Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #425 - A Walk-Off Weekend


As suspected, Topps has issued another Dodgers' Topps Now card today, and it highlights all three walk-off homers from this weekend. Alex Verdugo, Matt Beaty and Will Smith are featured on the card. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Alex Verdugo and Matt Beaty became the first rookies in history to hit walk-off home runs on consecutive days, before Will Smith decided to get in on the fun with a walk-off blast of his own. The home run sealed a series sweep of the division-rival Colorado Rockies and extended the NL West Division lead to 13 games.

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2019 Topps Museum - All the Dodger Insert Cards

Now that you've seen the Dodger base cards found in packs of 2019 Topps Museum, here's a look at most of the Dodger inserts you can find. I've also included several of the Original Sketch (1 of 1) cards that have found their way into the marketplace this past week.

Canvas Collection Reprints

#CC-50 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/24/2018 - Dodger Links - Some Odds and Ends


Our three young hero's.

Photo above of Alex Verdugo, Will Smith and Matt Beaty 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 1947 Jackie Robinson stole home plate for the first time in his career. It was against the Pirates at Forbes Field during the fifth inning to give the Dodgers a lead and it was the eventual winning run, 4-2In 1955 future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax makes his Major League debut. He pitches in relief against the Milwaukee Braves and goes two innings -- allowing one hit, one walk and striking out two. In 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent infielder/outfielder Ron Fairly out of USC. He would eventually play 12 seasons in Los Angeles -- slashing .260/.347/.385/.732 while helping the club capture three World Series titles. In 2018 the Dodgers tie a NL record when they collectively hit seven solo home runs during a single game. It was against the Met's at Citi Field and it includes a game-winning homer by Justin Turner, against his old club, in the 12th inning, 8-7.
  • Happy Birthday, Jack BantaJason Romano!

2019 Topps Now - #405, #414, #415 & #420 - Dodgers Historic Weekend


The Dodgers had an unbelievable weekend. Not only did they sweep the Rockies -- winning their sixth in a row -- but they did it with fantastic style. The club won all three weekend games with walk-off homers. Best yet, all three were hit by rookies.

To celebrate these achievements Topps issued several 2019 Topps Now cards (with another one likely to be made available later this afternoon) that I'm a bit tardy in writing about in this blog -- for that I apologize. First, let's take a look at a card made available on Friday. It's not actually a Dodger card since it highlights the efforts of a Met player, but it does include a pic of the leading NL MVP candidate Cody Bellinger. Check it out above and to the right. It has already sold out and has a print run of 660 copies. Below is what's it says on the reverse:

Friday, June 21, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 6/21/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Cody doesn't only slug -- he's got a golden glove too. Last night he saved the day when he fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt and threw out the lead-runner at third base. It not only recorded an important first out of the ninth inning, but also helped salvage a precarious one-run lead. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"Cody's play saved the game," said catcher Austin Barnes, who added that he would have accepted the out at first base on Austin if Bellinger hadn't cut in front of him. "Cody's crazy. He won the game." 
"I just started crashing once he squared around and knew that Vogt was running," said Bellinger. "It was more of whoever was picking up would throw to the base you think. I didn't hear anything, just focused on third. Turned out to be a big play. It probably would have been the weirdest loss I've ever been a part of. Good thing it wasn't, and a win is a win."
Photo above via Juan Ocampo/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 1959 former Dodger Don Newcombe, now a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, throws a complete game victory over Los Angeles, 17-3, at the LA Memorial Coliseum. It is his eighth win of the season. He recorded six strike outs and goes 4-for-4 at the plate -- all singles with four runs driven in. In 1998 the Dodgers replaced their manager, Bill Russell, with coach Glenn Hoffmann. Fred Claire is also fired, as Tommy Lasorda becomes the new GM. In 2016 the Dodgers signed Dean Kremer -- the first ever Israeli to sign a contract with a major league club. He had just been drafted in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft. 
  • Happy BirthdayRandy MooreJackie Collum & Rick Sutcliffe!

