Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 Topps Series 2 - Dodgers' ML Material and Manufactured Patch Relic Inserts

Here's a look at three more Dodgers' inserts that can be found in packs of 2018 Topps Series 2 Baseball. Below we see the Major League Material Relics, the MLB All-Star Game Logo Manufactured Patch and MLB Independence Day U.S. Flag Manufactured Patch Relics.

It should be noted that the MLB Independence Day U.S. Flag Manufactured Patch Relics can only be found in the retail blaster boxes.

Major League Material Relics

#MLM-CE Corey Seager         #MLM-CK Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/18/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Happy belated Father's Day!

Pic above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1938 the Dodgers sign Babe Ruth to be their first base coach. He wears a Dodger uniform for the first time and took batting practice before the start of that days game (something he did prior to each game). In 1988 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Pedro MartínezIn 2014 Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, 8-0. He recorded a career high 15 strike outs, no walks and missed a perfect game when Hanley Ramirez committed an error in the 7th inning. Watch Vin Scully's call here
  • Happy Birthday, Sandy Alomar!

Friday, June 15, 2018

A Duke Snider Painted Ball at Goldin Auctions


Check out this fantastic Duke Snider painted Baseball by modern-day pop artist Charles Fazzino. It is currently available on auction at Goldin Auctions (Auction Link).

It features a Snider autograph to go along with drawings highlighting his career. On one panel you see Duke stretching for a batted ball in the Ebbets Field outfield. Another panel celebrates his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1980.

The more unique aspect of Fazzino's painted ball is how he incorporates a 3-D element into the Baseball. As you can see, the Brooklyn Dodgers logo "pops" out of the ball.

Below are more pics showing the other panels. Currently, the ball has an opening price of $800 with no takers, so far. 

2018 Topps Series 2 - Dodgers Inserts - Salute, Legends in the Making and MVP Medallion Relics

Now that you've seen the base cards, here is a look at some of the Dodgers' inserts you can find. Below are the Salute, Legends in the Making and MVP Medallion Relic cards.

Legends in the Making

#LITM-13 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Prior to yesterday's Second Annual Poker Tournament sponsored by Puig's Wild Horse Foundation, Vin Scully present Yasiel with an 2018 Inspiration Award.

Photo above via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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


Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
The next homestand starts on Friday against the San Francisco Giants. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Frito Pie Extreme Dog
There are three new food items being made available for this entire homestand, 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, in honor of Atlanta you can get the Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos which features Slow and low smoked chicken, smothered in house made sweet smokey barbecue sauce, served on top of triangle cut nacho chips, topped with green onions and cheddar cheese.
Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries
The Texas new food item is a Frito Pie Extreme Dog that features an all beef hot dog, topped with fitos, chili, nacho cheese, diced onion, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

The third food item honoring San Francisco series is an Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries featuring crispy french fries, tossed in gourmet sea salt, topped with turkey pastrami, brown gravy and chopped parsley.
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2018 Pop Figurines -- Clayton Kershaw is Now Available


These Pop! figurines are the cutest damn things.

It had been announced earlier this year that Baseball was coming to Pop! Now, they are available to purchase. There's a whole bunch on eBay and I'm sure your local hobby shop will have your favorite players.

Blog Kiosk: 6/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


What a thrilling game.

Not only did we get a walk-off win in extras, but we also witnessed a collision at the plate -- something I feared had disappeared from the game. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"Blocking the plate, ran him over. Pretty much that simple. I was out. It was the shoving match we had [that earned the ejections]. It's not a big deal. Two guys shoving each other and then it's over, really. Not that big of a deal, honestly. You all want more? We play them again in August. I don't think there will be anything coming from it. I'm just happy we got the win.
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"He still has a right to the plate," said Roberts. "There's a collision right there. There was no intent. That's just hard-nosed baseball."
Old-school Baseball, baby! You can watch a replay of it here.

Photo above via a YahooSports article/AP. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game via Dodger Insider.Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1991 the Dodgers signed 17-year old amateur free agent pitcher Ismael Valdéz out of Victoria, Mexico. He would eventually play seven seasons in LA during an 12-year Major League career -- accumulating an 61-57 record, an 3.48 ERA, a 3.88 FIP and a WHIP of 1.235 as a Dodger. In 1993 the Dodgers play their very first game in Colorado against the expansion Rockies. Behind the pitching of Pedro Astacio, Los Angeles pounded out 12 hits (including a Jody Reed homer) to win the game, 9-4. In 1995 Dodger hurler Hideo Nomo struck out 16 Pirates to set an Dodgers all-time rookie record for strikeouts. 
  • Happy Birthday, Don Newcombe & Greg Brock!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Kenley Jansen and Tommy Lasorda

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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The Topps Living Set - #42 Jackie Robinson - Now Available


We now enter the 14th week of the Topps Living Baseball Set. So far, only one Dodger has been made available for sale. In mid-April Topps released the Chris Taylor card (see that here). This week, Topps is issuing the Jackie Robinson card, and as you might have guessed it is #42. See it above and below. Go here to check it out and order. It will only be available for direct online purchase from Topps over the next seven days.

