Friday, September 13, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 9/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Happy Friday the 13th!


Here's a clubhouse celebration featuring Duke Snider and Sandy Amoros after they helped defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the National League Pennant on the last day of the season (boxscore), September 30, 1956. Per the description on the reverse of the photo above (eBay link):
HOMER HEROES. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Duke Snider (left) and Sandy Amoros embrace in the Dodger dressing room here Sept. 30, after each crashed two mighty homers to lead Brooklyn to its 10th National League Pennant, with an 8-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Duke also made a spectacular leaping, back-hand stab against the centerfield barrier to rob Bucs' Bob Skinner of an extra-base hit and choke off a seventh-inning Pirate rally.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1925 future Brooklyn Hall of Famer Dazzy Vance no-hit the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. In 1977 outfielder Dusty Baker set a franchise record by recording five RBI's in a single inning -- during the second inning against the Padres. His hits include a two-run double and a three-run homer. In 2005 Dodgers futility was at it's best. During the second inning against the Padres all three Dodger outfielders (Ricky Ledee, Jose Cruz Jr. and Jason Werth) committed errors that contributed to the scoring of six runs and a loss, 6-4.
  • Happy BirthdayHarry RedmondDutch RuetherJohn KelleherSam CraneOtho NitcholasMorrie AderholtRick DempseyAndy LaRoche & Zach Lee!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #828 & the AFL Glendale Desert Dogs


Here's another 2019 Topps Now card with a Dodger involved. It includes Cody Bellinger and the card makes note of a new Major League record. The entire league has collectively hit 6,106 home runs - a new all time high. Go here to check it out and order.

As you can see, he shares the card with Pete Alonso and Mike Trout. Also Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar is on the reverse.


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Topps has just unveiled a brand new 2019 Topps Now Product. They are calling it 2019 Bowman Next and it features 10-card team sets for all six Arizona Fall League clubs. As you may know, the AFL often features several of the top prospects in the game -- many of whom are expected to make Major League rosters soon.

Is This the Holy Grail of Vin Scully Memorabilia? His First Employment Contract


I never, in my wildest dreams, ever thought something like this would end up at an auction. Heck, it's a travesty that it's even available for sale. This piece of history, no doubt an important relic of Dodgers history, that needs to be in a museum. How it ever ended up in private hands, I can only speculate (I've heard rumors of various Dodger artifacts being pilfered several decades back).

Featured here, at SCP's current Summer Premier Auction, is the very first employment contract between Hall of Fame Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully and the Brooklyn Dodgers -- countersigned and initialed by the esteemed Branch Rickey. (Auction Link) Per the auction description:
How does one land his dream job? For starters, one must know how to ask. When an aspiring 22-year-old broadcaster named Vin Scully typed up this two-page letter to Brooklyn Dodgers President, Branch Rickey, in December 1949, he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he’d spend the next 67 years of his life with the same organization doing what he loves – what he was born to do. Of course, it wasn’t just the polite and humble manner in which Vin applied that impressed Rickey; the ambitious young man came with rave reviews from his mentor and current Dodger play-by-play man, Red Barber, who had recently recruited Scully to cover college football on CBS Radio. As fate would have it, Rickey signed the letter, which apparently turned into the official contract to hire Scully. And the rest, as they say, is history. Within just a few years on the job, Scully would take Barber’s spot in the Dodgers’ booth for good. Presented here is this very contract that started it all.

Blog Kiosk: 9/12/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


AJ Pollack had a big game, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, the rest of the guys seemed to be elsewhere. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I think we were focused,” Pollock said. “Maybe the energy was a little bit down, but we for the most part pushed pretty hard. We were just a little flat on offense.”
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“I wouldn’t say anybody necessarily stayed up later than we usually do or anything,” Stripling said. “Certainly not an excuse by any means. I imagine it may not be a winning record for teams after they clinch, but it’s definitely not an excuse that we’ll use.”
The Dodgers lost to Baltimore, 7-3 (boxscore). 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 1930 Dodger catcher Al Lopez hit the last Major League bounced home run. It was off Ray Kolp at Ebbets Field. Prior to the rule change any hit ball that bounced over the outfield walls was ruled a homer. Now, it'll be a ground-rule double. In 1963 the NY Mets hold a pregame ceremony in honor of Brooklyn favorite Duke Snider - "I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn." In 2000 Dave Hanson broke former Dodger Johnny Frederick's record for pinch-hit home runs during a season when he hit his seventh pinch-homer of the year against Curt Schilling of the Diamondbacks. BTW, Johnny Frederick set his record of six pinch-homers on this exact same date in 1932.
  • Happy BirthdayJohn GochnaurMasao Kida & Franquelis Osoria!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Whole Slew of Dodger Custom Fantasy Baseball Cards Featuring Last Nights Celebrations


