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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: 2017-06-26T11:45:29.734-07:00

 



Blog Kiosk: 6/22/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-06-26T09:21:05.302-07:00

That game was unreal. Not only did the Dodgers capture their 10th win in a row, but they did it in the most unusual way. Trailing by five runs in the third inning they stormed back to win, 12-6, with the help of the home run ball (including two by Bellinger) and four wild pitches by the Rockies most consistent middle reliever. In fact, those wild throws resulted in five runs. Per Thomas Harding and Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:"Their guys were on the ropes," Roberts said. "We didn't even give them any extra outs on the bases. We kept grinding and made those guys continue to make pitches. You look at what we did from the first game of the series, what we're doing to pitching staffs, there's a relentless kind of approach to what we're doing."And to add insult to injury Kenley Jansen hit a double to drive in the first RBI of his career before recording his 17th save of the season. Per Matthew Mesa at Dodger Insider:“It was a crazy game,” Kenley Jansen said. “I’ve never seen this before.”Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1944 the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees play an exhibit charity game in front of 50,000 fans for the war bond movement dubbed the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game.  The Dodgers won the contest: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.  Check out what I wrote about it here. In 1999 Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley hit a three-run game-winning home run off of Giants closer Robb Nen in the ninth inning to spark a come-from-behind victory at Candelstick Park, 7-6. Happy Birthday, Jean-Pierre Roy, Henry Schmidt, Rodney Myers & Babe Herman!Video: Dave Roberts speaks after the Dodgers make a come back from a 5-run deficit to sweep against the Rockies on Sunday, 12-6. (video link)Video: Cody Bellinger speaks after another multi home-run game about Dodgers scoring five runs on wild pitches to sweep the Rockies on Sunday, 12-6. (video link)Video: Per Michael Duarte at NBC4; "WATCH: Newest Laker, Lonzo Ball, Throws Out Ceremonial First Pitch at Dodger Game."Per an AP story at ESPN; "Ex-Dodgers great Maury Wills retires from broadcasting in Fargo."The 84-year-old Wills is stepping out of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' broadcast booth after providing color commentary for the minor league team for 22 years.Here's a nice story on the Dodgers broadcaster. Per Sarah Morse at Thrive Global; "Kelli Tennant On How Alone Time Gives Her Energy:The TV host shares her secret life hack and the book that changed her life."Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Urias to have shoulder surgery, miss 2017."Left-hander Julio Urias will undergo anterior capsule surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday morning and will miss the rest of the season, the Dodgers announced on Friday.He is expected to be for 12 to 14 months. More frustrating is this little tidbit, per Bill Plunkett on twitter:#Dodgers Andrew Friedman says Urias injury is "acute" meaning it happened on one pitch, not wear and tear. Makes it "easier" to repair— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 23, 2017* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Brooklyn Dodgers Goodies at Lelands - Mullin Drawing, Koufax Jersey and the Movie "42"

2017-06-21T12:38:25.092-07:00

It's not often that you see a Willard Mullin original in color, so when one crosses your view you've got to pay attention. Featured here is his classic depiction of the Brooklyn Dodger "Bum" in a heated exchange with with an uninterested umpire. (auction link) It is one of several Dodgers-related goodies currently up for auction at Lelands. Below are a couple more items I thought were worth noting.BTW, for those who don't know Willard Mullin was the creator of the much beloved Dodgers "Bum" in 1937. As the story goes, Mullin got into a cab and was asked the question,"How did our bums do today?" From that simple question was born an idea and a brilliant cultural representation that remains in the forefront of Brooklyn Dodger lore.Speaking of mythology and legend, featured below is a 1955 Brooklyn Dodger uniform once worn by the great Sandy Koufax - during his rookie season. (auction link)I can't begin to express how rare a game-used Koufax jersey is. They just don't exist, and I've been told that you can count the number of them around with one hand. At the time of this posting this jersey is already at $214,359.00. With only nine days left in the auction it could very well reach half a million.Below is another group of jersey's, but it won't cost you a mansion to buy it. Below are eight vintage looking jersey's that were used during the filming of the recent Jackie Robinson biopic "42". (auction link)This lot includes:1-2) Pair of 1947 Leo Durocher home & road Brooklyn Dodger #2 jerseys worn by Christopher Meloni of Law & Order: SVU and Oz fame. 3) Crosstown rival and fellow HOFer 1947 Johnny Mize New York Giants #15. 4) 1947 Harry "The Hat" Walker Philadelphia Phillies #4 from his batting title winning year. 5) 1947 Pete Castiglione Pittsburgh Pirates #9. 6) 1947 Boston Braves #4. 7) 1947 Murry Dickson St. Louis Cardinals #22, the man who beat the Dodgers the previous year in the famous 1946 Dodger-Cardinals Cardinals playoff series. 8) Last but perhaps least, the infamous 1947 Ben Chapman Philadelphia Phillies #7. Worn by Alan Tudyk.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Now -- #272 & #273 - Bellinger and Seager's Home Run Explosion