2019 Topps Now -- #404 -- Dodgers are First to 50


Following the Dodgers 50th victory of the season on Wednedsday -- the first team in Baseball to reach this benchmark -- Topps has issued a new 2019 Topps Now card to commemorate the achievement. As you can see, Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo are featured on the front of the card. Go here to check it out and order. At the time of this posting there is only about 1 1/2 hours left to place an order, so apologize for this late notice. Below is what's written on the reverse:
The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team in MLB to reach 50 wins this season, when they beat the division-rival San Francisco Giants, 9-2. The Dodgers have been led by one of the top offenses in Baseball with 119 home runs and 391 runs scored, while pitching to a stellar 3.17 team ERA.

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



The next homestand starts on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

2019 Topps Museum - The Dodger Base Cards

Topps Museum cards are now out and I've got pics of the Dodger base cards below. Go here for a complete checklist.

The brand includes a 100 card base set -- of which there are two Dodger legends (Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax) and four current players. BTW, this is a mid-range priced card brand. A box will cost about $200 and you get four packs. Each pack is guaranteed a hit, and in each box you are guaranteed two autographed cards. I hope to have pics of all the Dodger inserts and hits soon.

Base

#18 Jackie Robinson        #47 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 6/20/2019 - Dodgers Links - First to 50


The Dodgers are the first team in the Majors to win 50 games, but it wasn't easy getting here. They've experienced injuries (losing Pollock, Seager and now Hill) and seen their bullpen falter on numerous occasions. Still, they find a way to win. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com
“Credit to our guys for shutting the door,” said Taylor. “It was big for us to get a lead early there. We’re playing free and easy, relaxed. We’re a very confident group and we’re playing our best baseball.”
BTW, Chris Taylor had a huge game. After struggling for much of the season, Taylor broke out by hitting two home runs (his first multi-homer game of his career), drove in four and scored three times.

Photo above via Carrie Giordano/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 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Willie Davis out of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. In 2000 the Dodgers traded infielder Jose Vizcaino to the Yankees for catcher Jim LeyritzIn 2008 the Dodgers are awarded the Award of Excellence star, which is placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for their significant contributions to the community by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver best his younger brother Jered Weaver at Angels Stadium, 6-4. They become the eighth set of siblings to have started against one another. 
  • Happy Birthday, Jaime SchultzLuis AlcarazLarry SeePaul Bako & Juan Castro!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Garciaparra and Rod Carew

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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2019 Topps MLB Sticker Collection - All the Dodger Cards/Stickers

Topps MLB Sticker Collection has returned and this time they decided to combine their stickers with actual baseball cards. In past years the stickers would come with a backing that had some sort of advertising on it, so you'd just discard it when sticking it into an album. This season, there's a sticker with a collectible back that gives it a trading card feel. In other words, there are two ways to collect this set. You can chase after the stickers and/or the backs. Go here for a complete checklist.

As you can see below, there are seven Dodger stickers to collect. There are also nine different Dodger backs to chase after. Photos of both (with their corresponding reverse-side) are shown below. Furthermore, I have no idea what is the difference between the Type I and Type II backs.

Base Stickers

#110 Jackie Robinson

#117 Sandy Koufax

Blog Kiosk: 6/19/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


There's nothing like the joy on a kids face when they meet their Baseball idol.

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 History: In 1938, a day after signing a contract with the club, Babe Ruth puts on a Dodger uniform for the first time. In 1952 Carl Erskine threw a no-hitter against the Cubs in the Dodgers' 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. This is the first of two no-no's he would throw in his career. The only Cub to get on base was the opposing pitcher, via a walk. In 1973 Dodger outfielder Willie Davis collected his 2,000th career hit at Dodger Stadium when he two-run home run. In 1990 Dodgers catcher Gary Carter broke a National League record for career games caught at 1‚862. He passes former Dodger Al Lopez who set the record in 1946.
  • Happy BirthdayBill SwiftLarry MillerBob AspromonteJerry ReussButch DavisDoug Mientkiewicz & Claudio Vargas!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 6/18/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


This must've been a very sad day in Flatbush.

