Saturday, November 22, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Clayton Kershaw


Clayton Kershaw
November 30, 2014
Time: 12pm
Los Angeles Auto Show @ L.A. Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1399

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Justin Turner, Al Ferrara, Tim Leary


Justin Turner 11am/1pm
Al Ferrara 1pm/3pm
Tim Leary 3pm/5pm
November 28, 2014
Dodger Stadium at the Top of the Park gift store

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Rare Vin Scully Bobblehead

I received this bobblehead last year around the Holidays. I know, I'm a year late on posting this. I don't have that free time that I used to have. I'm working on other things and then I have a crazy/loving little boy. 

The person that gave it to me asked me to not reveal his identity. (No, it wasn't Vin Scully or anyone from his family) So let's just pretend that I got it at a flea market.

The bobblehead was made by the same people that were doing the Dodger bobbleheads before this season. The wife of Vin Scully asked them to create a special bobblehead that were going to be given at a private party. From what I understand, less than 100 were made. It's a very rare bobblehead and you basically won't see this anywhere unless someone at that party decides to sell it.

Happy to have it in my bobblehead collection.

I probably should watermark these pictures but I don't care. If you see them somewhere else, just notice the background and the dry grass and remember it's from me. :)

I've seen many pictures on eBay and other fan forums or Instagram and I'm surprised to see how people are willing to steal pictures as if it's their own. 

Pictures -

When I got the box, I honestly didn't want to take it out. I did but didn't take out the wrapper.

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This morning was the first time that I took the wrapper out so I can take pictures. Not joking. I don't even have it displayed. It's been inside the box since I received it last year.

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and here it is....

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Closer look.

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More pix.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Yes! Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!

 From the Dodgers -

Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player today in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Kershaw earned 18 of 30 first-place votes and nine second-place votes, garnering 355 total points.

“An individual player is part of a greater whole--a player is part of a team. So any recognition of a single player is really just a reflection of the bigger picture,” said Kershaw. “I'm really humbled to receive the award for Most Valuable Player in the National League. Apart from previous recognition, this award feels significant in a different way. I never imagined getting to receive this honor. To the Baseball Writers' Association of America--thank you. To my teammates and coaches--this is a shared honor. I'm thankful to share seasons with gifted guys I respect. To the Dodgers organization and fans--playing baseball in Los Angeles is a privilege and I'm proud to represent you. I'm overwhelmed by the honors this off season has rendered. Thanks for making the 2014 baseball season one I will remember for the rest of my life.”

The 26-year-old becomes just the fourth Dodger pitcher to win the Most Valuable Player award, joining Sandy Koufax (1963), Don Newcombe (1956) and Dazzy Vance (1924), and the first Dodger overall to win the award since Kirk Gibson in 1988. He is the 11th player in club history to win the award and a Dodger has now been honored as the league’s MVP 13 times, the third most by a National League team behind only the Cardinals (20) and Giants (14). In addition to Vance, Newcombe, Koufax and Gibson, the club’s previous winners are Steve Garvey (1974), Maury Wills (1962), Roy Campanella (1951, 1953, 1955), Jackie Robinson (1949), Dolph Camilli (1941), and Jake Daubert (1913).

Kershaw is the first National League pitcher to be honored as MVP since the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson in 1968 and just the fourth NL pitcher in the Cy Young era (since 1956) to win the award. Overall since 1956, only 11 pitchers (eight starting pitchers) have been selected as MVP – Justin Verlander (2011), Dennis Eckersley (1992), Roger Clemens (1986), Willie Hernandez (1984), Rollie Fingers (1981), Vida Blue (1971), Gibson (1968), Denny McLain (1968), Koufax (1963), Newcombe (1956) – with all also winning the Cy Young Award in the same season. Of those, only Kershaw, Verlander and Koufax threw a no-hitter in their MVP season.

“Congratulations to Clayton,” said Hall of Famer and 1963 NL MVP Sandy Koufax.  “It’s a special honor to a special pitcher and a special person.”

Kershaw led the Majors with 21 wins (21-3) and a 1.77 ERA in 27 starts, as he became the first-ever pitcher to win four consecutive MLB ERA titles. Kershaw’s .875 winning percentage (21-3) also topped the Majors and was the second-highest mark ever by a Dodger (min. 20 starts), behind only Preacher Roe’s .880 winning percentage (22-3) in 1951. The 26-year-old was selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game and additionally led the Majors with a 0.86 WHIP and six complete games, while ranking among the NL leaders in strikeouts (239, 3rd), opponents’ batting average (.196, 2nd), shutouts (2, T-3rd) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.71, 1st). The Dodgers posted a 23-4 record in Kershaw’s 27 starts, including a 14-1 mark in his 15 starts of 8.0 or more innings.