I just couldn't help myself.

I grabbed a bunch of photos found at the Dodger Insider blog, as well as, various post found on twitter. Here are 15 different fantasy cards celebrating last nights clinch game and the ensuing partying in the clubhouse thereafter.

2019 Topps Archives Snapshots -- All the Dodgers Cards

The Topps online exclusive Archives Snapshots cards have been making their way onto eBay recently, so I thought I'd share pics of all the Dodger cards that are available. Unfortunately, only three Dodgers can be found -- Eric Gagne, Max Muncy and Stave Sax. Go here for a complete checklist.

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#AS-EG Eric Gagne

2019 Topps Now - #822, #827 and the Dodgers Postseason Team Set


There are a bunch of Dodgers' Topps Now cards available today; including some autographed cards featuring rookie Gavin Lux.

As you know, Lux hit hit first home run of his career last night. At the very bottom of this post I share pics of all the auto'd cards. Go here to check out the above card to order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
In a game in which the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West Division title, it was Gavin Lux who impressed with the first home run of his MLB career. The roundtripper was one of the rookie's three hits, as the Dodger scored seven runs and beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Blog Kiosk: 9/11/2019 - Dodgers Links - Seven in a Row!


WooHoo! Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“The feeling never gets old,” (Russell) Martin said. “We’ve had a good record for a while, so we kind of felt like this moment would happen at some point. But the thing is, the group that we have, that’s what you think about. You think about the people that we have here. Celebrating this moment with good people is what matters, for me at least.”
Per Eddie Matz at ESPN:
"You got to tip the hat to the front office and the job that they do every year creating so much depth," Justin Turner told Spectrum SportsNet LA after Tuesday's victory. "You look at the guys around this room, I think every single guy had their finger on winning this division for the seventh straight year. So many good players [with] one goal in mind -- that's to win the World Series."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Also, you can watch a little bit of the postgame celebration here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1959 the Dodgers defeated reliever Elroy Face and the Pirates, 5-4; thereby, ending Face's consecutive win streak at 22. He finished the season going 18-1 (as a reliever, mind you) with a 2.70 ERA, 2.60 FIP and a 3.2 WAR. In 1983 RJ Reynolds squeezed home Pedro Guerrero in the ninth for an improbable walk-off victory against the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers scored four runs in the ninth to win. Tommy Lasorda called his decision to call for the squeeze the most "daring" of his career. Watch video highlights/footage of the ninth inning, hereIn 1998 Kevin Malone is named the Dodgers GM, replacing Tommy Lasorda
  • Happy BirthdayCon DailyFrank Kitson & Eddie Miksis!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball -- #84 -- Cody Bellinger's Rookie Year


I didn't expect Topps to make this card. Featured here is the ninth Dodger to be included into Topps online exclusive set, 150 Years of Baseball. It highlights Cody Bellinger's fantastic rookie campaign in 2017 -- winning the Rookie of the Year Award. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Cody Bellinger put together a rookie season for the ages, setting MLB rookie home run record with 39 home runs. The slugging first baseman finished the season with an impressive .352 OBP and 97 RBI while chipping in a solid 10 stolen bases.
Below is a listing of all previously issued 2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball Dodger cards:
  • #2 -- Sandy Koufax -- Perfect Game -- 2415 Print Run (link here)
  • #17 -- Jackie Robinson -- Breaking Color Barrier -- 1,231 Print Run (link here)
  • #42 -- Mike Piazza -- 1993 Rookie Campaign -- 817 Print Run (link here)
  • #45 -- Duke Snider -- Artist Rendition -- 992 Print Run (link here)
  • #55 -- Eric Gagne -- 84 Consecutive Saves -- 725 Print Run (link here)
  • #66 -- Jackie Robinson -- Artist Rendition -- 1,333 Print Run (link here)
  • #71 -- Sandy Koufax -- 1965 World Series -- 855 Print Run (link here)
  • #75 - - Roy Campanella -- Artist Rendition -- TBA Print Run (link here)

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Blog Kiosk: 9/10/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends - It's Clinch Day!