2018 Topps Series 2 - All the Dodgers Base Cards

The Series 2 part of Topps 2018 flagship Baseball card set is now in stores. Check out all of the Dodgers' base and variation cards below. Go here for a complete checklist.

There are at least seven different Dodger photo variation cards available; including two Seager cards and a Legends Variations for both Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax. It is also notable that Andre Ethier is included in the base set -- possibly his last Dodger card.

Base

#364 Dodgers - Combo Cards

#369 Chris Taylor               #466 Tim Locastro

Blog Kiosk: 6/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


You can't stop this train!

Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig all hit homers against the portly one, Bartolo Colon, last night to continue an offensice spurt that has seen the Dodgers go from ten games below .500 to games back to two games above. They now sit just three games back of the Diamondbacks. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"This energy, this confidence. Hitting is contagious," said Pederson. "It's a fun thing. Winning's fun."
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"I try not to think about it. It's hard not to," Muncy said of his torrid streak. "Games are a lot of fun right now. Everyone's feeling the momentum up and down the lineup."
Photo above of Yasiel Puig via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1973 the famed Dodger infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey play on the field for the first time. Ten days later they would be inserted into the starting lineup for the first time. In 1998 the very first triple play is executed at Dodger Stadium. It sequence is 1-6-4-5 in the fifth inning -- with men at 1st and 2nd, Darren Dreifort fields a sacrifice bunt attempt, throws to shortstop Jose Vizcaino at 2nd, who then throws to covering second baseman Eric Young at 1st, who then throws to Bobby Bonilla at 3rd to get the final out. See the GIF on right to see the play.
  • Happy Birthday, Gene McCannBill Bergen & Charlie Malay!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 6/12/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Dodgers held their fourth annual Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala at Dodger Stadium last night, and by all accounts fun was had by all. John Legend provided the entertainment

Photos above via @Dodgers on twitter. You can check out even more pics by using the hashtag #LADFGala on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1940 the Dodgers made one of the biggest trades in their history. They received 1937 Triple Crown winner Joe "Ducky" Medwick and pitcher Curt Davis from the Cardinals for outfielder Ernie Koy, pitcher Carl Doyle, two minor leaguers and $125k in cash (a huge sum in those days). The Dodgers would win the pennant the following season for the first time since 1920. In 1955 Don Newcombe, having won his first ten decisions of the season, lost his first game of the year when Brooklyn loses to the Cubs, 9-5. In 2005 first baseman Hee-Seop Choi hit home runs in his first three at-bats this evening against the Twins to propel the Dodgers over Minnesota, 4-3. Watch all three here.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack O'BreinRoger Bernadina & Damon Hollins!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Rangers Series Starts Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!



Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
Frito Pie Extreme Dog
There are three new food items being made available for this entire homestand (including the upcoming Giants series), and it is available at the On Deck Circle stand on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4. First, in honor of Atlanta (the first team we faced during this homestand) you can get the Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos which features Slow and low smoked chicken, smothered in house made sweet smokey barbecue sauce, served on top of triangle cut nacho chips, topped with green onions and cheddar cheese.


Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries
The Texas new food item is a Frito Pie Extreme Dog that features an all beef hot dog, topped with fitos, chili, nacho cheese, diced onion, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

The third food item honoring San Francisco is an Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries featuring crispy french fries, tossed in gourmet sea salt, topped with turkey pastrami, brown gravy and chopped parsley.


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Tuesday, June 12th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Welcome to the Blue, Daniel Corcino!


The Dodgers bullpen has been a revolving door -- relievers are constantly shuffling back-and-forth between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. So far, they have used 19 different players in relief. The newest Dodger to join our pen arrived over this past weekend, and has already thrown a scoreless inning. His name is Daniel Corcino. He is a right-hander and will wear #56. Per a Dodgers press release:
Corcino, 27, who will appear on a Major League roster for the first time since 2014, appeared in a combined 14 games (six starts) with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City going 3-1 with one save and has posted a 2.22 ERA (11 ER/44.2 IP). He has also struck out a combined 43 batters against 16 walks, while limiting the opposition to a .190 average. Corcino has spent the majority of the season with the OKC Dodgers, going 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA (8 ER/37.0 IP) and has held batters to a .182 average, while striking out 34 against 15 walks in 10 games (six starts). The right-hander was a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers during this past Spring Training and appeared in six Cactus League games, posting a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/6.2 IP) and struck out five against two walks.

