Friday, May 17, 2019

Welcome to the Blue, Kyle Garlick!


The Dodgers have once again shuffled their roster. Along with both Caleb Ferguson and Matt Beaty, the Dodgers are bringing up 27-year old Kyle Garlick for his first stint of Major League ball.
He is a southern California kid (La Habra) who plays the outfield, and bats and throws right-handed. This season at Oklahoma City he is slashing .280/.375/.627/1.002 in 35 games, and has exhibited some pop. He has ten homers so far, to go along with 20 RBI and 20 runs scored. Over five minor league seasons (covering 418 games) he is slashing a more than respectable .283/.341/.519/.860 with 78 career homers. Per Baseball Prospectus:
A 28th-round senior sign in 2015, Garlick is old for the level. He shows natural bat-to-ball skills and raw strength that translates into game power despite an unorthodox swing that doesn't incorporate much lower half. That swing has undergone some overhaul since last summer, specifically in the setup and launch, and his production hasn't missed a beat. He wants to hit in the box, though he has exhibited improvement in his command of the zone against hard stuff in particular this spring. The successful adjustments are a good sign, though the path is narrow. Poor foot speed limits his ceiling on the bases and in the field, so the bat will need to carry him to a 25-man cameo or three.

2019 Bowman Mega Box Chrome - All the Dodgers Cards

The newest retail exclusive product is now sitting on store shelves of your local Target. It is Topps 2019 Bowman Mega Chrome Boxes and for $19.99 you get four regular 2019 Bowman packs (originally released in mid-April) and two exclusive Mega Box Chrome packs. The Mega Box Chrome packs pulls 100 cards from the 2019 Bowman base set and uses a unique background design -- called "mojo" -- with a chromium finish to distinguish it from the Bowman brand. This hexagonal-styled parallel can only be found in these packs. Four Dodger prospects are a part of the 100 card mojo base set -- Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz, Gavin Lux and Cristian Santana. There is also an autographed mojo card of Cristian Santana and an insert mojo card of Will Smith. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base Chrome Mojo

#BCP-80 Dustin May            #BCP-118 Keibert Ruiz

Blog Kiosk: 5/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Just another fantastic vintage press photo (eBay link) -- this time it's of a successful steal of third, dated 9/29/1938. Per the descriptor on the reverse.
Can't Catch This Thief
Boston Braves catcher Al Lopez slides safely into third with one of his two stolen bases in yesterdays game with the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. In the fourth inning of the first game Lopez swiped third as Dodgers third sacker Cookie Lavagetto turns with catcher Greek George's late throw. The Bees won the opener 2-1, with the Dodgers taking the nightcap 8-6 before 2,822 paying patrons.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 then Pirates slugger Hank Greenberg reached out to Jackie Robinson during a game at Forbes Field. While standing on first base he asked Jackie if he was hurt during a collision with him earlier in the game and then says, "Stick in there. You're doing fine. Keep your chin up." Knowing that Greenberg knew first hand the difficulties he had been facing, due to his own Jewish heritage, Jackie would later name him his "diamond hero." In 1978 Dodger slugger Lee Lacy hit his third consecutive home run as a pinch-hitter -- becoming the first player to have ever done so.
  • Happy BirthdayAl MaysRube VickersElmer SteeleHarry Riconda & Dick Smith!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #237 - Kenta Carries Dodgers


Last nights effort on the part of Kenta Maeda has earned him his fourth Topps Now card - his first of the 2019 season. His first three all came out during his rookie season in 2016, so it's been quite some time since he's been issued an online exclusive card.  Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Kenta Maeda did it all for the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings and allowing just thee hits while striking out 12. The pitcher also drove in the team's only two runs on two hits at the plate. The Dodgers went on to win the game 2-0 thanks to the herculean effort from the right-hander.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/16/2019 - Dodgers Links - Maeda Does it All


Masterful.

