Thursday, August 16, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Ryu was good. Really, really good! Per Doug Padilla at
After nearly 3 1/2 months in recovery mode from a left groin strain, Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as sharp as he was before he was injured, if not better, delivering six scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up three hits, and two of those came in the fifth. Ryu struck out six and let only two baserunners reach second base. None made it to third. 
"It was huge," (Dave) Roberts said. "I've said it before, that you win with starting pitching. Our starters have been lights out, they really have. And to get [Ryu] back, the way he's throwing the baseball, that's a huge boost for our club."
Unfortunately, Ryu's effort wasn't quite enough, as the bullpen again failed to hold the lead. Then, walk-off magic happened in the 12th, courtesy of Brian Dozier, to break the losing streak.
"Last I checked, the majority of winning streaks always come after a loss, right?" Dozier said. "That's the thing with baseball, it flips just like that. Hopefully we can reel off a few in a row."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummeled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hits against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again this season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. In nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
  • Happy Birthday, Hub NorthenBilly RhielRoger Cedeno & Yu Darvish!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018 Panini & Heritage Auctions Promos from the National - The Dodgers Cards

Below is a look at the handful of Dodgers' found in promotional packs of both Panini and Heritage Auctions.

Once again, Panini had two different kind of packs available. The Silver Packs were available as a wrapper redemption during the convention. The purchase of certain Panini products at the got you a certain number of packs. They also had Gold Packs available to only their VIP Party attendees. Go here to check out a complete checklist for the silver pack redemption cards. Go here to check out a complete checklist of Gold VIP Pack cards. As has been the case of late, the checklist provided by Panini is not entirely complete, so there may be other Dodger cards not listed below that have yet to be unearthed.

Furthermore, Heritage auctions also had a group of promotional cards available. Some details are at the bottom of this post.

2018 Panini National Convention - Silver Packs


#57 Clayton Kershaw
Dodgers                            Team USA

Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I prefer goofy pics of Kershaw over photos of last nights little brawl. I will add this, why is it the Giants that always starts this crap? Why couldn't that catcher just mind his own business? It should come as no surprise that Mr. "Don't Look at Me" started that game.
"When I missed the pitch, I knew that was the best pitch Watson was going to throw me, so I was a little upset," Puig said. "[Hundley] told me to stop complaining and get back into the box, and when I got into his face he told me to also get out of his face, so that's when I got upset."
"It doesn't happen with other teams, and it doesn't seem to happen when we're in San Francisco," Puig said. "It usually seems to happen when we're here, and I'm not going to let them act like that in our house."
I might suggest that the Giants strategy to get under Puig's skin is deliberate. Bochy is a crafty SOB.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1926 a daffy play happened to the daffiest of Brooklyn ballplayers. Outfielder Babe Herman, in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, hit a double off the right field wall and attempted to stretch it to a triple. Unbeknownst to him, two runners ahead of him failed to advance beyond third base. So, he cruised into third while two other Dodgers were standing there. Per the rules, the lead runner is entitled to the base, so Herman and the man who was on first (Chick Fewster) were called out. So, Herman doubled into a double play.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 Topps National Baseball Card Day Promo - All the Dodgers Cards

Now that the weekend has past I thought I would share pics of all of the Dodgers' found in National Baseball Card Day packs.

As you know, there were two separate events. First, there was a National Baseball Card Day promotion at every stadium in the league. On Wednesday, August 1st the Dodgers gave away Topps packs that included a complete 10-card Dodgers team set. Then, this past Saturday was National Baseball Card Day at participating hobby shops throughout the country. A purchase of certain Topps products would get you a pack of cards, and the only Dodger available in the base set is Cody Bellinger. Furthermore, autographed insert cards of prospects Alex Verdugo and Walker Buehler are also available. Go here for a complete checklist of both sets. To the right and above are pics of the pack given out at Dodger Stadium.