Additionally, Kershaw was recognized for his all-around contributions by leading the NL (including pitchers and position players) in wins above replacement (WAR), according to both Baseball-Reference.com (led the Majors) and FanGraphs. He led NL pitchers with seven defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs, and controlled the opposition’s running game, allowing only five stolen bases all year, earning the distinction as a Gold Glove finalist. At the plate, Kershaw batted .333 (5-for-15) with runners in scoring position and tied for fifth among NL pitchers with a .235 on-base percentage.

“Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning the 2014 NL MVP Award,” said Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman and 1956 MVP Don Newcombe. “There's no one more deserving of this award and I couldn't be prouder of this young man.”

Kershaw’s 1.77 ERA was the lowest mark by an MLB starter since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA with Boston in 2000 and the lowest ERA for a National Leaguer since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 mark with Atlanta in 1995. He was the first Major Leaguer to post consecutive seasons with an ERA under 2.00 since Maddux in 1994-95 and joined Koufax (1963-64) as the only Dodgers since 1900 to accomplish the feat.

Kershaw tossed his first-career no-hitter in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win on June 18 against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, when he took a perfect game bid into the seventh inning and retired the first 18 hitters before allowing his first (and only) runner to reach base (via an error). He struck out a career-high 15 batters, the most ever for a Dodger in a no-hitter and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most by any pitcher in Major League history that did not allow a runner to reach base via hit, walk or hit by pitch.

“Congratulations to Clayton,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “This MVP award further cements his place alongside the greatest Dodgers in franchise history.” 

Kershaw had several career-best streaks during the season, with an 11-game winning streak from June 2-Aug. 10 and a 41.0 consecutive scoreless-inning run from June 13-July 1, which tied for the fifth-longest in the expansion era. During the course of those streaks, Kershaw was selected at the National League’s Pitcher of the Month in June (6-0, 0.82 ERA) and July (4-0, 1.07).

Kershaw, who opened the season with his fourth consecutive Opening Day start and a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, has gone 98-49 in 211 games (209 starts) in seven big league seasons. Since his MLB debut in 2008, he leads the Majors with a 2.48 ERA and a .209 opponents’ batting average, posting the lowest career ERA among pitchers with at least 1000.0 innings pitched and 100 starts since the beginning of the Live Ball Era in 1920. 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.

Yesterday, Kershaw was unanimously awarded his second consecutive and third career Cy Young Award, becoming just the ninth all-time pitcher to win three or more Cy Youngs and also the ninth pitcher to win the award in consecutive seasons. He was previously honored this year with his second-consecutive Roy Campanella Award as the “most inspirational Dodger,” the Players Choice Awards for Marvin Miller Man of the Year, MLB Player of the Year and Outstanding National League Pitcher, a selection as both Sporting News’ and Baseball America’s MLB Player of the Year and the Warren Spahn Award as the game’s top left-hander.

Kershaw was also the Dodgers’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee once again in 2014 after winning the league-wide award in 2012, as he and his wife, Ellen, have continued to make an impact off the field through their charitable work in Los Angeles, their hometown of Dallas and abroad. The Kershaws founded their non-profit, Kershaw's Challenge, in 2011 with one goal: To challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent that they have been given to make an impact on the lives of others in need. The non-profit foundation works to transform at-risk communities and the lives of children by partnering with organizations both locally and abroad to renew hope, one life at a time. This year, through Kershaw’s Challenge, Kershaw chose to support local charities in Los Angeles, partnering with The Dream Center and ShareFest, as well as charities in his hometown of Dallas (Mercy Street) and in Zambia (Cure International and Arise Africa).

The Kershaws have hosted an annual charity fundraising event in Los Angeles for the past three years, with Clayton’s Texas BBQ & Hoedown in 2012 and Ping Pong 4 Purpose in 2013 and 2014, benefitting Kershaw’s Challenge and, earlier this month, Kershaw’s Challenge hosted an inaugural Benefit Concert in Dallas to raise funds and awareness for their Zambian and Dallas outreach projects. Kershaw also continues to raise money through his Strike Out to Serve initiative, where he makes a donation for each of his strikeouts and challenges others to do so as well. In addition to financial support, Kershaw has made numerous visits to each organization, where he’s assisted with community outreach programs, run baseball clinics/camps and donated/distributed essential daily supplies like food and clothing.