Kenta Maeda struck out 12 Padres (a team season high), walked none and scattered three hits to stifle San Diego and record his fifth win of the season. Best yet, he provided all the offense the Dodgers would need. With two on he hit an 'excuse me' bloop single that drove in the pair in the second inning. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It’s hard to imagine him being any better, really, especially when you just saw a team less than 10 days ago,” said manager Dave Roberts. “To go out there, play that cat-and-mouse game, execute the fastball like he did tonight, the slider down below, the split-change…it was really, really fun to watch.”
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“You see what happens when you put the ball in play,” Verdugo said. “Good things happen.” 
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1970 a fourteen year old fan named Alan Fish was struck by a batted baseball at Dodger Stadium and would unfortunately die four days later. This marked the first fatality of a fan from a batted ball in a Major League game. In 2000 was the infamous fight at Wrigley Field that started when Dodgers catcher Chad Kreuter, sitting in the Wrigley exposed bullpen, was hit in the back of the head and had his hat stolen by a unruly fan. Several players and coaches jumped into the stands during the ensuing melee. 
  • Happy BirthdayWatty ClarkRube WalkerRick RhodenMitch Webster & Eugenio Vélez!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 Topps Big League Baseball - All the Dodger Cards

Big League Baseball boxes, Topps answer to collectors who are seeking something more affordable, are now on store shelves. There are 403 base cards (11 of which are Dodgers) and only a handful of high-end autographs available -- there are no relics in the set. A box of 24 packs sell for about $35, so this brand is perfect for collectors on a budget.

Check out all of the Dodgers cards that are available below. Go here for a complete checklist.

Base

#2 Max Muncy

Blog Kiosk: 5/15/2019 - Dodgers Links - Pederson Hit His 100th


Congrats, Joc!

Last night he hit 100th career home run, and it was a timely one. With the Dodgers trailing, Joc came up in the third inning with a man on and hit his homer (watch it here) to give the club a lead that they would not relinquish. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“I didn’t know it was the 100th when I hit it, but it did help the team win a ballgame, so it was pretty cool,” said Pederson, who has more home runs than singles (10). He is the 29th Dodger to reach the century mark 
“Every time he’s in the box he’s a threat,” manager Dave Roberts said of Pederson. “Credit to our guys and the game plan.
The Dodgers now lead the National League West by 4.5 games -- their biggest lead of the season. Photo above via Josh Barber/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

2019 Topps Tier One - All the Dodger Cards

Topps high-end brand, Tier One, was released last week, and I've got a bunch of pics to share with you. As you know, this set includes only hits - autographs and relics. So, there are no base cards to chase after. Each box will cost about $100 and you get three cards per box - two autographs and a relic card. Go here for a complete checklist.

Many of the relic and relic/autograph combo cards come with either one, two or three relic pieces embedded within it -- with the three relic piece being a "1 of 1" card. Check out as many of the Dodger cards I could find below.

Autographed Tier One Relics

#T1ATR-CT Chris Taylor

Blog Kiosk: 5/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Above is a fantastic 1932 International News press photo of future Hall of Famer Hack Wilson wearing a Dodger uniform for the very first time. It had recently sold at RMY Auctions.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1933 Hack Wilson came off the bench for the Dodgers to belt a pinch-hit inside-the-park walk-off grand slam -- a first in Dodgers history (boxscore). In 1978 Dodger killer Dave Kingman of the Cubs belted three home runs against Los Angeles to defeat us, 10-7, marking the second three-homer game of his career against the Dodgers. This also infamously lead to one of Tommy Lasorda's most epic rants -- when KLAC radio reporter Paul Olden asked what he thought Kingman three dingers. Listen to it here (NSFW). Per Kevin Roderick at LA Observed
“I was in the front row with my arm extended, holding the microphone, and no one was asking about the main thing from that day: the three home runs by Dave Kingman,” Olden said. I just needed a quick sound bite, 10 or 15 seconds, and then get the heck out of there.
“So I sort of innocently asked his opinion of Kingman’s performance. A minute and a half later, he’s still talking.”

Monday, May 13, 2019

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


The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
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Tuesday, May 14th at 7:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw vs Chris Paddack
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps Now - #221 - Ryu's Scoreless Inning Streak and Near No-No


Ryu's fantastic week on the mound resulted in two wins and 17 innings of shutout ball. For his work he was named the National League Player of the Week. On top of that, his near no-hitter yesterday afternoon also got him a new 2019 Topps Now card to celebrate his efforts on the mound. Per a MLB press release:
  • Earned the victory in each of his two dominant starts last week, improving to 5-1 on the season.  Across 17.0 innings pitched, logged 15 strikeouts without surrendering a run on five hits and one walk.
  • Recorded his third career complete game, and second complete-game shutout on Tuesday night vs. Atlanta, scattering four hits to go along with six strikeouts.  His 93 pitches in the outing were the fewest by a Dodgers hurler in a shutout since Hiroki Kuroda in 2008.
  • In yesterday’s outing against the Washington Nationals, lost his no-hit bid in the eighth inning before exiting with 8.0 scoreless innings and nine punchouts.
  • Permitted his third walk of the season in yesterday’s start (52.1 IP), and his first since April 20th.  Enters play today with an 18.00 SO/BB rate, easily the best in the Majors.