Blog Kiosk: 6/11/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Depth means that anybody can be your staff ace at any time. For instance, the season began with Kershaw at the top of the heap. As soon as he went down with an injury rookie hurler Walker Buehler stepped up to lead the rotation. Now, spot-starter Ross Stripling has taken the reigns as our #1. He went 6.2 innings of four-hit ball to defeat the Braves, 7-2. Per Kaelen Jones at MLB.com:
"I was able to get off to a good start," Stripling said. "I went through the lineup once I think [in] less than 30 pitches, so I was in a good spot, then had a 33-pitch fourth. Obviously, the two homers, then was able to limit it to that. After that, you know you're trying to get through that inning and settle down and [I] was able to do that. Went 6 2/3 and just give us a chance to win, which is what I was trying to do when I went out there." 
The Dodgers have won in each of Stripling's last five starts. His performance Sunday was buoyed by Los Angeles' offense, which bounced back from a quiet night Saturday to post seven runs while collecting 10 hits.
Photo above of Ross Stripling via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, June 08, 2018

Vintage Dodger Tunes: "Brooklyn Dodgers Jump"


I thought it would be fun to take a little detour. Instead of cards I thought I would spend some time to explore some vintage Dodgers-themed music.

I'm sure all of you have heard the classic tune "Follow the Dodgers", but have you ever heard of the "Brooklyn Dodgers Jump?" It is a little song that was sung by Ralph Branca, Carl Furrilo, Erv Palica and the Ebbets Field Chorus in 1949. You can check out an advertising for the record on the right that was found in a July 2, 1949 copy of Billboard magazine (p. 38).

As I was doing some background research I came across a fascinating story in the Hollywood Reporter about the man who helped set this deal up for the three Dodger players; as well as, represent numerous other ballplayers throughout the game.

2018 Baseball Treasure MLB Coins - The Kershaw Coin

I had almost forgot that Topps were making these. Fortunately, the fine gentleman at Sports Card Info provided a nice reminder. In addition to Finest, Topps also released a debut brand called 2018 Baseball Treasure MLB Coins. It features set of 30 base cards that include a precious metal coin embedded within it. Go here for a complete checklist.

Only one Dodger player is available -- Clayton Kershaw. The base card/coin is made of bronze; while parallels exist in real silver and real gold. The gold coins are all 1 ounce in weight, are all "1 of 1's" and can be found as a redemption card in packs. Silver and bronze coins are inserted into packs. Also, this product can be found in retail stores like Modells and local hobby shops. You can find stores with these packs via a helpful website created by Topps that provides locations throughout the country. Go here to check that out.

Base Copper Coin

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Blog Kiosk: 6/8/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


It appears the Dodgers of old is back. No matter what game and no matter the circumstance, the Dodgers just persevere. Per Mason Wittner at MLB.com:
"It's one of those things where you've got to kind of ask guys to do more than they've been asked to do and stretch them more," Roberts said. "You try to navigate it the best you can and you understand you don't have a whole lot of margin [for error]. To the guys' credit, the bullpen did a fantastic job."
For the second game in a row the Dodgers had to use a bullpen game to get bye. On Wednesday they fell just short of victory. Yesterday, they battled and defeated the Pirates, 8-7. Best yet, Joc Pederson had a career-type of day at the top of the order. He slugged two homers and walloped a double to drive in three runs.

Photo above of Joc Pederson via Justin Berl/Getty Images at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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


Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos
The next homestand starts on Friday against the Atlanta Braves. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

Frito Pie Extreme Dog
There are three new food items being made available for this entire homestand (including the Rangers and Giants series), and it is available at the On Deck Circle stand on Field Level section 48, Loge Level section 133 and Reserve Level section 4. First, in honor of Atlanta you can get the Smoked BBQ Chicken Nachos which features Slow and low smoked chicken, smothered in house made sweet smokey barbecue sauce, served on top of triangle cut nacho chips, topped with green onions and cheddar cheese.

Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries
The Texas new food item is a Frito Pie Extreme Dog that features an all beef hot dog, topped with fitos, chili, nacho cheese, diced onion, black beans, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

The third food item honoring San Francisco is an Turkey Pastrami Gravy Fries featuring crispy french fries, tossed in gourmet sea salt, topped with turkey pastrami, brown gravy and chopped parsley.

