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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: 2017-07-20T13:40:10.693-07:00

 



Blog Kiosk: 7/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-07-20T09:47:30.284-07:00

The Dodgers don't need no stinkin' rain delay!With a 9-1 lead at the top of the eighth inning the game got delayed as a massive downpour suddenly overtook Chicago. It was as if someone turned on the shower as some unsuspecting drunk slept it off in the tub. Nevertheless, it was likely a welcome respite -- especially for ice cream loving rookie Cody Bellinger (as evidenced in the photo on the right). He decided to enjoy a cone and a cup-o'-noodles in the clubhouse before the game got called in the Dodgers favor.The win extends their winning streak to 11 games. Per Ken Gurnick and Fabian Ardaya at MLB.com:"The confidence we have in our group that we're going to win a game, is real," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "The talent in the room, the confidence we have, is real. Now it's go out and do it. You can talk about it, but you have to go out and do it and, so, we're doing it."Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Bellinger photo on right also via the @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1906 Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) pitcher Mal Eason no-hit the Cardinals in St. Louis, 2-0. In 1925 future Hall of Famer and Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Dazzy Vance struck out 17 Cubs to defeat Chicago 4-3 in 10 innings. In 1970 Dodger hurler Bill Singer no hit the Phillies at Dodger Stadium, 5-0. Singer struck out ten, walked none and committed two errors on the field.Happy Birthday, Heinie Manush, Claude Crocker & Charles Johnson!Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Dave Roberts after the Dodgers 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. (video link)Video: My Wish: Ziggy manages the Dodgers. (video link) You must watch this.Audio: Listen to Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete speak with Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi (audio link)There’s a very positive feeling in the clubhouse and around the team right now. It’s definitely the most fun I’ve had in my career.Take a look at the 2010 Dodgers Midseason Top 10 Prospects, per Kyle Glaser at Baseball America.I'm not a huge fan of trade rumors, but this one article by Jerry Crasnick at ESPN passes along some good notes: "What are the Dodgers and Astros looking to do at the deadline?""I think all the work Andrew did was to put himself in a position where he didn't need to be desperate in July,'' said an American League front-office man. "They have a really deep team, so they don't necessarily need more depth. They need impact.''...The Dodgers have told potential trade partners they're extremely hesitant to part with minor league outfielder Alex Verdugo and pitchers Walker Buehler and Yadier Alvarez.Per Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA; "Dodgers first rounder Jeren Kendall is ‘on go’" Jeren had a fantastic debut with Ogden. He went 3-for-3 with two RBI's, a stolen base and two runs scored.Vanderbilt Commodores coach Tim Corbin instills an “on-go” mentality to which Kendall completely bought into and he applies it to all phases of his game. “Everybody should be running, everybody should be on go. It doesn’t matter where you hit in the lineup or what kind of bat you have,” he added. “We all think you should do the simple things of the game. Legs and speed is the one thing that doesn’t slump in this game, which is nice. So, we all try to emulate that.”Tracy Hackler at The Knight's Lance shares a bunch of preview pics from Panini's 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball card; including pics of the Duke Snider and Corey Seager cards seen below. Go here to check out more cards. This brand just hit stores yesterday.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Braves Series Starts Thursday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

