Monday, December 12, 2016

2016 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects - All the Dodgers Cards

Last week saw the release of Topps 2016 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects set, and as always it's filled with a bunch of Dodger farmhands; including first licensed cards for Gavin Lux, DJ Peters, Will Smith and Jordan Sheffield (although, Sheffield does have several Team USA cards).  Go here to check out a complete checklist.  Below are all of the Dodger cards that can be found in packs.


#BD-67 Gavin Lux

Thanks for Staying Blue, Kenley Jansen!

Dodger fans can finally rejoice.  Per various reports, particularly a tweet by Jim Bowden, the Dodgers have apparently agreed to terms with free agent closer and the teams all-time saves leader Kenley Jansen to a long-term deal.
It is thought, after getting married over this past weekend in CuraƧao, that he'll be able to come to Los Angels this week to finalize the details.  Per Andy McCullough at the LA Times:
When the Dodgers left the Winter Meetings last week, a sense of pessimism pervaded their negotiations with closer Kenley Jansen. He was reportedly weighing a five-year, $80-million offer from Miami, and it was unclear if the Dodgers would match it.

The weekend provided an answer. The Dodgers have reached an agreement with Jansen on those same terms, according to people familiar with the situation. The people requested anonymity because the contract was not finalized.
Obviously, this has yet to be confirmed; nevertheless, I'm gonna celebrate anyway.  In honor of his soon-to-be signing I made the above two fantasy Baseball cards of him.  At the very top is a 1956 Topps Baseball card design with a photograph originally taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015.  On the above right is a 1952 Topps card design with another pic by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.

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Blog Kiosk: 12/12/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Duke Snider gives in to the paparazzi and finally shows them some leg.  Featured above is a vintage 1955 International News press photo of "The Duke" sharing his knee warp after Game 6 of the World Series.  (eBay Auction Link) Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Dodgers' Duke of Swat, Duke Snider, shows his bandaged knee top press photographers in the Dodger dressing room after the sixth World Series game today which the Yankees took 5-1 to even the series 3-3.  Snider told reporters: "It's my left knee that's hurt, the one I pivot on, but I'll play tomorrow of it doesn't stiffen up."  Snider twisted the knee chasing a Skowron fly and left the game after the third inning.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1941 the Dodgers traded for soon to be Hall of Famer Arky Vaughan with the Pirates in exchange for Pete Coscarart, Luke Hamlin, Babe Phelps and Jimmy Wasdell.  In 1998 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher Kevin Brown to a seven year $105 million contract.  In 2012 the Dodgers received Skip Schumaker in a trade with the Cardinals -- sending Jake Lemmerman to St. Louis in return.
  • Happy Birthday, Phenomenal Smith, Derrell Griffith & Orlando Hudson!