Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Leaf Metal Draft - All the Dodgers Cards

Last week Leaf released their prospect based, all autograph card brand named 2016 Leaf Metal Draft, and it includes four fast rising youngsters vying to make an impression with the Dodgers front office.  They include 2016 first round pick (20th overall) Gavin Lux, 2016 first round pick (32nd overall) Will Smith, 2016 first round pick (36th overall) Jordan Sheffield, and 2014 second round pick Alex Verdugo.   Go here for a complete checklist, and see their cards below.

Base Autographs

#BA-AV2 Alex Verdugo                            #BA-GL1 Gavin Lux

#BA-JS1 Jordan Sheffield                          #BA-WS1 Will Smith

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Blog Kiosk: 12/27/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this magnificent vintage UPI press photo, from 7/29/1956, that features a diving Cub, Don Hoak, getting past both Gil Hodges and Sandy Koufax.  (eBay Auction Link)  Per the descriptor on the reverse:
Outfielder Don Hoak dives towards home to score a run in the third inning of todays game at Ebbets Field.  Hoak avoided the tag of Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges who is on the ground and beat the throw to Sandy Koufax who is covering the plate.  The Cubs Monte Irvin (39) watches the play.  The Cubs won the second 4-2 after the Dodgers won the Opener 1-0.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This day in Dodger History:  In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela became the fifth Dodger to become Southern California Athlete of the Year honors.  Valenzuela had a banner seasong -- earning the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year honors and a World Series ring.
  • Happy Birthday, Ernie Krueger, Norm Larker, Jim Leyritz & Jason Repko!