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Dodgers Blue Heaven

Rest, Relax And Put Your Blue On. Dodger Blue passion mixed in with an obsessive compulsive desire to scour the world for rare and interesting Dodgers and Baseball collectibles.

Updated: 2017-09-25T15:48:50.140-07:00


2017 Topps Now - #652 - Kershaw Records 7th Season with 200 K's


Yesterday afternoon Clayton Kershaw provided one of a dozen different reason why he is already a Hall of Famer. Not only did he win his 18th game of the year, but he also recorded his 200th strikeout of the season for the seventh time in ten Major League seasons. That puts him in rarefied territory. Over the past 100+ years of the game only twelve pitchers have had that many 200+ strike out seasons, and of those twelve only Detroit's Mickey Lolich is not considered a Hall of Fame caliber player.In honor of Clayton's recent achievement Topps has issued a new 2017 Topps Now card to highlight it. See it above and below. Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reverse:Clayton Kershaw struck out six batters over eight innings in his fifth start since coming off the disabled list to lead the Dodgers to their 99th win on the season. Kershaw surpassed the 200 strike out mark on the season to mark his seventh season achieving the feat and now holds the record for most 200 strikeout seasons in Dodger history.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

Padres Series Starts Monday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts on Monday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:2017 Broadcast ScheduleSpecial Events SchedulePromotions & Giveaways ScheduleSilent Auction Schedule The Nacho Tots will be available for this homestand only against Padres and will be available in Field section 10, Loge section 136 and Reserve section 31. It features golden fried tater tots with carne asada, nacho cheese, Pico de Gallo, and sour cream. See it on the right.The Dodgers have launched the Extra Innings Lounge on the Top Deck. It is a great place to wait out traffic and enjoy City views postgame. The Lounge will be open from the seventh inning until one hour after the final out during the final six regular season home games, and serve beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee. The Lounge is located just outside the stadium gates on the Top Deck, and can be accessed through either the Top Deck seating area or by walking up the stairs from the Reserve Level. It is near a Dodger Stadium Express Metro Bus Stop and the Lot 11 Uber lot.----------------------Monday, September 25th at 7:10 PMTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020Monday's game starts at 7:10 PM. Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.It is Hello Kitty Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Hello Kitty X Dodgers tote bag. See that on the left. If not already sold out go here for information.It is also Dog Lovers Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Dodgers' Dog Lovers Night Leash. See that on the right. If not already sold out go here for information.The Dodgers will pay tribute to 72 employees with 25 or more years of service on the field prior to the start of the game. Headlining the list of those to be recognized are: Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda (68 seasons), Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe (60 seasons), Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín (59 seasons), Dodger - -Dodger Alumnus Manny Mota (49 seasons), Dodger alumnus “Sweet” Lou Johnson (37 seasons), Coach Charlie Hough (37 seasons), Dodger alumnus Ron Cey (33 seasons) and Dodger broadcaster Rick Monday (32 seasons).Dodger employees with 40 or more years of service are: Stand Captain Robert Natelborg (51), Ticket Taker Miguel Yanez (48), Batting Practice Pitcher Peter Bonfils (47), Usher James Harvey (47), Ticket Taker captain Eduardo Becerril (47), Vice President of Ticket Operations Billy Hunter (46) and Usher Howard Levine (45).The list of those to be celebrated also includes: Area Scout Henry Jones (42), Usher Captain Richard Angona (41), Stand Captain Bruce Dinowitz (41), Stand Associate Marcia Natelborg (40), Gate Captain Errol Coffey (40), Usher Andrea Garcia (40), Usher Captain Mario Villegas, Jr. (40), Minor League Team Manager John Shoemaker (40), - International Scout Mike Brito (39), Usher Captain Anthony Lopez (39), Special Advisor  Amateur Scouting Gib Bodet (38), -Manager Umpire Room Jerry Turner (38), Manager of Transportation Arn Douglass (38), Press Room Operator Robert Allen (37), Press Room Operator James Mims (37),  Usher M.J. Babyak (36), Security Officer Richard Montano (36), Utility Maintenance Kevin Waters (35), Gardener Petronilo Serna (35), Security Officer Eddie Alcala (35), Area Scout Bobby Darwin (35), Ticket Seller Roy Tyler (34), Receptionist Dolores Buonauro (34), Senior Vice President and General Counsel Sam Fernandez (33), Gate Captain Valerie Jones (33), Usher Vickie Gutierrez (33), Dodger Manager Visiting Clubhouse Mitch Poole (32), Security Officer Gary Hedman (32), Assistant Stand Captain Jaime Moreno (32), Ticket Taker Rosendo Alvarez (31), DodgerVision Crew Shane Shanahan (31), Usher Maria Ramirez (30), Stand Captain Patrick Cochran (30), Stand Associate Rosemary Cochran (30), Stand Associate Adriana Kano (30), Mailroom Services George Barajas (30), Ticket Seller Sharon McCabe (29), Stand Captain Marina Goungo ([...]

