Thursday, January 29, 2015

Single-game tickets for the Dodgers' 2015 regular season on sale tomorrow

The new season is around the corner...
From the Dodgers -

LOS ANGELES – Single-game tickets for the Dodgers’ 2015 regular season will go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase regular-season single-game tickets for all home games at Dodger Stadium and a limited number of Opening Day tickets at www.dodgers.com. The Dodgers have a full schedule of promotional dates to choose from including fan-favorite bobbleheads and new offerings such as a Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series with full details available by visiting www.dodgers.com/promotions. Opening Day at Dodger Stadium is Monday, April 6 against the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m.

The best way to guarantee Opening Day tickets is to purchase a mini plan. The Dodgers are offering two new mini-plan options for 2015 with tickets starting at $17 per game. A preset 20-game mini plan offers all 10 bobblehead giveaways, all 8 Cy Young pins, Opening Day and Jackie Robinson Day. A 30-game flex plan provides any 2015 home game, including Opening Day, and features rights to purchase tickets to potential NLDS and NLCS postseason games. Fans can also add additional games to 30-game flex plans. More information on Dodger mini plans can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/miniplans.

Fans will also be able to buy Opening Day mini plans and individual game tickets, excluding Opening Day, at FanFest which will be held at Dodger Stadium Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FanFest is free and complete details can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/fanfest.

Parking at Dodger Stadium is $10 if purchased in advance at www.dodgers.com/parking. Parking at the gate day of game is $20. Fans are encouraged to purchase parking in advance in order to save 50 percent off the price point at the gate.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

RIP Ernie Banks

I was saddened to hear that Ernie Banks passed away last night. I've read dozens of articles on his life this morning and they all say he was a very nice man that enjoyed life. And it's so true. I have never heard anything bad about Banks. I remember seeing him at Dodger Stadium several times and he was always happy to meet with fans.

Pix taken at Dodger Stadium


Ernie Banks

Here's a signed baseball by Banks that I own.

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Rest in peace Mr. Cub.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Dodgers FanFest Info

FanFest vouchers go on sale Friday 10am.

From the Dodgers -

The Dodgers will hold their third annual offseason FanFest presented by State Farm on Saturday, January 31. The event will be held at Dodger Stadium from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will feature appearances and autographs from Dodger players, coaches and legends. FanFest is free and open to the public. Parking gates A, C and E open at 9:30 a.m. and fans may enter the stadium through the left or right field plaza gates at 10:00 a.m.

A limited number of autograph session tickets will be available for sale online tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PST for $20 via www.dodgers.com/fanfest. An autograph session ticket is required to obtain autographs at FanFest. All autograph session ticket proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Donations will support LADF programs and provide assistance to community organizations in the area of education and literacy, health and wellness and sports and recreation.

As part of Dodger season ticket holders’ year-long benefits, a presale of autograph session tickets will be held for fans that hold Dodger season seats from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST also via www.dodgers.com/fanfest.

For the first time ever at FanFest, those in attendance will have the opportunity to upgrade their experience as VIP vouchers are available for purchase in advance via www.dodgers.com/fanfest. Fans can choose from a FanFest clubhouse tour, FanFest meet and greet, FanFest pressbox tour and access to the FanFest Interview Room for a Q&A and photo.

In addition to autograph sessions with current and former Dodger players and coaches, FanFest will feature various family friendly activities, including interactive games and activities and all fans will be able to partake in a run the bases experience. FanFest’s main stage will feature interviews with current and former Dodgers. Fans can hang out in the @Dodgers social media lounge which will also feature a charging station and RBI Baseball on XBox. Photo opportunities inside the Dodger dugout and with the World Series trophy will also be part of FanFest. Dodger merchandise will be on sale and Levy Restaurants will provide various food and beverage offerings for purchase. Dodger partners Anheuser Busch, Chef Merito, Coke, Outerwall and Sports Authority will partake in FanFest with family-friendly activations and giveaways.

