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Updated: 2017-12-14T22:43:13.301-08:00


Welcome to the Blue, Angelo Mora!


With the Winter Meetings officially over there is only one development related to a new addition to the Dodgers. This morning, as a part of the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft, the Dodgers picked up Dominican infielder Angelo Mora from the Baltimore Orioles. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:The versatile 24-year-old infielder hit .291/.334/.435 between Double-A and Triple-A in Philadelphia’s organization last year, spending the majority of the season with Double-A Reading, where he hit .295/.348/.470 with 19 doubles, three triples and nine home runs in 322 plate appearances. Mora played all over the place in Double-A last year, logging innings at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field. At Triple-A, he only played the infield. The majority of his time was spent as a middle infielder in 2017. The switch-hitter batted .287/.330/.409 in 298 plate appearances as a lefty against right-handed pitching and batted .303/.344/.496 in 128 plate appearances as a righty against left-handed pitching.As for what he can do, some in the Phillies organization thought he could be an everyday second baseman. Given our precarious situation at that position he could potentially step in and steal the job from Logan Forsythe. Obviously, only time will tell, but you gotta love the potential. Per Jim Salisbury at Baseball America:“Angelo was always an intriguing but frustrating guy," (Phillies director of player development, Joe) Jordan said. “He was always a talented kid. In fact, there were days when he was the best player on the field, but he was inconsistent offensively and defensively. His inability to handle adversity got in his way for a long time.I'm not sure what the last sentence is about (most of the scouting report is hidden behind a paywall), but maybe a change of scenery will help him out. He has the tools, but has not been able to put it all together.BTW, Mora was basically released by the Phillies this winter after seven years with the club; which allowed him to sign a free agent minor league contract with the Orioles this past November. Since Baltimore chose to not protect him from the Rule 5 Draft this morning, the Dodgers swooped in to steal him.Overall, it appears he is another one of those super-utility players. The kid has played everywhere, and you know that's something the Dodgers love. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite have the defensive reputation you want from a utility guy. No doubt, though, he'll be given an opportunity to improve, and could see himself in Dodger Blue at some point next season if he does take that next step. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that the front office has found another diamond in the rough.In celebration of him joining the club I made two fantasy Baseball cards of him that you can see at the very top of this post.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

Blog Kiosk: 11/29/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here is another fantastic vintage press photo of an old-tyme Dodger that can be found at RMY Auctions (link here). Featured are (from L-R) Cuban outfield star Pedro Formental, Dick Sisler and Dodgers Game 7 hero of the 1955 World Series Sandy Amorós. They are all decked out in the full uniform of the Habana Club of the Cuban Winter Leagues, circa 1953.Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1954 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Sandy Koufax to a contract - a $6,000 salary and $14,000 bonus.  This made Sandy a "bonus baby" (having a bonus over $4,000) and required the Dodgers to keep him on the Major League roster for two years.  As a result, the Dodgers would option Tommy Lasorda to the Montreal Royals.  In 1990 the Dodgers signed free agent outfielder Brett Butler to a four-year $13 million contract.Happy Birthday, Deacon Van Buren, John Anderson, Charlie Hargreaves, Chris Heisey & Bill Buckner! Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "Hernández and Claire to be on City of Hope’s Rose Parade float."Via Alec Brzezinski at The Sporting News; "Dave Roberts confirms Dodgers were 'very in tune' with Stanton, Ohtani,""We were very in tune with both those  — with those players. I think I can speak for us and putting our best foot forward," Roberts said. "They landed elsewhere, but I think that -- obviously, impactful players. But as an organization, you've just got to continue to move forward. We've got a pretty good nucleus already and obviously intrigued by those two players. But we're moving on."Our newest Dodger. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Dodgers add infielder Angelo Mora in Triple-A phase of Rule 5 Draft."Via the Eastsider; "Cirque du Soleil’s tent city rises in the Dodgers’ parking lot."This sounds like good news -- although, I do worry that this will be a recurring issue going forward. Per a tweet by LA Times reporter Andy McCullough:Corey Seager will not require elbow surgery, Farhan Zaidi said. He’ll continue to rest this offseason.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) December 12, 2017* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

2017 Panini Chronicles - The Dodgers Base Cards


Panini America's newest Baseball card brand hit the stores last week. It is called 2017 Chronicles and it is basically a mashup of several different Panini product lines under one card brand. For instance, you can find Absolute, Prizm, Spectra and Donruss inserts in packs. There are Chronicle specific cards available, as well.Featured below are the five different Dodgers' Chronicles base cards. Go here for a complete checklist.Base#22 Corey Seager                           #69 Clayton Kershaw#80 Yu Darvish                                #120 Cody Bellinger#124 Andrew Toles* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

2017 Topps Now -- Postseason Dodgers Bonus Card #2 -- Kiké's Big Day


At long last, the 2017 Topps Now Dodgers Postseason set is complete.The final bonus card to the Dodgers' Postseason set arrived over the holiday weekend, and as you can see it celebrates Kiké's NLCS Game 5 explosion. As you may recall, before the start of the playoffs each team was issued a 15-card playoff team set (see the Dodgers team set here) with promises of a bonus card should your team advance a round. The Dodgers, having gotten to the World Series, would therefore receive two bonus issues. You can see the first one here (featuring their NLDS victory over the Diamondbacks). Above and below is the second Dodgers' bonus card.Kiké had an incredible Game 5. He recorded a three homer day with seven RBI's to lead the Dodgers over Arizona, 11-1.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]