Featured above is an April 18, 1958, AP wirephoto of a lone ballplayer walking the field with his head held down at Ebbets Field. As you know, this date corresponds to the opening week of play for Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, the Brooklyn ballclub moved that winter to warmer digs. They are now known as the Los Angeles Dodgers. The headline used in the papers (as indicated on the reverse of photo) says, "Opening Day in Flatbush -- And Nothing But Silence." Written on the side is the following:
Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers for decades, is spic and span as usual this Spring. But the stands remain empty and desolate and the field bare of players during these opening days of the 1958 season, The Dodgers, new based across the continent in Los Angeles, open their home season today in the huge Los Angeles Coliseum.
Photo above grabbed from an eBay auction (link here). Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1938 the Dodgers sign their newest coach, Babe Ruth, to a contract. He hopes that he'll be installed as manager of the club the following season. As you know, that would not occur. Instead, it becomes clear that he is signed for publicity reasons -- he takes batting practice before the start of each game to guarantee high attendance. 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 BirthdaySandy Alomar!

Monday, June 17, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #387 - Father's Day Card with Cody Bellinger


Cody Bellinger had a fantastic Father's Day. Not only did he play a big part in yesterday's 3-2 victory over the Cubs, by hitting a game-tying homer in the sixth inning, he did it in front of his folks at Dodger Stadium. You can watch it here.

To celebrate the holiday Topps has released a special Father's Day 2019 Topps Now card that highlights that every ballplayer in the league wore Blue. Featured on the front is Cody Bellinger and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. -- both of whom have MLB dads. Go here to check it out and order.

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Blog Kiosk: 6/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


What a slide, eh?

Chris Taylor did a belly-flop on home plate yesterday afternoon that was the eventual winning run. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
The speedy Taylor seemed to hesitate momentarily, but was aggressively waved home by third-base coach Dino Ebel and slid hard face-first, left fielder Kris Bryant’s throw on the first-base side of the plate and skipping past catcher Wilson Contreras. Taylor suffered a nasty scrape on his right cheek from the slide. 
"He had to make a perfect throw and he didn't and that's what I was banking on,” said Ebel.
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 1956 Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock becomes the first and only ballplayer to have ever hit a home run onto the roof of Ebbets Field. His ninth inning blast was the second of the game and was the eventual winning run as they defeated Brooklyn, 5-4. In 1976 one of the Dodgers greatest foes, Dave Kingman, helped defeat Los Angeles when he hit an 14-inning walk-off home run off knuckleballer Charlie Hough, 1-0In 1997 the Dodgers and Angels player their first interleague Freeway Series match. The Dodgers would win on a walk-off home run by Todd Zeile off reliever Troy Percival, 4-3.
  • Happy Birthday, Pete BrowningBob CoulsonPhil DouglasBill HubbellChink Outen!

2019 Topps Series 2 Flagship Set -- The Rest of the Dodger Insert Cards

Here's a final look at the second series of cards for Topps 2019 flagship baseball set. Go here to check out all of my previous posts. Below are the rest of the Dodger inserts that are available in packs.

Major League Material

#MLM-CB Cody Bellinger

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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:

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Monday, June 17 at 7:10 PM
TV: ESPN, SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Friday, June 14, 2019

2019 Topps Now Future Award Winners - All the Dodger Cards

In May I put up pics from a new Topps online exclusive set called '2019 Topps Now Future World Series'. These cards are basically a gaming piece that provides a prize should the predicted event occur. In the case of the 'Future World Series' cards, should the team featured win the 2019 World Series the holder would win either a chrome-based team set or a mystery autographed card.

Following that set Topps released a second 'Award' brand and it is called '2019 Topps Now Future Award Winners'. These cards provide a prize should the featured ballplayer win the MVP, Cy Young or Rookie of the Year. Featured Dodgers include Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler as Cy Young candidates, Corey Bellinger and Corey Seager as MVP candidates and Alex Verdugo as a potential Rookie of the Year. Go here for a complete checklist.