Voting Results:

Player, Club                                                    1st        2nd       3rd        4th        5th        Points



Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers        18          9          1          2                    355

Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins                     8        10        12                                 295

Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates                        4        10        15                     271

Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers                           1                    13          6        167

Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals                                   1          5          8        155

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants                                          1          6          9        152

Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers                                                1          4           57

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals                                                              1           53

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates                                                          1                       52

Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs                                                                                       37

Upcoming Appearance: Tommy Davis

Tommy Davis
December 6, 2014
Time: 10am/11am
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Hall of Fame Sports

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Clayton Kershaw Unanimously Wins Third-Career Cy Young Award

Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!

From the Dodgers -

Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the 2014 National League Cy Young Award winner today, his second consecutive and third career selection, in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes, making him the 14th pitcher to win by a unanimous vote in the NL, joining Sandy Koufax (three times), Greg Maddux (two times), Randy Johnson, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Rick Sutcliffe, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, Jake Peavy and Roy Halladay. There has been a unanimous winner in the American League nine times, with Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana each doing so twice; and Denny McLain, Ron Guidry and Justin Verlander once apiece.

“It is humbling to receive the honor of the National League Cy Young Award again this year,” said Kershaw. “Thank you to the Baseball Writers' Association of America for this acknowledgement of the past season. The significance of this award is not lost on me. I consider it a privilege to even be considered in the same category as Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright, two remarkable pitchers and relentless competitors. It seems fitting to share this recognition with my teammates and coaches – I couldn't do my job without their own dedication to excellence in their roles. Today is a special day. To be associated with the men who have won this award before me is something I will not take for granted. But even more, it serves as a reminder that I'm blessed to play the game I love for an organization I greatly admire.

Kershaw previously won the award in 2011 (27 first-place votes of 32 and 207 points) and 2013 (29 first-place votes of 30 and 207 points), and was the runner-up in 2012, receiving two first-place votes and 96 points, behind New York’s R.A. Dickey (209 points).

“We’re so proud of Clayton as he adds to his historic record of accomplishments and look forward to him continuing it for many years to come,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten.

A Dodger has now won the award a Major League-best 12 times, as Kershaw tied Sandy Koufax for the most Cy Young Awards in franchise history. Koufax, like Kershaw, won the award three times in a four-year span, taking home the honor in 1963, 1965 and 1966.

Overall, Kershaw is just the ninth all-time pitcher to win three or more Cy Youngs since the award was instituted in 1956 and the first-ever to win the honor three times before the age of 27. He is also just the ninth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in consecutive seasons, joining Koufax (1965-66), Denny McLain (1968-69), Jim Palmer (1975-76), Roger Clemens (1986-87, 1997-98), Greg Maddux (1992-95), Pedro Martinez (1999-2000), Randy Johnson (1999-2002) and Tim Lincecum (2008-09).

“Clayton Kershaw was the best pitcher in baseball and was most deserving of this honor,” said Dodger Manager Don Mattingly. “He sets a great example for our team with his leadership in the clubhouse, his endless work ethic and his ultra-competitive spirit. On top of being a great athlete, he’s an even greater person in what he does in the community and on behalf of his foundation. There are no negatives to Clayton Kershaw, he’s something special on and off the field.”

Kershaw led the Majors with 21 wins (tied career high, also: 2011) and a 1.77 ERA in 27 starts, as he became the first-ever pitcher to win four consecutive MLB ERA titles. Kershaw’s .875 winning percentage (21-3) also topped the Majors and was the second-highest mark ever by a Dodger (min. 20 starts) behind only Preacher Roe’s .880 winning percentage (22-3) in 1951. The 26-year-old was selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game and additionally led the Majors with a 0.86 WHIP and six complete games, while ranking among the NL leaders in strikeouts (239, 3rd), opponents’ batting average (.196, 2nd), shutouts (2, T-3rd) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.71, 1st). The Dodgers posted a 23-4 record in Kershaw’s 27 starts, including a 14-1 mark in his 15 starts of 8.0 or more innings.

Kershaw’s 1.77 ERA was the lowest mark by an MLB starter since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA with Boston in 2000 and the lowest ERA for a National Leaguer since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 mark with Atlanta in 1995. He was the first Major Leaguer to post consecutive seasons with an ERA below 2.00 since Maddux in 1994-95 and joined Koufax (1963-64) as the only Dodgers since 1900 to accomplish the feat.