LADF will host it’s first-ever Yard Sale with one-of-a-kind Dodger items for budgets of all sizes, including jerseys, T-shirts and more. LADF will also have a Mystery Bag Fundraiser where fans can purchase an official Major League baseball autographed by a current or former Dodger for a $40 donation while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the programs and charitable giving of LADF.

Fans will be able to buy Opening Day mini plans and individual game tickets, excluding Opening Day, at FanFest. Also, the Dodgers’ annual On Sale will be held exclusively online on Friday, January 30, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at www.dodgers.com. At that time, fans can purchase individual tickets to all 2015 season games and a very limited number of Opening Day tickets. The best way to guarantee Opening Day tickets is to purchase a mini plan. More information on Dodger mini plans can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/miniplans.

The scheduled FanFest autograph sessions are as follows and subject to change:

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session 1

Line 1: Scott Van Slyke and Eric Karros

Line 2: Zach Lee and Mark McGwire

Line 3: Joc Pederson and Daniel Coulombe

Line 4: Chris Withrow and Orel Hershiser

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 2

Line 1: Joe Wieland and Steve Yeager

Line 2: Howie Kendrick and Chris Hatcher

Line 3: Kenley Jansen and Austin Barnes

Line 4: Mike Bolsinger and Ron Cey

12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Session 3

Line 1: Scott Van Slyke and Joel Peralta

Line 2: Brandon McCarthy and Zach Lee

Line 3: Joc Pederson and Mickey Hatcher

Line 4: Chris Withrow and Yasmani Grandal

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 4

Line 1: Kike Hernandez and Steve Yeager

Line 2: Howie Kendrick and Tim Wallach

Line 3: Kenley Jansen and Ron Cey

Line 4: Chris Hatcher and Bill Russell

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session 5

Line 1: Joe Wieland and Yasmani Grandal

Line 2: Paco Rodriguez and Yimi Garcia

Line 3: Brandon McCarthy and Mickey Hatcher

Line 4: Yasiel Puig and Joel Peralta

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session 6

Line 1: Chris Reed and Jerry Hairston, Jr.

Line 2: Adam Liberatore and Fernando Valenzuela

Line 3: Adrian Gonzalez and Kenny Landreaux

Line 4: Zack Greinke and Lorenzo Bundy

Complete FanFest autograph session policies and procedures can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/fanfest.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dodgers FanFest Autograph Schedule

Vouchers should go on sale very soon.

From the Dodgers -


Autograph sessions this year will be available for purchase online for $20

This year's Dodgers FanFest, to be held Saturday, Jan. 31, will take place for the first time inside Dodger Stadium and not in the parking lot.

Entrance to the event is free. Vehicle access will be through Parking Gates A, C and E.

Fans then enter through the right-field and left-field plaza gates and will be allowed onto the field, where there will be interactive games, autograph booths, on-stage interviews with players and special appearances by Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda.

Click here for more info.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Reminder: Tommy Lasorda, Adrian Gonzalez, Chan Ho Park & Nancy Bea This Saturday @ Frank & Son!

Reminder:

Big event this Saturday at Frank & Son!

Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 E. San Jose Ave.
City of Industry, CA. 91748

Tommy Lasorda (11am/1pm), Adrian Gonzalez (11am/12pm), Chan Ho Park (10am/11am) and Nancy Bea (11am/1pm) will be signing autographs.

Not sure if I can share this but I have been told that Nancy Bea will also be playing the organ. How cool is that?

Details below...





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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Upcoming Appearance: Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez
February 5, 2015
Time: 7pm
Mariners Church
5001 Newport Coast Drive
Irvine, CA 92603

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Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Dodgers FanFest

Happy New Years everyone!

Dodgers FanFest will be here soon. - Saturday January 31, 2015.

I heard it will now be inside Dodger Stadium. Not in the parking lots. Hopefully I will feel good to go! I have missed it the last two years.

Click here for more info.

More details will be announced soon.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Autographs: Orel Hershiser

December 7, 2014

Catching up....

I've been under the weather all week so I've found some time to write this post.

