Wednesday, October 17, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #898 & #899 - Cody Bellinger's Heroic Game 4

Now that Game 5 has started I thought I would put up the numerous Cody Bellinger 2018 Topps Now cards created this afternoon to celebrate his extra inning efforts last night. As you know, he's faced plenty of criticism, of late, regarding his poor start in the series, so seeing him break-out a bit was very welcome.

The first card issued celebrates his belly-flop-catch of a sinking drive to short right field. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Cody Bellinger made an incredible diving catch in the top of the 10th inning to rob Lorenzo Cain od a leadoff hit. With the game tied at one, Bellinger would later win the game on his first career walk off hit in the 13th inning to lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Brewers, tying the NLCS at two games apiece.

Topps Living Set - #95 - Clayton Kershaw

I suppose there's no better time than now for Topps to release their seventh Dodgers' Topps Living Set card - this time of Clayton Kershaw. After all, Kersh is slated to pitch this afternoon's Game 5 for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. On top of that, some might interpret his words from yesterday's press conference to be a sign that he'll be moving-on this coming off-season. As you know, he has an option to opt-out of his current contract and become a free agent for the first time. So, keeping in line with this Topps brand, they probably figured they should issue a card for him now just in case he leaves for other pastures this winter. Go here to check out the card and order.

Blog Kiosk: 10/17/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 5 this Afternoon!

Everyone wants to talk about Bellinger and his fantastic diving catch and walk-off single. I would rather point out how great our bullpen has been. Last night their entire eight-man relief corp recorded eight scoreless innings, and overall they've given up only two runs in 19.2 inning pitched. That is the only reason we are still in this thing. Per Todd Zolecki at
"It was hard to watch everybody walk out of the bullpen and be the last one," Urias said through the team's interpreter. "But it was kind of motivating to watch everyone do their job and I was able to do mine, and when we got the run it all worked out."
On another note, I am excited by the starting staff next season that will include Walker Buehler and Julio Urias. It promises to be electric.

Pic above of Urias via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1978 the Yankees defeated the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series to win their second consecutive title. In 1981 the Dodgers defeated the Montreal Expos in Game 4 of the NLCS at Olympic Stadium, 7-1. Steve Garvey hit a two-run homer in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie, then the Dodgers scored four more runs in the ninth to run away with it. They are tied at two games a piece in the series with a deciding Game 5 two days later.
  • Happy Birthday, Pop DillonMike SandlockJohnny Klippstein & Jim Gilliam!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 10/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 4 Tonight!

"Frustrating" is the kindest word that comes to mind when I think about this playoff series, so far. I'm frustrated. Dodger fans everywhere are frustrated. And I'm certain the Dodgers in the clubhouse are frustrated by their missed chances. Per Todd Zolecki at
"We had opportunities, we've got to take full advantage of it," (Cody) Bellinger said. "We've still got a lot of room left to improve." 
But they don't have a lot of time to do it.
There's no reason to lose hope now, but maybe just a little bit of desperation will help.

Photo above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1949 the Brooklyn Dodgers elect to not renew the contract of Dodger President Branch Rickey. He would soon join the Pirates the following season. In 1985 Jack Clark of the Cardinals created one of my worst memories as a Dodger fan. He belted a come-from-behind two-out, three-run home run in the ninth inning off of Dodger reliever Tom Niedenfuer to take the National League pennant. Watch it here if you must. 
  • Happy BirthdayNick Cullop & Boom-Boom Beck!

Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #875 & #880 - NLCS Homers by Machado and Turner

This past weekend we witnessed a couple of exciting games in Milwaukee, and if not for some uncharacteristic errors we may have returned home with a 2-0 series lead. Instead, we head into Game 3 very confident by the fact that we now have home field advantage in what is now a five game series.

As you know, Manny Machado started the scoring for the Dodgers on Friday by hitting a line drive home run run to left-centerfield. For his blast Topps issued a Topps Now card (#875) on Saturday that sold 343 copies.

Blog Kiosk: 10/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 3 Today!

You know what today is, right?

