Monday, September 29, 2014

George "Shotgun" Shuba passes away at 89

Rest in peace George -

From the Dodgers -

Brooklyn Dodger George “Shotgun” Shuba passed away at the age of 89 at his home in Youngstown, OH.

It was George who extended his hand, "A Handshake for the Century", in offering congratulations near home plate to Jackie Robinson, his Montreal Royals teammate, who hit a home run on Opening Day 1946 at Roosevelt City in Jersey City.  Robinson, the African-American infielder, was breaking the sport’s color barrier that afternoon.

Photographers captured a smiling Robinson shaking hands with Shuba after Robinson’s three-run home run in the third inning against Jersey City pitcher Warren Sandell.

Shuba’s nickname was born after someone compared his line drives to the sound of buckshot. Shuba compiled a lifetime .259 batting average in 355 games with Brooklyn from 1948-55 with 24 home runs and 125 RBI. He was the first National League pinch-hitter to hit a home run in World Series history, connecting against the Yankees in 1953.

Shuba returned to Dodger Stadium in 2005 when the club staged a 50th anniversary celebration of the team’s first and only championship in Brooklyn. Twelve of the 13 living members attended: Shuba, Carl Erskine, Roger Craig, Bob Borkowski, Don Newcombe, Johnny Podres, Clem Labine, Sandy Koufax, Ed Roebuck, Don Zimmer, Tommy Lasorda and Duke Snider (the only player not present was Billy Loes).

Shuba is survived by his wife, Kathryn, his son, Michael, daughters Marlene and Marykay and his sister, Helen.

Funeral services are pending.

Dodgers vs Cardinals Division Series Start Times Games 1 & 2

From the Dodgers -

Major League Baseball today announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday, October 5th.  FOX Sports 1 and MLB Network will combine to air all National League Division Series games and TBS will exclusively televise all American League Division Series games. The Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 3:37 p.m. PT Friday at Dodger Stadium in NLDS Game 1 and at 6:37 p.m. PT Saturday at Dodger Stadium in NLDS Game 2.

The Dodgers’ 2014 postseason games will be called by the club’s English and Spanish broadcast teams featuring Hall of Famers Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrín, Charley Steiner, Rick Monday, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yñiguez. Scully will call the first three innings and the final three innings of each Dodger postseason game on Dodgers Radio AM570 Fox Sports LA.   Steiner and Monday will call the middle three innings.  The Dodgers’ Spanish-language radio broadcast on Univision America KTNQ 1020 AM will be led by Jarrín with Valenzuela, color commentator, who will call all postseason games along with Yñiguez. “Dodger Talk” on Dodgers Radio AM570 will also continue throughout the postseason and will feature Jorge Jarrín, Kevin Kennedy and David Vassegh.

Dodgers vs Cardinals

Game 1 Friday October 3 @ Dodger Stadium 3:37pm (pt)
Game 2 Saturday October 4 @ Dodger Stadium 6:37pm (pt)

Friday, September 26, 2014

La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers Info


I posted this yesterday {linked here} but the Dodgers have sent me an updated lineup.

Have fun if you go. 
 
2:00 p.m.                                All Dodger Stadium auto gates open

2:00 p.m.                                La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers begins

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.           Tommy Davis at Kellogg’s activation area and Al Ferrara at the Coca-Cola inflatable

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.            Dennis Powell at the 76 activation area

2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.            Adrian Gonzalez and Kenley Jansen Q&A session on stage with Alanna Rizzo. Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Nomar Garciaparra and Erisbel Arruebarrena will sign autographs

2:50 p.m.                                 CAVA performs

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.             Jorge Jarrín, Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Charley Steiner, Alanna Rizzo and Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yñiguez. Tommy Davis and Mike Brito will also sign autographs

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.             El Conjunto Nuevo Ola performs

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.             Al Ferrara and Tim Leary will sign autographs

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.             Spanish-language broadcasters Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yniquez and Fernando Valenzuela interviewed on stage

4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.             Dodgers Pedro Baez, Tim Federowicz, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Paco Rodriguez and Miguel Rojas will sign autographs