It's been a while since I woke up very early to get a free autograph. I'm too old for these type of things. But since I carpooled with a friend and I had a 1988 World Series baseball, I decided to go.

Orel Hershiser was to sign autographs at the Topanga Mall in Canoga Park at 11am and Justin Turner at 2pm. I didn't wait for Turner.

Here's the 1988 World Series baseball...

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This is the only picture I took of Hershiser. Only a few fans were ahead of me. Hershiser arrived at 10:50 and by 11 I was already leaving the mall.

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Hershiser told me that he has over a dozen boxes full of these '88 World Series baseballs!

The signature came out perfect. I did want him to sign it under the World Series logo and when I gave him the ball I indicated that to him.

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I forgot to ask him for the "88 WS MVP" inscription. I gave him the ball back and he did it!

Happy that I went. Thanks to all that said hello.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Tommy Lasorda

*UPDATE*

This event has been canceled. Something to do with Tommy Lasorda not knowing about this event and the promoter jumped the gun. I don't know...

Lasorda's reaction -




Call for more details. Info on the flyer... 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Autographs: Steve Sax

December 6, 2014

Catching up....

Christmas is around the corner so I've been busy with work. I noticed this was never posted so I'll write something quick before I go to sleep.

Steve Sax was signing autographs at the Optometry Office of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu in Rowland Heights. I've never been here before even though they have brought many athletes in to sign. Check out their site for future events. {linked here}

Sax talked about his foundation (linked here} and was friendly with fans like always. I didn't really need anything from Sax but decided to go with a baseball so he can give me the following inscription "1982 NL ROY".

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My son went with me. Of course, he doesn't care about pictures. One day...

Steve Sax

Thanks to Dr. Liu, Steve Sax and all those that said hello. Nice seeing everyone.

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Dodgers Acquire Jimmy Rollins From Phillies

Looks like all these trades were made a long time ago but here's another one that was just made official this morning.

Welcome to L.A. Jimmy Rollins.


From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisition of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from Philadelphia in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tom Windle and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin, who was acquired yesterday from San Diego.

The 2007 National League Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star (2001-02, 2005) has a .267 career batting average with 216 home runs and 887 RBI in 15 big league seasons, all with the Phillies, from 2000-14. Rollins ranks third among active players with 453 career stolen bases, including stealing 20 or more bases in four consecutive years and in 13 of his 14 full MLB seasons. In addition to stolen bases, the 2007 Silver Slugger also ranks among the active leaders in games (2,090, 7th), hits (2,306, 6th), runs (1,325, 4th), doubles (479, 5th) and triples (111, 3rd). The 36-year-old switch-hitter has appeared in 46 career postseason games and was a member of the 2008 World Series champion Phillies.

Rollins, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner (2007-09, ’12), ranks second among active shortstops (min. 650 games) with a .983 fielding percentage and leads active players with 18,080.1 innings, 5,702 assists and 1,166 career double-plays turned at the position.

The Oakland, CA, native appeared in 138 games with Philadelphia last year, batting .243 with 76 runs scored (1st, NL shortstops), 17 home runs (4th, NL shortstops) and 55 RBI. He topped big league shortstops with a .988 fielding percentage, committing only seven errors in 1,170.2 innings. Rollins was also named the co-winner of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award, along with Paul Konerko, for his positive contributions to the game of baseball, both on and off the field.

Rollins was originally selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft and ranks among the Phillies’ modern-era franchise leaders in games played (2,090, 2nd behind Mike Schmidt), hits (2,306, 1st), steals (453, 1st), doubles (479, 1st), home runs (216, 9th) and RBI (887, 7th).

Windle, 22, went 17-9 with a 3.82 ERA in 39 professional games (37 starts) with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in two minor league seasons in the Dodger organization after he was selected in the second round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Minnesota.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's Official - Matt Kemp traded

It's official. Matt Kemp has been traded to the San Diego Padres. Just announced by the Dodgers.

