Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Topps Now - #437 - Kershaw is Historically Legendary

From time to time Topps tells us something we didn't know. For instance, Clayton Kershaw's performance last night against the Padres provided both statistical and historical proof of Kershaw's greatness -- not that we ever needed to be convinced.

2018 Bowman Platinum - The Dodgers Base and Variation Cards

For the third year in a row Topps has released a Walmart exclusive card brand called 2018 Bowman Platinum. Go here for a complete checklist. Below are the Dodgers' base and photo variation cards. I hope to have pics of most of the insert cards to share soon.


#23 Clayton Kershaw        #32 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 7/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kershaw is back to his old ways. Last night he threw six two-hit scoreless innings, struck out five and allowed just one walk to record an 8-2 victory over the Padres. He also reached a career mark of over 2,000 innings pitched as a Dodger -- the 13th Dodger to do so and the first Dodger to achieve the milestone since Orel Hershiser in 1993. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It was a good day," said Kershaw, as he held 3-year-old daughter Cali in his arms. "Definitely a step in the right direction. They were patient, got my pitch count up there, but for the most part, made some good pitches when I needed to."
On another note, Kershaw also faced good friend and former battery-mate AJ Ellis last night for the first time ever.
"That was miserable," Kershaw said. "I've faced a lot of ex-teammates and friends in this game, but probably nobody with the history I have with A.J. We both decided it's probably the last time I have to do that." 
Photo of Clayton Kershaw above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1953 the Dodgers collectively hit a home run in 24 consecutive ballgames. This homer was hit by Roy Campanella against Giants pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie. Unfortunately, that would be the only run Brooklyn scores. They would lose 6-1. In 1971 the Dodgers signed future Hall of Fame reliever Hoyt Wilhelm. He would retire about a year later at the age of 49. As a Dodger he got into 25 games, recorded four saves, a 1.047 WHIP and an 3.14 ERA. Not too bad for a guy in his middle-ages.
  • Happy Birthday, Scott AlexanderLarry Burright & Bob Bailor!