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.             Tim Leary at the Dodger inflatable

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.             Kenny Landreaux at the Coca-Cola inflatable

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.             Derrel Thomas at the 76 activation area

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.             Trio Ellas performs

4:20 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.             Hanley Ramirez will make a special appearance at the State Farm activation area

5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.             DJ Scoop DeVille performs

6:10 p.m.                                 Game time

La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers will feature interactive areas and family-friendly activities provided by various Dodger sponsors including 76, Avita Water, AARP, Blue Prints, Bud Light, Chef Merito, Choco-Pie, Hite, Kellogg’s, San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, Sports Authority and Welk Resorts. There will be a Beer Garden presented by Bud Light, Dodger legends signing autographs at the 76 Booth, Avita Water cooling station, photos with the Dodgers’ World Series Trophy and sampling at the Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Chef Merito and Choco Pie activation areas.

La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers is free for fans holding a ticket to tomorrow’s game. Tickets must be presented for admission. Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s 6:10 p.m. game against the Rockies. More information on Viva Los Dodgers can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/viva and www.losdodgers.com/viva.

All appearances are subject to change. Additional players may be added. Please note for player appearances timing is approximate. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.

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Steve Garvey & Friends (Reggie Jackson) @ San Manuel Casino


Baseball fans, former Dodgers great Steve Garvey hosts "Garvey & Friends" live at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino. It's an exciting series featuring Steve and some of baseball's greatest players talking baseball and swapping stories.

Leading off:

San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino
777 San Manuel Blvd.
Highland, CA 92346

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Steve Garvey and Reggie Jackson

Doors open at 6:30pm

Dinner service starts at 7pm

The $40 cost includes a three-course dinner.

"Garvey & Friends" follows dinner. Get tickets at Ticketmaster.com or the San Manuel Box Office. Seating is limited. Buy your tickets early.

Menu

Signature Salad
Baby Greens, Shaved Vegetables, Herb Flowers, Nuts and Seeds, Dried Fruits, Sherry Citrus Vinaigrette

Main Entree

Chateau Top Sirloin 10 oz. OR Garlic Roasted Petaluma Chicken Breast
Heirloom Tomato Panzanella, Feta Salsa Verde

Dessert

Valhrona Chocolate Bread Pudding
Candied Kumquat Creme Anglaise

Click here to purchase tickets. (On sale September 30)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Upcoming Signings @ Dodger Stadium September 26, 27, 28

Fernando Valenzuela -


Signings at Dodger Stadium for the upcoming series against the Colorado Rockies.

Friday September 26, 2014

Billy Ashley - Right-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm
Al Downing - Left-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm

Saturday September 27, 2014

La Gran Fiesta / Viva Los Dodgers

The family-friendly festival starts at 2:00 p.m. All Dodger fans are welcome and admission is free with a ticket to Saturday’s game.

SportsNet LA Dodger broadcaster Alanna Rizzo will interview Dodger players on stage including Adrian Gonzalez and Kenley Jansen. Dodger broadcasters, Alanna Rizzo, Rick Monday, Charley Steiner, Manny Mota, Jorge Jarrín, Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrín, Pepe Yñiguez and Fernando Valenzuela will also sign autographs.

Starting at approximately 4:00 p.m., Dodgers players including Tim Federowicz, Paco Rodriguez, Miguel Rojas, Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez and Carlos Frias will sign autographs for fans. Hanley Ramirez will make an appearance at the State Farm activation area.

Dodger alumni league members Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas, Tommy Davis, Lee Lacy, Kenny Landreaux, Al Ferrara and Billy Ashley will also sign autographs at La Gran Fiesta.

Sunday September 28, 2014

Matt Luke - Right-field pavilion plaza 11am/1pm
Tim Leary - Left-field pavilion plaza 11am/1pm

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Upcoming Appearance: Yasiel Puig


Yasiel Puig
September 27, 2014
Time: 10am
Hamer Toyota
11041 Sepulveda Boulevard
Mission Hills, Ca 91345

*NO AUTOGRAPHS*

Q&A session with Yasiel Puig. 

