Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Zack Greinke Wins the Silver Slugger Award - AJ Ellis Provides Some Comic Relief

This is no surprise.  Zack Greinke proved that he can swing the bat.  Heck, at times, I thought he was a better option off the bench than who we had.  In fact, he pinch-hit once this season against the Diamondbacks.  He came up for Paco Rodriguez in the 10th inning in a 5-5 tie, and walked.

Per a Dodgers press release:
Louisville Slugger announced today that pitcher Zack Greinke won his first-career Silver Slugger Award during a special hour-long telecast on MLB Network.

Greinke, 30, led qualifying Major League pitchers with a .328 batting average, 19 hits, a .409 on-base percentage and two stolen bases (T-1st), while ranking among the leaders in runs scored (5, T-7th) and doubles (3, T-3rd). He batted .368 with runners on base (7-for-19) and hit .357 with runners in scoring position (5-for-14), while posting a .500 batting average (6-for-12 with a double) against left-handed pitchers.

Since 1974, Greinke's batting average was the second-highest by a Dodger pitcher, behind only Orel Hershiser's .356 mark in 1993, while his on-base percentage was the highest during that period.

With 19 hits in 2013, Greinke, who has spent only two and a half seasons of his 10-year big league career in the National League, more than doubled his career hit total (18 entering the season) to raise his career batting average to .226 along with eight doubles, three homers and eight RBI in 300 games.
Greinke also had a stellar season on the mound, going 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 28 starts in his first season with the Dodgers.

Greinke is the first Dodger to be honored with a Silver Slugger since outfielder Matt Kemp won in 2011 and the first Los Angeles pitcher to take home the award since Orel Hershiser in 1993. It's the fifth time a Dodger pitcher has been awarded a Silver Slugger since the creation of the award in 1980 and 23rd time overall that a Los Angeles player has won the award, led by Mike Piazza's five trophies.
Pic at the very top via the @Dodgers on twitter.

BTW, AJ Ellis decided to send his congratulations this afternoon on twitter.  It's a hoot!

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For the Golfers Out There - Spend Monday at Frank Robinson's Celebrity Golf Tournament with Some MLB Stars

This sounds like it could be fun. 

This coming Monday is the inaugural Frank Robinson Celebrity Golf Tournament on Monday, November 11, at 9:00 AM at the Wilshire Country Club. Go here to sign-up.

UPDATE:  BTW, this is far from cheap.  It's a foursome sponsorship price of $4,500.00 and $1,200.00 for individuals (from what I'm told).  Keep in mind that it's a charity event being held at a rather posh place.

UPDATE II:  The following changes have occurred with sports/entertainment celebrity participants:
Cedric the Entertainer
Rocky Carroll

Anthony Anderson
Hank Conger
Mike Piazza
Dominic Smith
Mark Trumbo
Scott Wolf 

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Steve Garvey, Steve Sax, Dale Murphy, Wally Joyner, Nick Young of the Lakers and Norm Nixon

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.


Here is something that came out of nowhere.  According to Steve Garvey on twitter, he will be in Palm Desert this coming Sunday at the grand opening of a Dick's Sporting Goods store at the Westfield Palm Desert Mall from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.
Dick's Sporting Goods
72-800 HIGHWAY 111, SUITE 2010


On Thursday, November 7th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM both Dale Murphy and Wally Joyner will be signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans at The OC Dugout in Anaheim.  This is a pay event.  Go here for more information.
The OC Dugout
1238 S. Beach Blvd., Ste. K
Anaheim, California 92804
(714) 527-6319


Steve Sax will be at Manuel's El Tepeyac Cafe on Saturday, November 9 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  See the flyer below.
Manuel's El Tepeyac Cafe
13131 Crossroads Pkwy S. 
City of Industry, CA
(562) 695-2277


Lakers forward Nick Young will be signing autographs at Westside Sportscards & Memorabilia in Santa Monica on Saturday, November  from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.  Check out the flyer below.
Westside Sportscards & Memorabilia
1431 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90404


Norm Nixon will be at Frank & Sons on Saturday, November 9 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Check out the flyer below.
Frank & Sons
19649 San Jose Ave
City of Industry, CA 91748

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Blog Kiosk: 11/6/2013 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw, Puig and Mattingly are Finalist for the Big Awards

An extremely cheery Roy Campanella shows of his catch, a sea trout, that he caught between workouts at Dodgertown in Vero Beach.  The above pic was found on ebay.
  • Josh Jackson at MiLB writes, "Prospect Q&A: Seager's magical year: Dodgers prospect talks about his baseball family, busting out". Having so much going on on the periphery could be overwhelming for some players your age. Do you have to get into a certain mind-set to only take from that stuff the time and energy that will help you?
Seager: Yeah, for sure. You never want to root against anybody or anything like that, but you can't get caught up in somebody else's game. You root for everybody, but you really need to remember that the most important thing, by far, is to handle your own business.

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