2017-06-21T11:17:35.712-07:00

It's only fitting that the 10th Cody Bellinger 2017 Topps Now card of the year would celebrate an historic run that saw him hit ten home runs in ten days -- a first for a rookie in MLB history. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:"I'm having a blast," Bellinger said. "I think what really tops it off is how well we're playing as a team. It's fun to watch. It's fun to be around. We're just clicking on all cylinders."Go here to check out and order the Cody Bellinger Card.In addition to Cody's card, Corey Seager's exploits at the plate earned himself his fourth 2017 Topps Now card this season. He walloped three home runs last night to become only the fourth player to have multiple three-homer games before the age of 24. Go here to check out the Corey Seager card. Per Anthony DiComo and Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:"I think everyone is feeding off each other right now. He's a special talent. I think, personally, he's the best shortstop in the game right now. … It's pretty special to watch." -- Bellinger, on SeagerPer the description on the reverse of the Seager card:Corey Seager launched three home runs on the night, making him the fourth player in MLB history to record multiple three-homer games before turning 24-years-old. Seager's blast led the Dodgers to a 12-0 won over the Mets and gave the Dodgers a franchise record 27 home runs over a 10-game stretch.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Alex Wood and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

2017-06-21T10:47:43.896-07:00

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.---------------------------Dodgers starter Alex Wood will be signing autographs at the Ultimate Pastime in Ontario on Saturday, June 24th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Go here for information. All autographs are just $29 each. Photo-ops are FREE with purchase of autograph.Ultimate Pastime1614 S. Carlos Ave., Ste. K,Ontario, CA 91761---------------------------Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be signing autographs on Saturday, June 24th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Sports Authentic store at Puente Hills Mall. Go here for information. Autograph ticket prices range from $119 to $319.Sports Authentic store at Puente Hills MallSouth Azusa AvenueCity of Industry* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 6/21/2017 - Dodgers Links - Jansen, Kershaw, AGon and Seager

2017-06-21T09:16:46.650-07:00

Homers are starting to get contagious.Last night was Corey Seager's turn with the round-tripper parade. He slugged three home runs and almost accomplished something that had never been done. He came close to recording the only "home run cycle" in Baseball history -- Seager recording one-run, two-run and three-run home runs. Amazingly, he had the chance to hit a grand slam to complete the feat when he came up with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but lined out a deep left-centerfield. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:"It's just one of those nights where balls go where you want it to and you're putting good swings on it and they're going out of the park," Seager said.Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1998 the Dodgers replaced their manager, Bill Russell, with coach Glenn Hoffmann. Tommy Lasorda also becomes the GM. In 2016 the Dodgers signed Dean Kremer -- the first ever Israeli to sign a contract with a major league club. He had just been drafted in the 14th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft.Happy Birthday, Randy Moore, Jackie Collum & Rick Sutcliffe!Video: Dave Roberts addresses the media after the Dodgers shuts out the Mets on Tuesday night. (video link)Video: Corey Seager speaks after his 3 home run performance against the Mets on Tuesday night. (video link)Per Tim Brown at Yahoo Sports; "The night Kenley Jansen went from a good pitcher to a great one."The night of Oct. 13. Washington D.C. An inning, then two, and into a third. Walks happened. Baserunners. A hit. Fifty-one pitches came and went, and then big ol’ Kenley came off the field last October in a puddle of sweat and satisfaction.“I never thought I could be on that level,” Jansen said this week, “and I did it.”Per Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs; "Kenley Jansen is Mariano Rivera 2.0."Per Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "Clayton Kershaw Has Developed a Home-Run Problem."Per ESPN; "Adrian Gonzalez says he won't push return from herniated disk.""This time around, I'm not going to rush," Gonzalez said Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Obviously, I felt fine, but then the more baseball I [played], the more it started to stiffen up. I think slower is better than faster right now, at this point."Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com; "Dodgers sign 21 Draft picks, 6 of top 10."Per Jordan D. Hill at the Ledger-Enquirer; "Glenwood’s Amaury Telemaco Jr. signed by Los Angeles Dodgers."“He definitely has professional stuff,” Glenwood head coach Tim Fanning said. “When he first came (to Glenwood), you saw the way his arm worked, and it’s live. He has things you can’t teach. He has size and he has the arm strength. When he dedicates himself to professional baseball and gets in the kind of shape they want him in, that should translate to even more velocity.”This is a fantastic story and well worth your time to check out. Per Cyd Zeigler at OutSports.com; "Former Patriots and Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay.""No one is going to assume the big football player is gay," he said. "It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide.So he dove into football and made a pact with himself: As long as he put on those pads, he was good to go. Once football was over, he’d take a gun to his head and end it all. That was the deal, and he would hold himself to it.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Series 2 - The Dodgers Variation Cards