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Video: Vin Scully talks social media and more with Seth Davis of Campus Insiders

Here's a video of Vin Scully being interviewed by Seth Davis of Campus Insiders that was released today.

I had to share it with you. 

Enjoy.

Video:



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Upcoming Appearance: Don Sutton


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Clayton Kershaw wins ninth annual Roy Campanella award

Clayton Kershaw wins the Roy Campanella award again.


From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the winner of the ninth annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniformed personnel, will be presented to Kershaw by Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, and Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe during pregame ceremonies tonight.

Former Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal received the inaugural Roy Campanella Award in 2006 and since then the honor has been awarded to Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), Juan Pierre (2009), Jamey Carroll (2010), Matt Kemp (2011), A.J. Ellis (2012) and Kershaw the last two seasons.

The Campanella Award is the first of what figures to be a multitude of awards the left-hander will take home after this season, as he has put together one of the best years by a hurler in Major League history. The Texas native is currently the only pitcher in baseball with 20 wins and he has accomplished that in just 26 starts, joining Pedro Martinez (1999) as the only pitchers since World War II to win 20 games in under 30 starts. Kershaw also leads the Major Leagues in ERA by a wide margin (1.80) and with one start remaining has an outside chance of winning his second “triple crown” as he currently trails Washington’s Stephen Strasburg by seven strikeouts. Kershaw will most likely be the first pitcher in baseball history to have the best ERA in the Major Leagues four consecutive seasons. 

The NL MVP candidate also leads the Majors this season with a 0.86 WHIP and ranks among the NL leaders in opponents’ batting average (.195, T-1st), shutouts (2, T-4st), complete games (6, 1st) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.78, 1st). The Dodgers are 22-4 (.846) when he takes the mound in 2014.

The 26-year-old made his fourth consecutive All-Star team this season and made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Dodgers. On June 18, Kershaw no-hit the Colorado Rockies, allowing just one runner to reach base (via error) and struck out 15 in what is widely considered to be one of the three or four greatest single-game performances in baseball history. He won the NL Pitcher of the Month award in both June and July and took home NL Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Kershaw has gone 97-49 in his seven Major League seasons and since making his MLB debut in 2008, he leads the Majors with a 2.49 ERA and a .209 opponents’ batting average. The 2011, 2013 and soon to be 2014 NL Cy Young Award winner, is set to join Koufax (1963, 1965-66) as the only Dodger to win the honor three times. Kershaw was originally selected by the Dodgers in the first round (seventh overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Highland Park (Texas) High School.

Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, have made a significant impact off the field throughout his seven-year career, hosting the second annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose earlier this month to raise money for their charity organization, Kershaw’s Challenge, which encourages people to make a difference by giving back to at-risk children and communities in need. The charity has provided assistance to a variety of organizations, including to its cornerstone charity, “Arise Africa,” which helped the Kershaws build and sustain an orphanage for children in Lusaka, Zambia, called “Arise Home,” along with the Dream Center in Los Angeles, Cure International in Zambia and Mercy Street in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. For his charity work, Kershaw was recognized by Major League Baseball with the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award as the baseball player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. He was once again nominated for the award by the Dodgers this season and is also in the running for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, handed out by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Campanella was a three-time National League Most Valuable Player (1951, 1953 and 1955), eight-time All-Star and a member of the 1955 World Championship team. He played in five World Series and his 142 RBI in 1953 set a franchise record, since surpassed by Tommy Davis (153 in 1962). In 1,215 career games during a 10-year career, all with the Dodgers, he batted .276 with 242 home runs and 856 RBI.

He began his career in the Negro Leagues, establishing himself as one of the top catchers in the league before joining the Dodger organization in 1946. Campanella played for Class B Nashua of the New England League, making that club the first integrated affiliated baseball team in the United States.

On Jan. 29, 1958, just as the Dodgers were making final preparations for their move to Los Angeles, Campanella was involved in a tragic car accident that paralyzed him from the neck down, marking the end of his playing career. On May 7, 1959, a Major League record-setting 93,103 fans filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on “Roy Campanella Night” for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and Yankees.