Hobby Shop Set  - Base

#21 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 8/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kershaw was his regular fantastic self last night -- going eight innings of four hit ball with nine strikeouts, no walks and one earned run. The bullpen, unfortunately imploded and could not hold the lead. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“We’re going to have to count on these guys, and Scotty’s been great all year,” Kershaw said. “Kenley has big shoes to fill. We know that these guys are a very talented group — guys that we trust, guys that have had our backs all season. Come the ninth inning tomorrow, whoever it may be, we have good faith that they can get the outs we need.”
“It’s another loss, which is no fun, but Arizona and Colorado we’re all right there. Nothing’s changed,” Kershaw said. “Obviously we’d like to win games when Arizona loses, when Colorado loses. But for now we just have to keep plugging away. I know it sounds cliché but it’s just going to come down to the last 40 games, and thankfully nobody’s pulled away yet.”
Photo above of Clayton Kershaw via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1919 the Dodgers and Cubs play a doubleheader that last a total of only two hours and seventeen minutes. In the opener, the Cubs blanked Brooklyn 2-0, in one hour and ten minutes, and in the nightcap, it takes the Dodgers one hour and seven minutes to shut out Chicago, 1-0In 1980 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent pitcher Tom Niedenfuer out of Washington State University. In a couple of years he would be a mainstay in the Dodgers bullpen -- recording 64 saves as a Dodger. 
  • Happy BirthdayMagic JohnsonFrank McCourtMark LorettaScott StewartMcKay Christensen & Juan Pierre!

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 Topps Clearly Authentic - All the Dodgers Cards

Last week saw the release of Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball, and it features just a handful of Dodgers'. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

As you know, this mid-range brand includes just one acetate (plastic) autographed card per box at a price point of about $40. Unfortunately, the Koufax card is available only through a redemption.

Base Clearly Authentic Autographs

  • #CAA-WB Walker Buehler -- Redemption Card
#CAA-AV Alex Verdugo      #CAA-CT Chris Taylor

Blog Kiosk: 8/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

You never want to lose a game on a walk-off walk. Never! Per Anne Rogers at
"You're not going to lie about it, it is a blow," starting pitcher Rich Hill said. "You have to regroup. We're going back home to play the Giants, who is another team that's right there. The thing is, you just learn from the mistakes we made here. I know things I have to tighten up. Obviously, this is going to be a tough race all the way down to the finish."
Photo above of Rich Hill via Matt Kelley/ at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1910 the Dodgers and Pirates play the second game of a double-header to an 8-8 tie. Even more remarkable is that it includes a boxscore where each team had 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strike outs, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman and 1 passed ball. This game was a tie in nearly every respect. In 1951 the Brooklyn Dodgers held Musical Depreciation Night; where any fan who shows up with an instrument is given free admittance. Approximately 10% of the crowd, 2,423 fans, participate. In 1982 Steve Sax set a team franchise record for stolen bases by a rookie at 41. In 2007 Nomar Garciaparra, for the first time in his career, is thrown out of a game, and had to be restrained by coach Mariano Duncan. Umpire Tom Hallion tossed him for arguing a called third strike.
  • Happy Birthday, Fielder JonesKemp WickerWes FlowersMudcat GrantTom NiedenfuerDennis PowellTom PrinceWill OhmanScott Elbert!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

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

The next homestand starts on Monday against the San Francisco Giants. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
It has been announced that starting this homestand the Dodgers will begin the sale and purchase of in-seat beer during games. Obviously, you must be 21-yeas of age or older to use this service. It will be available on all levels, will accept both cash and credit card payments, and both domestic and premium beer will be available. This new change comes as a result of recent modification to Dodger Stadium’s liquor license by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

BTW, the Dodgers have a Good Sport Designated Driver program for those 21-years old or older who will provide responsible transportation for all members of their group and will not drink alcoholic beverages. Fans can sign up at any Fan Service Station, receive a coupon for one complimentary soft drink and be entered in a drawing to win a special on-field experience as the Budweiser Good Sport designated driver of the season.

UPDATE: Check out this new food dish that is available, via a tweet from Dodgers chef Ryan Evans:

Monday, August 13th at 7:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Friday, August 10, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #581 - Manny Machado's 1,000th Career Hit

Last night Manny Machado became the youngest active player to have ever reached 1,000 career hits, so naturally there's a 2018 Topps Now card to honor him. As much as Dodger fans can appreciate another Manny Machado card in a Dodgers uniform, this newest Topps Now card really should honor his recent achievement as a Oriole. After all, 977 of his 1,000 career hits came as ballplayer in Baltimore. Per Anne Rogers at
"It's always amazing, you know," Machado said. "You work hard, try to put yourself in the best position, and just to reach that is a great accomplishment. Not a lot of guys can do it, and it's something I'll never forget."
"It was awesome," Machado said. "Got the win, got my 1,000th hit, great night."

Blog Kiosk: 8/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

There's no quit in this club. Per Anne Rogers at
"We're the type of team that isn't going to quit until the last out," said shortstop Manny Machado, who recorded his 1,000th career hit in the sixth inning. "We got ahead, they came back, we went ahead and we didn't stop fighting."
Last night the Dodgers knocked five homers to come-from-behind to defeat the Rockies, 8-5.