2017-06-20T15:03:16.534-07:00

There are four short-printed Dodger variation cards available in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Take a look at all of them below. I have paired each one with its normal base version. Notably, Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax have replaced Yasiel Puig and Kenta Maeda, respectively, on their cards. They are referred to as Legends Variations.I also thought it was very accurate of Topps to make sure that the "LA" logo for the Koufax card reflects what the logo actually looked like during his playing days. As you can see, the "LA" is much skinnier than it is today -- much like how my waste-line has ballooned in size as the years have gone by.Variations#375 Jackie RobinsonBase                                      VariationReverse of Jackie Robinson Card#582 Julio UriasBase                                      Variation#597 Kenta MaedaBase                                      Variation#597 Sandy KoufaxBase                                      Variation Base Clear Parallel#375 Yasiel Puig#413 Rob Segedin#454 Andrew Toles#490 Joc Pederson#582 Julio Urias#597 Kenta MaedaI know it's hard tell from the Urias card shown at the bottom, but these Base Clear Parallel's are made of plastic (acetate), and are slightly see-through.#582 Julio Urias* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2017 Topps Now -- #270 -- Cody Bellinger Fastest to Reach 21 Homers

2017-06-20T14:10:31.090-07:00

Cody Belling just keeps breaking records, and as long as he continues Topps will be sure to commemorate it. In fact, since he joined the Dodgers Topps has issued eight different 2017 Topps Now cards that include him -- which has got to be some kind of record in itself.Well, now there are nine Topps Now cards.Featured here is a 2017 Topps Now card that makes note of Cody's multi-homer game last night. Go here to check it out and order. BTW, for the second time this season collectors can also purchase limited edition autographed versions of this card from Topps. Unfortunately, all of those autographed cards are now sold out as of this posting. You can see those at the bottom. Per the reverse of the card:Cody Bellinger launched two home runs in the Dodgers 10-6 victory over the New York Mets, making him the fastest player to register five career multi-home-run games. He now has 21 home runs in his first 51 career games, becoming the fastest player in MLB history to reach that mark. Bellinger now has the most home runs in the Major Leagues since his debut on April 25th.Below is a look at the five different certified autographed Cody Bellinger cards - now sold out - paired with the corresponding card numbers and sale prices. Go here to check them out and order. I should note that this is the second time this season that autographed versions of Bellinger's card are available from Topps. Go here to check those cards released in late-May. BTW, you will notice that Topps has significantly increased the prices for these new autographed cards, and they still sold out in quick order.#270A (#/99 @ $149.99)          #270B (#/49 @ $249.99)#270C (#/25 @ $399.99)          #270D (#/10 @ $799.99)#270E (#/1 @ $2,999.99)* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 6/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-06-20T09:58:22.751-07:00