Good luck Matt!
From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisitions of catcher Yasmani Grandal, right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland and right-handed pitcher Zach Eflin from San Diego in exchange for outfielder Matt Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and cash considerations.

Grandal, whose name is pronounced yas-MAH-nee gran-DAHL, has a .245 career batting average with 24 home runs and 94 RBI in 216 games with the Padres from 2012-14. The switch-hitter appeared in 128 games last year at catcher (76 games) and first base (37 games) and posted career-best marks in runs (47), hits (85), doubles (19), home runs (15) and RBI (49) in his third big league season.

Grandal was selected to the 2012 MLB All-Star Futures Game and posted a .310/.408/.487 slashline in four minor league seasons from 2010-13 in the Reds and Padres organizations. The native of Cuba was originally selected by the Reds in the first round (12th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Miami and then acquired by San Diego from Cincinnati on Dec. 17, 2011 in a five-player deal.

Wieland, 24, has gone 35-22 with a 3.27 ERA in 95 games (86 starts) in seven minor league seasons in the Rangers and Padres organizations from 2008-14. As a minor leaguer, he posted a 5.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged nearly a strikeout per inning, with 444 Ks and only 86 walks in 476.2 innings. He made his Major League debut at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Padres on April 14, 2012 and has gone 1-4 with a 5.31 ERA in nine big league games (seven starts) in 2012 and 2014. He missed the second half of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 campaign due to Tommy John surgery.

Wieland, pronounced WEE-lend, was acquired by San Diego along with Robbie Erlin in exchange for Mike Adams at the trade deadline in 2011, his best professional season. He was selected as a Single-A Carolina League mid-season All-Star and a Double-A Texas League post-season All-Star that year after going a combined 13-4 with a 1.97 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) with Double-A Frisco, Double-A San Antonio and Single-A Myrtle Beach. The Reno, NV, native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Eflin, 20, has gone 17-14 with a 3.41 ERA in 50 career games (49 starts) in three minor league seasons in the San Diego organization after being selected by the club in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The Florida native went 10-7 with a 3.80 ERA in 24 starts last year for Single-A Lake Elsinore, posting a 3.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio (93 SO/31 BB) in 128.0 innings.

Kemp, 30, has a .292 career batting average with 182 home runs and 648 RBI in 1,116 games in nine seasons with Los Angeles. The two-time All-Star and 2011 NL MVP runner up was originally selected by the club in the sixth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

Federowicz, 27, appeared in 89 big league games with the Dodgers from 2011-14, batting .194 with five home runs and 22 RBI. He was originally acquired by Los Angeles from Boston at the 2011 trade deadline in a four-player minor league deal.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dodgers Sign Brandon McCarthy

It's official, the Dodgers sign Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract.

From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of free-agent right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract.

McCarthy, 31, established career highs in wins (10), strikeouts (175) and innings pitched (200.0) last season with the Diamondbacks and Yankees, going 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA in 32 starts. He ranked ninth among MLB starters with a 5.30 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averaged only 1.49 walks per 9.0 innings, the eighth-best mark in the Majors. Beginning with his final two starts with the D-backs and through his 14 starts with New York following his July 6 trade, McCarthy was one of the game’s best pitchers, going 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA (32 ER/103.0 IP) from June 27 to the conclusion of the season.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound McCarthy has a 52-65 career record with a 4.09 ERA in nine seasons with the White Sox (2005-06), Rangers (2007-09), Athletics (2011-12), Diamondbacks (2013-14) and Yankees (2014). Since his first big league season in 2005, McCarthy ranks 16th among MLB starting pitchers by averaging only 2.23 walks per 9.0 innings and has a 2.85 strikeout-to-walk ratio during the course of his career.

The Glendale, CA, native was originally selected by the White Sox in the 17th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bye Dee Gordon, Hello Howie Kendrick

Big trade was made official...

Good luck to Dee Gordon in Miami.

And welcome to Los Angeles, Howie Kendrick.


