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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: 2017-08-18T14:08:44.557-07:00

 



2017 Dodgers Sports Crate - July Edition - Corey Seager!

2017-08-18T13:51:19.322-07:00

This is my favorite Sports Crate Dodgers box so far -- not because if features phenom shortstop Corey Seager. Rather, it's filled with stuff I can actually use... even, need. Of course, this all mitigated by the fact that this July edition of Sports Crate is almost a month too late. As you may know, they've been having fulfillment issues, so this box that should have been delivered during the last week of July didn't hit my doorstep until yesterday. Fortunately for them, I've starting to really dig the crates, and I now find myself waiting impatiently every month.Anyway, let's take a look at this crate. Featured at the very top is the 2017 Topps Sports Crate card of Corey Seager. This is the third Dodger card so far in the set -- Clayton Kershaw and Yasmani Grandal are the others.At right and below is a Dodger themed car sunshade -- complete with sports crate bag to hold it in. As you can see, I've already put it to good use.The next Thing I pulled from the box is a Dodgers leather wallet. This item couldn't have come at a better time. I've been looking around for a new wallet (as mine is easily 20 years old), so now my search is over.Below is a Dodger t-shirt.Lastly, below is the Corey Seager figurine.As you can see below, you can pose him as either an infielder or batter.For the first time they include interchangeable parts. With the Seager you get both a fielders glove-hand and a batting glove-hand that will allow him to hold a bat.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Better Late Than Never -- 2017 Topps Now -- #484 -- Dodgers to 50 Wins over .500

2017-08-18T13:18:04.338-07:00

For whatever reason I totally missed this Dodgers 2017 Topps Now card from earlier this week. So, I figured I should highlight it now -- even though it's too late to order. The card above makes note of the Dodgers reaching 50 wins over .500 since the 2004 Cardinals. Go here to check it out.The best thing about this card isn't the sliding Cody Bellinger. Rather, it's the slightly out-of-focus Tommy Lasorda siting in the background. It's like he's keeping an ever-watchful eye on the team. Below is the descriptor on the reverse of the card:The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their history 2017 season by beating the Chicago White Sox by a score of 6-1. With the win, the Dodgers are the first team since the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals to be 50 games over .500. The Dodgers own the best record in MLB at 84-34, and have now reached 50 wins at home in three consecutive seasons.BTW, this card sold 645 copies.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 8/18/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-08-18T09:59:40.213-07:00

One of the premier auction houses in the world is getting into the Baseball business. Christies is currently running their "Golden Age of Baseball" auction at it includes a whole bunch of fantastic Dodger photographs; including the above 1961 spring photo of Dodger aces Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. (auction link)There is also the below pic of the 1925 Brooklyn Dodgers during spring training. (auction link) At center are Hall of Famers Wilbert Robinson, Zach Wheat and Sazzy Vance.Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1959 former Dodger GM Branch Rickey is named President of the newly formed Continental League.  The new third Major League never plays a game, though.  Instead, it became a catalyst for the addition of eight more teams to the American and National Leagues over the next decade.  In 1995 the Dodgers traded for Brett Butler.  This would be his second stint with the team.Happy Birthday, Burleigh Grimes, William Marriott, Jim Peterson, Bob Kennedy, Paul Popovich, Don Crow & Yimi Garcia!Audio: A Yu Darvish imposter - The man who has been following Yu Darvish across the country his entire MLB career joins Lunchtime with Roggin and Rodney. (audio link)Audio: Vin Scully joined David Vassegh ahead of Wednesday's game at Dodger Stadium. (audio link)Via the Editorial Board at the LA Daily News; "Dodgers are hot; fans should be too, four years into TV blackout."It’s the kind of season that could win a team both a World Series — which would be the Dodgers’ first championship since 1988 — and a generation of young fans.Only if fans can watch.Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "Dodgers set postseason ticket prices. World Series seats would start at $166."The most expensive ticket would be $531, not including suites and luxury seats. That ticket would put you in the front row of the field-level box seats, between the bases. If you are a season-ticket holder, that price would be $381.Ticket prices range from $31 to $236 for the division series, $63 to $256 for the league championship series and $166 to $531 for the World Series.Carson Cistulli at FanGraphs shares this weeks Fring Five and it includes Dodger prospect Tim Locastro:Locastro, for his part, has proven to be a pretty useful ballplayer. The combination of contact skills and defensive ability that first earned him a place among the Five remain. Currently, however, he’s exhibiting them not for Division III school or Cal League team but rather the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. In 82 appearances for Oklahoma City, he’s produced walk and strikeout rates of 6.1% and 13.4%, respectively, plus a .181 isolated-power figure and 10-for-11 stolen-base record. The 168 wRC+ mark he’s posted would place second of all qualified Triple-A batters — ahead, for example, of power-hitting Rhys Hoskins, who was just basically given Philadelphia’s left-field job. Despite sliding a bit down the positional spectrum as he’s ascended minor-league levels, Locastro appears capable of still providing positive defensive value.This is fantastic. One-time Dodger Babe Dahlgren was quite a letter-writer. His grandson shares several letters written by his granddad to a young fan in the 30's, and in it he details for the young lad how he should play 1st base. Go here to check it out.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Now -- #490 -- Yasiel Puig's Walk-Off