Yesterday was bonkers.Not only did staff ace Clayton Kershaw give up an uncharacteristic four home runs, but the evening also saw a home run parade by both clubs that resulted in a total of eight homers in the game. Two of which were slugged by fast-rising rookie Cody Bellinger. In fact, his two home runs give him 21 on the year - giving him his fifth multihomer game so far and the National League lead in the category after only 51 games as a major leaguer. Per Joshua Thornton at MLB.com:"It's crazy," said Bellinger, who made his big league debut on April 25. "A month and a half ago, if you told me what I was gonna do, I'd probably call you crazy."Despite the poor showing on the mound, Kershaw recorded his 10th victory of the season and the Dodgers have now won ten out of the past eleven games. Photo above via Joc Pederson on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Willie Davis out of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. In 2000 the Dodgers traded infielder Jose Vizcaino to the Yankees for catcher Jim Leyritz. In 2008 the Dodgers are awarded the Award of Excellence star, which is placed in the Walk of Fame, for their significant contributions to the community by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver best his younger brother Jered Weaver at Angels Stadium, 6-4. They become the eighth set of siblings to have started against one another.Happy Birthday, Luis Alcaraz, Larry See, Paul Bako & Juan Castro!Video: Justin Turner reflects on being signed by the Dodgers, teammate pranks while traveling and walks us through his pregame warmup. (video link)Per Houston Mitchell at the LA Times; "What advice did Vin Scully pass on? Dodgers announcer Joe Davis answers your questions."Tony Piscitelli: Have you had the opportunity to consult with Vin Scully?Davis: Hi Tony -- Vin called me and welcomed me to the team the night before my hiring was announced a couple falls ago. Funny story about that -- not recognizing his number, I twice ignored his calls! You should've seen the look on my face when I listened to the voicemail and realized what I'd done. Clayton Kershaw is the best. Per Adam Weinrib at 12up.com; "Clayton Kershaw Destroys Ball-Stealing Nerd With Perfect Series of Comebacks."A depth arm found in the independent leagues. Per the CT Post; "Bluefish’s Rearick signed by Dodgers."“Chris has been one of our most reliable starters this year,” Bluefish General Manager Paul Herrmann said. “It’s great to see him receive this opportunity and we wish him the best of luck.”Per Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "Grandal to help raise leukemia & lymphoma awareness through T-Shirt campaign."Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Carlos Rincon hits 38 HR to win Midwest League Home Run Derby."Per Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "What Might Chris Taylor Have Become?"For the new Chris Taylor, at the plate, easily the closest comp has been recent George Springer. They’re close up there in all four categories, and while Springer has shown the slightly better peak strength, Taylor has made more consistent contact. So, when you wonder how Taylor’s wRC+ might regress, you might decide to be strongly anchored to Springer’s 130. Perhaps that’s still too high, I don’t know, but Taylor has been showing legitimate offensive skills, and his defensive versatility is an obvious plus. Pitchers will have time to try to figure this out, but Taylor hasn’t given an inch.Per Blowout Buzz; "Cody Bellinger’s homer binge fuels demand for his few certified autos."Per Blowout Buzz; "National Baseball Card Day is back — and it’s set for Aug. 12." Collectors can go to participating stores to receive a pack of Topps National Baseball Card Day cards with a $10 purchase. On[...]



Wiki Fun at the Giants Expense - Who's Your Daddy?

2017-06-19T23:50:06.764-07:00


As a Dodger fan few things provide more joy than the schadenfreude at seeing the Giants do so poorly.

They are currently on pace to lose 100 games this season, and got absolutely shellacked by Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado yesterday afternoon. The kid was a one-bat wrecking-machine on Sunday. Not only did Nolan knock out his first "cycle" of his career at the plate, but he capped off the feat with a walk-off homer against Giants closer Mark Melancon to win the game.

And to add insult to injury, an enterprising fan decided to troll the Giants a bit on Wikipedia.

That person added the line,
"He is also the Father of the San Francisco Giants."
Doh!

Who's your daddy... Nolan's your daddy!

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2017 Topps Series 2 - The Dodgers Insert Cards Part 1

2017-06-19T13:40:35.371-07:00

Here is a look at a handful of the Dodgers' insert cards found in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Below are the MLB All-Star Game Logo Patch Relic, the Topps Reverence Autographed Patch Relic, Independence Day Logo Patch Relic, In the Name Relic and Major League Material cards. Go here to check out all of my past post on this set.MLB All-Star Game Logo Patch Relics#ASL-SK Sandy KoufaxTopps Reverence Autograph Patch#TAP-CS Corey Seager                 #TAP-JU Julio Urias#TAP-KM Kenta MaedaIndependence Day Team Logo Patch Relics (#/1)#IDTL-CK Clayton KershawIn the Name Relics (#/1)#ITN-JPE Joc Pederson Major League Material#MLM-CKE Clayton KershawMajor League Material Autographs#MLMA-CK Clayton Kershaw        #MLMA-CS Corey Seager#MLMA-JU Julio Urias* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 6/19/217 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-06-19T09:36:18.612-07:00