Not only is today Game 3 of the NLCS, but it also happens to be the 30th anniversary of Kirk Gibson's legendary walk-off homer during the 1988 World Series. Let's hope that the Dodgers can do something just as noteworthy on the field today. The game begins at 4:39 PM and Walker Buehler will face-off against Jhoulys Chacin. Go here for some pregame details about this afternoon's game.

Photo above of Kenley Jansen after recording a sale on Saturday via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 20118 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 Topps Gold Label - All the Dodgers Cards

Earlier this week Topps released their 2018 Gold Label brand, and I've got pics of all the Dodger cards to share below. Go here for a complete checklist.

This set includes a 100 player base set with three different versions available for each player -- dubbed Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. Each different "Class" represents various degrees of rarity. Below, I have pics of all three "Classes" for each Dodger player -- starting from Class 1 on the left.

Base Set

#25 Jackie Robinson

UPDATED: NLCS Series Against Brewers Starts on Friday -- A Homestand Preview - Pregame Info and Other Stuff

The National League Championship Series match-up between the Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers begins on Friday. Below are some odds and ends for this series. Here are some important links:
I will update this post as more information becomes available for each game.

BTW, the umpires for this series (per Craig Calcaterra at NBC) is as follows (for Game 1). Obviously, assignments will change from game to game:
Home: Scott Barry
1B: Alan Porter
2B: Gerry Davis*
3B: Hunter Wendelstedt
LF: Jim Wolf
RF: Brian Gorman
Replay, Games 1-2: Greg Gibson
Replay, Games 3-7: Scott Barry
Below are the rosters. Click on any pic to embiggen:
Dodgers                           Brewers

Blog Kiosk: 10/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 1 Today!

Who knew Maeda had such style? Check out Kenta sporting a rather stylish outfit with the Dodgers resident fashion maven, Matt Kemp, while on the plane as they head out to Milwaukee for today's game, via the Dodgers on twitter. BTW, the Dodgers released their roster for the NLCS this morning and there is only one notable change. Lefty Julio Urias will replace fellow-lefty Scott Alexander in the bullpen. Check out the entire roster below.

On a side note, I am very excited about this series, and not for why you might think.

One of my favorite teams growing up (other than the Dodgers) was the Brewers, and the reason isn't really all too surprising. The very first little league team I played on was the Brew Crew, so as a child I gravitated, just a bit, towards that club. I followed them in the standings and would collect players like Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie, Ted Simmons and Gorman Thomas. But there was one player I was absolutely smitten with. It was Robin Yount, and to this very day I still collect his cards. So, this matchup brings up all kinds of weird feelings -- most of which is utter excitement at seeing a boyhood dream finally come true. As I'm sure you know, this is the very first time the Dodgers and Brewers have ever faced each other in the playoffs.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1916 the Brooklyn Robins lost Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox to lose the World Series. As a side note, Boston played their games at the home of their NL rival, Boston Braves, since their stadium held more patrons than Fenway Park. In 1920 the Cleveland Indians defeated the Brooklyn Robins to win the World SeriesIn 1949 Vin Scully, after being recruited by Red Barber, worked his very first broadcast of his career when he does play-by-play for a college football game between Maryland and Boston University. He famously called the game from atop the roof during a very frigid day at Fenway Park. In 1988 Orel Hershiser threw a five-hit shutout victory, 6-0, against the NY Mets in Game 7 of the NLCS to advance to the World Series.
  • Happy BirthdayEd HouseholderSteve ShirleySid FernandezJose ValentinTanyon Sturtze & Nick Tepesch!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2018 Topps Now -- #MU1 & #MU2 -- NLCS Matchup Preview Cards

The NLCS series between our beloved Dodgers and the Brew Crew of Milwaukee is set to begin tomorrow, so Topps naturally decided to release a couple of Topps Now cards to celebrate.

At top is a Matchup Preview card featuring Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw and rising superstar and "glad-to-be-out-of-Miami" slugger Christian Yelich.  Go here to check it out and order. The reverse of the card is on the right.