2017-08-17T14:13:43.227-07:00

Here's another in a long line of Dodgers' 2017 Topps Now Walk-Off Baseball cards. This time it features Yasiel Puig -- who whacked a game-winning two-run double to left-center to win last nights game, 5-4. Go here to check it out and order.Wow! There is no lead large enough. Per Ryan Posner and Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:"We were down by two," said Kiké Hernandez. "But two runs is not enough for us. I don't think there's a big enough lead right now to be like, 'All right, the Dodgers are out of the game,' especially the way we've been coming from behind all year long. It's just an everyday thing now."Per Dave Roberts: "When you look at what we've done, certainly every time [opposing teams] see us on the schedule they're going to bring their best. Absolutely I think that our guys have set the bar for the league, and rightfully so."* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Clearly Authentic - All the Dodgers Cards

2017-08-17T13:20:53.584-07:00

The newest Topps Baseball card product has just hit stores. It is called Topps Clearly Authentic and it features cards made of acetate, instead of cardboard. As you may know, this means the cards are transparent. (I know it's hard to tell in the pics, but I promise you they are see-through) Go here for a complete checklist. There is no base set to chase after -- every card available is autographed (on-card).Below are all of the Dodger cards available. Only the Julio Urias card comes with a redemption card. The obviously key card here is the 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax reprint autographed card. You can see that at the very bottom.Autographs#CAAU-JU Julio Urias -- redemption card#CAAU-AT Andrew Toles#CAAU-CK Kershaw         #CAAU-CSE Seager#CAAU-JD Jose De Leon              #CAAU-KM Kenta MaedaReprint Autographs#CARAU-SK Sandy Koufax* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 8/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-08-17T10:17:50.979-07:00