He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969 and was among the first three Dodgers to have their uniform numbers retired alongside Jackie Robinson and Koufax. Campanella remained active in the Dodgers’ Community Relations Department until his death on June 26, 1993 at the age of 71.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pictures: Garvey & Friends @ San Manuel Casino

Catching up.

I went to this event at San Manuel Casino last week...


Never been here before. Once inside the casino, I thought I was going to choke myself with all the smell of cigarettes. My GOD, everyone smokes!

Luckily, this event was held at a restaurant upstairs. I was able to breathe again.

I thought I had read somewhere that cameras were not allowed inside. But I did see several people with their cameras. I didn't bring mine. So the following pictures are from my iPhone. Didn't shoot many. 

At the table. Sorry, no pictures of my steak. Would have felt weird doing that.

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I was five rows back.

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I did enjoy this event. I like baseball history and finding out the things that happened before my time. If you're not into that, I would understand if you would have been bored by this. Steve Garvey actually asked interesting questions. There were some hilarious stories from Wills.

I've met these guys before and know how they are with the exception of Baker. Only met him briefly at Dodger Stadium when he was managing the Chicago Cubs. I was impressed by his stories. He seemed to feel thankful for Garvey because he would give him advice during his time with the Dodgers.

A fan asked him how did he feel to accept the managerial position with the hated San Francisco Giants and he said "What was I suppose to do? The Dodgers gave me the Bakersfield position, in the minor leagues, the Giants were giving me the same job but in the MLB level. I was going through a divorce, I had to accept it".

There were many Bob Gibson stories. They didn't like facing him. Wills said that one time he felt very intimidated by Gibson on the field and tried to be friendly with Gibson and told him "C'mon brother" and Gibson tells Wills "Don't brother shit me".

A close up on Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Maury Wills and Tommy Davis.

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Tommy Davis and Maury Wills.

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Thank you so much Dusty Baker!

Dusty Baker

I had a good time! 

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reminder - Steve Sax Signing Tomorrow


Just a reminder - Tomorrow (Sunday)

Steve Sax
September 21, 2014
Time: 5pm-7pm
Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe #2
13131 Crossroads Pkwy South
City of Industry, CA 91746

Kenny De Baca Promotions
(626) 488-9432

Autograph + Photo-Op = $25

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Miguel Rojas

Miguel Rojas
September 25, 2014
Time: 4pm/5pm
The Shops at Montebello
Center Court
2134 Montebello Town Center
Montebello, CA, 90640
(323) 722-8454

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Upcoming Signings @ Dodger Stadium September 22, 23, 24

Mickey Hatcher -


 Signings at Dodger Stadium for the upcoming series against the San Francisco Giants

Monday September 22, 2014

Mickey Hatcher - Right-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm
Derrel Thomas - Left-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Lee Lacy - Right-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm
Dennis Powell - Left-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm

Wednesday September 24, 2014

Tim Leary - Right-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm
Matt Luke - Left-field pavilion plaza 5pm/7pm

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Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp @ Historic Dodgertown

Dodger baseball camp at Dodgertown Vero Beach, Florida.


Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda and former National League umpire Bruce Froemming join an already stellar lineup of Dodger legends and guests who will serve as instructors for the 53rd Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, from Nov. 9-15, it was announced by Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Malley.

Instructors scheduled to attend include:  Ron Cey, Tommy Davis, Steve Garvey, Mickey Hatcher, Rick Monday, Steve Sax, Don Sutton, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager. Of those nine former Dodgers, all have played in at least one World Series for the Dodgers and two of them were Series MVPs, including Cey (1981 tri-MVP) and Yeager (1981 tri-MVP). Sutton was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. Sax (1982) was N.L. Rookie of the Year, while Wills (1962) and Garvey (1974) were N.L. MVPs.

“We are delighted to add legends Tommy and Bruce to our growing roster of guest instructors for the camp,” said O’Malley. “Our campers will have a memorable experience spending time every day alongside some of the greatest names in Dodger history. For any baseball fan who has ever thought about a fantasy camp, this is the perfect one to attend.”  