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Friday, June 8th at 7:10 PM
Walker Buehler vs Brandon McCarthy
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2018 Topps Finest Baseball - All the Dodgers Cards

This week saw the release of Topps 2018 Finest Baseball card set, and I've got pics of all the Dodger cards below. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

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#17 Alex Wood                  #40 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Rookie pitcher Caleb Ferguson and the rest of the relief staff struggled, but the Dodgers offense didn't give up. They fought til the bitter end, but fell short as they lost to the Pirates, 11-9. Per Bob Cohn at MLB.com:
"Overall tonight, we didn't pitch well," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "There's only so much an offense can do." 
Said Kemp: "I don't think we're ever out of games, especially the way our offense has been swinging the bat. It was a tough day today. They scored a lot of runs. We tried to make it into a good game, we did. We came up short, but [Thursday] we've got a chance to win the series."
Kemp went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and a three-run home run to drive in five runs total in the game.

Photo above via Emilee Fails/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in  Dodgers History: In 1898 Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets stepped in to be the teams manager for the remainder of the season. The team would not fare very well. The Dodgers would have a record of 38-68 under Ebbets and finish in 10th place overall with a 54-91 record. In 1982 Steve Garvey played in his 1,000th consecutive game. He would receive a standing ovation from fans at Dodger Stadium. In 1995 Tommy Lasorda won his 1,500th game as a major league manager when his Dodgers defeated the Expos, 7-1.
  • Happy Birthday, Ike BennersBones ElyLafayette Henion & Roy Jarvis!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Max Muncy and Charlie Culberson

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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First Rounder JT Ginn Already Has a Bunch of Cards to Chase After - Check Them All Out Here

Now that you know a little bit about our first round pick, I figured it be a good time to check out the numerous Baseball cards that already exist for the 19-year-old hurler. That's right. This high school kid already has a dozen licensed cards to chase after. Check them all out below. If I happen to miss any cards please let me know.

2017 Leaf Metal Perfect Game All-American Baseball

Metal Autographs
#BA-JTG JT Ginn

Blog Kiosk: 6/6/2018 - Dodgers Links - "We're Back in the Mix"


See... There was nothing to worry about. After what felt like a lifetime, the Dodgers have finally reach the brim of the giant hole that they dug for themselves at the start of this season. They are now officially at .500 with a record of 30-30 and 102 games left to play. Best yet, they are just two games back of the lead. Per Bob Cohn at MLB.com:
"We're back in the mix, and now the goal is to keep playing good baseball," Roberts said after his team won for the 14th time in 18 games, a 5-0 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park paced by three home runs and another splendid outing by starter Ross Stripling.
Photo above of Ross Stripling via Justin K. Aller/Getty at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1944 the Brooklyn Dodgers received infielder Eddie Stanky from the Cubs for Bob ChipmanIn 1957 the first fog out in major league history occurs during a game at Ebebts Field against the Cubs. After an 86-minute delay the game is halted during the second inning. In 1988 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent slugger Raul Mondesi out of the Dominican Republic. In 1990 the Dodgers recorded their 8,000th franchise victory as they defeat the Braves, 7-5In 1994 Mike Piazza hit the longest home run ever recorded at Joe Robbie Stadium in Florida. It was off Mark Gardner and is estimated to have traveled 477 feet. In 2006 the number six plays a huge part in the day. The Dodgers, on the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the century score six runs in the sixth inning during the sixth game of the current homestand.
  • Happy Birthday, Fresco ThompsonJeff Williams & Mark Ellis!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Dodgers Pick Righty Michael Grove in the Second Round - Welcome to the Blue!


The Dodgers second pick yesterday afternoon has a story similar to a rookie currently making waves with the Dodgers. Like Walker Buehler, Michael Grove, the Dodgers 2nd Round Pick, had to have Tommy John Surgery as a young lad. Unlike Buehler, Grove had his done just over a year ago while Walker had his performed immediately after signing a pro contract with the Dodgers three years ago. So, in a way Grove is way ahead of Buehler. BTW, you can follow the right-hander on twitter here: @mgrove_2. Per a Dodgers press release:
In the second round, Los Angeles selected West Virginia University right-handed pitcher Michael Grove. The Wheeling, West Virginia native missed the 2018 season, but prior to missing his junior campaign he went 5-5 with a 3.13 ERA (32 ER/92.0 IP) in 25 collegiate games (16 starts), while also holding the opposition to a .220 batting average. As a sophomore in 2017, he made nine starts, going 3-1 with a 2.87 ERA and striking out 61 batters against 15 walks in 47.0 innings before sustaining a season-ending arm injury. As a freshman in 2016, he went 2-4 with a 3.40 ERA and collected one save in 16 games (seven starts) for the Mountaineers. Grove was also named to the 2016 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention team and the 2017 All-Big 12 Second Team. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound pitcher was scouted by Dodgers’ scout Jonah Rosenthal.