I missed another Dodgers' 2019 Topps Now card. It was issued over the weekend to celebrate AJ Pollock's three-homer game on Friday night against the Giants. It has a print run of 181 cards. Below is what's written on the reverse:
AJ Pollock impressively hit three solo homeruns against the Giants, one of which traveled at least 420 feet. This was the second three homerun game by a Dodger's player this season but unfortunately this feat was not enough to pull through a win, the Giants won 5-4.
BTW, the Dodgers Magic Number now sits at one! Today could be the day they win the National League West Division. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1992 a report came out about a "security check" that revealed serious issues with two members of a buying group interested in purchasing the Giants and moving them to Florida. One of the investors mentioned was Vince Piazza -- father of recently called-up catcher Mike Piazza of the Dodgers. The deal falls apart, and MLB settles with the group for $6MM (which includes a letter of apology to Vince Piazza). In 1996 outfielder Brett Butler breaks his hand on a bunt attempt when he is hit by a pitch. The 39-year-old Butler, who battled back from cancer surgery, is out for the year after playing five games. In 2016 Rich Hill threw seven perfect innings against the Marlins, but is pulled by Dave Roberts because of concern over a previous blister problem (boxscore). He had thrown 89 pitches at this point. The Dodgers won, 5-0, but the relief staff ended up yielding two hits to negate the perfect game and possible no-hitter.
  • Happy BirthdayHigh Pockets KellyTerry WellsDanys BaezChad Hermansen & Nick Green!

Monday, September 09, 2019

2019 Topps Total - Wave 6 - All the Dodger Cards

The sixth wave of 2019 Topps Total cards are now available. Go here for a complete checklist. Once again there are three Dodgers' available in this 100-card set -- Rookie catcher Will Smith, reliever Dennis Santana and Ross Stripling. Check them out below.

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#504 Will Smith

#579 Dennis Santana            #589 Ross Stripling

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Blog Kiosk: 9/9/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


We struggled against the Giants this weekend, but still saw our 'Magic Number' fall to two when they won on Sunday, 5-0 (boxscore). Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“On the pitching side, the story was Kenta,” (Dave) Roberts said. “Kenta was really good today. The slider, the fastball, just kind of on the attack all day long. To log four innings put us in a really good spot to win a baseball game.”
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“With two strikes, he wasn’t relying on the slider as much,” (Russell) Martin said. “In division, the guys have many at-bats against him. They kind of know, they’ve seen the slider, guys tend to sit on it.” 
The slider was still on point, though, getting six swinging strikes and three called strikes.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, September 06, 2019

2019 Topps Five Star Baseball - All the Dodger Cards

Here is a quick look at most of the Dodger cards found in packs of 2019 Topps Five Star Baseball. This is a product that consist of only 'hits' -- meaning every $100 two-card pack will give you two autographed cards. Go here for a complete checklist. This brand hit store shelves last week.

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#FSA-MM Max Muncy

Blog Kiosk: 9/6/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's another great sliding photograph from the George Michael Collection. It is dated May 19, 1943 and features a slide that would be banned today. (eBay auction link) Below is a description of the play:
Harry Walker, of St. Louis, is out at second in the first inning of the game at Ebbets Field with the Dodgers. On the slide, Walker managed to roll into Alex Kampouris, Dodgers' second baseman, upsetting the throw to first to catch Stan Musial in a double play. Action took place on Musial's grounder to Kampouris. The took the game, 3 to 2 (boxscore).
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1943 the Dodgers signed 19-year old amateur free agent Gil Hodges out of  St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. In 1950 Don Newcombe started both ends of a doubleheader against the Phillies at Shibe Park. In Game 1 he threw a complete game three-hit shutout. In Game 2 he left the game behind by two runs in the seventh inning. The Dodgers would eventually win that game on a three-run single in the ninth inning by Gil HodgesIn 1953 Giants manager and Dodger-traitor Leo Durocher is heard yelling "stick it in his ear" before his pitcher Ruben Gomez struck Dodger outfielder Carl Furillo on the wrist with a pitch. As Furillo took first base he suddenly sprinted to the dugout to get at Durocher. In the subsequent melee Furillo fractures a finger -- ending his season. In 1976 catcher Steve Yeager is injured on the on-deck circle when a jagged end of Bill Russell's broken bat struck him in the throat. It pierced his esophagus, necessitating surgery. Soon thereafter, Dodger trainer Bill Buhler invented a device that hung down from a catchers mask to protect a players throat. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela threw his seventh shutout as a rookie -- tying a National League record. In 1996 the ever-popular Brett Butler defied the odds by returning to the field for the first time after being diagnosed with cancer of the tonsils, having surgery and intensive radiation therapy earlier in the year.
  • Happy Birthday, Dustin MayOyster BurnsPete GilbertGeorge Hildebrand & Del Bissonette!

Thursday, September 05, 2019

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


The next homestand starts on Friday against the San Francisco Giants. 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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Friday, September 6th at 7:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw vs Jeff Samardzija
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps 582 Montgomery Club 1951 Ringside -- The Bellinger Card

The fourth installment of Topps "582 Montgomery Club" membership sets have just arrived in collectors mailboxes. As you know, earlier this season Topps unveiled an exclusive membership club for Baseball collectors that includes numerous exclusive sets.

This time around, the set pays homage to the 1951 Ringside boxing card set. It has 20 cards in the set and includes Dodger phenom Cody Bellinger. Go here for a complete checklist.


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#8 Cody Bellinger

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Blog Kiosk: 9/5/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


You can't stop Pederson!

Last night he walloped two home runs to give him 32 on the season. He also has five home runs over the past 8 plate appearances. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“Just riding the wave,” said Pederson. “Swinging at pitches I’m able to handle. It’s really fun.”
During this recent short stretch he recorded six consecutive at-bats with an extra-base hit to tie a National League record set by Larry Walker in 1996.

The Dodgers 7-3 victory over Colorado last night reduces their "Magic Number" to four games. The photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles 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 1908 Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers hurler Nap Rucker throws a no-hitter against the Boston Doves/Braves at Washington Park in Brooklyn. He struck out 14 and walked none en route to a 6-0 victory. In 1951 Gil Hodges hit a grand slam off Phillies pitcher Ken Johnson -- his 37th homer of the season and a new Dodger single-season record. In 1955 Don Newcombe hit his seventh home run of the season to establish a National League record for home runs by a pitcher in a season. It was a three-run jack in the fourth inning to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Newk would eventually throw a complete game to win his 20th game of the season, 11-4. In 1978 both the Dodgers and Angels have their home games postponed due to rain -- a rare occurrence in the Southland. 
  • Happy BirthdayJimmy KnowlesEd SteinJul KustusMerv SheaBuddy HassettWayne BelardiCandy MaldonadoRod BarajasRandy Choate & Zack Walters!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball - #75 - Roy Campanella Artist Rendition


The eighth Dodger card found in the 2019 Topps "150 Years of Baseball" set is now available for online ordering. It is of catching great Roy Campanella and it's an Artist Rendition card originally drawn by noted sports artist Graig KreindlerGo here to check it out and order. Below is a listing of all previously issued 2019 Topps 150 Years of Baseball Dodger cards:
  • #2 -- Sandy Koufax -- Perfect Game -- 2415 Print Run (link here)
  • #17 -- Jackie Robinson -- Breaking Color Barrier -- 1,231 Print Run (link here)
  • #42 -- Mike Piazza -- 1993 Rookie Campaign -- 817 Print Run (link here)
  • #45 -- Duke Snider -- Artist Rendition -- 992 Print Run (link here)
  • #55 -- Eric Gagne -- 84 Consecutive Saves -- 725 Print Run (link here)
  • #66 -- Jackie Robinson -- Artist Rendition -- 1,333 Print Run (link here)
  • #71 -- Sandy Koufax -- 1965 World Series -- 855 Print Run (link here)

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Blog Kiosk: 9/4/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Never count out the old guys.