Lasorda said, “I’m looking forward to returning to Historic Dodgertown. It is such a special place in my heart and I have so many great memories from my time there.  We’ll have fun with the campers, sharing stories from our enjoyable days there.”

Lasorda won 1,599 games and two World Championships (1981 and 1988) for the Dodgers in his 20-year managerial career before his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. It was in that year that the Dodgers retired his uniform No. 2 and named a street at Dodgertown “Tommy Lasorda Lane.” He is in his 65th season with the Dodger organization and is in his ninth season serving as Special Advisor to the Dodger Chairman. Renowned as a goodwill ambassador for baseball throughout the world, Lasorda managed the United States team to a gold medal against a heavily-favored Cuban team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Lasorda has been enshrined in 17 different Halls of Fame.

The always gregarious Froemming has endless tales to share from his 37 years in the majors. When he retired after the 2007 season, he held the MLB record for longest tenure for full seasons at 37. In 1963-70, Froemming worked Dodger minor league games at Dodgertown. Once he reached the majors, Froemming was selected to work in five World Series and was behind the plate for 11 no-hitters. He maintains a residence in Vero Beach.

“Forty-plus years of umpiring at Dodgertown and 30-plus fantasy camps in Vero Beach, you couldn’t have more fun and lots of stories dealing with Tommy Lasorda,” said Froemming.  

The Dodgers and Historic Dodgertown have teamed up for this year’s camp, certain to be the best ever. As in past camps, Dodger legends serve as instructors and interact on a daily basis with campers to improve skills, impart their baseball knowledge, compete in a game and share stories about their baseball careers.

The success and popularity of the camp begins with the unique, all-inclusive experience, as participants train, play, dine and stay in one place. Campers will take a beautiful, short walk in a park-like setting from their newly-designed rooms to the baseball fields, the major league clubhouse (formerly used by the Dodgers), the inviting dining room, fitness center and Stadium Club lounge with large screen TV, card tables and billiards.

Hours of enjoyment and the opportunity to learn and hear baseball stories from Dodger stars of the past fill the six nights and five days camp schedule. It is around-the-clock, first-class baseball fun, with campers treated the same as when the Dodgers trained at Dodgertown from 1948-2008.

Included in the camp package: three meals a day; double occupancy (six nights) in one of Historic Dodgertown’s newly-designed rooms; two authentic personalized Dodger jerseys, both home and road; a video of camp activities and team photo; an autographed baseball by the instructors and other Dodger personnel in attendance; 50 baseball cards with your picture and camp statistics; instructors vs. campers game at iconic Holman Stadium; a poolside cocktail party on the first day; and use of fitness center and on-site recreational facilities (including basketball and tennis courts and the competition-size swimming pool). Cost for this exclusive experience is $4,995.

As the camp is filling up, please call toll-free (844) 670-2735 for more information and to make reservations or visit historicdodgertown.com.

O’Malley, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-1998, is responsible for Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, the world-famous, year-round multi-sport training and conference center.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker
November 1, 2014
Time: TBA
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Hall of Fame Sports

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Dodgers Encourage Fans To Stage #DodgerBlueOut

This is a good idea!

From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers encouraged their fans to stage a #DodgerBlueOut at Dodger Stadium during the Sept. 22-24 series with the San Francisco Giants.

Elements to be a part of the #DodgerBlueOut promotion include urging all fans to wear Dodger blue; a Twitter contest for fans to share photos of themselves wearing as much blue as possible with the winner earning four tickets to the series opener on Sept. 22; all merchandise will be discounted 20% at all stadium retail locations beginning Sept. 22; blue balloons at stadium entrances; face painting and photo booths with blue props; seat upgrades for fans in their bluest-blue outfits; a special Blue Heaven dog; Blue Margaritas; Tommy Lasorda birthday celebration on Sept. 22; promotional giveaways include Clayton Kershaw Commemorative No-Hitter Pin on Sept. 22 and Sleeved Blanket Night on Sept. 23.