2017-07-20T13:26:39.132-07:00

The next homestand starts on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. 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 A new item has been added to the menu at Dodger Stadium. It is called the Think Blue Burrito and it includes pulled pork, black beans, Spanish rice, Pico de Gallo, and avocado crema wrapped in a flour tortilla. See it on the right. You can find it on the Reserve level, Section 32.Also, for this homestand against the Braves only the Dodgers have made the Chicken Waffle Sammy that includes a Belgian waffle with spicy crispy chicken, candied bacon and maple syrup. See it on the left. It can be found on the Field Level, Section 8 and the Reserve Level, Section 14.-------------------Thursday, July 20th at 7:10 PMRHP Mike Foltynewicz vs. RHP Brandon McCarthyTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020Thursday's game starts at 7:10 PM. Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive Great Dodger Moments Coin #5 featuring the 1984 Olympics. See it on the right.It is Olympics Night at Dodger Stadium.  Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Olympics Night cap.  See that on the left.  If not already sold out go here for information.USA Softball Olympics legend Lisa Fernandez will throw out the first pitch. The national anthem will be sung by Dartanyon Crockett -- a USA Paralympian in Judo. Also in attendance will be John Moffet (USA Swimming ‘84), Tai Babilonia (USA Figure Skating ‘76, ‘80), Craig Lincoln (USA Diving ‘72), Rusty Smith (USA Short track speed skating ‘02, ‘06) & Katherine Starr (Great Britain swimming ‘84, ‘88).For Olympics Night only the Dodgers concessions is making available a special menu item called Olympic Rings. It features golden rings with Philly meat, provolone cheese, banana peepers and garlic aioli. See it on the right. You can find it at all Elysian Park Grills Field Section 22, 23 and Reserve Section 31.-------------------Friday. July 21st at 7:10 PMLHP Jaime García vs. LHP Alex WoodTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, KMPC 1540Friday'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 Friday Night Fever Disco Mix in honor of the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Go here for more information on Friday Night Fireworks.It is Mormon Night at Dodger Stadium. A portion of each ticket sold for this event will directly benefit The Church of Latter Day Saints. If not already sold out go here for information.-------------------Saturday, July 22nd at 6:10 PMRHP Julio Teheran vs. LHP Rich HillTV: SportsNet LA, SNLA SpanishRadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020, KMPC 1540Saturday's game starts at 6:10 PM. Auto gates open at 3:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 4:10 PM.It is Movie Night at Dodger Stadium.  The club will treat fans to a screening of the Jackie Robinson film 42: A True Story of an American Legend following Saturday’s game. Screenings are free with a game-day ticket. Fans sitting in the right field pavilion and left field pavilion will be invited down to the field postgame for a better viewing experience.The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Silent Auction features autographed memorabilia and is located outside the Vin Scully Press Box.-------------------Sunday, July 23rd at 1:10 PMLHP Sean Newcomb vs. LHP Clayton KershawTV: 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 pillowcase. See it on the right.Americ[...]



2017 Topps Now -- #369 -- 30 Wins In Last 34 Games, Best Since 1977

2017-07-19T14:02:01.475-07:00

With Clayton Kershaw on the mound last night it's no surprise the club set a new mark. Over the past 34 games they have won 30 contest -- best since the 1977 Royals. In fact, they are the first National League team to do it since the 1936 Giants. Best yet, the Dodgers have won 14 straight games when Kershaw has started -- the best streak of his career.Per Ken Gurnick and Fabian Ardaya at MLB.com:"When you think about the last time we lost to a National League team, and all the things coming my way," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "it's unbelievable. And the bottom line is, we're finding ways to win baseball games."..."It does feel like every night we find another way to win," Kershaw said. "I think my run support has got to be one of the best in the league, and tonight, that didn't happen and we still found a way to win."In honor of the Dodgers team achievement Topps has released a 2017 Topps Now card. It features Clayton Kershaw on the front. Go here to check it out and order. Per the description on the reverse:Clayton Kershaw dominated in his MLB best 15th win of the season giving the Los Angeles Dodgers their tenth straight win. With the win, the Dodgers have now won 30 of their last 34 games, marking the best stretch in franchise history since 1977.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Chris Taylor, Fernando Valenzuela and some Angels

2017-07-19T13:38:18.956-07:00

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.---------------------------Don't miss your chance to meet and have your photo taken with Dodger Legend and Broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela on Thursday, July 20th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. He will be taking photos with the first 150 fans to arrive at Curacao. Unfortunately, no autographs will be allowed. Go here for information.Curacao1605 W Olympic BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90015---------------------------Angels Cameron Maybin and Matt Shoemaker will be singing free autographs at the Pechanga Resort & Casino (Location: Pechanga Theater) on Thursday, July 20th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Angels Radio AM830 will be on-site with great giveaways like Angel tickets, t-shirts and other cool surprises! Go here for more information- No posed pictures with the players are permitted.- Only one autograph per person (NO bats).- Be prepared for the signing to end promptly at 9:00pm PT.- Autographs limited to the first 500 guests.- Other restrictions apply.Pechanga Resort & Casino45000 Pechanga PkwyTemecula, California 92592---------------------------Dodger do-it-all breakout star Chris Taylor is scheduled to sign autographs for fans at Bobblemania on Sunday, July 23rd from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Go here for more information. This is a pay event.Bobblemania Collectibles2332 South Atlantic BoulevardMonterey Park, CA, 91754---------------------------NFL'ers Alec Ogletree, Ed White and Pharoh Cooper will be signing autographs at the Sports Authentics store in the Puent Hills Mall on Saturday, Jully 22nd. Check out the graphics below. Go here for more information.Sports Authentics USAat the Puente Hills Mall1600 South Azusa AvenueRowland Heights, CA, 91748(626)581-2016* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Allen & Ginter - All the Dodgers Base Cards