Blog Kiosk: 9/13/2017 - Dodgers Links - A Win and a Playoff Spot -- Woo Hoo!


Yesterday's 99th win of the season was punctuated by another great performance by staff ace Clayton Kershaw. He went eight scoreless innings, struck out six and walked no one as he recorded his 18th victory. Best yet, his sixth 'K' of the afternoon was his 200th of the year -- marking the seventh time he has recorded that many strike outs over his entire career. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:“You take pride in your consistency,” Kershaw said. “That’s something that I think is really important as a starter is to be out there for every fifth day for the whole season. I’ve missed time the last two years, which is something I don’t really like to do.”Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1941 the Dodgers won their first NL pennant in 21 years when they defeated the Braves in Boston, 6-0. In 1956 Dodgers hurler Sal Maglie no-hit the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 5-0. At 39 years old he became the oldest pitcher to throw one. You can listen to the last inning of Maglie's no-no (as called by Jerry Doggett with Vin Scully wrapping it up) here. In 1974 Dr. Frank Jobe does the first ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery on Dodgers pitcher Tommy John left elbow. The revolutionary procedure would soon be known as Tommy John Surgery.Happy Birthday, Dave Walsh!Video: Dave Roberts addresses the media about Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers' performance after a 3-1 victory over the Padres. (video link)Video: Clayton Kershaw speaks after winning his 18th game and becoming the first Dodger with seven 200-strikeout season. (video link)Video: Yasmani Grandal speaks to Alanna Rizzo after hitting a home-run and driving in all 3-runs in Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Padres on Sunday. (video link)ICYMI: Video: Yasiel Puig explains his decision to steal the base in the last play and not sliding. (video link)ICYMI: Audio: Yasiel Puig took David Vassegh's microphone and then interviews closer Kenley Jansen following this past Thursday's win. (audio link)ICYMI: Video: Jerry Hairston Jr. speaks with Kenley Jansen after the Dodgers 4-2 win over the Giants, clinching their 5th consecutive N.L. West Championship. (video link)ICYMI: Video: Jerry Hairston Jr. catches up with Clayton Kershaw after winning the National League West for the 5th straight year. (video link)ICYMI: Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Dave Roberts after the Dodgers clinched their 5th consecutive N.L. West Championship. (video link)Video: TMX corners Bob Costas at the airpost: "Bob Costas - Don't Give Up on the Dodgers - Here's Why..." (video link)Per a tweet by JP Hoornstra: Dave Roberts would have an issue with a player not standing for the National AnthemDodgers manager Dave Roberts said he would have an issue with a player not standing for the National Anthem. His full comments:— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) September 24, 2017* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