BTW, there are also 'Wild Cards' available that cover the ballplayers that Topps did not have the wherewithal to include as a part of this brand. This is important because Hyun-Jin Ryu is clearly leading the National League CY Young race and he isn't featured in this set. On a side note, with Bellinger currently outpacing the rest of the league for MVP, I think it may be prudent to chase after his cards.

Base Cy Young Award

NL Cy Young Award
#11 Clayton Kershaw           #14 Walker Buehler

Blog Kiosk: 6/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Check out this fantastic fan-taken snapshot of Jackie Robinson coaching his son, Jackie Robinson Jr. that I ran into on ebay recently. Junior must be behind on the count -- notice how he's choking up on the bat?

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 played 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 BirthdayDon Newcombe & Greg Brock!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2019 Topps Series 2 Flaship Set -- Some Inserts and Silver Pack Promos

Yesterday, we took a look at all of the Dodger base cards found in the second series of Topps flagship baseball cards set. Now, we can check out some of the inserts that are available.

First, though let's take a peek at the Silver Pack promotion. Like last year, collectors can go to your local participating card shop and receive a free 'Silver Pack' when purchasing a Series Two hobby box. These limited edition packs feature exclusive 1984 Chrome cards with a chromium "Mojo" finish. Go here for more information. Directly below are the two Dodgers' available -- Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger.

Below those cards are the '150 Years of Baseball', 'Home Run Challenge Code', '1984 Baseball Rookies', '1984 Autographs' and 'Legacy of Baseball Autographed' cards.

2019 Topps Baseball Silver Pack 

1984 Chrome Promo Cards Series 2
Base Set
#T84-1 Clayton Kershaw         #T84-23 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 6/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I think it's safe to say that everybody had a fun time at last nights Blue Diamond Gala in support of the Dodgers Foundation. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“We have a lot of stuff that goes on during the season on off days that guys don’t always look forward to, but I think this is one event that happens every year — as well as Clayton (Kershaw)’s ping-pong event — where guys put it in the calendar and look forward to it,” said Justin Turner, “especially when you have a guy like Bruno Mars performing.”
They raised over $3 million in support of the organization. Photo above of Dave Roberts, via the Dodgers Foundation on twitter. 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 infield together 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 BirthdayGene McCannBill Bergen & Charlie Malay!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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


The next homestand starts on Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
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Thursday, June 13th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps Series 2 Flagship Set - All the Dodger Base Cards and Variations

Series 2 is now out in stores, and it includes 11 new Dodger base cards to add to this season flagship set. There are some big names here, like Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler and Cy Young favorite Hyun-Jin Ryu. On top of that, I believe the Pedro Baez card is his very first flagship base card - please correct me if I'm wrong. Go here for a complete checklist.

BTW, I've included pics of the five six currently known short-printed photo variations that are available --  the most notable being the Bellinger sliding like Superman card.

Base

#364 Kenta Maeda

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Garvey, Lasorda, Scioscia and Valenzuela

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: 6/12/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Another tough loss, but I ain't worried. I am, on the other hand, concerned about Seager's injury. He's been so good lately. Nevertheless, I'll treat last nights defeat as nothing more than a mere speed bump. In keeping my desire to accentuate the positive I thought I would highlight how on-point Max Muncy has been at the plate. He rocketed two homers last night -- making it three homers over the past three games.

Photo above via Dodgers Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are some 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! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball - #45 - Duke Snider Artist Rendition


For the second week in a row a Dodger is available in the 2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball online exclusive set. It is of Hall of Famer Duke Snider and it does not highlight a specific moment or event. Instead, it is an 'Artist Rendition' card featuring a painted image of Snider that was originally drawn by noted Baseball artist Graig KreindlerGo here to check it out and order. Below is what is written on the reverse:
Duke Snider was among the top sluggers in Baseball in his career, reaching 407 home runs and carrying a stellar .295 batting average.