This time it's Puig.Last night the Dodgers recorded their eighth walk-off win when trailing into the last frame of the game, and this time Yasiel Puig was the one who put in the final nail. With two on he hit a blistering liner that went to the left-centerfield wall. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:“You never want to use superlatives with players, but I think that Yasiel cares as much as anyone, or more than anyone, as far as wanting to be the guy and his care and his try,” said manager Dave Roberts. On another note, Yu Darvish exited the game after the sixth inning due to some advice from our ace. Per ESPN:"Between innings, I talked to Kershaw, and he asked me, 'How do you feel?' '' Darvish said through an interpreter. "I told him, 'I feel something in my back,' and he said, 'We need you really bad in six weeks.' Photo above of Yasiel Puig via @Dodgers/ Jon SooHoo on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1982 the Dodgers and Cubs played a 17 inning game that was temporarily halted at a tie, 1-1, because of darkness (this was before Wrigley Field had lights). The next day they begin where they left off. The Dodgers would eventually win on a sacrifice fly by Dusty Baker in the 21st inning. In 1992 Dodgers hurler Kevin Gross no-hit the Giants at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. Watch the last out of the game, as called by Vin Scully, here. Per a NY Times article:"The later it got, the more the adrenaline started pumping," Gross said. "It was just a blur when that last out was made."Happy Birthday, George Harper, Doug McWeeny, Joe Bradshaw, Boog Powell, Brad Wellman, Jeff Fischer & Kyle Farmer!Video: Dave Roberts talks to media after they rally back in the 9th to win the game 5-4 against the White Sox on Wednesday night. (video link)Video: Yasiel Puig speaks to Kelli Tennant after the Dodgers comeback win over the White Sox Wednesday night. Puig hit the game winning double in the bottom of the 9th to give the dodgers the walk off victory. (video link)Per Mark Langill at Dodger Insider; "Former Dodger VP, Lakers forward Tommy Hawkins passes away."“Tommy Hawkins was a dear friend and one of the most respected people I have had the honor to know,” said former general manager Fred Claire. “Tommy had an amazing ability to leap, and he reached heights in basketball, baseball, friendships, business and life that few have ever accomplished.”I love the attitude. Per David Schoenfield at ESPN; "Who cares about 116 wins? Not the Dodgers.""I don't even like talking about wins and losses, because that's not really what it is for us at the end of the day," (Rich Hill) said. "It's really about the effort we give out on the field and the consistency of that effort. If you look at this team, there is something different, and it's that intensity all 25 guys bring every single night."..."Nobody pays attention to that," Seager said. "Nobody is worried about it, nobody is worried about the win streaks and all that. It's been our philosophy from the beginning to grind at-bats, to grind out series, to be as relentless as possible."Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com; "Kershaw pleased with two-inning sim game." JP Hoornstra captured his pitching on twitter, here (against Utley), here (against Segedin), here (against Pederson), here (Utley, again) and here (Segedin, again -- makes good contact on first pitch). Per Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue; "Yasiel Puig, Wild Horse Foundation Provide For Los Angeles Unified School District."“We just had a visit from Yasiel Puig, who brought us a check for $1,000 for the school library,” Esperanza Elementary School principal Brad Rumble said. “It’s the first day of school here at Esperanza and it’s unbelievable.Yu Darvish celebrated his birthday yesterday with an awesome Dodger cake, per his instagram here and here.Awesome, via a tweet from Joe D[...]



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

2017-08-11T10:45:22.695-07:00

The next homestand starts on Friday 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 Friday Night Fireworks Schedule For this homestand against the Padres only the Dodgers have made the Taqui Changas that includes flour tortillas stuffed with smoked pork carnitas, California pepper sauce, shredded cheddar, shaved lettuce, Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream. See it on the right. It can be found at Reserve Section 32. ------------------------Friday, August 11th at 7:10 PMTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020Friday's game starts at 7:10 PM. Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM. It is Friday Night Fireworks, so fans will be able to go down onto the field after the game to watch the spectacle. The night's theme will be a Hot August Night-Neil Diamond. Go here for more information on Friday Night Fireworks.It is Union Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Union Night t-shirt. See that on the right. If not already sold out go here for information.The Dodgers will also be honoring recent Second Chance Bootcamp graduates in a pregame ceremony. They are formerly incarcerated individuals who are being groomed for union apprenticeships and good-paying careers.As a preview for Saturday's National Baseball Card Day events at local card shops a special four-card pack will be given to fans as an in-stadium giveaway on Friday. Go here for information. I am unsure exactly how they will be distributed, or how many packs will be available. The packs will feature only Dodger players. There is a ten card set needed to complete. Below is a checklist:LAD-1 Clayton KershawLAD-2 Adrian Gonzalez LAD-3 Kenley JansenLAD-4 Kenta Maeda LAD-5 Corey Seager LAD-6 Julio Urias LAD-7 Justin Turner LAD-8 Joc PedersonLAD-9 Rich HillLAD-10 Mike Piazza UPDATE: I've just been told by the Dodgers that these Topps packs will be distributed at the gate as you enter the stadium.------------------------Saturday, August 12th at 6:10 PMTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, Radio Korea 1540Saturday's game starts at 6:10 PM. Auto gates open at 3:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 4:10 PM.The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive Great Dodger Moments Coin #6 featuring Sandy Koufax Perfect Game. See it on the right.It is Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium. This is a fundraising event to benefit Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Southern California. A donation to LSS is included in the price of each ticket. If not already sold out go here for information.The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Silent Auction features autographed memorabilia and is located outside the Vin Scully Press Box.------------------------Sunday, August 13th at 1:10 PMTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020Sunday's game starts at 1:10 PM. Auto gates open at 10:40 AM, and stadium gates open at 11:10 AM.The first 12,000 ticketed kids 14 & under in attendance will receive a Dodgers Kids Back-to-School Backpack. See it on the right.It is Jewish Community Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Jewish Community Night cap. See that on the left. If not already sold out go here for information.Kosher Dogs, provided by Jeff's Gourmet Kosher Dogs Stand, will be available for fans at both the Reserve (Section 31) and Field Level (next to Tommy Lasorda's Trattoria in the Right Field Plaza). Options include a Kosher Dog, Kosher Jalapeño Dog and a Kosher Sausage.Elliott Yamin will sing the national anthem.The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Silent Auction features autographed memorabilia and is located outside the Vin Scully Press Box[...]