2017-07-19T13:12:10.467-07:00

Allen & Ginter is finally here. The ever popular vintage throwback set officially hits stores today, and it includes a design that is a bit different from past sets. While still using pastel colored backgrounds Topps decided to put a players portrait within an oval frame that is very reminiscent of both the early 20th-century Rose Company postcards and PM1 Ornate Frame pins.Below are all of the Dodger base cards in the set. Go here to check out a complete checklist. As always, each base card has it's own parallel mini version available. There are also metal and cloth mini cards available of only a limited number of players in the set. A Dodgers' checklist and an example of those cards are seen at the very bottom of this post. BTW, there is unfortunately no Cody Bellinger base cards available, but there is an autographed card that can only be found as a redemption card.Base#5 Adrian Gonzalez               #62 Joc Pederson#66 Kenta Maeda                  #114 Yasiel Puig#132 Corey Seager                 #150 Sandy Koufax#152 Jackie Robinson       #178 Clayton Kershaw#289 Julio UriasBase Short Prints#322 Justin Turner             #336 Kenley Jansen#348 Logan ForsytheMini Cloth Parallel#5 Adrian Gonzalez#62 Joc Pederson#66 Kenta Maeda#114 Yasiel Puig#132 Corey Seager#150 Sandy Koufax#152 Jackie Robinson#178 Clayton Kershaw#289 Julio Urias#62 Joc PedersonMini Metal Parallel (#/3)#5 Adrian Gonzalez#62 Joc Pederson#66 Kenta Maeda#114 Yasiel Puig#132 Corey Seager#150 Sandy Koufax#152 Jackie Robinson#178 Clayton Kershaw#289 Julio Urias* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 7/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Vin Scully Narrated "Lincoln Portrait" Last Night

2017-07-19T10:06:26.410-07:00

It's amazing that Clayton Kershaw can struggle and still throw seven scoreless innings to win a game. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:"I was a little rusty tonight," said Kershaw, who hadn't pitched since a July 9 complete-game win over the Royals in the final game before the All-Star break. "The fastball command wasn't great, it got a little better as the game went. Nine days off definitely is not something I'm used to. I'm thankful to get out of that unscathed, and glad we won."Kershaw now has 15 wins and the Dodgers are riding high with a ten game winning streak. Photo above via ESPN on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1977 Don Sutton took home All-Star Game MVP honors when the NL defeats the AL 7-5 at Yankee Stadium. As the starting pitcher, Sutton pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out four. Fellow teammate Steve Garvey hit a third inning solo home run. In 1993 outfielder Raul Mondesi made his Major League debut and recorded a single in his very first at-bat. Happy Birthday, Bill Hart, Erve Beck, Ben Geraghty, Luis Avilan & Rachel Robinson! Per Brian Lauritzen at KUSC; "Scully at the Bowl." Here is a fun interview with Vin Scully after his performance of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait last week at the Hollywood Bowl:BL: What does it mean to you to stand on the Hollywood Bowl stage and deliver the words of President Abraham Lincoln?VS: Well, if I said you’re overwhelmed, it would be an understatement. First, the crowd was so warm and welcoming when I made that walk on stage with Gustavo. And then, his presence gave me some strength. The music absolutely devoured me. It was a giant tidal wave of emotion. I’ve never experienced anything quite like that. And then, the play of the music on the words of Abraham Lincoln just made it one of the most precious moments in my life. I was oblivious of the crowd during the narration. Going out with [Gustavo] to begin it was incredible. And then when the performance ended and the crowd gave us a warm, warm response, we walked off the stage together. Then Gustavo said, “Okay, now we go back!” And I said, “Go back? For what?” And then I realized as he pushed me back on stage, that we were going back for an encore bow, which I never expected. All in all, it was an incredible time.Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Turner named Dodgers’ Heart and Hustle Award winner."The award, decided on by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, recognizes one player on each team who demonstrates a passion for baseball and “best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Ryu set to return from DL early next week: Lefty likely to face Twins; Kershaw to stay on normal rest.""Ryu feels good, but now we've got to find a way to drop him in," Roberts said. "Early next week makes sense. A six-man rotation for an extended time, no. But we've done that at times before."Just another social media challenge. Per a tweet by Kike Hernandez:I accept @AJEllis17 @ChristianYelich @17strong_org Whipped Cream Challenge. @TeamCJCorrea @JoseAltuve27 @javy23baez you're up! pic.twitter.com/0gjih2dnGE— Enrique Hernández (@kikehndez) July 18, 2017* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 7/13/2017 - Dodgers Links - Vin Scully Given ICON Award