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2019 Topps Total - Wave 2 - All the Dodger Cards

The second wave of 2019 Topps Total cards have arrived in collectors mailboxes, so I now have pics of the Dodger cards to share with you. Go here for a complete checklist.

As you'll see, four Dodgers are available -- AJ Pollock, Caleb Ferguson, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Cody Bellinger. They also sold a total of 7,531 packs -- nearly 1,700 more packs sold than Wave 1. This translates into an approximate print run of about 753 of each base card in the set.

Base - Wave 2

#33 A.J. Pollock

Blog Kiosk: 6/11/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Accentuate the positive.

Ryu was fantastic, once again. Via Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I thought he was really good,” Roberts said. “He kept those guys at bay in a couple stressful spots and made pitches when he needed to.”
Unfortunately, our relief staff continues to be our Achilles heal, as they yielded four runs to lose to the Angels, 5-3. Photo above Katie Chin/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 1955 the Dodgers won their 6th game in a row, defeating the Cubs 4-3, to increase their lead in the National League by 10 1/2 games. They would not see their double-digit lead shrink below 10 games for the remainder of the season. In 1957 Roy Campanella hit his 237th career home run as a catcher to set a new NL record. In 1969 the Dodgers traded Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich to the Montreal Expos for Maury Wills and Manny MotaIn 1972 both Willie Davis and Manny Mota would both hit inside-the-park home runs in a losing effort against the Pirates, 7-5, at Dodger Stadium. In 2013 the Dodgers and Diamondbacks have a little tussle on the field. It begins with Yasiel Puig getting beaned in the head. Then, Zack Greinke immediately pelted the first batter he saw to spark hostilities on the field -- but no punches are thrown. Soon thereafter Ian Kennedy of Arizona throws at Greinke's head and a brawl begins. Eight players are suspended and 12 receive fines. Watch highlights here.
  • Happy BirthdayWheezer DellHorace AllenTom BakerYhency BrazobánMike Davis and Odalis Perez!

Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Panini Leather & Lumber - All the Dodger Cards

A couple weeks ago Panini reintroduced a brand, originally created by Donruss in the 90's, called Leather & Lumber. It features numerous die-cut parallels and plenty of relics to fill your fancy. It also has a checklist that isn't entirely complete. There are triple relic cards available that are were not in their original checklist -- along with a single relic insert set that doesn't appear to exist. Nevertheless, there are a lot of fun looking cards, and if not for the missing team logos this set would rank high as one of my favorites this year. Go here for the published checklist.

You can see most of the Dodger cards below.

Base Set

Gloves
#37 Clayton Kershaw             #44 Walker Buehler

2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball - #42 - Mike Piazza


The third Dodger to make it into Topps online exclusive card brand, 2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball, features Mike Piazza and it highlights his fantastic rookie campaign in 1993. The eventual Rookie of the Year winner slashed an impressive .318/.370/.561/.932 with 35 home runs, 112 RBI and 81 runs scored. Go here to check it out and order. You have until tomorrow to get your order in. Below is what's written on the revere:
In his rookie season, Mike Piazza proved to be the best offensive catcher in the Game, slugging 35 home runs and driving in 112. The rookie carried a robust .318 batting average and caught 146 games. The superb campaign earned Piazza the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

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Blog Kiosk: 6/10/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


What a fun game. Not only did we witness a pitching duel for the ages, but we also saw some fantastic game-saving defense and hard-nosed squawking on the field. Sure, Bumgarner's act can be tiring, but I will never doubt his passion. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It was fun. Kind of an old-school baseball game — two №1s going head-to-head, and we saw the best of Madison Bumgarner and matched Walker pitch for pitch,” said manager Dave Roberts. “To see those guys go out there and compete and win pitches, win at-bats, it was fun. But fortunately for us, we scored one more run than they did.”
Photo at the very top via Michael Urakami/MLB.com
 at Dodger Insider. The Buehler pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterday's game. Below are more links to check out: