Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Blog Kiosk: 4/4/2012

Panini released more preview pics of their upcoming 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball set, via The Knights Lance. I especially love the Roy Campanella book card.

  • Doesn't this just epitomize the sad state of affairs surrounding McCourt? "Major League Baseball bill to Frank McCourt: $8.3Million," via Steve Dilbeck at LA Times.
    The Dodgers should not be allowed to emerge from bankruptcy until they settle $8.3 million in bills from Major League Baseball, attorneys for the league argued in a court filing Tuesday.
  • Topps shared a photo of Maury Wills signing some cards, via twitter @ToppsCards.
  • LEAVes of Dodger Blue remembers a recently departed Dodgers usher named Ernie. RIP Ernie.
    Dodger games will never be the same again. Ernie was always one of the first ushers I’d see, since he worked in section 49 in the field level. He always had a big smile and a big hug for me. He’d greet me with a big, “LINDAAAAAA!”
  • Best Someecard ever! Check it out at Babes Love Baseball.
  • Zach Hample has more photos from the Tokyo Dome.

Koufax Heritage Auto'd Cards Have Been Found

So they do exist!

The 2012 Topps Heritage cards have been out in the market for almost a month now, and until recently a Sandy Koufax autograph card had yet to show up.

How could that be? An inquisitive collector might ask. Well, it's because Topps decided to pull a fast one.

BTW, above is the red signature card, numbered to 10, and below is the base signed card of Koufax.
Just in the past few days, 4 different Sandy Koufax 2012 Topps Heritage cards showed up on eBay. So, master-bulk-case-breaker Brent Williams did what any hardcore collector would do. He contacted a seller to find out the details. Below is his first tweet related to that investigation.

I see now. It appears that Topps did not include them in hobby boxes. Instead, they can be found in retail boxes at your local shopping center (i.e. TArget & Walmart). Brent follows up the above tweet by confirming that all 4 Koufax's that have been on eBay were found in retail boxes.

I guess that means I'll have to go to Target to try to get one. Now, should I buy a blaster box, or a rack (hanger) pack?

Dodgers Notes from Spring Training- Freeway Series, Game 34

Throughout Spring Training the Dodgers PR department sends out helpful daily notes from Camelback Ranch, and I am happy to pass them along.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (18-12-2) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (15-14-4)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – 12:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium

LHP C.J. Wilson vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Spring Game 34/Home Game 17

Todays Starting Lineup:
Dodgers: Gwynn LF, Sellers SS, Ethier RF, Rivera 1B, Kennedy 3B, Federowicz C, Cruz 2B, Angle CF, Eovaldi P
Angels: Aybar ss, kendrick 2b, pujols 1b, hunter rf, wells lf, trumbo 3b, iannetta c, bourjos cf, wilson p.
Upcoming Spring Training Schedule:

  • HEARTS FULL OF SPRING: The Dodgers will play their final exhibition game this afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game Freeway Series with the Angels. Today marks the fifth meeting between the two clubs during the exhibition season (2-1-1) with the Dodgers winning last night, 4-1. The Dodgers and Angels will meet six times during the regular season, beginning June 11 at Dodger Stadium.

    The Dodgers’ victory last night was their first Freeway Series victory since 2009, having dropped both contests in 2010 and 2011 and the game in Anaheim Monday night. This week marked the first three-game Freeway Series since the Angels took two of three from the Dodgers in 2007. That year was also the last time the Fresco Thompson and Lefty Phillips Awards were handed out. These awards honor the MVP and most outstanding pitcher of the Freeway Series, respectively. In 2007, Orlando Cabrera took home the Fresco Thompson Award and Chad Billingsley won the Lefty Phillips Award. Early candidates for the awards are Juan Rivera (5-for-6), Dan Haren (1-0, 1.59 ERA) and Erick Aybar (4-for-8).

    A victory this afternoon would give the Dodgers their first winning Spring Training since going 17-16-1 in 2007. On Saturday, the club clinched its first winning Cactus League campaign since joining the league in 2009 with a 14-13-4 record.

  • NATE DOGG: Dodger right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will make his fifth and final start of a memorable Spring Training this afternoon. Eovaldi has appeared in six games and gone 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA (3 ER/15.2 IP) while limiting the opposition to a .233 batting average. On Sunday, the Texas native was named the winner of the 2012 Jim and Dearie Mulvey Award as the top rookie at Spring Training. Eovaldi was selected as the winner in balloting by the club’s coaches and will receive a plaque in recognition of his accomplishments. A full list of past Mulvey Award winners, including last year’s winners Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa, can be found on page 368 of the 2012 Dodgers Guide.