2017 Topps Now -- #463 -- 80 Wins in 113 Games, Fastest in Franchise History

2017-08-10T14:38:23.366-07:00

Featured here is a new 2017 Topps Now card that celebrates the accomplishments of the best team in Baseball. Go here to check it out and order. As you know, the Dodgers won their 80th game of the season last night, and that marks the fastest pace the franchise has ever experienced. In fact, that win put the team on a pace to win 115 games this year -- the highest win total in Dodger history. Not only that, they'll come shockingly close to tying the Major League mark for wins at 116 (held by both the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners).Per the description on the reverse:Alex Wood picked up his 14th win of the season against the Diamondbacks, giving up only two runs over six innings and striking out four. Cody Bellinger got the scoring started in the second inning with his 33rd homer of the season off of Diamondbacks ace Zach Greinke. The victory gave the Dodgers their 80th win of the season and marks the fastest in their 134-year history that they hit this mark.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Players Weekend Brings Nicknames and Funny Socks

2017-08-10T13:24:46.025-07:00

As I'm sure you know by know, the last weekend in August will be "Players Weekend" -- which happens to coincide with Little League World Series weekend in Williamsport. I mention that last part because the festivities that weekend is not only about celebrating each ballplayers personality and passion, but it's also an opportunity for them to be kids again.Each player and coach on the field will get their own special uniform emblazoned with their own chosen nickname on the back, and the right sleeve of each jersey will have a patch with a blank space for them to write the name of a person or organization that was important to their development.Obviously, the main draw for fans will be the goofy nicknames each player chooses, but I think there is something else worth noting first. Apparently, everyone will be wearing colorful and outrageous socks, as well. See what I mean on the right.Per Mark Newman at MLB.com:"The journey from youth leagues to Major League Baseball is one that players don't take alone," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Major League players have been supported by family members, coaches and organizations that helped them develop their unique skills and overcome challenges to reach the highest level of the sport. These games will allow the players to thank those who were important in their lives while showcasing their personality in a fun way that fits baseball's community-driven focus."All of the Dodger jersey's are available for sale through the MLB. Go here to check them out. Below is a brief listing of some of my favorite Dodger nicknames for that weekend. At the very bottom I've done my best to catalog all the different nicknames we'll be seeing for the Dodgers.Cody Bellinger                                  Chase UtleyBoth Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu ise nicknames they received when they played in Asia.Kenta Maeda                                  Hyun-Jin RyuHere's another favorite of mine. Below is the jersey for Andre Ethier.Andre EthierLastly, this next jersey isn't of a Dodger. Instead, it's a jersey being worn by an older brother of a current Dodger. Below is the jersey nickname for Kyle Seager.-----------------------------------Players Luis Avilan = Avi Pedro Baez = La Mula Austin Barnes = Sam Cody Bellinger = Codylove Tony Cingrani = Grani Yu Darvish = Yu-San Grant Dayton = G Money Andre Ethier = Daddy Clayton Kershaw = Kersh Josh Fields = Fields Logan Forsythe = Logie Bear Adrian Gonzalez = El Titán Yasmani Grandal = YRG Jr Franklin Gutierrez = El Guti Chris Hatcher = Hatch Enrique Hernandez  = Kiké Rich Hill = Brice Kenley Jansen = Ma'Montro Scott Kazmir = Kazmir Adam Liberatore = Liberatore Kenta Maeda = Maeken Brandon McCarthy = Bmac Brandon Morrow = B Mo Joc Pederson = Dizzy Yasiel Puig = Wild Horse Hyun-Jin Ryu = Monster Corey Seager = Seager Rob Segedin = Segedin Brock Stewart = Stewart Ross Stripling = Chicken Strip Chris Taylor = CT3 Justion Turner = Redturn2 Chase Utley = Silver Fox Tony Watson = Watty Alex Wood = Woodman Josh Ravin                    = El CuervoManager/Coaches Josh Bard = Bardo Juan Castro = One Steve Cilladi = Viper Rob Flippo = Flip Bob Geren = Bob Green Rick Honeycutt = Honey Tim Hyers = Tom George Lombard = Lombard Manny Mota = Geronimo Dave Roberts = Doc Turner Ward = Country Steve Yeager = Boomer * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 8/10/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-08-10T09:50:31.787-07:00