Kershaw tossed his first-career no-hitter in the Dodgers’ 8-0 win on June 18 against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, when he took a perfect game bid into the seventh inning and retired the first 18 hitters before allowing his first (and only) runner to reach base (via an error). He struck out a career-high 15 batters, the most ever for a Dodger in a no-hitter and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most by any pitcher in Major League history that did not allow a runner to reach base via hit, walk or hit by pitch.

Kershaw had several career-best streaks during the season, with an 11-game winning streak from June 2-Aug. 10 and a 41.0 consecutive scoreless-inning run from June 13-July 1, which tied for the fifth-longest in the expansion era. During the course of those streaks, Kershaw was selected at the National League’s Pitcher of the Month in June (6-0, 0.82 ERA) and July (4-0, 1.07).

Kershaw, who opened the season with his fourth consecutive Opening Day start and a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia, has gone 98-49 in 211 games (209 starts) in seven big league seasons. Since his MLB debut in 2008, he leads the Majors with a 2.48 ERA and a .209 opponents’ batting average, posting the lowest career ERA among pitchers with at least 1000.0 innings pitched and 100 starts since the start of the Live Ball Era in 1920. 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 was previously honored this year with his second-consecutive Roy Campanella Award as the “most inspirational Dodger,” the Players Choice Awards for Marvin Miller Man of the Year, MLB Player of the Year and Outstanding National League Pitcher, a selection as both Sporting News’ and Baseball America’s MLB Player of the Year and the Warren Spahn Award as the game’s top left-hander.



Kershaw was also the Dodgers’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee once again in 2014 after winning the league-wide award in 2012, as he and his wife, Ellen, have continued to make an impact off the field through their charitable work in Los Angeles, their hometown of Dallas and abroad. The Kershaws founded their non-profit, Kershaw's Challenge, in 2011 with one goal: To challenge and encourage people to use whatever passion, purpose or talent that they have been given to make an impact on the lives of others in need. The non-profit foundation works to transform at-risk communities and the lives of children by partnering with organizations both locally and abroad to renew hope, one life at a time. This year, through Kershaw’s Challenge, Kershaw chose to support local charities in Los Angeles, partnering with The Dream Center and ShareFest, as well as charities in his hometown of Dallas (Mercy Street) and in Zambia (Cure International and Arise Africa).

The Kershaws have hosted an annual charity fundraising event in Los Angeles for the past three years, with Clayton’s Texas BBQ & Hoedown in 2012 and Ping Pong 4 Purpose in 2013 and 2014, benefitting Kershaw’s Challenge and, earlier this month, Kershaw’s Challenge hosted an inaugural Benefit Concert in Dallas to raise funds and awareness for their Zambian and Dallas outreach projects. Kershaw also continues to raise money through his Strike Out to Serve initiative, where he makes a donation for each of his strikeouts and challenges others to do so as well. In addition to financial support, Kershaw has made numerous visits to each organization, where he’s assisted with community outreach programs, run baseball clinics/camps and donated/distributed essential daily supplies like food and clothing.



Voting Results:



Pitcher, Club                                                   1st        2nd       3rd        4th        5th        Points



Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers        30                                                           210

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds                                    23          6          1                       112

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals                          7        23                                      97

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants                                         13          2              28

Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals                              1          7          8              25

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies                                                        6          5              17

Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers                                                    2          2                6

Doug Fister, Washington Nationals                                                        1          3                5

Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs                                                                                3                3

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves                                                                            3                3

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals                                                          3                3

Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins                                                                   1                1

Dodgers to play pair of exhibitions in San Antonio, Texas

There are many Dodger fans in Texas so this sounds great!


From the Dodgers -

Officials from Ryan Sanders Baseball and the Texas Rangers announced today that the 2014 National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers will be returning to the Alamo City after a 15-year hiatus.  The Dodgers, who were the Major League affiliate of the Double-A San Antonio Missions for 23 years, will be the Rangers opponent in the 2015 edition of H-E-B Big League Weekend.

This is the third year for Big League Weekend, a two-game Major League Baseball exhibition hosted at the iconic Alamodome in Downtown San Antonio.  The games will be played on Friday, March 20 (7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, March 21 (1:00 p.m.). Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14.

“We’re excited about this match up,” said Nolan Ryan.  “The Dodgers are one of the most successful franchises in baseball with some good, young players.  For fans in San Antonio and all over the state it’s a great opportunity to see play them since there is not a National League team in Texas anymore.”