The story of the season has been the rise of the kids. From Buehler to Bellinger, it is the youngsters who have driven the Dodger bus all season. That said, we've got some wily veterans who don't want you to forget that they've got some heroics left in them too. Last night it was the geezers -- Russell Martin and David Freese -- who got it done. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“I think we’re going to go to Denny’s after this and get on the 55 and older menu, order some Grand Slams,” Turner joked. “No, but it was a good night. Big swing by Russell, two strikes and gives us a lead. And before we even get done giving him high-fives, Freezer gives us a little cushion.”
The Dodgers defeated the Rockies, 5-3, last night. The photo above via Carrie Giordano/Los Angeles 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 1924 the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers won both ends of a doubleheader against the Boston Braves -- sweeping their fourth doubleheader in four consecutive days. From September 1st to 4th they beat the Phillies twice and the Braves six times. In 1966 the Dodgers become the first team to draw two million fans at home and on the road when they defeated the Reds at Crosley Fields in front of 18,670 patrons, 8-6. In 1969 Willis Davis' Dodger hitting streak comes to an end at 31 consecutive games -- setting a franchise record. It came at the hands of the Padres in San Diego. Dodger Historian Mark Langill wrote a fantastic story about Willie Davis and this record here.
  • Happy BirthdayElmer HortonGeorge PfisterDoyle AlexanderMike Piazza Brian Myrow!

2019 Topps Now -- #787 -- Gavin Lux's Debut


“He earned his way here,” (Dave) Roberts said. “He knocked the door down.”
He sure did. Gavin Lux hit a combined .347 (159-for-458) with 26 homers and 76 RBI in 113 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City this year and was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Month of July. Now, he is in Dodger Blue hoping to impress the fans and the team. If his Major League debut on Monday is any clue, I think he is well on his way to putting himself in the conversation for the playoff this season.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Welcome to the Blue, Gavin Lux!


As you all know by now, the Dodgers called up one of their top prospects yesterday. Gavin Lux, who has absolutely decimated minor league pitching this year, is now wearing Dodger Blue in Los Angeles. Per a Dodger press release:
Lux, 21, is expected to make his Major League debut tonight against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers first round selection (20th overall) in the 2016 First Year Player Draft out of Indian Trail High School (Wi.) has hit .347 (159-for-458) with 26 homers and 76 RBI in 113 combined games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 49 games at the Triple-A level, the infielder has clubbed 13 homers and driven in 39 while slashing .392/.478/.719. He was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Month for the month of July after hitting .435 (40-for-92) with eight doubles, four triples, seven homers and 26 RBI. The Kenosha, WI native led the league in batting average (.435), on-base percentage (.519), and OPS (1.356) while also tying for the league lead in runs scored (29) and triples (4) during the month of July. He was selected to the Texas League All-Star Game and appeared in the 2019 Sirius XM MLB Futures Game.

Blog Kiosk: 9/3/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Dodgers decided to take out their anger against the Rockies last night after having lost six over the past ten games. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“It was a Coors Field game tonight,” said manager Dave Roberts, whose club homered eight times at home on Opening Day. “The ball was jumping.”
They slugged seven homers to defeat Colorado, 16-9. 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 (catching up on weekend holiday news):
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1917 Phillies ace and future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched both ends of a doubleheader against the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, and won both contest while throwing complete games (Boxscore - Game 1 & Game 2). He gave up just seven hits all day long. In 1957 the Dodgers play their last game at their New Jersey home, Roosevelt Stadium -- losing to the Phillies, 3-2In 1965 it's notable that the Angels changed their name from Los Angeles to the California Angels. In 1975 Steve Garvey returned to the Dodgers lineup after sitting on the bench due to the flu and proceeded play 1,207 consecutive games -- eventually setting a National League record.
  • Happy BirthdayEd KonetchyLindsay DealEddie StankyMorrie MartinDave ClarkLuis Gonzalez & Brandon Beachy!

Monday, September 02, 2019

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


The next homestand starts on Monday against the Colorado Rockies. 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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Monday, September 2nd at 5:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020