Blog Kiosk: 10/11/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here are a couple more custom fantasy cards I put together using pics from the NLDS celebration in Atlanta.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1965 Willie Davis stole three bases against the Twins in Game 2 of the Fall Classic to become only the second player in World Series history to have done so. In 1978 rookie Dodger pitcher Bob Welch came out of the bullpen during the ninth inning of Game 2 of the World Series and proceeded to get out both Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson of the Yankees to preserve a victory, 4-3. The Jackson out has become a thing of lore. It's one of the more dramatic strike outs you'll ever see. Watch it hereIn 1981 Jerry Reuss shutout the Astros, 4-0, to win the best-of-five divisional series and earn the right to face Montreal for the National League Pennant.
  • Happy BirthdayBob ChipmanBob Stinson & Gregg Olson!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition - The Dodgers Cards

Last week Topps released their second Archives Signature product and this time they focus on retired ballplayers. As you'll recall, they released their active player edition in July (link here). This particular brand includes a checklist that has 14 ballplayers who once wore Dodger Blue, but I've only been able to find Dodger cards for ten of those former Dodgers. So far, signed Dodger cards of Andruw Jones (thank goodness), Bobby Bonilla, Pedro Martinez and Rickey Henderson have not yet been unearthed. Go here for a complete checklist. Check out the known signed Dodger buyback cards below. BTW, all Sandy Koufax cards come as a redemption.

On another note, the checklist indicates something called "Special Autographs", and that checklist includes six different older Dodger players. They are all "1 of 1's" and feature mostly vintage era cards that have been signed.

Retired Player Edition Encased Buyback Autographs

  • #Andruw Jones -- None seen
  • #Bobby Bonilla -- None Seen
  • #Pedro Martinez -- None Seen
  • #Rickey Henderson -- None Seen

#Bill Madlock

1986 Topps                          1987 Topps

Some Custom Fantasy Dodger Cards of their NLDS Celebration

I just couldn't help myself. Yesterday evening I decided to grab some pics from Dodger Insider and make a bunch of fantasy custom baseball cards. My favorites are the champagne/beer laden pics at the very bottom. Although, the above Kemp/Maeda split card, reminiscent of the dual cards in 1983 Fleer, has me patting myself on the back.

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

I apologize for the watermark on the above photo. It's obviously not my pic. It is an 1953 Unit D Press Photo that I just ran into on eBay (link here), and I found it fascinating enough to share here. As you can see, it features Carl Furillo wearing an unusual looking headpiece. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Carl Furillo's head got plenty sore after being hit by pitched balls six times, so the Dodger outfielder's sporting this "Martian-Looking" headgear these days. The plastic gadget fits into Furillo's cap, and saved him from serious injury, July 29, when still another pitched ball made contact during the Dodgers-Cubs game. Furillo says he's quit baseball if he couldn't wear it!
As you'll recall, this isn't the first time a Dodger had sought to protect their head during at-bats. In 1948 Jackie Robinson had done the same -- he had a fiberglass-and-cloth composite sewn into his cap. You can check out a little story where I wrote about it here.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1961 the Mets drafted Dodgers legend Gil Hodges off the Dodgers roster as a part of the expansion draft. In 1978 the Dodgers retired the number of Dodger player/coach Jim Gilliam -- 19.  He had died just two days prior from an cerebral hemorrhage.  The ceremony preceded Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees.
  • Happy Birthday, Ad GumbertFay ThomasRich DuringHarry EisenstatLee Pfund & Ramon Martinez!

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks - All the Dodger Cards

There are just two Dodger cards to chase after in the 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks set, and they are prospects Keibert Ruiz and DJ Peters. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

As you know, this set focuses on mainly prep and college level ballplayers -- some of whom have been drafted and other who are likely to be soon. So, it's very possible that some of the kids in the set will be a Dodger soon. In meantime, there are two solid prospects available to chase after.

Prospect Ticket Autograph

#3 Keibert Ruiz                    # 4 DJ Peters

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2018 Topps Now - #865 & #866 - Dodgers Advance on Manny's Homer

For awhile there I was getting worried. The Dodgers were down by a run going into the sixth inning and ended up taking a one run lead following a clutch two-run single by David Freese. But it wasn't until Manny Machado walloped a three-run dinger the following inning did I start to feel comfortable. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“Can’t say enough about him,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Obviously with Manny and a player of his caliber, there are so many expectations put on him. And we said it from the beginning that it’s going to take all of us to win a championship, and he understands that. For him to put together some at-bats tonight, really quality at-bats, and obviously a game-changing home run…you look back at this series, his two homers essentially led us to two wins.”