The Dodgers were the Major League affiliate for the Missions from 1977-2000.  The minor league club was actually known as the San Antonio Dodgers for the first 11 years before changing their nickname back to "Missions" for the 1988 season.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking forward to visiting San Antonio for Big League Weekend this spring with the Texas Rangers,” said Dodgers' President & CEO Stan Kasten.  “Playing in the Alamodome should be quite an experience for our team and our fans.”

The Dodgers, under skipper Don Mattingly, put together another fine season as they battled back from a nine and a half game deficit after the first week of June, to capture another Western Division title in besting the San Francisco Giants by six games with a record of 94-68.  It was the second consecutive and 13th National League West title for the Dodgers, thus qualifying for the postseason for the 19th time since moving to Los Angeles and the 28th time in franchise history.

While the Dodgers fell short of the ultimate goal of a World Championship after losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series, three games to one, there were many individual highlights in the season topped off by the success of the best pitcher in baseball, lefthander Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw became the first-ever pitcher to win four consecutive MLB ERA titles, posting a career-best 1.77 ERA and leading the Majors with a career high-tying 21 wins.  The Dodgers had four starters with 13 or more wins as Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren joined Kershaw.  Closer Kenley Jansen tied for third in the league with a career-high 44 saves.

The Dodger offense was led by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who led the Majors with 116 RBI, while collecting 41 doubles and 27 home runs, and the return of outfielder Matt Kemp, who was among the NL leaders in doubles (38), home runs (25), RBI (89) and slugging percentage (.506).  Dee Gordon became a fixture at second base as he led the Majors in steals (64) and triples (12).

The Dodgers have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. Eight Cy Young Award winners have pitched for the Dodgers, winning a total of eleven Cy Young Awards (both MLB records). The team has also produced 12 Rookie of the Year Award winners, including four consecutive from 1979–1982 and five consecutive from 1992–1996, the longest consecutive streaks in Major League Baseball.

After winning 90+ games in each of the previous four seasons, injuries derailed the Texas Rangers in 2014 at 67-95. Texas players lost a total of 2,281 days on the disabled list, over 800 more days than any other major league team. A number of key contributors, including Shin-Soo Choo, Yu Darvish, Prince Fielder, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Mitch Moreland, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar, and Tanner Scheppers missed all or a significant portion of the season. As a result, the Rangers established major league records for most total players (64) and pitchers (40) used in a season.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who played in San Antonio as a Dodgers minor leaguer in 1998, paced the Rangers offense in 2014, finishing third in the American League in on-base percentage (.388) and fourth in batting (.324). Beltre won his fourth Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award while leading the club in nine offensive categories. Darvish posted a 3.06 ERA and recorded 182 strikeouts in just 144.1 innings before missing the final seven weeks of the year with right elbow inflammation. Colby Lewis, who returned to the majors for the first time since July 2012 after major hip surgery, topped the Rangers in innings (170.1) and starts (29) while tying Darvish for the team lead in wins (10). After a pair of injury plagued seasons, Neftali Feliz regained the closer’s role over the final two months, recording 13 saves in 14 tries and posting a 1.99 ERA.

Texas will enter 2015 with a new manager at the helm as Jeff Banister joins the organization after four seasons as Clint Hurdle’s bench coach in Pittsburgh. His major league staff will include bench coach Steve Buechele, a former Rangers stalwart at third base who managed at Triple-A Round Rock last season. Despite the 2014 record, the Rangers have the sixth best winning percentage in the majors over the last five years (2010-14) at .539 (437-374) with three postseason appearances, including consecutive American League championships in 2010 and 2011.      

“The Rangers are very happy to be returning to San Antonio and Big League Weekend in 2015,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels. “Ryan Sanders Baseball puts on a first class event and has done an amazing job in converting the Alamodome into a Major League Baseball facility. The reception we received playing before the tremendous fans of the San Antonio area has been outstanding and we look forward to another great weekend with the Dodgers.”

Over 75,000 fans packed the Alamodome when the Rangers hosted the San Diego Padres in the inaugural Big League Weekend in 2013.  It was the first baseball event in the building’s 20-year-history.  Last year, big crowds watched again as the Rangers hosted their in-state rivals, the Houston Astros.

For more information on H-E-B Big League Weekend go to www.bigleagueweekend.com

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dodgers Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule

From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 2015 promotional schedule. The list of items includes fans fan-favorites, as well as new offerings. The Dodgers’ full promotional calendar can be viewed by visiting www.dodgers.com/promotions. Opening Day at Dodger Stadium is Monday, April 6, 2015 against the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m.