Photo above via Matt Kelley/ at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1966 former Dodger manager Chuck Dressen died at the age of 67. In 1979 Don Sutton recorded his 50th shutout as a Dodger -- setting a new franchise record -- when he defeated the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. In 1995 the first forfeit in 16 years happened during a game between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Following the ejection of Raul Mondesi and Tommy Lasorda in the ninth inning, fans starting throwing souvenir Baseballs onto the field. The balls were given to them as a game giveaway as they entered the stadium. Watch an ESPN news story about it here.
  • Happy BirthdayRocky Colavito & Al Osuna!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Dodgers Specials at the Dugout Diner in Las Vegas

From time to time I run across something so unique and unknown to me that I had to do some research. The above circa 1960's menu from the now defunct Dugout diner at the Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street is one of those items. Check out the eBay auction link where I found this here.

So, what is it exactly about this menu that created so much interest on my part?

Well, this diner had several menu items that paid homage to our beloved Dodgers. Check out what I mean on the right. Click on the pic to embiggen.

As you can see, they have three "Specials" named after Dodger legends Don Drysdale, Maury Wills and Sandy Koufax. Check them out below.

Blog Kiosk: 8/9/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This is why you know he's the greatest. Per Ken Gurnick at
"I didn't have much of anything tonight. It was pretty much smoke and mirrors," said Kershaw. "That's a good team. I was getting ahead of a few guys, but a lot of hits with two strikes. Didn't have those put-away pitches tonight. This was definitely not one of my most memorable performances, that's for sure."
Even with him being less than his best Kershaw was still able to hold a playoff contending club to only two runs in six innings. Heck, this was only the second start of his career where he was only able to strike out one batter.

Unfortunately, we ended up on the wrong side of the win column last night, 3-2. Photo above via Christine Kroeckel/ at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

2018 Panini Immaculate Collection - All the Dodgers Cards

Here is look at all of the Dodger cards found in packs of Panini's 2018 Immaculate Baseball card brand. Go here to check out a complete checklist. Please keep in mind that the numbering indicated below is accurate for the base cards, but is entirely wrong for all of the inserts. For whatever reason Panini does not provide completely accurate checklist, and I don't really have the patience to search around finding the right/appropriate prefixes on the cards.

As always, these Panini cards do not enjoy the benefit of a MLB license, so team logos are nowhere to be seen. Heck, they aren't even allowed to use the Dodgers' red numbers on their uniforms -- they have all been photoshopped to blue. How weird is that, eh?

Base Rookie Patch Autographs

#17 Walker Buehler            #18 Alex Verdugo

Topps Living Set - #66 - Yasiel Puig

Today we get word that the fourth Dodgers' Topps Living Set card is now available and it features the electric and oftentimes enigmatic outfielder Yasiel Puig. Go here to check it out and order. It'll be available for the next week.

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

The Dodgers are back in first place in the West -- up half a game over the DBacks -- after defeating Oakland last night, 4-2. The best part, though, was their use of the "safety-squeeze" that scored the Dodgers second run of the game in the 2nd inning. It's like, all of the sudden, old-tyme Baseball is trying to valiantly make a comeback. If this is the case -- if we are about to enter a new age of a newfangled version of "small-ball" -- then this Baseball fan can't wait. Per Ken Gurnick at
Per Dave Roberts: "The safety squeeze by Barnes was big."
It sure was.

Unfortunately, a second attempt by Barnes in the 6th inning resulted in an out at home. Nevertheless, it was exciting, and I'd love to see teams experiment with different strategies.

Photo above via Lachlan Cunningham/Getty at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1903 Dodger pitcher Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game when he angrily threw the Baseball out of the park. He did this because a run scored while his infielders were arguing a close call. In 1954 Gil Hodges came up to bat in the eight inning three times. He started the inning by tripling, then hit a double his second time up, and finally flied out to center for the last out of the inning. Amazingly, 12 of the 13 runs scored that inning happened with two outs. In 1963 Frank Howard and Bill "Moose" Skowron of the Dodgers become only the second duo in baseball history to hit back-to-back pinch-hit home runs. In 2000 Dodger Stadium got a dose of homophobia. After being seen kissing, a female couple is removed from the stadium and told to never come back due to "lewd behavior". The Dodgers quickly realized what century they were in and profusely apologized -- contributing tickets to various LGBT groups and providing sensitivity training to its employees.
  • Happy Birthday, Alanna RizzoClise DudleyTot Pressnell & Frank Howard!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

2018 Bowman Chrome National Convention - The Dodgers Promos

Now that the National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) is over with I figured now was a good time to share pics of some of the Dodgers' promos available at the show. This year there were no Dodger freebies in the VIP bags, but there sure were some Dodgers' found in the wrapper redemption packs. Here's a look at Topps wrapper program at the show. I hope to have up Panini's promos soon, so stay tuned for that.