2017-07-13T10:20:07.653-07:00

Last night Vin Scully was honored at the annual ESPYs with the Nationwide ICON Award -- given to those whose careers have left a lasting impression on the sports world. Actor Bryan Cranston present the prize. If you haven't already seen Vin's acceptance speech you should go do that now. It's fantastic and a little reminder of how lucky we were to have him in our lives. Watch it here.Pic above via ABC7 on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1954 Brooklyn rookie manager Walter Alston makes the first of a record nine appearances as National League manager in the annual All-Star Game. On this day the National League would lose to the American League, 11-9.Happy Birthday, John O'Brien, Daryl Spencer & Cody Bellinger!FYI: Per Erin Edwards at Dodger Insider; "LADF: Registration open for 5K & 10K Run, Kids Fun Run."Per Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight; "Think The 1927 Yankees Were Great? Meet The 2017 Dodgers And Astros."Per Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight; "Kenley Jansen Is Too Busy Helping The Dodgers Win To Get Saves."He also has only 21 saves, which ranks seventh in the league through the All-Star break. But Jansen has been considerably more valuable to the Dodgers than those save numbers imply. That’s because Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been deploying Jansen in high-leverage situations that other managers often shield their closers from. Jansen has made 10 multi-inning appearances so far this year. He’s been brought into the game with runners on base nine times. And he’s entered in tied games in eight appearances. l call all of these “firemen appearances” because they resemble how teams used their top relievers in the era a few decades ago when the best relievers were referred to as “firemen” instead of closers.This is fun. Per Chris Landers at Cut4; "Discover the mysterious origins of some of baseball's most well-known terms."Per Tony Blengino at FanGraphs; "The Dodgers’ Unheralded Supporting Cast."This mornings Baseball America Prospect Report makes note of Dodger shortstop Gavin Lux:L.A.'s first-round pick a year ago has struggled mightily of late but perhaps Wednesday portends a turnaround. The Wisconsin prep star had three hits, including a triple, as low Class A Great Lakes fell to Wisconsin (Brewers) 7-2. Lux is just 7-for-38 in the past 10 games, but has walked eight times and has walked 36 times overall, showing advanced plate discipline.Tracy Hackler at The Knight's Lance (Panini's blog) shares details of their 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention promo set, and it includes numerous Dodgers. Check out the Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger cards below -- both of which are available as a part of a wrapper-redemption program. Go here to check out more pics.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Yunel Escobar and Dennis Rodman

2017-07-12T18:26:39.247-07:00

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.---------------------------Angels veteran infielder Yunel Escobar will be signing autographs at the Cox Solutions Store in Irvine on Saturday, July 15th from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. From my understanding, the first 200 in line are guaranteed one free autograph per person, and you should get there early to get a wristband.Cox Solutions Store6234 Irvine Boulevard Irvine, CA, 92620(949)546-1000---------------------------Dennis Rodman is signing autographs for fans at the Sports Authentics Store at the Puente Hills Mall on Saturday, July 15th from noon to 2:00 PM. Go here or here for information. This is a pay per autograph event.Sports Authentic storePuente Hills Mall1600 South Azusa AvenueRowland Heights, CA, 91748(626)581-2016* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Dodgers Sports Crate - June Edition - Yasmani Grandal