Kiké Hernández had quite a day yesterday. After having been a focus of a recent article (link here) about his father's winning battle against cancer, he went out and had a fantastic game on Father's Day. Kiké recorded two doubles, two walks and a game-saving catch in the eight inning to salvage the game. (Watch it here) Per Jeremy Vernon and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:"I was playing pretty shallow and Joey Votto is a good enough hitter that I didn't want him to shoot one the other way," said Hernandez. "The fans were talking a lot of trash, so if there was a ball hit anywhere near me, I had to catch it or throw him out at the plate. Off the bat I had a pretty good jump, but I didn't realize how shallow I was. I felt like I ran forever."Photo above via SportsNet LA on twitter. BTW, to the right is a look at the Dodgers complete Father's Day uniform, via Kiké's twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1952 Carl Erskine throws a no-hitter against the Cubs in the Dodgers' 5-0 victory at Ebbets Field. The only Cub to get on base was the opposing pitcher via a walk. In 1973 Dodger outfielder Willie Davis collects his 2,000th career hit at Dodger Stadium with a two-run home run. In 1990 Dodgers catcher Gary Carter breaks a National League record for career games caught at 1‚862. He passes former Dodger Al Lopez who set the record in 1946. In 1991 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Juan Castro out of Los Mochis High School in Mexico. Castro is currently the Quality Assurance Coach for the Dodgers.Happy Birthday, Bill Swift, Larry Miller, Bob Aspromonte, Jerry Reuss, Butch Davis, Doug Mientkiewicz & Claudio Vargas!Video: Clayton Kershaw joins MLB Central to discuss the accomplishments he's achieved in his career and the rise of Cody Bellinger. (video link)Video: Kike Hernandez speaks to Alanna Rizzo about his game-saving catch against the Reds and being able to dedicate it to his father. (video link)ICYMI: Per AJ Cassavell at MLB.com; "Padres draft rookie Bellinger's brother, Cole: San Diego selects right-hander out of Hamilton High School in 15th round."Per Craig Minami at True Blue LA; "Matt Herges talks about Julio Urias and Wilmer Font."Where is Julio Urias at right now this season and his development?“He’s talented enough to be there, to be in that rotation but we’ve still got to be careful, we’ve still got to be careful, we know that if we just said the reins are off just go be like everybody else, the risk of him getting hurt goes up just because of his age and the fact he throws the ball so violently hard, I mean he touched 97 a couple of times his last start.” Wilmer Font has had a great season so far, why do you think he has done so well this season? “I can’t speak about his previous years with any organization but we have freed him up, I think, to use his number one asset, as much as he wants to, and that’s the high fastball.” “He has better carry than just about anyone else in baseball, his elevation is elite, and we encourage him to do that.”Per Asher Feltman at the Minor League Ball; "Dodgers prospect Matt Beaty hitting his way into conversation."After four seasons at Belmont University, he’s taken up Minor League Baseball very nicely. He does a little bit of everything —20 home runs with 13 stolen bases and 76 walks (.357 OBP)— meanwhile carrying a sparkling .302 batting average through 241 Minor League games....Your college-to-pro transition has been extremely smooth. How have you been able to do that?“I love hitting. I work at it a lot. Just talking with, we have a lot of coaches in the system that have been in the big leagues. Talking about, I mean yeah you’re mechanics can be fine, but what it really come[...]



Mets Series Starts on Monday - Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