Blog Kiosk: 10/9/2018 - Dodgers Links - Eight More Victories!


Thank goodness for David Freese and Manny Machado. They both factored heavily in yesterday afternoons victory. Freese knocked in the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning on a seeing-eye grounder through the left side. Then, Manny put the game away with an eye-popping deep drive to left. Per Ken Gurnick at
"Tonight was actually pretty cool, to see a lot of those guys we've acquired over the last few months of the season come through," said general manager Farhan Zaidi.
"It's more special than I can even honestly say, because I didn't expect this," said Freese, who was acquired from the Pirates on Aug. 31. "I expected to finish in fifth and ride out this year, but to end up with not only a playoff contender but an organization like this is incredible. You get to be around these beasts in an organization that wants to go after it. It's a lot of fun."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Monday, October 08, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 10/8/2018 - Dodgers Links - Game 4 Today

That was a tough loss yesterday. We had our newest potential ace-in-the-making get on the mound to try to finish out the series, but it was not to be. One singular inning was the cause. Walker Buehler, during the second frame, struggled. He just couldn't find the plate. It was like a temporary case of the 'yips' that resulted in walking the bases loaded and throwing a 3-2 'meat-ball' that found it's way into the left field seats for a grand slam. After that, he settles down and proceeded to get the next ten batters out -- four on strike outs. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It’s on me,” Buehler said. “I’ll fix it, and we’ll be better, and that’s it.”
 “It takes a lot of maturity and focus,” manager Dave Roberts said of Buehler’s recovery. “So he did lose his focus, I think, in that point in time, but again, for him in a big game like this to go back out there and throw up a couple more zeroes, that was huge for us, and we had a chance to win the baseball game. So Walker’s coming back and giving us five innings right there, it was big.”
Today's game starts at 1:30 PM and Rich Hill will face off against Game 1 starter Mike Foltynewicz.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1956 Yankees hurler Don Larson threw his World Series Game 5 Perfect Game against the Dodgers, 2-0. He threw 97 pitches, struck out seven and walked none. In 1957 Walter O'Malley officially announced that the Dodgers would be moving to Los Angeles for the next upcoming season. In 1959 the Dodgers defeated the White Sox in Game 6 of the World Series to win their second championship. Larry Sherry came in to pitch 5.2 innings in relief to win the game, 9-3In 2009 the Dodgers win Game 2, 3-2, of the NLCS against the Cardinals on a come-from-behind walkoff single by Mark Loretta. The victory was set up by an Matt Holliday two-out error on a sinking line drive in left field that gave the Dodgers an opportunity to rally. You can watch Holliday's flub here, and you can watch a condensed version of the game here.
  • Happy Birthday, Jim ConwayJimmy PeoplesPaul SchreiberLee RogersEnos CabellMike MorganOlmedo Sáenz!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #850 - Kershaw's Magnificent Game 2

Here is a look at the Topps Now card issued yesterday to celebrate Clayton Kershaw phenomenal Game 2 star against the Braves. It sold 447 copies. Per Ken Gurnick at
"He pitched," manager Dave Roberts said of Kershaw, who has allowed one earned run in 21 career postseason innings against Atlanta. "For me, one of the best outings I've seen that I can recall. He changed speeds, used both sides of the plate and changed eye levels. There was soft contact and he was in complete control. You've got Sandy Koufax in the front row and he was outstanding."

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Friday, October 05, 2018

2018 Topps Now -- #840, #841 & #842 -- Three Cards to Commemorate Game 1 Victory

Last night's three heroes now have their own Topps Now cards to call their own. First up is Hyun-Jin Ryu and it makes note of his stellar seven inning pitching performance. He yielded no runs, only four singles and struck out eight Brave batters. Go here to check it out and order. Per Ken Gurnick at
His changeup had the Braves off balance throughout the lineup. 
"He did what we knew he was going to do," said Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. "He pitches backwards. Every time you think you're going to get something, it's always the opposite. He commands up, down, in and out. The back-door cutters were big against righties and he kept throwing changeups to lefties, which kept us off balance."

Blog Kiosk: 10/5/2018 - Dodgers Links - One Down, Ten to Go!