2017-07-12T15:33:05.289-07:00

It's finally here!After a painstaking delay the second edition of the Dodgers 2017 Sports Crate has arrived. It got here about two to three weeks late. At this point I think it's fair to say that the folks over at #SportsCrate are having some fulfillment issues. That said, I can say that these mystery boxes are growing on me. After initially being a bit disappointed with some of the booty I've come to realize that the thrill of opening up the crates is too enticing. It's like experiencing a Baseball Christmas once a month during the season -- if only they could fix their shipping issues.As you can see, they delivered the goods in the exact same box as the crate from May. It includes an conspicuous box with a diagram of a ballfield and a scoreboard on the inside.This months theme is "BehindTheDish, so naturally Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal is featured on the Sport Crate exclusive Topps Baseball card. See that at the very top. As you might also expect, Yasmani and the catcher position is also found throughout.Check out the rest of the stuff below.To the right are two home plate styled bottle openers that also happen to double as drink coasters.To the left is a large sized flag - like the ones you see hanging on front porches. This item is exactly what I had been hoping to find in one of these crates. From some time now I had been contemplating bidding on one of the various pennant flags flown at ballparks around the country; especially from Wrigley Field. I was worried though, that they might be too big to hang on my wall at work and may end up costing me just short of and arm and a leg. Now, I don't have to worry about that. It hangs prominently in my office -- next to my display shelf of various Baseball memorabilia.The next item in the crate are a couple of shot glasses. This won't get a lot of use in my home today. If this was 25 years ago I'd already be taking shots with my college friends while playing quarters.Featured above is a Dodgers Barbecue Mitt. Since I don't currently have a barbecue it will now be my oven mitt.Lastly, here is a close up look at the Yasmani Grandal action figure.I actually like this one better than the Kershaw figure from last month.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 All-Star Game FanFest Promos - Clayton Kershaw Wrapper Redemption Card

2017-07-12T14:11:56.611-07:00

With All-Star festivities now in our rear-view mirror I thought it would be prudent to briefly pass along details on the only Dodger-related collectible available from retailers at the 2017 MLB FanFest.

Featured below is the Clayton Kershaw Topps MLB FanFest Wrapper Redemption card. It is part of a six card set that were given to fans who opened up three sealed packs of any 2017 Topps MLB product at their company booth. Other players in the set include Kris Bryant (who wasn't even there), Bryce Harper, Mike Trout (again, not there), Giancarlo Stanton and Buster Posey.

#ASG-2 Clayton Kershaw

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Blog Kiosk: 7/12/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-07-12T10:38:32.540-07:00

Check out the boys during the pre All-Star Game ceremonies above. Who Clayton is gawking at I do not know.As for the game, I've realized that low-scoring All-Star games are boring, and all I could think about was how I can't wait for the second half to begin.(pic via @AquaX107 on twitter)The only Dodger performance of note was by Kenley Jansen. In his single inning of work in the ninth he collected three consecutive strike outs and committed a balk. Heck, the balk was the best part of his outing. With a man on second he forgot to get himself set before delivering his pitch to Avisail Garcia. Almost immediately after throwing the errant pitch he realized his error and was seen visibly laughing about it on the mound -- and as he walked back to the dugout after his outing. No doubt his teammates had some fun at his expense.Pic above via Jon SooSoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays All-Star Game. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1949 the All-Star Game arrived at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn for the first and only time. This was also the first All-Star Game that included black ballplayers -- Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Larry Doby of the Indians. In 1966 Dodger shortstop Maury Wills hit a walk-off single off of Pete Richert of the Senators in the tenth inning of the All-Star Game in St. Louis to help the National League defeat the American League, 2-1. Other Dodger participants include Jim Lefebvre (who went 0-for-2 as the starter at second base) and Sandy Koufax (who made his only career All-Star start, threw three innings, struck out one, gave up one hit and allowed a single run). Dodger pitcher Phil Regan did not pitch.Happy Birthday, Jim Pastorious, Ray Mowe, Artie Dede, Al Glossop, Ron Fairly, Mike Munoz, Kelly Wunsch & Howie Kendrick! Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "Commissioner says Dodgers TV deal isn't his business, but MLB is looking into abuse of 10-day disabled list."“It’s not my job to tell a club to renegotiate its television agreements,” Manfred said. “I think the much more productive course, and we have pursued this course, is to try to work with the parties who actually have an economic interest here” — the Dodgers, Charter and cable and satellite operators.“I remain very concerned about the issue,” the commissioner added. “As I have said repeatedly, I don’t have a seat at that table.”Per Ryan Fagan at the Sporting News; "Alyssa Milano talks Dodgers fandom, sports clothing line, World Series pick."SN: OK, let’s talk about your Dodgers …AM: You know what? I don’t even want to talk about the Dodgers because I think I might jinx what they’re doing right now. I get asked when I do interviews, ‘Any predictions?’ and I don’t do predictions, because anything can happen during the season. And when it’s your team that’s doing so well — and we really haven’t had a season like this in, maybe forever? — to talk about it feels bizarrely weird as a sports fan. You know how us sports fans are, superstitious about everything. But it’s very exciting. I kind of watch every game with bated breath, thinking, ‘Is this going to be the game where everything falls apart?’ But, yeah, what an amazing year to be a Dodgers fan.Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest unveils his; "2017 Dodgers Prospects: Midseason Top 30 update."Per Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "The Best Version of Justin Turner Yet."Turner’s seemingly gotten one step closer. I’ve held onto this theory that pitchers will ultimately have control over the swing-changers, because they can just throw more high fastballs. But, what if the hitters figured out how to adjust? Justin Turner has figured it out. Jus[...]