“We want to encourage all Dodger fans to help us create the most electric atmosphere possible at the series with the Giants by wearing their blue and encouraging their friends to do the same,” said Dodgers’ Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen.  “Our goal is to create a sea of blue that will make for a truly special fan experience during what promises to be a very exciting series.”

For more information on the DodgerBlue Out, visit www.dodgers.com/blueout.

Tickets are still available for all games against the Giants and can be purchased by visiting www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling (323) DODGERS.

Dodgers' Wild Card, Division Series & NLCS Tickets Public Sale Is Friday

Is this the year?
From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers will have an online public sale of Postseason tickets for the Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series on Friday, Sept. 19th at 10 a.m. on www.Dodgers.com.

Season ticket holders and premium holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and mini plan holders can purchase the tickets on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Dodgers are offering a few lucky fans the chance to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale.  For more information about the Dodgers Postseason Ticket Opportunity Sweepstakes, visit dodgers.com.   

Twitter followers of @Dodgers will have an exclusive on-sale period of 9:45 a.m. until 9:59 a.m. to purchase their Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series tickets before the general public sale begins online.

If the Dodgers play a home Wild Card game, the game would be played on Wednesday, Oct. 1.  If the Dodgers have the best or second best record of the three division winners, they would open the Division Series at home on Friday, Oct. 3 (games 1, 2 and if necessary 5).  Game two would be Oct. 4 and Game 5 (if necessary) on Oct. 9. The National League Championship Series opens on Saturday, Oct. 11 and if the Dodgers have the best record, they would play games 1 and 2 on Oct. 11 and 12 and return on Oct. 18 and 19 for games 6 and 7 (if necessary).  Times of the games will be announced.  The Dodgers’ post-season schedule can be viewed online at www.dodgers.com/postseason.

Parking prices for the Division Series will be $10 in advance and $20 at the gate for general parking; $35 in advance for preferred and $50 at the game.  League Championship Series parking is $15 in advance and $30 at the gate for general parking and preferred is $45 in advance and $60 at the gate.  Lots 13 and 14 for the Division Series will be $5 in advance and $10 on game day and for the LCS, they are $10 in advance and $15 on game day.  Bus and Limo parking are at the preferred parking rates for each round.

Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance to speed up transaction time at each of the gates.  Post-season parking will be at or over capacity for all games and without purchasing parking in advance, parking is not guaranteed on site.

In addition, LA Metro will offer the Dodger Stadium Express bus service from Union Station.  Fans can park at Union Station for $6 and take the Dodger Stadium Express free with a ticket.

The Dodgers also encourage use of MTA buses on Sunset Blvd. as well as using the Gold Line in Chinatown, the Blue Line in Long Beach and the Expo Line from Culver City.  LA Metro also will have the #2 and #4 buses available from the Red Line station in Hollywood that will operate to the Dodger Stadium entrance.

A new postseason Dodgers Express shuttle will be operating from the South Bay’s Artesia station.

For specific route and schedule information, fans can visit www.metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

The Dodgers also have dedicated pedestrian walkways and bicycle lanes leading into the entrances.

The Dodgers will announce a date in the future on details regarding the public sale of World Series tickets.

The Dodger Stadium box office WILL NOT be open.

Dodgers To Move Triple-A Affiliate To Oklahoma In 2015

It's official, bye Albuquerque Isotopes....


From the Dodgers -

The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that they have reached an agreement with Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC on the purchase of the Oklahoma City RedHawks.  The purchase would be part of a partnership in which Peter Guber will be the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the team and partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman will manage the operations of the company.

The Dodgers also announced they will change their triple-A franchise affiliation to Oklahoma City in 2015 and continue to play in the Pacific Coast League, while moving to the American Northern Division.

Guber, Schaeffer and Freedman have long held similar roles as principals with Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC (MBP).  Magic Johnson was a founding partner with MBP in the Dayton Dragons franchise of the Midwest League, which was recently sold for a record sale price after selling out every home game in its 15-year history and holding the record for the most consecutive sellouts in North American sports at over 1,050 consecutive sellouts.