Blog Kiosk: 5/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Ryu is an 'Ace' right now. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I can’t say enough about Hyun-Jin and what he’s done for us,” Roberts said. “He’s off to obviously a tremendous start. To watch him work as a technician, it was masterful. It really was.”
Hyun-Jin came so close to throwing a no-hitter last night. He went 8.1 scoreless innings before giving up a double to first baseman Gerardo Parra, and now has a scoreless innings streak of 24 innings.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 the famous 'embrace that shook the baseball world' occurred at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Dodgers, facing the Reds for the first time this season at their home stadium, witness a barrage of racial slurs directed at Jackie Robinson. Team captain Pee Wee Reese, seeing this, engages with Jackie on the field and then put his arm around his shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd (or so the story goes). In 1952 Vin Scully experienced something incredible. As a youth he dreamed of being a broadcaster. A classmate named Larry Miggins shared a similar dream with him. He wanted to play Major League Baseball. So on this day Miggins, now a outfielder with the Cardinals, was at-bat with Vin Scully calling the game for the Dodgers in Brooklyn, and proceeded to hit his first career home run in front of his close friend. Per an SI story (2016):
“I remember I said, ‘Larry, when we get out of here, what do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘I’d love to be a big league ballplayer.’ “And I said, ‘I wonder what those odds are.’ And then I said, ‘Well, you know, I’d like to be big league broadcaster. I wonder what those odds are.’ “And then I said, ‘How about this one for a long shot: How about you play, I broadcast, you hit a home run?’ And we said, ‘The odds, no one would be able to calculate that!’”

Friday, May 10, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/10/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Take a look at this slide.

Here's a May 19, 1943 ACME press photo of Cardinals outfielder Harry Walker trying his best to break-up a double play, as he slides way outside of the bag to interrupt Dodgers shortstop Arky Vaughn (eBay auction link). His effort would lead to Stan Musial, who hit the grounder, reaching base and eventually scoring the first run of the game (boxscore).

BTW, the ACME descriptor on the reverse actually says that the Brooklyn player featured is second baseman Alex Kampouris, but that can't be right. The play was a grounder to second, who shoveled to the shortstop and then threw to first. Therefore the Dodger above is the shortstop, not the second baseman.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1955 Don Newcombe threw a complete game shutout against the Cubs while facing the minimum of 27 batters, 3-0. He allowed just one hit, to second baseman Gene Baker, who would subsequently be caught stealing. In 1966 the Dodgers sent 1955 World Series hero Johnny Podres to the Tigers as part of an conditional deal. In 1968 the Dodgers signed free agent infielder Ken Boyer. At the age of 37 the aging All-Star would slash .271/.317/.403/.720 with 60 hits, six home runs and 41 RBI's that season. In 1996 Tommy Lasorda managed his 3,000th major league game. It was against the Cardinals, and the Dodgers defeated them in twelve innings, 3-2
  • Happy BirthdayBill DavidsonJim Hickman & John Cummings!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

2019 Topps Now Future World Series - All the Dodger Cards

I had forgotten all about the existence of this set. Back in March Topps unveiled a new online exclusive set that's based on the Topps Now brand. It is called Topps Now Future and it's a print-to-order product that was sold as a three-card pack and includes a bonus prize should the predicted 'future' shown on the card come true. For this particular set should the player/team win the 2019 World Series you will get either a 20-card chrome-based team set or a mystery autographed card.

There are three Dodgers' available (Kershaw, Bellinger and Turner) and the total number of packs sold by Topps was 10,910. So, this means that there are about 360 of each of these cards available. Go here for a complete checklist. BTW, an Award Winners version was made available in April and I hope to have pics of those available soon.