As you can see, this years packs featured their Bowman Chrome brand, and it includes a unique "National" identifier on the front of each card. On the bottom right is the NSCC logo. Go here for a complete checklist of this set.


#BNR-AV Alex Verdugo          #BNR-CB Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 8/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Wow! This is what I call an action photo.

Featured above is an International News press photo from May 23, 1938 featuring a dramatic play at the plate. Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Something to "get up in the air" about -- Ival Goodman, right fielder for Cincinnati, is "Stopped" by the camera as he scored against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Catcher (Babe) Phelps of the Dodgers is waiting expectantly for Ernie Koy's throw. Note the alertness of umpire. The Reds won the game, 6-4.
Check out the eBay auction for the pic here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1915 rookie Dodgers pitcher Ed Appleton committed a grievous error due to a bit of trickery by Cardinals manager Miller Huggins. In the seventh inning of a tied game Huggins, while coaching at third base, called for the ball from Appleton -- 'Let me see that ball'. Appleton obliged and tossed the ball, only to see Huggins step aside to allow ball to roll on the field. A Cardinal runner then scored a go-ahead run. The Dodgers protested, but time out hadn't been called, so the run counted. In 2003 Eric Gagne tied the single season record for consecutive saves to start the season at 38. It also marked the 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.
  • Happy Birthday, Adonis TerryTom DrakeRocky BridgesJosé DomínguezJose De Leon!

Monday, August 06, 2018

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

Thank you, Andre!

You can watch the pregame video honoring Ethier, here. Watch the fun little pregame Q&A between Andre and Jason Bateman, here. Andre then spoke with the Dodgers broadcast booth during the game, here. Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN:
"It's flattering and humbling to have all this fuss for a guy who was just another player in a long line of great Dodgers," Ethier said, his two sons, Dreson and Retton, seated to his right. "It meant a lot to me to play in L.A. for 12 years and play in front of these fans."
"If I could do one more thing," Ethier said, "it would be to play one more game with Matt."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1981, after a seven-week strike, a split-season format is approved; such that the Yankees, A's, Phillies and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions of their respective divisions. They all would then qualify for the divisional series at the end of the season.
  • Happy Birthday, Clem LabineAndy MessersmithRon Davis!

Friday, August 03, 2018

2018 Topps Now -- #551 -- 21-Run Outburst Sets Multiple Records

You just knew last night's offensive explosion would garner a Topps Now card. Unfortunately, it only features Justin Turner, Manny Machado and Cody Bellinger -- who had just launched a grand slam -- on the front. If you ask me, a team photo would have been just fine since contributions were had from everyone. Per Austin Laymance at
"There's no letdowns one through nine [in the batting order], which makes an offensive team really good," said Dozier, who was acquired from the Twins earlier this week. "Lots of guys who can do a lot of different things. It's not just 'sit back and hit with power' and that kind of thing. It's running the bases right and speed mixed with power."

Blog Kiosk: 8/3/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Last night's game wasn't a laugher -- it was a statement. The Dodgers scored 21 runs, breaking a stadium record, to defeat the Brewers, 21-5. This offensive explosion was highlighted by 18 hits and seven Dodger dingers (watch here); including a home run cycle (a solo homer, a 2-run homer, a 3-run homer & grand slam). Now, they will play the Astros in a World Series rematch that could also be a showcase for this upcoming October. Per Austin Laymance at
"We'll be ready," Roberts said. "We're excited to play those guys. It's good that there's some offensive energy going into the series."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:

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

The next homestand starts on Friday against the Houston Astros Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:


Friday, August 3rd at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Thursday, August 02, 2018

2018 Topps Now -- #543 & #544 -- Dozier and Grandal's Electric Night

It comes as no surprise that Brian Doziers magnificent first night as a Dodger on the field has earned him a Topps Now card. Check it out above and on the right. Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reverse:
Brian Dozier made his debut for the Dodgers after getting traded from the Twins and has made an immediate impact. Dozier went 3-for-4, which included the back end of back-to-back home runs with Yasmani Grandal in the fifth, a single to start a two-run rally in the seventh and a double in the eighth.