Apparently, folks are only now noticing Max Muncy and his Ruthian abilities. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“I think Muncy’s three-run homer there was definitely the reason why I was able to pitch seven solid innings,” Ryu said. “That three-run home run was big for all of us, including me.” 
Muncy went 1-for-1 with the homer and three walks in the game, becoming the second player all time to have that line. The other was Babe Ruth in Game 7 of the 1926 World Series. 
Muncy was asked when was the last time he was compared to Ruth. 
“Besides now? Never,” he answered back.
Photo above via Juan Ocampo/Dodgers 2018 at Dodgers Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1941 the usually dependable Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen dropped a two-out third-strike to Tommy Henrich in the ninth inning of Game Four of the World Series to give the Yanks an opportunity to come-from-behind. New York would then immediately rally to win the game, 7-4, and take a 3-1 World Series lead. In 1947 Dodger outfielder Al Gionfriddo robbed Joe Dimaggio of an extra base hit and several RBI's when he made a leaping grab near the left field bullpen during Game 6 of the World Series. Go here to watch a highlight reel of the play. In 1980 the Dodgers came back to defeat the Astros, 4-3, to sweep a season-ending, three-game series and force a one-game playoff with the Astros for the National League Western Division title. Ron Cey had hit a two-run stunner in the 8th inning to help win the game. Unfortunately, the Dodgers would lose that one-game playoff, 7-1, the next day.
  • Happy Birthday, Fred ClaireBill SteeleAndy Kosco & Tracy Woodson!

Thursday, October 04, 2018

1988 World Series Dodgers Memorabilia at Goldin Auctions

I'm having a World Series fever dream. Everywhere I look I see a Dodgers World Series. For instance, today marks the 63rd anniversary of Game 7 of the 1955 Fall Classic -- the Dodgers first championship ever. It's also the 59th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers very first postseason victory on the west coast -- defeating the White sox, 3-1, in front of 92,234 fans at the Coliseum. Now, as I peruse through the Goldin Auctions catalog, I ran into some memorabilia from the Dodgers historic 1988 run.

As you know, it is the 30 anniversary of the Dodgers last championship in 1988, so these items currently available are very timely. Featured above and below are original lineup cards from the series that are a part of the Tommy Lasorda collection and come directly from Lasorda's agent.

Here are the rosters for the NLDS

We are just a mere six hours, or so, away from the start of the NLDS, and we now get a first look at the rosters for each club. Check out the Dodgers roster above (via @Dodgers on twitter) and the Braves roster below (via @Braves on twitter).

There aren't a lot of surprises here for the Dodgers. Notable players missing include Ross Stripling, Chase Utley, Alex Verdugo, John Axford, Tony Cingrani, JT Chargois, Kyle Farmer, Zac Rosscup, Julio Urias, Andrew Toles. Additionally, it is my understanding that Chase Utley will remain in the Dodger clubhouse/dugout for this series and will travel with them to Atlanta. His poise and experience alone provides untold value to the club, so this bit of news is very welcome.

As for the Braves, they are missing their starting shortstop Dansby Swanson. He had been diagnosed with a "partial ligament tear" a few days ago and will likely miss the entire playoffs. In his place will be the very capable Charlie Culberson, and we all know he's not someone to scoff at. In my mind, he's a wildcard in this series, and I suspect he'll prove to be a tough out.

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Blog Kiosk: 10/4/2018 - Dodgers Links - March to 11 Victories

It'll take 11 wins for the Dodgers to capture a championship, and tonight's starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu, will have an opportunity to get things started right. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I’m very happy that the team trusted me, and I would like to say that I’m going to go full throttle from the very first pitch in the very first inning tomorrow, make sure that I get my job done as the starting pitcher and put the team in the position where it can win,” Ryu said.
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1955 the day Dodger fans had been waiting for finally happened. On this day the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series to win a championship for the very first time in its franchise's history. In 1959 the Dodgers won the teams very first playoff game in Los Angeles when they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 3-1.  92,234 fans attended the game at the LA Coliseum, setting a new record for attendance for a World Series game. This win put them up two games to one in the series.  They would win the World Series in the sixth game four days later. In 2006 the worst play in Dodgers playoff history happened (in my opinion) when two runners are thrown out at home plate on the same throw during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets. You can relive the horror here.
  • Happy BirthdayRip RipulskiJohn DuffieMike SharpersonDennis CookAdam RiggsTony Gwynn, Jr. & Stephen Fife!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

NLDS Series Against Braves Starts on Thursday -- A Homestand Preview

The National League Division Series match-up between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves begins on Thiursday.  Below are some odds and ends for this series. Here are some important links:

Unfortunately, I haven't received a great amount of information about this playoff series, but I've done my best to include anything I can find. If there is something missing that you know about please pass that information along. Furthermore, I will update this post if new information becomes available.