2017-06-19T21:59:27.885-07:00

The next homestand starts this coming Monday against the New York Mets.  Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:2017 Broadcast ScheduleSpecial Events SchedulePromotions & Giveaways ScheduleSilent Auction Schedule The Big City Dog will be available for this homestand only against Mets at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas located on the field, loge and reserve levels. It features an all beef hot dog with sauerkraut, green apples topped with drizzled whole grain Dijon mustard. See it on the right..--------------Monday, June 19th at 7:10 PMTV: SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LARadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020Monday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Brooklyn Dodgers cap. See it on the right.It is African-American Heritage Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive African-American Heritage Night T-shirt honoring Don Newcombe with your ticket. See that on the left. If not already sold out go here for information.There will be a traveling Yesterday’s Negro Leagues exhibit in the Right Field Plaza.This special evening will include an on-field recognition of Dodger legends Don Newcombe, Frank Robinson, and Maury Wills. There will be a pregame ceremony memorializing current Dodgers Corey Seager and Dave Roberts with prestigious NLBM honors. Various community leaders will be honored; including Michelle Williams (Associate Director of the Cedars-Sinai Advanced Heart Failure Unit), George Davis (Executive Director of the California African American Museum), and Dr. Adrian Dove (President & CEO, Kingdom Day Parade).The BYTHAX Ensemble will perform the national anthem and will read out 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame'.--------------Tuesday, June 20th at 7:10 PMTV: ESPN, SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LARadio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020Tuesday'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 a Dodgers Tote Bag. See it on the left.It is the 1st annual Hawaiian Night at Dodger Stadium. Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Hawaiian Night "LA" T-shirt with your ticket. See that on the right. If not already sold out go here for information.Available for this game only will be the Hawaiian Grand Slam cocktail at bars on Field section 2, 49 and 50, Loge sections 107 and 161 and Reserve section 11. The drink consist of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, pineapple Juice, Ginger Ale, Sprite over Ice. See it on the right.Pregame festivities will include hula and fire dance performances by Glory of Paradise, Ceremonial First Pitch by J Boog, and the singing of the National Anthem by FIJI.The Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will partner to celebrate Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative by surprising 80 local youth for a wiffle ball game at Dodger Stadium Tuesday afternoon, June 20 and treating them to the Dodgers-Mets game the next day on Wednesday, June 21. The 40 participating youth will represent the Dodgers RBI program from Jackie Tatum Harvard Recreation Center and the other 40 youth will represent Los Angeles Police Department Community Safety Partnership Program in Pueblo del Rio and Ramona Gardens Housing Developments.Dodger players and alumni Cody Bellinger, Kiké Hernández, Derrel Thomas, Kenny Landreaux and Billy Ashley will be on hand for Tuesday’s wiffle ball games, and Dodger Strength & Conditioning Coach Brandon McDaniel will lead the kids in warm ups and pregame stretches. Participants will receive lunch, a Play Ball plastic bat and ball set and tickets to the Dodgers-Mets game on June 2[...]



Dodgers First Round Pick Jeren Kendall Already has a Bunch of Cards

2017-06-16T13:37:10.551-07:00

As member of the Team USA Collegiate Baseball team it is no surprise that the Dodgers 2017 first round pick, Jeren Kendall, already has a bunch of cards for fans and collectors to chase after. What I was surprised to find out is that he also has a couple cards from when he was just an high school prep star.Featured below are all of the various cards issued for Jeren Kendal, and to start things off I share pics of a pair of 2013 Leaf Perfect Game cards. As you may know, this set was an inaugural issue that features the top 300 high school players in the country from an Perfect Game National Showcase event. Following that are a bunch of Panini cards featuring Kendall in a Team USA jersey.2013 Leaf Perfect GameBase Set#12 Jeren KendellAutograph#A-JK1 Jeren Kendall------------------2016 Panini Elite Extra EditionUSA Baseball Contenders Season Tickets#CNT-JK Jeren KendallUSA Baseball Quad Materials#13 Seth Beer, Jeren Kendall, Jasiah Dixon, Coleman Brigman USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Silhouette Autographs#USA-JK Jeren Kendall------------------2017 Panini DonrussAmerican Pride #AP-13 Jeren Kendall ------------------2017 Panini Stars and Stripes USABase Set#16 Jeren Kendall Stars and Stripes Signatures Relics #13 Jeren Kendall (#/99)Collegiate National Team Signatures #13 Jeren Kendall CNT Connections Signatures #5 Kendall & Wright                 #9 Kendall & BeerTools of the Trade #13 Jeren Kendall (#/199)USA Baseball Trios Materials #1 Kendall, Holmes & Lewis          #7 Kendall, Beer & Friedl#10 Brendan McKay, Jake Burger & Jeren KendallUSA Baseball Quad Materials #1 McKay, Greene, Holmes & Kendall (#/199)USA Baseball Jumbo Swatch Silhouettes Signatures Bats #13 Jeren Kendall (#/99)     #180 Jeren Kendall  (#/10)USA Baseball Jumbo Swatch Silhouettes Signatures Jerseys #13 Jeren Kendall  (#/199)       #180 Jeren Kendall  (#/49)* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 6/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Garvey at the Congressional Baseball Game

