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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: 2016-12-06T00:49:34.758-08:00


$48 Million Rich'er - Hill Stays Blue


Here is the first major news to come the Dodgers way this winter.  As you likely know by now, the Dodgers have penned starting left-handed side-armer Rich Hill to a three year/$48 million contract.  Per Ken Gurnick at"I told myself I wouldn't do this," Hill said, composing himself after a long pause. "It's been an incredible journey, but I never felt like packing it all in. You fail, you learn. When you fail, you learn. I don't think you really know what failure is -- or I didn't know what failure was until I got older and understood that that was experience. Baseball teaches us to deal with things off the field that are far greater than what you deal with on the field."Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:"There are going to be down times, or times of failure. But being consistent in your routine, meaning staying in the moment every single day and knowing what I want to do before I get to the field, that's part of everything seamless and consistent,” Hill said. “That consistency is what builds championships, and that's where winning comes from, to me. That's being in the moment to me.”...“The wins and losses will come and go, but your consistency of your effort cannot change. It's something I have learned over my entire career, but it has definitely become more pertinent in the last few years.” President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the following:"We spent a tremendous amount time digging into the guy's makeup, the type of competitor and type of teammate he was, and everything we got back was off the charts," Friedman said. "But being around for three months, he exceeded even our expectations. That gave us the confidence to bet on him, what he's persevered through in his career. The type of person and competitor fit us very well, and he was a huge priority for us."He far exceeded my expectations too. Per a AP report, Hill receives a $2 million signing bonus, $12 million for the 2017 season, $16 million in 2018 and $18 million in 2019.In celebration of Hill's return to the Dodgers I made the above three fantasy Baseball cards featuring photos grabbed from Jon SooHoo and Jill Weisleder (link here).Per a Dodgers press release:The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of free agent left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to a three-year contract.Hill and Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman will be available to the media at 2:00 p.m. ET in the Woodrow Wilson Ballroom at Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.Hill, 36, was originally acquired by the Dodgers in a five-player trade with the Athletics on Aug. 1 and went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts with Los Angeles. In three postseason starts for the Dodgers, he posted a 1-1 record with a 3.46 ERA (5 ER/13.0 IP), including firing 6.0 scoreless innings to pick up the win in NLCS Game 3 vs. the Cubs.Overall, Hill went 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts with Los Angeles and Oakland last year, ranking among the Majors’ best (min. 100.0 IP) in ERA (2nd, behind only Clayton Kershaw, 1.69), opponents’ batting average (.195, 3rd) and WHIP (1.00, 5th) despite being limited by a blister and groin injury.Hill has a 38-28 career record with a 4.10 ERA in 221 games (94 starts) in 12 MLB seasons with the Cubs (2005-08), Orioles (2009), Red Sox (2010-12, ‘15), Indians (2012), Angels (2014), Yankees (2014), Athletics (2016) and Dodgers (2016) after being selected in the fourth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Michigan.The Dodgers have 40 players on their 40-man roster.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]

Blog Kiosk: 11/21/2016 - Dodgers Links - Gretzky, Scully, Agon and Kershaw's New Baby!


Check out legendary Dodgers scout Mike Brito scamper through the Dodgers "Pop-Up Museum" at Dodger Stadium.  The museum highlights Dodger history through memorabilia/artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the collection of Gary Cypres and the Dodgers own archives.  Go here for more information. Go here to check out more pics by Jon SooHoo from the museum.Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1933 Prohibition ended.  In 1973 the Dodgers traded trade outfielder Willie Davis to the Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall.  Dr. Marshall, as he is called now, went on to win the NL Cy Young Award that next season.  He pitched in 106 games, finished 83 of them and recorded a league high 21 saves as a reliever.Happy Birthday, Raleigh Aitchison, Billy Shindle & Ray Moss!It's no rumor anymore.  The Dodgers have just officially announced that they have re-signed pitcher Ric Hill, via their own twitter.  Some reports indicate that it is a 3 year/$48 Million contract.The Dodgers announce the signing of free agent LHP Rich Hill to a three-year contract.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 5, 2016 FYI, for Kings legend Wayne Gretzky will be on The Simpsons.  Via Paul at Kuklas Korner; "The Simpsons to Feature Wayne Gretzky on December 11."  He will be the first ever hockey player to be on the show -- It's about time!Panini America blog shares a bunch of preview pics of their upcoming 2016 Pantheon Baseball card set; including the Jim Gilliam and Gil Hodges cards below.  Go here to check out more photos.  This set officially releases this coming Wednesday.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]