“Our goal is to continually offer our fans the finest promotional giveaways and events,” said Dodger Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Lon Rosen. “We’ve put together a lineup featuring new and creative concepts as well as fan-favorite items that have been popular with Dodger fans for many years.  We also are bringing back one of our favorite events in the Hollywood Stars game.”

New items will include a Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series, an adult replica pullover jacket, Tommy Lasorda garden gnome, coaster set, kids’ cereal bowl, Father’s Day BBQ set, Hello Kitty plush, kids’ hamper and spray bottle with fan. Friday Night Fireworks and Viva Los Dodgers, held prior to every Sunday home game, are back in 2015. There will be 10 bobblehead giveaway nights in 2015 and three kids’ giveaway items.

The Dodgers will proudly host Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 when players and coaches will join all of MLB in paying tribute to Jackie Robinson by wearing #42. Additionally, for the first time ever, fans will receive an adult Jackie Robinson replica jersey. The legendary Hollywood Stars game will make a comeback on June 6 after a brief absence. Old-Timers’ Game is also on the promotional calendar next season on May 16 along with a 1965 World Series replica ring giveaway celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers 1965 World Series championship.

The Dodgers also announced today 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 allows for 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. Details on all mini plans are available now at www.dodgers.com/miniplans. Renewals on mini plans are taking place now and new sales will begin on December 7.

Fans can sign up for the 2015 season ticket waitlist. Season tickets remain the best way for fans to collect 2015 promotions and to lock in Opening Day tickets. Complete details on 2015 season tickets can be found by visiting www.dodgers.com/seasontickets.

BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAYS

Bobbleheads of Dodgers past and present are scheduled throughout the 2015 season: May 12 (vs. MIA), May 23 (vs. SD), June 4 (vs. STL), July 6 (vs. PHI), July 11 (vs. MIL), July 29 (vs. OAK), August 13 (vs. CIN), September 1 (vs. SF), September 16 (vs. COL) and September 23 (vs. ARZ).

CY YOUNG PIN GIVEAWAYS

The Dodgers will pay tribute to their Cy Young award-winners next season with a collectible set of eight Cy Young pins to include: Don Newcombe on April 13 (vs. SEA), Don Drysdale on April 27 (vs. SF), Sandy Koufax on May 14 (vs. COL), Mike Marshall on June 18 (vs. TEX), Fernando Valenzuela on August 10 (vs. WSH), Orel Hershiser on August 29 (vs. CHC), Eric Gagné on September 14 (vs. COL) and Clayton Kershaw on September 20 (vs. PIT).

NEW ITEMS

New items on the 2015 promotional schedule include: adult replica pullover jacket on April 8 (vs. SD), Tommy Lasorda garden gnome on May 25 (vs. ATL), coaster set on May 27 (vs. ATL), cereal bowl on June 7 (vs. STL), beach bag on June 17 (vs. TEX), Father’s Day BBQ set on June 21 (vs. SF), Hello Kitty plush on July 8 (vs. PHI), kids’ hamper on July 12 (vs. MIL), spray bottle with fan on August 16 (vs. CIN).

FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS

Fan favorite and season-long Friday Night Fireworks will return in 2015. Fans can watch the themed fireworks shows from the outfield grass after each Friday home game: April 17 (vs. COL), May 1 (vs. ARZ), May 15 (vs. COL), May 22 (vs. SD), June 5 (vs. STL), June 19 (vs. SF), July 3 (vs. NYM), July 10 (vs. MIL), July 31 (vs. LAA), August 14 (vs. CIN), August 28 (vs. CHC), September 18 (vs. PIT) and October 2 (vs. SD).

VIVA LOS DODGERS

Viva Los Dodgers, a season-long initiative now in its sixth year celebrating Latino culture in Los Angeles and the legacy of Latin American Dodgers past and present, will take place throughout the 2015 season: April 19 (vs. COL), May 3 (vs. ARZ), May 17 (vs. COL), May 24 (vs. SD), May 24 (vs. SD), June 7 (vs. STL), June 21 (vs. SF), July 5 (vs. NYM), July 12 (vs. MIL), August 2 (vs. LAA), August 16 (vs. CIN), August 30 (vs. CHC) and September 20 (vs. PIT). This family-friendly pregame festival is held two hours prior to each Sunday home game and fans can enjoy live music, player autographs and various activities. La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers, the culmination of a season-long series and the Dodgers’ marquee Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, is set for Saturday, October 3 (vs. SD).