2017-06-16T10:02:23.373-07:00

After all of the turmoil from the other day it was awfully nice that yesterdays annual Congressional Baseball Game turned out so well. A record crowd of almost 25,000 fans packed the stadiums lower bowl and cheered, rooted and gave standing ovations for just about everything. It was like Baseball has retaken its rightful place as America's unifying sport. BTW, Dodger legend Steve Garvey was also there to lend a hand and lead a prayer on the field before the game. Per Chuck Raasch at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:“Just here to support the guys and gals,” said Garvey, a long-time first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. “It’s our national pastime,” he added. “If anything is bipartisan, it’s baseball.”It is expected that the amount of money raised for charity, including literacy, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Capitol Police, will be near $1 million. As a side note, the final score from the match was very lopsided. The Dems defeated the Repubs 11-2. Photos above via Steve Garvey on his twitter.BTW, the Dodgers six game winning was snapped yesterday afternoon. Oh well... Winning isn't everything. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1961 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Roy Gleason. He would get a cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 1963 -- recording a double in his only at-bat and getting a World Series ring. Soon thereafter he would be drafted into the Army and be sent to Vietnam. Gleason would lose his World Series ring there, and becomes the only US Combat Veteran and former Major League Baseball player to receive "Special Congressional Recognition" for being awarded a "Purple Heart", a World Series Ring, and holding a "Perfect" Lifetime Major League Batting Average. In 1963 rookie pitcher Nick Willhite shut out the Cubs, 2-0, and become the first Los Angeles pitcher for throw a shutout in his Major League debut. In 1977 the Dodgers purchased right-handed reliever and Los Angeles native Bobby Castillo from the Kansas City Royals. Happy Birthday, Pete Coscarart, Stan Wall & Jonathan Broxton!Video: Alanna Rizzo speaks with Dave Roberts after the Dodgers 12-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. (video link)Video: Go behind-the-scenes as Alex Wood spends his off day training his new puppy. (video link)Per Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "Rich Hill Is Out of Whack."Velocity down. Location off, mostly up and arm-side. It could be something subtle and mechanical, with Hill flying open, or alternatively throwing a little too much across his body. Other than that, you have to think about Hill’s blister issue. Hill has said recently that the blister problem hasn’t recurred, and there’s a good chance he’s telling the truth. Now, he might actually have some finger discomfort, which has prevented him from completing his pitches normally. Or it could be he’s just struggling to regain his normal feel for the ball, after having been sidelined for a few weeks. Hill has acknowledged how much of his own game comes down to having that proper feel, and it’s not something you can force. Hill’s whole approach involves subtle manipulation of grips and finger pressure, and he hasn’t settled into a groove.Per Andy McCullough at the LA Times; "Julio Urias has no structural damage in his shoulder, Dodgers say, but no timetable is set for his return."Manager Dave Roberts indicated there was no timetable for Urias’ resumption of a throwing program and said that the pitcher will not engage in baseball activity “for the foreseeable future.”“I don’t know if we’ve made the decision yet on if it’s a week, if it’s two weeks when he’s going to pick up a baseball,” Roberts sai[...]



2017 Topps Series 2 - All the Dodgers Base Cards

2017-06-15T17:04:32.263-07:00

Here is a look at all of the Dodger base cards found in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2. Go here for a complete checklist. But before I show you those cards I thought I would mention that Clayton Kershaw happens to be this products spokesman. His steely-eyed stare is plastered on every single box. Featured above is a pic of an hobby box.Now here are the Dodgers base cards.Base#375 Yasiel Puig#388 Yasmani Grandal#402 Logan Forsythe#413 Rob Segedin#423 Sergio Romo#447 Scott Kazmir#454 Andrew Toles#462 Rich Hill#490 Joc Pederson#574 Trayce Thompson#582 Julio Urias#597 Kenta Maeda#608 Dodgers Team CardI briefly wrote about the below card here. As you can see, the Dodgers are on the field saluting Vin Scully after not only winning the last home game of the 2016 season, but also clinching the NL West.#618 Kenley Jansen#685 Enrique Hernandez* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



This Just Might be the Best Dodgers' Baseball Card of the Year

2017-06-15T13:05:29.465-07:00

When I first saw this card a sudden warm feeling came over me. I was immediately transported back in time to that ballgame in late September - when the sun was shinning and the Dodgers had a sizable lead going into the last home game of the season.(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016)The date was Sunday, September 25, 2016 and we were hosting the Colorado Rockies. On this day the Dodgers had the opportunity to clinch the National League West, and as luck would have it they did just that when Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off homer.(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016)The crowd roared, the Dodgers bench cleared and soon an on-field celebration would commence. But before they escaped to the clubhouse for a traditional champagne shower they made sure to pay homage to the man who had seen more Dodger history than anyone in the stadium. They gathered in front of the pitching mound and paid their dearest respects to the man behind the mic - Vin Scully.The card you see featured here commemorates this exact occasion, and I must say it is clearly ahead of the pack when it comes to the best Dodger card of the year.It can be found as a part of the base set in packs of 2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball cards -- release just this week at stores near you. Below is the reverse of the card. Unfortunately, the card doesn't tell you who they are waving at, but you and I know.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk 6/15/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

