Thursday, January 17, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - Autograph & VIP Experience FanFest Tickets On Sale Today!

Here's a special notice for Dodger FanFest attendees, the autograph and VIP experience tickets will go on sale this afternoon, online, at 1:00 PM. Go here. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear they'll be providing a preview of who will be signing or specifics about VIP events.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1953 the Brooklyn Dodgers traded Andy Pafko to the Milwaukee Braves for Roy HartsfieldIn 1976 Dodger great Tommy Davis is released by the KC Royals, ending an 18-year MLB career. As a Dodger he played eight seasons; slashing .304/.338/.441/.779 with an 117 OPS+, 16.2 WAR, two batting crowns and two All-Star appearances.
  • Happy BirthdayTyler HoustonScott MullenHarry Pattee & Don Zimmer!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1951 Brooklyn Eagle Printing Plate of the Duke

At just 24-years of age, the young Snider had just finished his first great season as a Dodger. In 1950 he slashed a fantastic .321/.379/.553/.932 to become an All-Star and MVP candidate (coming in ninth place) for the first time. So naturally, a nice little raise was in order.

Featured above is a January 28, 1951 (link here) Brooklyn Eagle printing plate of Duke Snider that accompanies a story highlighting his signing of a new contract for the upcoming 1951 season. Here's the headline:
Snider Okays 1951 Dodger Pact; Figure Set at $15,000

Monday, January 14, 2019

2019 Dodgers FanFest Details Are Now Here

We now have some details for the Dodgers seventh annual FanFest at Dodger Stadium. It is set for Saturday, January 26th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. As always, a full slate of autograph guest and VIP experiences will be available for fans. Go here to check it all out. Admission, as always, is free, but you must get a ticket ahead of time.

I've attended the past six FanFest's and shared a bunch of photos from those days (these post also include numerous links to post from other bloggers).  Check out the below links to check them out.  


As always, both admission and parking is free at Dodger Stadium. Unfortunately, just about everything else is not. Go here for more information. You must download and claim a free ticket to attend the event (no parking tickets are required). Once there, parking gates open at 9:30 AM and stadium gates will open at 10:00 AM. There will be a bunch of activities available for both young and old.

Once again, there will be a Jr. Dodgers Autograph session for kids only (ages 14 and under) in the autograph tent that will be in Lot G. Additionally, these autographs are free for kids, but you must be a Jr. Dodgers member (which is also free). Go here to sign up and check it out.

The LA Dodger Foundations (LADF) will host its fifth annual Yard Sale with one-of-a-kind Dodger items for budgets of all sizes; including jerseys, T-shirts and more. There will also be a Mystery Bag Fundraiser where fans can purchase an official Major League baseball autographed by a current or former Dodger. All Proceeds benefit the LADF.

FanFest autograph tickets are to go on sale later this week, so stay tuned. You will need to go here ( to get those tickets. This is also where you will go to get tickets for the various VIP Experiences; such as meet and greets, Q&A sessions, pitching lessons, batting lessons, tours, etc. Prices for autograph ticket vouchers has not been release yet.

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2018 Leaf Ultimate Draft - All the Dodgers Cards

Leaf always seems to release a couple of brands a month or two too late. For instance, last week they released their 2018 Leaf Ultimate Draft cards and they'll have their 2018 Leaf Valient cards next month -- even though we are well into the new year. Nevertheless, it's always nice to get new cards of some up-'n-coming prospects.

Featured below are the three Dodgers found in packs of 2018 Leaf Ultimate Draft. Go here for a complete checklist.

1990 Leaf Autograph

#BA-DJP D.J. Peters         #BA-KR1 Keibert Ruiz

Blog Kiosk: 1/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

As you know, this weekend Jaime Jarrin received the Pioneer Award at the 16th annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation awards dinner, and our very own Justin Turner was on-hand to present it to him. BTW, former Dodger VP of Amateur Scouting, Logan White, was also honored at the scouts dinner - being one of eight scouts honored.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Welcome Back to the Blue, Russell Martin!