The Dodgers just go about their winning ways. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:“I think it’s more a testament to the guys on our team,” Wood said. “It’s literally been a different guy every night.” On Wednesday, it was Wood, the bullpen and the No. 7 and No. 8 hitters in the Dodger lineup leading them to their 33rd comeback win of the year and moving them to 68–0 when leading after eight innings. “It just shows we can come back and get teams late, and our bullpen’s good enough to shut them down late,” said Joc Pederson, whose RBI double tied the game at 2 before scoring the go-ahead run.Last nights win was the 80th of the season. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1966 former Dodger manager Chuck Dressen died at the age of 67. In 1979 Don Sutton recorded his 50th shutout as a Dodger -- setting a new franchise record -- when he defeated the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. In 1995 the first forfeit in 16 years happened during a game between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Following the ejection of Raul Mondesi and Tommy Lasorda in the ninth inning, fans starting throwing souvenir Baseballs onto the field. The balls were given to them as a game giveaway as they entered the stadium. Watch an ESPN news story about it here.Happy Birthday, Rocky Colavito & Al Osuna!Video: Kenley Jansen has been a major bright spot for the Dodgers this year as he adds on another save to his impressive season stats. (video link)Video: Dodgers LowDown chats with Dodger prospect Walker Buehler. (video link)Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Urias feeling 'really good' after shoulder surgery.""I'm not scared," he said. "I'm thinking positively 100 percent. I'm thinking about coming back, maybe even better if I put in the work. I'm not worried about being the same player. After a month and a couple days, I feel really good."Per Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs; "Alex Wood’s Worrisome Trend."His K-BB mark was 36.6% in May when he really began to open eyes, and it dropped to a still elite mark of 28.1% in June, and it dropped further still (22.6%) in July. Maybe it’s not injury or fatigue related. Maybe it’s just regression, or the cold hard reality that he is not Kershaw or Sale. But it would make some sense if Wood is fatiguing. He has pitched 104 1/3 innings this season, after tossing 60 last season in his return from an elbow injury. He’s the type of arm teams with nothing to play for, and even teams with something to play for, might be cautious with.Per Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA; "Starling Heredia named Pioneer League Player of the Month for July."Musical chairs. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Luke Farrell claimed off waivers by Reds: Move opens spot on 40-man roster."Panini's The Knight's Lance blog shares a bunch of preview pics of their upcoming 2017 Immaculate Baseball set. Check out the Seager, Bellinger and Kershaw cards below. This set officially releases to the public next week. * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Fernando and Kenley

2017-08-09T09:53:20.502-07:00

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.---------------------------Dodger legend Fernando Valenzuela will be signing autographs at Frank & Son this coming Saturday, August 12th from 11:00 Am to 1:00 PM. Check out the above flyer. Go here for more information.Frank & Son Exhibit Center19649 E San Jose AvenueCity of Industry, CA, 91748(909)444-7955---------------------------Dodger closer Kenley Jansen will be signing autographs at the Bobblemania store in Monterey Park. Check out the flyer below. Go here to here for information. Bobblemania2334 S. Atlantic BoulevardMonterrey Park 91754* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 8/9/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-08-09T09:26:22.612-07:00