(Our Boys in Blue are back on the field @ Dodger Stadium for the 1st time this Spring., via Twitter @Dodgers)

  • ELATION: Yesterday, Dodger infielder Justin Sellers and pitcher Josh Lindblom were told they would make their very first Opening Day roster. Several others were told they would be reassigned, but the moves will not be made official until after the game today, when the Dodgers’ 2012 Opening Day roster will be released. Also joining Sellers and Lindblom in making the Opening Day roster for the first time are Dee Gordon, Javy Guerra and Scott Elbert. Congratulations to all!

  • PARTY ROCK: The start of the regular season is tomorrow afternoon with the Dodgers opening the 2012 regular season at PETCO Park against the Padres. Clayton Kershaw will make his second consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers against San Diego right-hander Edinson Volquez.

    The Dodgers are inviting fans to Dodger Stadium to watch the team open the season tomorrow and the event, including parking, is free. Non-alcoholic beverages and concessions are $4 or less and an additional discount of 15 percent will be applied to all Dodger merchandise on sale tomorrow. On top of all that, former Dodger and 1981 World Series Co-MVP Ron “The Penguin” Cey will sign autographs for fans on the Field Level concourse behind home plate from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. and fans can register to attend the event at

(Adam Kennedy on the post game show after Dodgers win 4-1, via Twitter @THEREAL_DV)
  • FINISH STRONG: The Dodgers beat the Angels, 4-1 last night behind 4.0 scoreless innings from Aaron Harang (2.63 ERA this spring) and solid relief work from Matt Guerrier (1.0), Scott Rice (1.0), Angel Sanchez (2.0) and Shawn Tolleson (1.0). At the plate, Juan Rivera went 3-for-3 to raise his Spring Training average to .344 while Matt Treanor (2 RBI), Justin Sellers and Matt Kemp drove in Dodger runs.

    Due to an agreement between the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball, all three of the games in the Freeway Series will include a bottom of the ninth inning , regardless of which team is winning. Both last night and Monday night, a “fake” bottom of the ninth inning was played.

  • HALL CALL: Today, legendary Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger, one of the Boys of Summer, Gil Hodges, would have turned 88. Despite being a rock in the middle of the order for the great Brooklyn Dodger teams of the 1950s, Hodges has not gained access to Cooperstown. The first baseman made eight All-Star teams, won two Gold Gloves and skippered the 1969 Amazin’ Mets. Hodges hit 370 career homers while hitting over .290 in four different World Series (’53, ’55, ’56, ’59).

  • FOLLOW THE LEADERS: Dee Gordon and Andre Ethier have been two of Los Angeles’ hottest hitters this spring as Gordon ranks among the NL leaders in batting average (.379, 6th), steals (11, 2nd), runs (16, T-1st) and on-base percentage (.446, 4th), while Ethier is tied for third with nine doubles, tied for fourth with 16 RBI and tied for sixth in the league with 44 total bases. Ethier’s .863 slugging percentage leads the club.

Original Ebbets Field Stadium Seat

I ran into this vintage stadium seat and knew I had to share it here.

This is a original stadium seat that once graced the stands at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. It definitely has a well worn look to it and would mighty nice next to the vintage Dodgers Stadium seats I purchased several years back. Alas, I don't think my pocketbook will let me make a bid. So, I'll have to enjoy if from afar.

It almost looks too fragile to sit on, but I know that if I ever run into seats like these I would not be able to resist planting my butt down.

Join the Dodgers Viewing Party: Ron Cey Signing!

Can't make it out to San Diego for tomorrow evenings season opener against the Padres? Do you wish you could gather together with a large group of fanatic Dodger fans to watch the game?

Well, the Dodgers has got the event for you.
Tomorrow evening the Dodgers are hosting a Dodgers Viewing Party at Dodger Stadium. Here are some details provided by the Dodgers:
The Dodgers are inviting fans to Dodger Stadium to watch the team open the 2012 season in San Diego at 4:05 p.m. The event, including parking, is free. Non-alcoholic beverages and concessions are $4 or less and an additional discount of 15 percent will be applied to all Dodger merchandise on sale tomorrow. Former Dodger and 1981 World Series Co-MVP Ron Cey will sign autographs for fans on the Field Level concourse behind home plate from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles “Loose Cannons” will broadcast their show live from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Vic “The Brick” Jacobs and Leo Quinones will emcee throughout the game’s broadcast on the DodgerVision screen.
Be sure to register to attend the event at and all folks who purchase game tickets on that day will receive a Dodgers gift.

Oh, and if you missed it above. Ron Cey will be signing free autographs on the Field Level from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Schedule: Tomorrow, April 5

3:00 p.m. Gate A (Elysian Park Ave. and Stadium Way) opens

4:05 p.m. Game time

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ron Cey autograph session