#40 Clayton Kershaw     
     

Blog Kiosk: 5/9/2019 - Dodgers Links - 10th Straight Victory at Home


Last night Clayton Kershaw went a strong 6.2 innings to record his second victory of the season -- which helped the Dodgers win their 10th consecutive game at home. The real hero, though is an offense that continues to out-slug their opponents. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“It definitely feels like when you come to the ballpark we’re going to win every night,” said Kershaw, whose team responded to a six-game losing streak by going 17-6. “With the ebbs and flows of a season, you’re not always going to feel that way. But right now, it does. It feels like someone’s going to pick us up. If we’re down, we’ll come back. If we have the lead early, we’ll hold it and add on late. 
"A lot of signs of a great team. Different guys contributing all the way through. If we get everybody going at the exact same time, it’s going to be pretty scary.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1947 the infamous photo between Phillies manager Ben Chapman and Jackie Robinson is taken before the start of this afternoons game in Philadelphia. As you know, Chapman spearheaded a vicious racially-tinged verbal assault on Robinson during their previous series in Brooklyn that resulted in extremely poor press and the wrath of Commissioner Happy Chandler. In 1983 Ron Cey returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Chicago during the offseason. Cey went 3-for-4 with three singles and a run scored but his Cubs lost, 4-3.
  • Happy BirthdayAlex Farmer & Aaron Harang!

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Nationals Series Starts Thursday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Monday against the Washington Nationals. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. I will update this should new and updated information become available. Here are some important links:
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Thursday, May 9th at 7:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps Now - #194 & #195 - Turner & Ryu's Big Night


Last nights monumental efforts by Ryu and Turner has earned them their first 2019 Topps Now cards of the season. Ryu recorded a complete game shutout against the Atlanta Braves. He even had a perfect game going in to the sixth inning. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Tyler Flowers spoiled Ryu’s perfect game by grounding a single past a diving Turner and into left field leading off the sixth inning. Turner joked if he’d realized at the time that Ryu was working on a perfect game, he might have called on superhero powers. 
“When I looked up and saw the '1' flash on the board, I wanted to kick myself a little bit more,” said Turner. “Try to dive and ‘Go-Go Gadget Arm’ that ball into the six-hole.”

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Julio Urias and Cody Bellinger

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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Blog Kiosk: 5/8/2019 - Dodgers Links - Ryu's Near Perfection


On an evening when his family and friends were in the house -- heck, it was even his mother's birthday -- Hyun-Jin Ryu absolutely dominated. He threw his first complete game shutout since his rookie season in 2013 and even took a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a single to Tyler Flowers. Overall, he struck out six while walking none and yielded just four hits to earn his fourth victory of the season. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“It was good to watch Hyun-Jin do his thing,” said Roberts, who never called down to the bullpen for even a warm-up. “Complete domination tonight. His feel, to strike the breaking ball, has always been elite. It’s hard to say he’s under the radar, but he’s an elite pitcher in baseball. It makes it fun to sit back and watch. I think the only time he broke a sweat was when he was covering first base.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1941 the Giants and Dodgers play an Army-Navy Relief exhibition game that raises over $60,000 for the Navy Relief Fund in front of 24,000 fans. Brooklyn edged out their rivals, 7-6, on a Dolph Camilli home run in the seventh inning. BTW, everyone, including the umpires, coaches and players, paid admission to enter Ebbets Field. In 1973 Willie Stargell hit an Andy Messersmith pitch out of Dodger Stadium. this was the second time he has accomplished the feat at the stadium and only the second time it had ever happened in its history. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela throws his seventh straight victory to open the season, shutting out the Mets by a score of 1-0 at Shea Stadium.
  • Happy BirthdayDan Brouthers & Adrian Gonzalez!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Lelands has Vintage Pics of Dodgers' as Negro League Ballplayers


Lelands just opened up their Spring auction and it includes several incredible Negro League items featuring future Dodgers. The best of the bunch is the above 1939 photo of an 18-year old Roy Campanella (on the right) as a member of the Baltimore Elite Giants. (Auction Link) Crouching with Campy is his catching mentor Robert 'Eggie' Clark. Eggie was about 33-years old at the time and would soon be a backup to Campy the following season.

Blog Kiosk: 5/7/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Buehler is now just rolling along. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Buehler was electric at times on Monday, striking out eight Braves in seven innings (none after the fourth), relying primarily on fastballs (topping out at 98.8 mph) and retiring 11 straight at one point. He made 100 pitches, 75 of them four-seam fastballs, with only three sliders. 
“For me, it was fastball command,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Getting ahead with the fastball, as he did all night. That’s a very good lineup over there. There’s slug in there, there’s on-base, they don’t punch. And Walker navigated it very well.”
He is now 4-0 with a hyper-inflated 4.95 ERA and a more reasonable 3.64 FIP.  Photo above via Josh Barber/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1940 the Brooklyn Dodgers become the first National League team to fly when they travel by air to Chicago from St. Louis. In 1959, the Roy Campanella benefit game, dubbed "Roy Campanella Night," against the Yankees is played at the Coliseum in front of 93,103 fans -- the largest crowd to have ever attended a ballgame. It is estimated that 15,000 other fans were turned away at the turnstiles due to the sellout. In 1970 first baseman Wes Parker hits for the cycle against the Mets at Shea Stadium. He completed the task by hitting a triple in the 10th inning to help defeat New York, 7-4. In 2009 Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is suspended 50-games for a PED violation. 
  • Happy BirthdayMickey DoolinTom ZacharyAl EpperlyDick Williams & James Loney!

