Thursday, November 14, 2019

Congrats, Belli! You're an MVP!


As you surely know by now, Cody Bellinger has just been named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player. He received 19 of 30 first place votes to garner an overall score of 362 point -- finishing just ahead of runner-up Christian Yelich at 317 points. Cody is the twelfth Dodger player to win the award, the last position player being Kirk Gibson in 1988 (Clayton Kershaw had won the award in 2014 ). It is also the fourteenth time a Dodger has been named MVP -- Roy Campanella was awarded the prize three times. BTW, four Dodger pitchers have been named MVP in the past. Per a Dodger press release:
The Chandler High School (Az.) graduate becomes the first Arizona born player in Major League Baseball history to win the Most Valuable Player award and is the third Dodger player to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP, joining Jackie Robinson and Don Newcombe. He is now the only player in franchise history to win the MVP, Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Silver Slugger in the same season.

2019 Topps High Tek -- All the Dodger Cards

The 2019 Topps High Tek Baseball card brand is now out and I've got pics of all the Dodgers' to share. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

As always, this product focuses on distinctive backgrounds -- consisting of three main designs to go along with various patterns and parallels.  So, if you're a 'player collector' then this is a set for you. You are looking at well over a dozen different parallel/pattern cards available for each player in the base set.


#81 Clayton Kershaw           #82 Sandy Koufax

Blog Kiosk: 11/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Here's another fantastic spring training Dodgers' AP press photo that I an across on ebay (link here). It features Long Beach product Rocky Bridges (left) along with Dodgers cap Pee Wee Reese. It is dated February 28, 1952.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Baseball History: In 1979 the Dodgers signed free agent starting pitcher David Goltz to a six-year $3MM contract. The former eight-year Twins veteran went 9-19 with a 4.25 ERA in three season with the team before being release in 1982. In 2016 Corey Seager is named the unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award.
  • Happy BirthdayHarry HowellRed SheridanJim Brewer & Tim Hamulak!