“My first experience as an owner in professional sports was in Minor League Baseball and I am looking forward to returning to MiLB with these partners in a dynamic sports market like Oklahoma City,” said Magic Johnson.

The purchase agreement is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approvals of the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball and the review of the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC purchased the Oklahoma City franchise at the end of the 2010 season.  The team had been affiliated with the Houston Astros.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to making Oklahoma City our long-term home for our triple-A franchise,” said Dodgers’ President & CEO Stan Kasten.  “We are committed to the great sports fans and the great city of Oklahoma City.  We are excited to work with President & General Manager Michael Byrnes and his outstanding staff, who have been a very integral part of the community.

“We enjoyed a great relationship with the Albuquerque organization and its fans, but the opportunity of franchise ownership was one we couldn’t pass up.”

“I am thrilled to be partnering with the Dodgers in the Oklahoma City franchise and am looking forward to an exciting future for the enterprise,” said Mandalay Baseball Chairman Peter Guber.

“This is a prestigious ownership group with a lot of options for their franchise. We're honored that they've decided on the Brick in Oklahoma City, one of the top minor league ballparks in America,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.

Fellow NBA owner and Chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Clay Bennett said “Peter Guber has been a great partner and friend in the NBA as well as part of the current ownership group of the RedHawks.  It is great news for Oklahoma City that he and his partners at the Dodgers will be acquiring the team.”
          
The Dodgers Triple A franchise will be making Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark its home in 2015 following a working agreement with Albuquerque, which spanned a total of 44 years (1963-71 Double-A, 1972-2000 Triple-A and 2009-2014 Triple-A).          

Five of the Dodger owners also currently own the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, while Guber and Schaeffer are both owners and Guber is the Co-Executive Chairman of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Time Warner Cable will air final 6 Dodger games on broadcast station KDOC

Who the heck has Time Warner? I'm still watching the games illegally online. Embarrassing that the Dodgers/Time Warner/DirecTV/Verizon/Other big cable companies couldn't agree to something. I don't care who's at fault. But hey! Watch the last 6 games on your TV on channel 56!

From the Dodgers - 

Time Warner Cable today announced it has secured an agreement to broadcast the final week of Dodger games on KDOC. KDOC is an independent broadcast station that is carried by every cable, satellite and telco provider in Southern California and can also be received over the air with an antenna.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in an exciting race for the National League West Division Championship. The final six games, including a series against rival San Francisco Giants, will determine if the Dodgers make the playoffs and have a chance to win the World Series.

Beginning September 22, Time Warner Cable will simulcast the remaining games of the season, featuring the iconic Vin Scully, on SportsNet LA and KDOC, subject to national broadcast commitments. The Dodgers face the Giants on September 22, 23 and 24 at 7:10 p.m. and then take on the Rockies on September 26 at 7:10 p.m., September 27 at 6:10 p.m. and September 28 at 1:10 p.m.

“Time Warner Cable is part of this community and we’re Dodger fans too,” said Dinni Jain, Time Warner Cable’s Chief Operating Officer. “Angelenos love their Dodgers, and we’re happy to give them a way to watch their beloved team during this pennant chase.”

Time Warner Cable has worked hard to get other providers to carry SportsNet LA so all fans will have access to games. The company even agreed to enter into binding arbitration to secure a deal and offered to make games available during arbitration. Unfortunately, other providers have refused.

“Right now, we can’t change the fact that other area TV distributors won’t carry the channel, but we don’t want anyone to miss this exciting pennant run,” Mr. Jain continued. “We hope everyone will tune in to KDOC and help us cheer on the Dodgers. We will continue to work on long-term agreements with other providers in the off season.”

KDOC can be seen on the following channels:

Provider
HD Channel
SD Channel
Charter
710
10
Cox
1012
12
AT&T U-verse
1006
6
DirecTV
56
56
Verizon FiOS
506
6
Dish Network
56
56
Over the air broadcast
56.1
56.1

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quakes and Dodgers Agree to Extension

This is good news!