BTW, tickets for this entire series (as well as the NLCS, should the Dodgers advance) at Dodger Stadium is already sold out.

Below are special food items being made available at Dodger Stadium for the NLDS.

The Hot Link dog will be available for this series against Braves and will be available only at the King’s Hawaiian Grill in the Left Field Plaza. It features a Hot Link with BBQ sauce and vinegar slaw. See it on the right.

Topps Living Set - #88 - Manny Machado in Dodger Blue

The Dodgers sixth card in Topps Living Set features recently acquired slugger Manny Machado. In fact, this is the second card available of him in this set. Earlier this season they made a card for him (#37) as a Baltimore Oriole (see that on the right) that sold 6,516 copies. Now that he moved to the best coast it's only reasonable that a Dodger card be created to commemorate his stay in Los Angeles. After all, I think it's fair to assume that the Dodgers are not likely to make a serious run for his services following this season; especially when you consider that we have Corey Seager waiting in the wings. Go here to check out the Machado card and order.

BTW, it's only appropriate that Manny's be card #88 in this set. He wears #8 as a Dodger.

Blog Kiosk: 10/3/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The last thing I want to do is distract from the postseason, but there is a bit of news that could potentially be explosive, and it appears to involve the Dodger organization. It's a developing story about a whistle-blower, the FBI and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Cuban ballplayers and potentially organized crime. Per Jon Wertheim at Sports Illustrated:
The dossier given to the FBI suggests the extent to which some MLB personnel are aware of—and brazenly discuss—this unscrupulous culture and the potential for corruption. While both the league office and other teams are mentioned in the files obtained by SI, the Los Angeles Dodgers, a franchise with extensive scouting and development operations in the Caribbean, figure most prominently in the dossier: 
— One particularly remarkable document shows that Dodgers executives in 2015 went so far as to develop a database that measured the perceived “level of egregious behavior” displayed by 15 of their own employees in Latin America. That is, using a scale of 1 to 5—“innocent bystander” to “criminal”—front-office executives assessed their own staff’s level of corruption. Five employees garnered a “criminal” rating. 
Whoa! Remember, former Braves GM John Coppolella was banned from the game last year due to nefarious dealings related to international signings. Now, it appears, folks could go to jail.

Featured above is a 1916 International Film Service press photo of former Dodger outfielder Hi Myers (eBay Link). It has nothing to do with the above story. Rather, I just happen to love those checkerboard styled Dodger uni's. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 Yankees hurler Bill Bevins was one out from no-hitting the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series before yielding a walk-off two-run double to pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto, 3-2. In 1951 Bobby Thompson of the NY Giants hit the most infamous home run in Dodgers/Baseball history. He walloped a Ralph Branca pitch in the ninth inning at the Polo Grounds for a walk-off victory, 5-4, during the deciding game of a three-game series to decide who would go to the World Series. The homer has since been dubbed the "shot heard ’round the world." You can watch it here, if you must. In 2005 manager Jim Tracy is fired by the Dodgers.
  • Happy Birthday, Henry ThielmanPhil ReardonChris HaugheyDarrin FletcherBrock Stewart!

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #828, #829, #830 - National League West Division Champs!

Here's a late look at the three 2018 Topps Now cards issued to celebrate the Dodgers claim to the National League West Division flag. First, they make note of Walker Buehler's brilliant performance against the Rockies. He recorded 6 2/3rd innings of one-hit ball during Game #163, while also knocking in his first career run. Go here to check it out and order.

BTW, they also issued six different autographed versions of the card, but they sold out quickly. At the very bottom I've taken screen shots of all six cards.