Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 Panini Prizim Baseball - The Dodger Base Cards

Panini America's Prizm Baseball card set is back and now you can check out all of the Dodger base cards below.  Go here to see a complete checklist. 

The Prizm set is a super-shiny silver-like set.  Unfortunately, scans of the base cards often look much darker than they really are.  So, don't be mislead into thinking that the backgrounds of these cards are as dark as the photos below suggest.

There are only seven Dodger players in the base set.  Check them all out below.  BTW, I included pics of a couple of the parallel cards that can be found - just because I think they are really cool looking.

#19 Adrian Gonzalez                             #46 Clayton Kershaw

An Early Peek at Some Upcoming Bobbleheads: Puig, Koufax, Jansen and Uribe

I thought I would take a moment to share some of the pics I've run across of several upcoming Dodger bobbleheads.  Above is the Yasiel Puig "diving catch" bobble that will be given away to fans on Wednesday, July 29th against the A's, and below is the Sandy Koufax bobble with the old stadium scoreboard in the background that is being given out on Thursday, August 13th against the Reds.

On the left below is the Juan Uribe bobblehead and on the right is the Kenley Jansen bobble.  These will be given out on Saturday, July 11th and Thursday, June 4th, respectively.  You can check out the Dodgers promotional schedule here.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/15/2015 - Dodger Links - Dodgers All-Star Game Caps and Don Mattingly

The rain sure did put a damper on last night's game.

As I found out this morning, they resumed the game after initially being delayed during the Rockies at-bat in the sixth inning.  Unfortunately, the sparse crowd that was still in the house were not rewarded for their persistence and devotion.  Instead, they were witness to the ninth inning heroics of a batter I had just dropped from my fantasy Baseball team.

Carlos Gonzalez, who has been terrible so far this season, whacked a go-ahead three-run home run to lead the Rockies over the Dodgers, 5-4.  Via Ken Gurnick and Thomas Harding at
"I was watching Garcia coming out of the 'pen, and he was throwing a lot of fastballs," Gonzalez said. "I was waiting to see a good fastball. It finally showed on a 2-1 count and I was able to take advantage and hit the ball over the fence."
The recently shell-shocked rookie reliever Yimi Garcia gave up the dinger.  Via Ken Gurnick at
Mattingly: "He's a young guy with a lot of success and now two times out he's gotten hit. So, you don't know if, being a young guy, or any guy. But the guy didn't get here by having a bunch of success and then giving up."
This is just one of those games that you've got to just forget.  In fact, the only thing that has me vexed is the thought that maybe I shouldn't have been so quick to drop CarGo from my fantasy team.  Should I immediately get him back before one of my competitors snags him away, or is this season a lost cause for him?  I dunno.

The photo above was taken by Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to check out more pics by Jon from last night's game.  Below are some links to check out:
I hear the work he has done with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt with the Jansen-less pen has impressed the bosses who will decide his fate. They like that he has given younger/unproven guys such as Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez (who injured a pectoral muscle Wednesday and is now on the disabled list) and lefty Adam Liberatore significant roles, and appreciate how he has built confidence with the group and dealt with the unknown.
  • Color me a bit surprised, via a tweet from Dylan Hernandez.  I also understand that Mattingly has pledged to not argue replay calls again, but I hardly believe that:

  • Here's a sneak peek at the Dodgers 2015 All-Star cap.  As you'll notice, it is reminiscent of the old-timy caps worn during the early days of the game.  They are referred to the "pill box" caps.  Check it out on the right.  Click on the pic to embiggen.  (Hat Tip: u/DrSteveBruleDDS on Reddit)  BTW, you can check out the hats for the other teams hereUPDATE:  Ha Ha!  Looks like I got fooled on this one too.  Via Patrick Coffee at AdWeek, the "pill box" styled All-Star game cap seen on the right is an elaborate fake.
  • ICYMI:  Pedro Baez has been diagnosed with a right pectoral strain and has been placed on the 15-day DL.  Reliever Daniel Coulombe has been called up to replace him.
Coulombe, 25, made his only big league appearance of the season on May 5 at Milwaukee and has posted a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) in nine games with Oklahoma City this year, including seven consecutive scoreless appearances since April 15 (9.0 IP). Coulombe saw his first Major League action last year, appearing in five games with the Dodgers as a September call-up, and was selected by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.

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