2015 Dodger Promotional Schedule

4/6       Opening Day

4/8       Adult Replica Pullover Jacket

4/13     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Don Newcombe              

4/15     Adult Jackie Robinson Replica Jersey

4/17     Friday Night Fireworks

4/19     Viva Los Dodgers

4/27     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Don Drysdale              

4/29     Fleece Blanket

5/1       Friday Night Fireworks

5/2       Dodgers Reusable Tote Bag

5/3       Kids’ Yasiel Puig Replica Jersey and Viva Los Dodgers

5/12     Bobblehead (Player TBD)

5/14     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Sandy Koufax              

5/15     Friday Night Fireworks

5/16     Old-Timers’ Game & 1965 World Series Replica Ring

5/17     Viva Los Dodgers

5/22     Friday Night Fireworks

5/23     Bobblehead (Player TBD)

5/24     Viva Los Dodgers        

5/25     Tommy Lasorda Garden Gnome

5/27     Coaster Set

6/4       Bobblehead (Player TBD)                        

6/5       Friday Night Fireworks

6/6       Hollywood Stars Game

6/7       Kids’ Cereal Bowl and Viva Los Dodgers

6/9       T-Shirt      

6/17     Beach Bag

6/18     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Mike Marshall                   

6/19     Friday Night Fireworks

6/20     Movie Night

6/21     Father’s Day BBQ Set and Viva Los Dodgers

7/3       Friday Night Fireworks

7/4       Independence Day Fireworks

7/5       Photo Day and Viva Los Dodgers

7/6       Bobblehead (Player TBD)

7/8       Hello Kitty Plush

7/10     Friday Night Fireworks

7/11     Bobblehead (Player TBD)                 

7/12     Kids’ Hamper and Viva Los Dodgers

7/29     Bobblehead (Player TBD)

7/31     Friday Night Fireworks

8/2       Cap and Viva Los Dodgers

8/10     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Fernando Valenzuela              

8/13     Bobblehead (Player TBD)

8/14     Friday Night Fireworks

8/15     Movie Night

8/16     Spray Bottle with Fan and Viva Los Dodgers

8/28     Friday Night Fireworks

8/29     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Orel Hershiser

8/30     Headphones and Viva Los Dodgers

9/1       Bobblehead (Player TBD)

9/14     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Eric Gagne

9/16     Bobblehead (Player TBD)

9/18     Friday Night Fireworks

9/20     Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Clayton Kershaw and Viva Los Dodgers

9/21     Sleeved Blanket

9/23     Bobblehead (Player TBD)

10/2     Friday Night Fireworks

10/3     La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers

10/4     Fan Appreciation Day

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Dodgers Announce 2015 Spring Training Schedule At Camelback Ranch - Glendale

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The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 2015 Spring Training schedule, with their seventh season of Cactus League play beginning on Wednesday, March 4 against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch – Glendale.

The Dodgers will play at Camelback Ranch – Glendale on each of the first three days of Spring Training action and will play 17 of their 30 Cactus League games in Glendale, including 15 home dates. The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends, providing fans ample opportunity to make the five-hour drive or one-hour flight to the desert. Camelback Ranch features a state-of-the-art ballpark, six practice fields on the Dodgers side, including a replica Dodger Stadium field, walking trails, an orange grove and a five-acre lake. 

After returning from Arizona, the club will conclude their exhibition schedule with three games against the Angels April 2-4, including a 6:05 p.m. game on Saturday, April 4 at Dodger Stadium.

Season tickets, mini plans, group tickets and suites are all available now at www.dodgers.com/spring or by calling (623) 302-5000. Single-game Spring Training tickets go on sale on Monday, January 12, 2015 and a full schedule of promotions is available at www.camelbackranchbaseball.com.

Click here for the complete schedule. All game dates and opponents are subject to change.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Autographs: Don Sutton

Hall of Famer Don Sutton made an appearance at Harry's Dugout in Whittier last Saturday. He was signing from 12pm/2pm. I wasn't so sure I was going to go since I was still dealing with the flu.

But I did go! It's not everyday you get to meet a Hall of Famer. Plus I needed Sutton to sign my Dodger Stadium seat.

Dodger Stadium seat and a Hall of Fame baseball.

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Thanks to Sutton, Harry's Dugout and all their employees. Everything went smooth.