Monday, May 06, 2019

Welcome to the Blue, Travis d'Arnaud!


Something strange happened over the weekend. The Dodgers signed a player at a position that I didn't think we needed help in. For months we've been sold the idea that we are rich at the catcher position, but Sunday's signing appears to beguile that. As you likely know, the Dodgers signed recently released Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud. Infielder Matt Beaty was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for him on the active roster. BTW, he will wear #72 and you can follow him on Instagram here: @travisdarnaud. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
D’Arnaud was released by the Mets on Friday after appearing in 10 games in his seventh season in New York. He missed almost all of last season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. 
The former 2007 first-round pick and Southern California native is a career .242/.303/.401 hitter who enjoyed his best season in 2015, posting an .825 OPS with 12 home runs. He hit as many as 16 home runs as recently as 2017. 
D’Arnaud has historically performed better against left-handed pitching, slashing .252/.323/.415/.738 against lefties compared to .239/.297/.396/.693 against righties.

Blog Kiosk: 5/6/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Patience has always been a virtue in Baseball, so it should come as no surprise that Chris Taylor's early season slump appears to have reversed. Over the past five games he is slashing .381/.381/.762/1.143 with eight hits (two of which were homers) and six RBI's in 21 at-bats. Per Jorge Castillo at the LA Times:
“I think he’s just getting opportunities to go out there and play,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers’ 8-5 loss Sunday. “I think he’s taking better swings. When he does get a ball in the strike zone, he’s getting it going forward and not fouling it off or swinging through it. And when you start to get some hits, it breeds confidence.”
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“It hasn’t really shown much, but I’ve actually felt pretty good the last week or two,” Taylor said. “And I’m just trying to go up there and I’ve been working on things in the cage and I felt like I’ve been really close.”
Photo above via Raymond Gorospe/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1937 Baseball fans at both the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field see the Hindenberg zeppelin fly overhead - just a few hours before it infamously exploded into a fireball in Lakehurst, New Jersey. In 1947 NL President Ford Frick threatens seven Cardinals players at Ebbets Field with banishment from the league should they follow through with their planned boycott to protest Jackie Robinson. In 1978 Dodger super-utilityman Lee Lacy becomes the first Major Leaguer to hit pinch-hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. On May 17th he would make it three-in-a-row.
  • Happy Birthday, Les WebberMike McCormickMike Kincade!

Sunday, May 05, 2019

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


The next homestand starts on Monday against the Atlanta Braves. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
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Monday, May 6th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Friday, May 03, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #164 - Bellinger Named NL Player of the Month of April


Here is the Topps Now card announcing Cody Bellinger as the National League 'Player of the Month'. It is currently available online. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Tim Anderson was named the AL Player of the Month after batting .375 with a League-leading 10 stolen bases. Anderson added six hone runs, five doubles and drove in 18 runs. Cody Bellinger was named the NL Player of the Month after he led the League with a .431 batting average. In one of the greatest starts in League history, Cody Bellinger tied the MLB record for home runs before May 1 with 14. During the same stretch, Bellinger also set the League record for RBI with 37, base hits with 47 and total bases with 97.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/3/2019 - Dodgers Links - National League Player of the Month Cody Bellinger