This morning we all got a bit of news regarding our open catcher position, and it has nothing to do with the Marlins. Instead, we find out that an old friend will be coming back home. According to Canadian Sportsnet journalist Arash Madani, Russell Martin has been traded to the Dodgers, via twitter:
And now we have official confirmation of this from the Dodgers. Below is from a press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired catcher Russell Martin and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Andrew Sopko and minor league infielder Ronny Brito.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Welcome to the Blue, Jaime Schultz!

Last week the Dodger completed their first trade of 2019, and they did it in the most unsurprising way. The Dodgers, as they are wont to do, added additional depth to their pitching roster by trading their 20th round 2018 pick, pitcher Caleb Sampen, to the Tampa Bay Rays (Andrew Friedman's former employer) for righty reliever Jaime Schultz. Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen.

Blog Kiosk: 1/10/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out who's on the cover of the most recent issue of Baseball America -- stud catching prospect Keibert Ruiz

Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: California Strong Celebrity Softball Game & Padres FanFest

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.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

1958 Packard Bell Dodgers Regional Set - The Dodger Cards

I was recently checking out the current Lelands Winter Classic auction and came across the above 1958 Packard-Bell poster advertising "pictures" of three Dodger players. (Auction Link) Featured are skipper Walter Alston, beloved player and future coach Jim Gilliam and should-be Hall-of-Famer Gil Hodges.

As you know, 1958 was an important year for the club. It marked the franchise's first season in Los Angeles, and as you can imagine it fueled plenty of interest throughout the Southland. West coast baseball fans without a Major League hometeam to root for came out of the woodwork, so businesses were eager to latch their name/product to the team. The poster featured above is an example of one those early efforts.

Blog Kiosk: 1/8/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Is that bugler in the background an old Brooklyn "Sym-Phony" band member?

Featured above is a September 30, 1963 AP wire photo (eBay link here) of Sandy Koufax arriving at LaGuardia airport in preparation for the upcoming World Series against the Yankees.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1956 Jackie Robinson is awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for his strong support of civil rights initiatives. Martin Luther King Jr. was given the honor the prior year.
  • Happy Birthday, Chauncey FisherBrian Johnson Derek Thompson!

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/3/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Just another vintage spring training pic to make you long for the upcoming season, dated 2/23/1947 (eBay Auction Link).
Bat Selection. Bruce Edwards (left), Brooklyn Dodger catcher, looks over some bats with rookie Tom Tatum at the Dodger training area at Havana, Cuba, Feb. 21. Tatum came to the Dodgers from Montreal in the International League where he hit .319 in the 1946 season. Edwards' home is in Sacramento, Calif, and Tatum lives in Nashville, Tenn.
Below are more links to check out:

  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2005 the trade that sends outfielder Shawn Green from the Dodgers to the Diamondbacks and includes $8 million changing hands is approved by the Commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig. The trade would officially be consummated eight days later. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher Brett Tomko to a two year/$8.7 million contract.  
  • Happy BirthdayFrenchy Bordagaray & Chris Van Cuyk!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/2/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Above is a pic of Dodgers team mascot, Ambrose the dog, with team owner Charles Ebbets and his family. It is currently available at RMY Auctions (link here). Per the description on the reverse:
Owner Watches Dodgers Shaping Up -- Stiff workouts continue daily at the Brooklyn Dodgers' Florida Training Camp. The owner Charles Ebbets is there to see thing are going right and he is shown with Mrs. Ebbets helping Ambrose, the mascot to a light. Dated 3-11-1924.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1911 Dodgers president Charles Ebbets announces that he has completed the purchase of 4.5 acres of land in the Pigtown section of Brooklyn to build a new concrete and steel stadium for the team. In 1935 the Dodgers selected Cubs catcher Babe Phelps off of waivers. He would go on to play seven seasons in Brooklyn -- slashing .315/.368/.477/.845 and attended three All-Star games. In 2004 the Dodgers signed free agent infielder and pinch-hitting savant Olmedo Sáenz. All hail the "Killer Tomato".
  • Happy BirthdayGeorge BoehlerBobby ReisCliff DapperBill MadlockGreg HeydemanMike Metcalfe & Scott Proctor!