Check out this fantastic, dated April 12, 1932, original type I International News Photo from Opening Day featuring three new Dodgers -- all of whom would eventually be inducted in the Hall of Fame -- that is currently on auction at RMY Auctions (link here). Per the description on the reverse:A Trio of Newcomers at Brooklyn OpeningThree notables who came in for a large share of the attention at the game between Brooklyn and the Boston Braves which rang up the curtain on the new season at Ebbets Field this afternoon (Tuesday.) The new Brooklyn Men are, left to right: Hack Wilson, late of the Chicago Cubs; Max Carey, new manager; and George Kelly, another new recruit to the Brooklyn aggregation.Unfortunately, the new faces did little to change Brooklyn's fortunes. After all, this team was still trying to shake off nearly two decades of futility experienced under Robbie Robinson's "Daffiness Boys".On a side note, it was around this time that famed sports cartoonist Willard Mullin created the famous "Brooklyn Bum" caricature for the Dodgers.Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1975 Davey Lopes stole his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey's 1922 record. He would steal six more bases before getting caught. His record would eventually be broken by Cardinal's speedster Vince Coleman in 1989.  In 1976 Pirates hurler John Candelaria no-hit the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. In 1979 longtime Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley died of congestive heart failure at the age of 75.Happy Birthday, John Grim, Leo Callahan, Johnny Mitchell, Tom Sunkel, Chuck Essegian, Claude Osteen, Matt Young & Drew Butera!Here's a great little contest worth checking out. Kershaw's Challenge and the HollyRod Foundation have teamed up on Omaze.com for a drawing that can yield a lucky fan and their guest a special Dodger prize. You will be flown to LA, will hang out with Clayton Kershaw, take batting practice at Dodger Stadium, and sit in VIP seats for a game. All you have to do is go here to enter the drawing, for a donation.Video: SNLA's Backstage Dodgers gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Kyle Farmer's amazing callup to the big leagues. (video link)Video: On MLB Central, Mark DeRosa breaks down the swings of Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, which have led to huge offensive seasons. (video link)Video: Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts talks about Kenta Maeda and the teams' performance after dropping series-opener to Arizona on Tuesday. (video link)Eric Stephen at True Blue LA shares the 2017 postseason schedule.Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Kershaw ready to put back injury behind him.""Obviously, understanding where we're at, timeline and stuff, but at the same time trying to build back," he said. "I don't feel I've lost much. Still, it's going to take a little time. I've been throwing the whole time, but if you're not sitting down and getting up, you lose a little stamina-wise and endurance."Per Javier Morales at All Sports Tucson; "Maturing Verdugo handling physical and mental demands of long season in stride."“I’ve definitely grown up a lot even from when I got drafted,” he added. “I started knowing more about the game, knowing how to act. Just being around older guys and them looking out for me, really helping me through everything and learning from my mistakes, it’s been really good.“They come up to me. If I do something they don’t see as me doing well — they don’t think it is a good look — they’ll come up to me and have a conversation. I’ll be like, ‘Oh, I see.’ That gives me a different perspective. It’s definitely huge to have and it’s helped me a lot this year.”Owen McCue and Shawn McFarland[...]



Welcome to the Blue, Dylan Floro!

2017-08-08T13:21:26.485-07:00

Here's a little bit of news that escaped my attention over the weekend. On Friday the Dodgers announced that they had claimed right-handed reliever Dylan Floro from the Chicago Cubs. They immediately shipped him to Triple-A Oklahoma City in hopes that they found another diamond. As you know, the team likes to chase after ballplayers that have unrealized skills, and Floro appears to have something to offer. Per a brief report by John Sickels on Floro at Minor League Ball in 2016:As you may anticipate from his background, he doesn't have a blazing fastball, working with heat in the 80s. He'll mix in a variety of breaking balls and change-ups and his delivery has some funky deception. He succeeded in college and the lower minors because he is allergic to walks and generally possess pinpoint location. Triple-A hitters exposed his thin margin for error when he started last year, but he's been more successful in shorter stretches coming out of the bullpen.Unfortunately for Floro his first gig in the Majors (Tampa Bay Rays in 2016) did not yield desirable results. He had gotten into 12 games for Tampa -- allowing 23 hits, seven earned runs and a opponent batting average of .348. Then the Cubs claimed him the following January and the results got worse. He got into three games for the Cubs -- allowing 15 hits, seven earned runs and an even higher opponent batting average of .357.Still, there must be something there that caught the eye of the Dodgers, and thankfully Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA hits the mark:On January 19, 2017 Floro was claimed off waiver by the Chicago Cubs and has spent the better part of the current season with the AAA Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League. In 25 appearances with the (Iowa) Cubs he posted a 3.88 ERA over 48.2 innings along with 26 strikeouts and eight walks. His ground ball rate at Iowa was an eye catching 61.6%.Floro gets a bunch of ground balls, and for a team that has a good defense it's a skill worth hanging your hat on. Given some tutelage, the Dodger hope his ground ball rate translates to Major League play. Needless to say, Dylan Floro is a bit of a project, and hopefully our coaching staff can right the ship.Per a Dodgers press release:Floro, 26, appeared in three games with the Cubs this season allowing seven runs in 9.2 innings of relief (6.52 ERA) and struck out six batters against two walks. He spent the majority of the season with Chicago’s Triple-A Iowa, going 3-2 with one save and posted a 3.88 ERA (21 ER/48.2 IP), while striking out 26 batters against eight walks in 25 games (two starts).The Merced, California native has gone 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA and has struck out 20 batters against seven walks in 15 career big league games with Tampa Bay (2016) and Chicago (2017). Over six minor league seasons, he has gone 39-32 with 10 saves and has posted a 3.35 ERA in 151 career games (75 starts) with the Rays (2012-16) and Cubs (2017) organizations. Floro, who was designated for assignment on July 31, was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of California State University, Fullerton.I should note that Floro has already pitched a game for Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the results were not kind. Per Eric Butler at the Salt Lake Tribune:When Oklahoma City starting pitcher Wilmer Font exited after six innings, the Bees only led 2-1. But Salt Lake couldn’t miss in the seventh against reliever Dylan Floro. Nolan Fontana, Tony Sanchez, Michael Hermosillo and Cesar Puello all hit solid singles and Dustin Ackley powered a double into the left corner as the Bees scored three runs in the frame.Obviously, the Dodgers and Dylan Floro have a ways to go.In celebration of Floro's addition to the club I made [...]