From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the acquisitions of infielder Howie Kendrick from the Angels and prospects infielder/outfielder Kike Hernandez, catcher Austin Barnes and right-handed reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The acquisitions were made through two separate trades, a seven-player deal with Miami – with Los Angeles acquiring Hernandez, Barnes, Hatcher and left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney in exchange for infielder Dee Gordon, right-handed pitcher Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named later or cash considerations – and a subsequent trade that sent Heaney to the Angels in exchange for Kendrick.

Kendrick, 31, batted .293 in 157 games with the Angels last year and established career-best marks in hits (181), RBI (75, also: 2010), walks (48) and on-base percentage (.347, also: 2007). He ranked ninth in the American League (min. 100 AB) with a .326 batting average with runners in scoring position (56-for-172) and also posted a .385 mark with the bases loaded (5-for-13).

Kendrick has a .292 career batting average with 249 doubles, 78 home runs and 501 RBI in 1,081 games in nine MLB seasons, all with the Angels. The 2011 All-Star has a .986 career fielding percentage, appearing primarily at second base, and has hit well in the clutch during the course of his career, posting a .292 batting average with runners in scoring position and a .295 mark with runners on base. The Florida native was originally selected by the Angels in the 10th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

Hernandez, 23, combined to hit .319 with 25 doubles, 11 homers and 42 RBI in 98 minor league games in 2014 with Double-A Corpus Christi, Triple-A Oklahoma City and Triple-A New Orleans. He made his Major League debut on July 1 with the Astros and was traded to Miami on July 31, combining to appear in 42 big league games with Houston and Miami and batting .248 with three homers and 14 RBI. In the minors, he appeared in the field at every position besides pitcher or catcher, with one game at first base, 47 games at second base, 16 games at third base, 21 games at shortstop, two games in left field, one game in center field and 11 games in right field.

In six minor league seasons, the native of Puerto Rico has a .273 batting average with 36 homers and 217 RBI in 512 games after he was selected by the Astros in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Barnes, 24, was a Single-A Florida State League All-Star in 2014, combining to hit .304 with a .398 on-base percentage, 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 122 games with Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. In addition to appearing in 73 games behind the plate, Barnes played in 30 games at second base and 15 at third base.

Barnes has been selected to his league’s All-Star Game in three consecutive years (2012 South Atlantic League mid- and post-season, 2013-14 Florida State League mid-season) and has a .298 batting average with a .390 on-base percentage, 31 home runs and 186 RBI in 419 professional games in four minor league seasons. The Riverside, CA, native was originally selected by the Marlins in the ninth round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Arizona State University.

Hatcher appeared in a career-high 52 games for the Marlins last year, posting a 3.38 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 56.0 innings. He opened the season with Triple-A New Orleans, where he went 1-2 with five saves and a 2.01 ERA in 15 appearances.

Hatcher, 29, was originally selected by the club in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft as a catcher out of University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He made his big league debut as a catcher in 2010, appearing in five games, but converted to pitching in 2011 and made the first of his 81 MLB appearances that year (0-4, 4.82 ERA). As a minor leaguer, he has posted a 9-6 record with 55 saves and a 2.23 ERA in 156 relief appearances, while limiting opposing hitters to a .220 batting average with 193 strikeouts and only 68 walks in 185.1 innings.

Gordon, 26, batted .289 and led the Majors with both 64 steals and 12 triples in 148 games in 2014 en route to an All-Star selection in his fourth MLB season. He has a .272 career batting average with 130 steals, four homers and 68 RBI in 329 games with the Dodgers from 2011-14 after originally being selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Haren, 34, went 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 32 starts last year, his only season with the Dodgers. The Monterey Park, CA, native has a 142-122 record with a 3.77 ERA in 12 Major League seasons with the Cardinals, Athletics, D-backs, Angels, Nationals and Dodgers.

Rojas, 25, appeared in 85 games with the Dodgers last year in his first big league action after nine minor league seasons in the Cincinnati and Los Angeles organizations. He was originally signed by the Reds in 2005 as a non-drafted free agent.