2017 Dodgers Sports Crate - August Edition - Adrian Gonzalez


The newest edition of the Dodgers 2017 Sport Crate came in a little light, but that's only because they finally figured out that they can no longer wait for the figurines to arrive at their warehouse. As you may know, their Sports Crates have been fashionably late, so they recently sent emails to their MLB customers indicating that the figurine for the 4th edition of their MLB Sports Crates would not be included. Instead, they would be sending those along to fans in a separate mailer. They even provided a postcard in the crates to explain the situation (see it on the right - click to embiggen).It's their claim that they have made various improvements to the figurines (which they may have), but I wouldn't be surprised if the real culprit is manufacturing related.Regardless, what this means is that instead of being a month or more late with these crates, they are only a couple weeks late. So, I suppose that's good.In spite of the missing figurine there is some good stuff in the August Edition of the Dodgers 2017 Sports Crate to fawn over.First of all, the Topps card for this month features Adrian Gonzalez (see at the very top), and the figurine that should be coming at a later point is also on him.  You can see a pic of it on the left.Additionally, the crate included the above Dodgers Tumbler. As you can see, it includes every Dodger logo -- from Brooklyn to Los Angeles -- ever created. Lastly, they also gave us a '47 branded adjustable Dodger cap (seen below).* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

Blog Kiosk: 9/12/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


After a lengthy rain delay the Dodgers continued on their streak of loses -- losing to the Giants late last night, 8-6. Ugh! Per Ken Gurnick and Chris Haft at"I wouldn't say it's demoralizing, but it's disappointing," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Our guys played hard, I thought we were going to win that game and we were in position to, but we couldn't hold the lead."Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1930 Dodger catcher Al Lopez hit the last Major League bounced home run. It was off Ray Kolp at Ebbets Field. Prior to the rule change any hit ball that bounced over the outfield walls was ruled a homer. Now, it'll be a ground-rule double. In 1963 the NY Mets hold a pregame ceremony in honor of Brooklyn favorite Duke Snider - "I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn". In 2000 Dave Hanson broke former Dodger Johnny Frederick's record for pinch-hit home runs during a season with his seventh pinch-homer of the year against Curt Schilling of the Diamondbacks.  BTW, Johnny Frederick set his record of six pinch-homers on this exact same date in 1932.Happy Birthday, John Gochnaur, Masao Kida & Franquelis Osoria!Just in case your interested -- Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Preliminary 2018 MLB schedule announced." Per Tracy Ringolsby at; "Longtime scout Didier dies at 90: Linked to Gibson's famous home run, evaluator discovered HOFers Dawson, Carter.""Padnah, you look for what a young man can do," (Didier) said. "Anybody can find things he can't do. When you are talking about a sport where hitting .300 is success you know there's a lot of failure along the way."Per Ken Gurnick at; "Dodgers planning to settle lineup soon.""We have a lot of good players we're still evaluating," he said. "When you have the lead that we had, you can prioritize in health and trying to keep guys sharp versus trying to win every single game. But the challenge is keeping the sharpness and, obviously, we haven't been sharp. I expect us to turn it around with a core group. The positions we're talking about, anyone can debate who is that right person."Roberts acknowledged his club's confidence "is probably wavering a little bit." He said he expected the last-place Giants "to bring their best" against the Dodgers.Via Tyler Maun at; "Cuadrado's big night leads Raptors to sweep: Ogden will play for first Pioneer League championship since 1969.""He plays hard every single night on all sides of the baseball," said Kertenian, lauding his player's ability to contribute defensively and on the basepaths as well. "He's very young, but he's been steady. He's been our steadiest hitter all year. Behind all of that is a young man who's 19 years old, turns 20 tomorrow, from Venezuela, which is a challenging place to be in our world right now. He shows grit and determination and true character every single day."Via Daniel Zeqiri at The Telegraph; "Gennady Golovkin throws ceremonial pitch at LA Dodgers match as Canelo Alvarez fight nears."(Pic above of GGG and Verdugo, via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2017)* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]