Blog Kiosk: 7/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-07-11T10:47:45.401-07:00

Cody was fantastic. He escaped the first round of the derby by defeating Colorado's Charlie Blackmon with 15 homers. Then he faced the behemoth that is Aaron Judge, and I think it's fair to say he was overwhelmed. He knew Judge was going to beat him handily. Per Anthony DiComo at MLB.com:"I knew I had no chance," Bellinger said. "At that point, I'm just glad I won the first round. It was pretty tiring. I was just trying to get out as many as I could."No worries from him, though."I didn't know what to expect, but that was more than I expected," Bellinger said. "That was probably the best time I've had playing baseball."Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out a bunch of fantastic pics by Jon from yesterdays All-Star event. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodger History: In 1978 Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time ALL-Star Game MVP in Baseball history. Garv recorded a game-tying, two-run single in the 3rd inning and a triple and run scored in the 8th inning to help the National League to beat the AL, 7-3. In 1980 the Dodgers sold knuckleballer Charlie Hough to the Rangers.Happy Birthday, Pop Schriver, Milt Stock, Clarence Blethen, Binky Jones, Vito Tamulis, Hal Gregg, Dick Gray, Andy Ashby, Billy Ashley & Jon Meleon!Always classy! Per Andy McCullough at the LA Times; "Clayton Kershaw tips cap to Max Scherzer; says Nationals star earned All-Star game start."“I would love to start someday, no doubt,” Kershaw said. “But Max has earned it. Regardless of whether I was eligible or not, I think Max has earned that right.”I can't wait to see this. Did you notice Kenley Jansen with a camera during last nights Home Run Derby? Well, he is apparently helping out SportsNet LA on a future feature for Backstage Dodgers, per Kenley's tweet. This is just fantastic news. Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs takes a look at the second-half schedules of every team and the results are good for the Dodgers. They appear to have the easiest schedule in the National League, going forward. Go here to check it out. Doesn't it feel like Dodger prospects are getting recognized more often than any other team? It's almost as if we're filled to the brim with future stars and that we're about to experience an explosion of young players ready to make an impact. Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; " Shibuya, DJ Peters capture minor league weekly awards."Dodgers first-rounder Jeren Kendell spoke with the media over the weekend. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register/The Daily News provides a report:“Putting the ball in play, there’s always a chance for me to get on base,” Kendall said. “I feel I’m more of a gap-to-gap guy, get on base. One thing I do need to work on is just putting the ball in play more consistently to make the defense play a little more.“I’ve heard of that (strikeout criticism). Obviously you see high-strikeout numbers with guys who hit the ball out the ballpark. That’s part of their job. For a guy like me who should put the ball on the ground, my approach should be a little different.”* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Now -- #342 -- Kershaw's Masterful 13-K Complete Game

2017-07-17T15:01:28.195-07:00

Clayton Kershaw's herculean effort on Sunday to win his 14th and record his first complete game of the year is the subject of one of todays 2017 Topps Now cards. As you know, the Dodgers ended the first-half of the regular season by winning their 61st -- tops is the majors. What you may not have known is that Kershaw's Sunday outing was the first time in Baseball history that a starting pitcher struck out 13 batters in a complete game in under 100 pitches. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:"He was Claytonesque," said manager Dave Roberts, noting that Kershaw has "synched" up the loose ends in his last four starts (two earned runs in 29 innings).Go here to check it out and order. BTW, to the right is a pic of the boys in Miami, tweeted out by the Dodgers. Below is what is written on the reverse.Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Kansas City Royals for the first time in franchise history, ending their series with a 5-2 win. Kershaw pitched his first complete game of the season, fanning 13 and only allowing six hits on 99 pitches to earn his MLB leading 14th win.UPDATE: The total print run for the Kershaw card is 401 copies.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Now -- #HRD-3 -- Cody Bellinger Home Run Derby Card

