currently at auction at RMY (auction link). If you happen to know who the players are please pass that along.

On another note, I remain unconcerned with the Dodgers. It's way too early to begin panicking. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1997 Mike Piazza reached base for the eight consecutive plate appearance -- he went 3-for-3 with a walk in a Dodgers win over the Pirates.  He would fly out his next at-bat the following day. In 2016 the Dodgers handed the Padres the worst Opening Day loss in Major League history since 1913. They beat them silly, 15-0. Go here for the boxscore.
  • Happy Birthday, John HummelPete KilduffJoe VosmikMickey OwenWillie RamsdellGil Hodges & Louis Coleman!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Welcome to the Blue, Zach Neal!

Considering last nights roller-coaster-of-a-game you shouldn't be surprised by this move. After all, our bullpen arms are a bit overtaxed. Announced just a moment ago, the Dodgers have called up 29-year old right-handed pitcher Zach Neal (#49) from Triple-A Oklahoma City. At the same time, reliever Josh Fields has been placed on paternity list (mazel tov!).

2018 Import Dragon Baseball Figurines - Cody Bellinger

To follow up on a 2017 Rookie of the Year special edition figurine released last year (see that here) featured is the first Dodger named by Import Dragon to be a part of their 2018 set -- Cody Bellinger. The six inch figurine shows him in his home-whites and can be pre-ordered right now (via Clark Toys). It's expected delivery date is in June. Go here for a checklist.

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Blog Kiosk: 4/3/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The best part about the presentation is Wood's use of flip-glasses.

BTW, I'm not worried about Jansen... yet. Per Ken Gurnick at
Jansen said he's healthy and is working through some mechanical kinks with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Manager Dave Roberts said, from everything he hears from his staff, Jansen is "100 percent healthy." 
"Yeah, I'm fine. Slow start," said Jansen. "Owings got me. It stinks, but nobody's going to feel sorry for me. Nobody wants to get beat, nobody wants to blow saves, nobody wants to lose games. Today stinks, it stinks to see Wilmer go five innings, he doesn't deserve that loss. It happens. What can I do? I just have to bounce back and help the Dodgers win tomorrow."
Below are more links to check out:

Monday, April 02, 2018

2017 Leaf Trinity Baseball - All the Dodgers Cards

We are four months into 2018, so why Leaf sees it fit to release a 2017 set now is beyond me. Featured here is Leaf's newest Baseball card set, and it is their 2017 Leaf Trinity brand. Go here for a complete checklist.

As you know, this product focuses on up-'n-coming prospects; including our 2017 1st round pick Jeren Kendall. There are also several different autographed cards of Cody Bellinger available.

Clear Autographs Gray

#CA-CB1 Cody Bellinger            #CA-ER1 Edwin Rios

Blog Kiosk: 4/2/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

ICYMI, the Dodgers received their 2017 National League Pennant rings over the weekend. Above is a look at those rings. Per a Dodger press release:
“We’re proud to present our players, coaches and members of the Dodger organization with these one-of-a-kind rings as we celebrate our 2017 National League championship season,” said Lon Rosen, Dodger Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. 
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1972 47-year old Dodger great Gil Hodges dies of an heart attack. In 2008 Dodgers coach Larry Bowa is ejected from the game for not staying within the boundaries of the coaching box. He is given a three-game suspension for "inappropriate and aggressive conduct," in which he had to be restrained by manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer. As background, Mike Coolbaugh, first base coach for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, was killed the year prior from a batted ball that struck him in the temple while coaching. You can watch the ejection here.
  • Happy Birthday, Hughie "Ee-Yah" JenningsDon Sutton, Reggie SmithMike Kekich!

Friday, March 30, 2018

2018 Topps Tribute - The Dodgers Relic Cards

Here is a look at several relic subsets available in packs of Topps 2018 Tribute Baseball. Featured are the Dodgers' cards in the dual combo and triple relics, Stamp of Approval and the 2018 Rookies subsets.

Dual Relics Combo

#DR-CSE Carlos Correa & Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 3/30/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Photos above and to the right via Dodgers on twitter - Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018. You can watch Kirk Gibson's ceremonial first pitch here.

On another note, I'm not gonna get worked up about losing Opening Day to the Giants - as much as it sucks. It was a great game, and a perfect reminder of not only how wonderful this game is, but also of how maddening it really is. I love it so much it makes me want to pull my hair out.

In case you don't already know, the Dodgers lost a close one, 1-0. Here is a boxscore. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale end their legendary holdout when they signed contracts for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively. The holdout last 32 days. In 1981 the Dodgers traded Mickey Hatcher (and a couple other minor leaguers) to the Twins for Kenny Landreaux. In 1988 the Dodgers signed free agent veteran catcher Rick Dempsey.
  • Happy Birthday, Nig Fuller!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018 Topps Tribute - The Dodgers Base Cards

With the first day of the season in full swing I thought I would take a moment to put up pics of Topps newest Baseball set of the year. Officially released yesterday, featured are all of the Dodgers' base cards found in packs of 2018 Topps Tribute. Go here for a complete checklist.


#2 Clayton Kershaw           #12 Corey Seager