Blog Kiosk: 8/8/2017 - Dodgers Links - Yu's New Glove, Rear-Ending Seager and Cody's Bobble

2017-08-08T14:00:25.973-07:00

The Dodgers recently announced than an 11th bobblehead would be given out to fans this season, and it will feature rookie phenom Cody Bellinger. Yesterday a preview pic was release, and it gloriously shows-off Bellinger's sweet swing. The bobble will be given out to the first 40,000 fans in attendance on Friday, September 8th against the Rockies.Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1903 Dodger pitcher Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game when he angrily threw the Baseball out of the park. He did this because a run scored while his infielders were arguing a close call. In 1954 Gil Hodges came up to bat in the eight inning three times. He started the inning by tripling, then hit a double his second time up, and finally flied out to center for the last out of the inning. Amazingly, 12 of the 13 runs scored that inning happened with two outs. In 1963 Frank Howard and Bill "Moose" Skowron of the Dodgers become only the second duo in baseball history to hit back-to-back pinch-hit home runs. In 2000 Dodger Stadium got a dose of homophobia. After being seen kissing during a kiss-cam, a female couple is removed from the stadium and told to never come back due to "lewd behavior". The Dodgers quickly realized what century they were in and profusely apologized -- contributing tickets to various LGBT groups and providing sensitivity training to its employees.Happy Birthday, Alanna Rizzo, Clise Dudley, Tot Pressnell & Frank Howard!Podcast: David Aardsma welcomes his former teammate Justin Turner to the show: "The Bullpen with DA". JT talks about his first All Star game experience, the Dodgers expectations this season, the evolution of his game and a whole lot more. (podcast link)Video: Carry the Freight: Chris Taylor carries the freight for the Dodgers this week with five extra-base hits and nine runs scored. (video link)Per David Walkstein at the NY Times; "For Dodgers Star Justin Turner, the Mets’ Rejection Still Motivates."“That is something that will always stick with me for the rest of my life,” he said. Still, he also wonders if every disappointment that came before he signed with the Dodgers essentially helped him reach his current level of success.“I might be out of the game now,” he said. “To go through what I went through here in New York made me a better player, a better person and a better leader in the clubhouse.”Yu Darvish shared his new Dodger Blue glove yesterday, via his instagram. See it on the right. He wrote (translated):The blue glove arrived! Asics work too fast! (Laugh) Per Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight; "The Dodgers Have A Real Chance To Break The All-Time Wins Record."In a shade over 20 percent of our simulations, they win at least 116 games, which would tie the all-time mark. And 13.5 percent of the time, they finish the season with at least 117 victories, setting a new single-season record for greatness.Per Chris Cwik at Big League Stew; "Ike Davis was flawless in his Arizona League debut as a pitcher."That’s right, Ike Davis is back as a pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system. Davis made his debut with the Arizona Fall League Dodgers on Sunday, and he actually looked pretty darn good. Davis struck out the side in his only inning of work. He did not allow a hit or walk any batters.Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs was on hand to witness Davis’ performance, and said Davis sat between 88-92 mph with his fastball.This is awesome. Listen to Nick Thune tells Rich Eisen about the time he rear-ended Corey Seager after a game in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. (Hat Tip: u/thedude596 on reddit) allowfullscreen="" frameborde[...]