In celebration of Cody Bellinger earning the National League 'Player of the Month' honors for the month of April I made the above two fantasy custom Baseball cards of him. Per Chad Thornburg at MLB.com:
"I'm understanding how to use my swing and working in the cage every day to repeat what I'm doing," Bellinger said. "Just not trying to do too much. It's fun, for sure. Every day before the game, I know what I want to do. The days I feel off, it's knowing what it is I want to do and getting it back."
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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/2/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Ryu was fantastic last night. He battled Madison Bumgarner pitch-for-pitch -- throwing eight innings of four-hit ball, allowing just one run and striking out six. Unfortunately, the Dodgers offense decided to take May Day off. All they could do was scatter six hits and score one run to eventually lose on a walk-off single to Buster Posey, 2-1. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“Hyun-Jin was outstanding. It’s unfortunate that you don’t win a game when he pitches the way he did,” said manager Dave Roberts. “He had command of everything … Kept those guys off balance. Certainly his best outing of the year.”
Photo above via Michael Urakami/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1928 Giants manager John McGraw does the unusual. In that afternoons game against the Dodgers he calls for an intentional walk with the bases loaded and two outs to drive in a run during the ninth inning to make the score 2-1. Giants starter Larry Benton then struck out the next batter, Harry Riconda, to get the victory. In 1975 the Dodgers traded Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon to the Cubs for starting pitcher Burt HootonIn 1995 Hideo Nomo made his first major league start. He would pitch five innings of one-hit ball against the Giants in a no-decision. The Dodgers would eventually lose the game in the 15th inning, 4-3 
  • Happy BirthdayLarry Cheney!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

More Dodger Goodies at Goldin Auctions


Last week I highlighted a couple of fantastic Jackie Robinson game-used items on auction at Goldin (link here), and wanted to take a little moment this afternoon to point-out a handful of other Dodger collectibles available there.

First of all, there's some great Dodgers artwork. Above is an Arthur Miller portrait of Jackie Robinson (Auction Link) that was painted last year.  To the right is another Arthur Miller piece. It features Sandy Koufax on a 1948 Leaf Baseball card design and was completed this year (Auction Link).

Blog Kiosk: 5/1/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


You can't win without a little help from your friends.

Cody Bellinger still continues to mash, but it was the efforts of those who've had a slow start that gave the Dodgers a victory last night. Chris Taylor, who is well below the Mendoza line, knocked in two with a double in the sixth. Justin Turner finally hit his first homer of the season when he took lefty Ty Blach deep to centerfield. David Freese recorded a double and a three-run jack to break-out of an 0-for-18 slump. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“We take pride in our roles and we want to do our part,” said Freese. “We have a good enough team that we can falter and still get victories. That’s not always going to happen. Belly’s not always going to be Player of the Month with the best April in history.”
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“If you look at the guys that have hit left-handed pitching throughout their career, really haven’t yet,” said manager Dave Roberts. “It’s a long season. We’re going to face a lot of lefties this week and I think the numbers will start to correct.”
Photo above of David Freese via Michael Urakami/MLB.com at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1906 the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) are no-hit by Philadelphia southpaw John Lush, 6-0. In 1920 the Dodgers and Boston Braves play a 26-inning game - the longest in major league history. Starting pitchers Leon Cadore of Brooklyn and Joe Oeschger of Boston both finish the game, as it ends in a 1-1 tie after nearly four hours of play. In 1965 Tommy Davis dislocates and breaks his ankle while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play. In 2012 a new Dodgers ownership group takes over the franchise -- headed by Stan KastenMark Walter at Guggenheim Financial and Magic Johnson.
  • Happy BirthdayCharlie ReynoldsVon JoshuaRay SearagePhil Hiatt & Iván De Jesus!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Welcome to the Blue, Matt Beaty!


As you all know, AJ Pollock is headed towards to Injured List due to right elbow inflammation, so speculation all morning centered around who would be called up to take his place on the roster.

Top prospect Edwin Rios was a possibility, but he hasn't exactly been tearing it up in Oklahoma -- slashing a measly .221/.256/.349/.604 so far. Another name to consider is outfielder Kyle Garlick. He's been a consist bat since being drafted by the club in 2015, and is currently slashing a modest .254/.375/.493/.868 in Triple-A. For out of the box thinkers, the name Will Smith comes to mind. He's one of our top catching prospects, who happens to also play a little bit of the infield. Although he doesn't appear to have much outfield experience, maybe a 'cup of coffee' for the youngster would be warranted.

As it turns out, though none of the three above were chosen. It is outfielder/infielder Matt Beaty who will be joining the Dodgers. Per a Dodgers press release:
Beaty, 26, was the 12th round selection by the Dodgers in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Belmont University. The former Belmont Bruin has been with the Dodger organization for five seasons and this will be his first Major League promotion after being added to the 40-man roster on November 20, 2018. In five minor league seasons, he is a .307 (427-for-1390) hitter with 33 homers and 209 RBI across five different levels. Prior to the promotion, Beaty was batting .277 (23-for-83) with two homers and 10 RBI in 22 games for Oklahoma City.