From the Quakes -


The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are proud to announce that the Quakes and the Los Angeles Dodgers will continue their Player Development Contract (PDC) for the next two years, as the two teams have signed a two-year extension, through the 2016 season.

Since their partnership began just prior to the 2011 season, the Quakes and Dodgers have enjoyed an incredible relationship. The highlights are plentiful, including two trips to the California League Playoffs for the Quakes, a record-setting victory total in 2011, a Quakes vs. Dodgers Exhibition Game right here in Rancho Cucamonga and countless major league rehabbers, including current National League Cy Young and MVP favorite, Clayton Kershaw, just this past season here at LoanMart Field.

In just four years of affiliation, fans have already seen a total of ten former Quakes go on to make their major league debuts with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including highly-touted prospect Joc Pederson, just last week.

"The partnership between the Quakes and the Dodgers has proven to be a great fit for this community,” said Quakes Vice President/General Manager Grant Riddle.  “The Dodgers have been an awesome partner over the last four years and our fans have really enjoyed the many Dodger rehabbers here at LoanMart Field, as well as tracking all the former Quakes, as they make their way to Dodger Stadium.  We're excited to continue our relationship into the future and look forward to the Dodgers' potential upcoming playoff run this October!"

"We are very excited to be back in Rancho for another two years," said Dodger Vice President, Player Development De Jon Watson. "The assistance from the front office has been tremendous and I'm really happy that our players will once again be strongly supported by the community of Rancho Cucamonga."

The Quakes just recently wrapped up their 22nd year in the California League, but are already making plans for the upcoming 2015 season, which will be highlighted by the California League vs. Carolina League All-Star Game, set to take place at LoanMart Field on Tuesday, June 23 of next season.  Become a Quakes MVP (Most Valuable Partner) by purchasing a Quakes' Ticket Package and get the opportunity to purchase tickets to the All-Star Game prior to the general public.  Season Tickets, Mini-Season Tickets and Group Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming 2015 season, by calling (909) 481-5000.  We hope to see you at LoanMart Field very soon. Go Quakes!

Friday, September 12, 2014

2015 Dodgers Season Tickets Go On Sale

From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday the launch of season ticket sales for the 2015 season.

Prices are increasing in many areas of the ballpark, but more than half of season tickets continue to be priced at less than $20, many less than $15, and there will be tickets on the Reserve level for as little as $5.

Dodger season tickets continue to be the greatest value in L.A. sports and among large-market Major League Baseball Clubs. Dodger Stadium offers families one of the best entertainment experiences with a range of ticket options for every budget. The Dodgers sold out of season tickets in 2014 and started a waiting list for the first time in 20 years, capping sales at 35,000. In 2015, the team will again cap sales at 35,000.

Season ticket customers that renew for 2015 will retain the right to purchase 2015 postseason tickets.

Following are highlights of the 2015 Dodger season ticket offer:

  •     99 percent of all season tickets increase $5 or less
  •     79 percent of all season tickets increase $4 or less
  •     No seat under $20 increases more than $2
  •     The one percent of season seats that increase $6-$10 consist of the front row of Field level     seats between the bases and the newly-renovated Executive Club level seats
  •     Tickets on the Reserve level will increase no more than $3
  •     The Dodgers will continue to have tickets available for as little as $5 
  •     There will be no increase for general admission season parking, while premium season parking   will increase by $200 for the 2015 season

“We are tireless in our efforts to field the best possible team, provide a first-class fan experience at the stadium and to be an integral part of making Los Angeles a better community,” said Dodgers’ President and CEO Stan Kasten. “We implemented these adjustments in price structure with a continuing priority to offer a variety of ticketing options that will accommodate any family or individual budget.”

The best way for fans to collect 2015 promotional items and secure tickets for Opening Day and Interleague matchups is to purchase season tickets. For information on benefits in becoming a Dodger season ticket holder and/or to be placed on a waiting list to purchase season tickets, please call (323) DODGERS or visit www.dodgers.com/seasontickets

Reminder - Mike Marshall Signing Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Saturday)


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Jerry Reuss

Jerry Reuss
November 1, 2014
Time: TBA
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Hall of Fame Sports

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