Bellinger Superfractor Shows Up on eBay

2017-08-08T09:09:42.976-07:00

Come on now... get your filthy fingers off that card!There's nothing more annoying than seeing pics like this. As you might imagine holding this card that way is an easy way to damage it, and any bit of damage can be costly. After all, a superfractor of a stud rookie like Bellinger is likely to sell for thousands -- even if it's not the best of the superfractors available of him.Featured here is the Cody Bellinger 2017 Topps Chrome superfractor parallel card (auction link), and it is currently available for sale on eBay for $17,500.00. A tidy sum, no doubt.As you may know, superfractor parallel cards are all "1 of 1's", so they are highly sought after by collectors. In fact, superfractors from the Bowman brand are considered the best available card of any rookie. So, the above Bellinger isn't going to be his most valuable card. Still, as his first Topps pack-issued flagship autograph card it could sell for a bundle.BTW, the most valuable of his cards is likely to be the 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographed superfractor, and as far as I know that card has not yet to been unearthed. Either it is still sitting in an unopened pack, or a collector has stowed it away from prying eyes.On another note, there is one other Bellinger superfractor currently on eBay. It is his 2017 Bowman Platinum rookie radar superfractor insert, and it is available at $2,000.00. (auction link) See that below.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Dodgers Promo's from the 2017 NSCC -- Beckett, Topps and Panini

2017-08-07T13:36:28.319-07:00

The 38th annual National Sports Collectors Convention, dubbed "The National", closed its doors a week ago in Chicago, and it included its fair-share of promotional cards for folks to chase after. First of all, there was a VIP program attendees could join that provided each member exclusive promo cards just for going through the door. Notably, Leaf Trading cards VIP promo featured Vin Scully (you can see that here). Other promo's were available at individual booths -- either as wrapper redemption's, a sale incentive or just for free (if you ask). Below are most of the Dodger promos given out by Beckett, Topps and Panini America that I've been able to track downFirst of all, Beckett ran a sort-of scavenger hunt at The National. They produced ten different promos fashioned after their magazine covers, and partnered up with nine different retailers at the show to give them away. Only one of the cards had a Dodger on it, and it happened to also include Aaron Judge as well. See it below. It was handed out by Blowout Cards at the convention. Go here for a complete Beckett promo checklist.BeckettBeckett Cover Promos#4 Aaron Judge / Cody Bellinger (on reverse)Topps also had a VIP attendee set, but no Dodger was available. There are, however, four current and former Dodgers' available in their Bowman Chrome wrapper redemption program. Check them all out below. Go here for a checklist of 2017 Bowman Chrome NSCC Wrapper Redemption cards.ToppsBowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Program#BNR-CB Cody Bellinger#BNR-KM Kenta Maeda         #BNR-MP Mike Piazza#BNR-SK Sandy KoufaxAutographs#BNR-KM Kenta Maeda           #BNR-SK Sandy KoufaxPanini America also had a wrapper redemption campaign at the show, and unfortunately, they have not yet provided a comprehensive checklist (and I doubt they ever will). So, I've done my best to collect as many images online as possible.First of all, there are two different packs available -- silver and gold. The silver wrapper redemption packs were available to all attendees at their booth. With the purchase of a particular Panini product through a retailer in the show you received a certain number of silver packs. The gold packs were extremely limited and available only to those who attended their exclusive VIP Party for high rollers. In other words, you had to be a big spender to get on that guest list. Go here for a brief checklist of silver pack cards. Go here for a brief checklist of gold pack cards.Panini AmericaSilver Pack Wrapper Redemption ProgramBase Cards#4 Clayton Kershaw              #5 Corey SeagerSilver Pack Wrapper Redemption ProgramRookies#12 Cody BellingerOther Known Silver Pack Cards#8 Corey SeagerGold Pack Base CardsBase Cards#63 Clayton Kershaw              #67 Core SeagerOther Known Gold Pack Cards#67 Corey Seager#63 Clayton Kershaw* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]