2018 Topps Chrome - All the Dodgers Cards

Officially in stores this week is Topps 2018 Chrome Baseball card brand, and as always I've got pics of most of the Dodgers' cards found within packs. Go here for a complete checklist.

These cards are basically very shiny versions of Topps flagship set. Although, there appears to be unique photos used for the base cards of Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, Chris Taylor and Kenta Maeda. Also, I am aware of only two Dodger variation cards, so if more pop up I'll be sure to update this post.


#36 Justin Turner                  #39 Alex Wood

#71 Walker Buehler

Blog Kiosk: 8/2/2018 - Dodgers Links - Dozier's Dynamic Debut

Wow! By the looks of it, we should've gotten Dozier a couple of years ago -- 'cause last night was a whirlwind of a debut. He went 3-for-4 with a single, double and a home run that resulted in a curtain call (watch it here). Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider
“I love the only 395 to center,” said Dozier, who’s used to it being 404 feet to center field at Minnesota’s Target Field. “That’s a good thing. I’m not used to that. It was cool.”
Of course, the night really belonged to Yasmani Grandal. He walloped two homers; including a walk-off two-run dinger in the 10th to win, 6-4.
“He’s been one of the hottest hitters in the National League for quite some time,” Roberts said.
Photo of Dozier above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1938 Dodgers President Larry MacPhail introduced the yellow baseball. It was used during the first game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field against the Cardinals. The Dodgers won that game, 6-2. The yellow baseball would only be used three more times this season. In 1982 the United States Postal Service unveiled a new 20-cent stamp commemorating Jackie Robinson at a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.  Robinson becomes the first ballplayer to be depicted on the US postage stamp. Check it out on the right.
  • Happy BirthdayBill HillJim HolmesBill PosedelMike VenafroMatt Guerrier & Onelki García!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Some Dodger Heirlooms at Love of the Game Auction

Here's a look at some premium Dodgers-related memorabilia that are currently available at Love of the Game Auctions -- the most notable item being the 1959 Gold Glove Award that was given to first baseman Gil Hodges (seen on right). (Auction Link) Apparently, this is the first time this item has ever appeared on auction.

The oddest and most unique item is the below vintage board game produced by Kamm Games Inc. in 1947. (Auction Link) It is called "Casey on the Mound" and it featured Dodgers star righty Hugh Casey.

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Yasiel Puig! -- UPDATE: Max Muncy, Too!

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.


Blog Kiosk: 8/1/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Brian Dozier is now in the house. Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times:
The first call Tuesday afternoon came from Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. Players have 72 hours to report to a new team, but Friedman asked Dozier if he would consider hustling to Los Angeles for a game that would start in six hours. 
“Absolutely,” Dozier said. “I don’t like days off. No days off.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1906 Brooklyn hurler Harry McIntire lost his no-hit bid in the 10th inning  when he yielded a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. He and the Dodgers would then lose the game in the 13 inning due to an unearned run, 1-0. In 1924 Dazzy Vance struck out seven consecutive Cub batters to set a major league record. The Brooklyn Robins would win the game, 4-0. In 1957 Gil Hodges hit not only his 13th grand slam of his career to set a new National League record, but it also proved to be the last grand slam in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 2015 Clayton Kershaw battled Mike Trout, marking the first time that reigning MVPs had faced each other. Trout would go 0-for-3 against Kersh; including a first inning strike out, as the Dodgers defeat the Angels, 3-1.
  • Happy Birthday, Joe ShauteHoward FreigauMyron WhiteDave AndersonBrian Bohanon! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Welcome to the Blue, John Axford!

We all knew the Dodgers were looking to add a reliever. We just didn't expect it to be John Axford. As you likely know by now, in addition to the trade deadline deal that brought us Brian Dozer earlier today, we are also adding right-handed reliever John Axford from Toronto. In exchange we sent the Blue Jays a right-handed prospect named Corey Cropping.

Welcome to the Blue, Brian Dozier!

Here's a deadline deal no one expected.

At long last the Dodgers have gotten the infielder many fans had wished for a couple of years back. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite have the stock value he had back then. Today, he's an under-performing player who has a track record that suggest he could turn things around. Announced this afternoon is a trade that sends our second baseman Logan "Logie Bear" Forsythe, minor leaguers Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer to the Twins for second baseman Brian Dozier.