2017-06-15T09:51:34.689-07:00

With Kiké's help, along with a little bit of luck, the Dodgers win their sixth straight.The game was all tied up at two in the eight inning when Hernandez came up to the plate and put the Dodgers on top. Batting against reliever Andrew Miller, who hadn't given up a homer all season along til the Dodgers came to town, he hit a lazy flyball to right field that sailed all the way into the stands. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:“It was kind of an emergency swing,” Kiké Hernández said afterward to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “Thank God we’re in Cleveland and not LA. That might’ve been an out at home.”Thereafter, the Dodgers trounced. They quickly loaded the bases, scored three more runs and left the game in the capable hands of Kenley Jansen for the victory. He recorded his 202nd save of his career.Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1938 Reds lefty Johnny Vander Meer throws his second consecutive no-hitter -- beating the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 6-0. In 1996 the Dodgers turn their first triple play in 47 years. With runners going from 1st and 2nd base in the 1st inning Braves infielder Chipper Jones hit a popup to short-left that was snagged by Juan Castro. He dutifully threw to second baseman Delino Deshields for the second out, who then relayed the ball to first baseman Eric Karros to get the third out (6-4-3 Triple Play).Happy Birthday, Ed Wheeler, Eddie Pipgras, Hank Winston, Babe Dahlgren, Dusty Baker, Brett Butler & Josh Lindblom!Video: Alanna Rizzo catches up with Kike Hernandez after hitting the go-ahead home run in the Dodgers 6-4 win over the Indians on Wednesday night. (video link)Per Ben Weinrib at MLB.com; "Puig suspended one game, fined for gesture."Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who had a 10-year Major League career as an outfielder, experienced his fair share of heckling. He said that players can take it one of two ways: having fun with it or acting emotionally."I talked to him today, and it was just something that he wishes didn't happen," Roberts said. "It was a reaction of emotion on his part and bad judgment. I've just made it clear that I want to talk about all of our players in the context of what they do on the field and not off the field. He understood how I felt. It won't happen again."Per Jay Berman at the OC Register; "Don Newcombe’s rare interview: Dodger great talks about barriers and breaking them down."“People need to know this,” he said. Buzzie (Bavasi) said in a book that they were thinking about me as the first. But I was 19, brash and uneducated. Buzzie said in his book that they needed a man with more experience, and that’s why they went with Jackie. “I could throw, but I didn’t always know where the ball was going to go. I might have started a riot.“When Branch Rickey went with Jackie, believe me, he made the right decision. He wasn’t the fastest man in the game and he didn’t have the most power — that would have been Larry Doby — but, man, could he play baseball. He could beat you so many ways. … One time he was between third base and home plate and he had nine baseball players chasing him down the line, trying to catch him, and they never did catch him.”Uh-Oh. Per Jacob Unruh at NewsOK; "OKC Dodgers place Julio Urias on DL with shoulder discomfort."“It’s nothing that we’re worried about at all,” Oklahoma City manager Bill Haselman said. “Just some discomfort he’s going to get checked out and then he’ll be back.”Per Ben Weinrib at MLB.com:"It's a concern whenever you're talking abo[...]



2017 Topps Now - #246 - Bellinger's MLB Record 4th Multi-Homer Game

2017-06-14T16:51:22.282-07:00

There's just no stopping the Belly-train. Last night he went on a homer barrage that was for the ages. He cranked out two home runs -- including the game winner -- to record his fourth multi-homer effort in his short major league career. In fact, he accomplished the multi-homer feat faster than anybody ever has -- in 45 days. In celebration of this new record Topps has issued the above 2017 Topps Now card that will be available until tomorrow morning. Go here to check it out and order. Per Jordan Bastian at MLB.com:"We all knew that he was great," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said. "He's confident, but you would never know it talking with him. He's very humble, goes about his business the right way. But, when he steps in the box, he thinks he's going to do damage, and he's done it lately."Per the description on the reverse of the card:Cody Bellinger connected for two home runs, his 16th and 17th of the season, powering a 7-5 Dodgers win over the Indians. He first broke a tie in the eighth inning and the second put the game away in the ninth. This marked the fourth multi-home run game of the year for Bellinger, making him the first in MLB history to do so within the first 45 games of a career.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]