2017-07-17T15:02:10.619-07:00

Over the weekend Topps issued a group of 2017 Topps Now cards to highlight all eight of the participants in tonight's Home Run Derby event. Featured here is Cody Bellinger's card. It is already sold out and sold 2,0222 copies -- second most behind 4,039 copies sold for the Aaron Judge card. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:"I've thought about it some nights, just let it soak in and realize it's actually happening, and it's hard to believe," Bellinger said. "like I've said before, I couldn't imagine doing this in my dreams. It's going to be awesome."(Clay & Cody, pic via @Dodgers on twitter)BTW, Cody father and former MLB'er, Clay Bellinger, will be in Miami to throw pitches to Cody during the derby. Per an interview with Clay, via Jerry Crasnick at ESPN:How do you like the family's chances of success in Miami? CB: Cody's not a batting practice home run hitter. Hopefully, he can turn it up a notch, and we'll see how it goes. How would you describe Cody to people who don't know him? CB: He's a pretty humble kid. He knows he's good, but he's not arrogant or cocky about it. Some players can be standoffish when they're that good, but he's never been like that. Every time I talk to reporters and TV people, and most importantly his teammates and the coaching staff, they say he's doing a great job and handling himself well and going about his business. As parents, that's what my wife Jen and I love to hear -- even more than the stats on the field. Although that's nice, too.Below is the reverse of the card.UPDATE: The total print run for the above Bellinger card is 2,022 copies.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 7/10/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-07-10T11:09:42.252-07:00

Here are five of the six Dodger All-Stars with their All-Star uniforms representing the team in Miami.Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers. Go here to check out more pics by Jon and Juan Ocampo from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1953 the Dodgers collectively hit their 24th consecutive home run in-a-row. This homer was hit by Roy Campanella against Giants pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie. Unfortunately, that would be the only run Brooklyn scores. They lose 6-1.Happy Birthday, Larry Burright & Bob Bailor!Video: Hear from Dave Roberts as he praises Clayton Kershaw after sweeping the Royals on Sunday. (video link)Video: Kelli Tennat speaks with Clayton Kershaw after 13 strikeouts through nine innings in Dodgers' 5-2 win over the Royals on Sunday. (video link)At the upcoming 25th ESPYS, on Wednesday, July 12th, Vin Scully will be presented with the Icon Award. Actor Bryan Cranston will be presenting the award To Vin -- it is given to individuals whose careers have left a lasting impression on the sports world.Per Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "Dodgers, Padres could play series in Mexico City next year."The games “are anticipated being played but have not been formalized,” Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Assn., said before Sunday’s Futures Game in Miami.This might be the greatest thing I've ever heard. During the first weekend of November the Dodgers will he hostiong Disc Golf at Dodger Stadium. You'll get an exclusive limited edition Dodgers disc, a reserve MVP ticket to the September 9th game vs. the Rockies, and a round of Disc golf. Go here for information.Per Stephen Hunt at the Daily Journal; "Former Rebel (Errol) Robinson rising fast for Dodgers."“It’s just a blessing,” he said. “I talked to my dad a little bit about it, God’s working. He’s working in my life right now, every aspect. I’m feeling good, playing well, healthy this year.“To my knowledge, it doesn’t happen very often, where you jump this many levels this quickly, but God’s working right now in my life, and I’m just happy with it.”Blowout Buzz provides an early peek at 2017 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards; including a look at a Corey Seager card seen on the right. This set comes out on August 16th. Go here for more information.Giovanni Balistreri at When Topps Had Balls shares a fantastic Don Drysdale fantasy Baseball card he made. It features him on a 1978 Topps "Turn Back the Clock" insert card.Via Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News; "Eric Tracy’s mulligan gives him a cancer-free shot at more." Eric is a former Dodgers’ pre- and postgame host during the ’80s and ’90s.“If they said I had six months, I didn’t want to not do something and find out they were right,” he said. “When I was going to die, I needed to go out and tell people how much I loved them, and I found out it was just the opposite – the way I was part of their lives in ways I never imaged.“I actually felt guilty in some way, like the boy who cried wolf (after the January news). But that’s the irrational thinking. My faith carried me.”* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]