Don Sutton

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Steve Sax


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Upcoming Appearance: Fernando Valenzuela & Nomar Garciaparra

2014 Mall Tour

Fernando Valenzuela & Nomar Garciaparra
December 13, 2014
Time: TBA
Glendale Galleria
100 West Broadway, Suite 700
Glendale, California 91210

A Dodger mini plan is the perfect gift for the Dodger fan on your list. Get yours and join us as we celebrate the holiday season with the 2014 Mall Tour. Bring the family out for player autographs, fun photo ops, and prizes!

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Upcoming Appearance: Orel Hershiser & Justin Turner

2014 Mall Tour

Orel Hershiser & Justin Turner
December 7, 2014
Time: TBA
Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Canoga Park, CA 91303

A Dodger mini plan is the perfect gift for the Dodger fan on your list. Get yours and join us as we celebrate the holiday season with the 2014 Mall Tour. Bring the family out for player autographs, fun photo ops, and prizes!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Autographs: Baker, Garvey, Smith, Cey

Catching up....

It was Dodgerfest last week at Frank & Son. I was planning on attending and get my stuff signed but I got sick. My lucky day. I kinda lost my voice and when I woke up Saturday morning, I couldn't talk. This has never happened to me before. I should be the next Bubble Boy.

I drove to Frank & Son and dropped off my Dodger Stadium seat and a 16x20 picture of Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith and Ron Cey. Even though I couldn't stay, I was happy that they were able to get it done for me. I've met these guys before and there was no need to stay and get more sick.

I picked them up this morning since I needed the seat for Don Sutton (I'll blog about that later).

Here's the seat. I only needed Reggie Smith.

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And here's the great picture of the 4 guys that hit 30 homers in 1977. It was the first team in MLB history to field a roster with four players that hit at least 30 home runs in a single season.

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Will look nice in a frame.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda
January 17, 2015
Time: TBA
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Honabach and Sons

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Dodgers Name Gabe Kapler Director of Player Development, Billy Gasparino Director of Amateur Scouting

Gabe Kapler -
From the Dodgers -

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the front office additions of Gabe Kapler as Director, Player Development and Billy Gasparino as Director, Amateur Scouting. Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman made the announcement.

A 12-year Major League veteran, Kapler joins the Dodgers after most recently working as a baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1. Prior to his television career, Kapler was a big league outfielder for the Tigers (1998-99), Rangers (2000-02), Rockies (2002-03), Red Sox (2003-06), Brewers (2008) and Rays (2009-10), winning a World Series with Boston in 2004. He briefly retired following the 2006 season and managed Boston’s Single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive, in 2007 before resuming his playing career in 2008 and playing three more big league seasons. A Los Angeles native, Kapler appeared in a Dodger uniform as a non-roster invitee during 2011 Spring Training, but never played in a regular-season game with the club.

Kapler attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills before earning a scholarship to Cal State-Fullerton, where he played one season before transferring to Moorpark College.

Gasparino joins the Dodgers after four seasons with the Padres as the club’s Director of Scouting (2012-14) and National Crosschecker (2010-12). Previously, he worked for the Blue Jays, originally joining Toronto as an area scout covering Southern California from 2004-06 before being promoted to national crosschecker in 2007. He got his start in baseball as an intern with the Cleveland Indians in 2003.

An infielder during his playing career, Gasparino was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 17th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft out of Oklahoma State University and spent one season in their minor league system with Single-A Portland.

Upcoming Appearance: Justin Turner

Justin Turner
December 6, 2014
Time: TBA
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Hall of Fame Sports

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dodgers Name Farhan Zaidi General Managaer; Josh Byrnes SVP, Baseball Operations

New Dodgers GM, Farhan Zaidi


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The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the front office additions of Farhan Zaidi as General Manager and Josh Byrnes as Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations.

“It is very exciting for us to be able to add two exceptional, veteran baseball executives like Farhan and Josh,” said Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “Farhan's primary focus will be the Major League team and player acquisitions while Josh will concentrate on the oversight of scouting and player development. However, they will both work closely with me on all aspects of baseball operations in our efforts to make the Dodgers’ front office and team the best it can possibly be.”

Zaidi (pronounced FAR-hahn ZY-dee) becomes the 11th general manager in Los Angeles Dodgers history and in that role his primary focus will be on the Major League club. He spent the last 10 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, most recently serving as the club’s assistant general manager/director of baseball operations. He joined the Athletics as a baseball operations analyst in 2005 before holding the title of director of baseball operations from 2009-13.

Prior to joining the A’s, Zaidi served as business development associate for Small World Media, the fantasy sports division of The Sporting News, and also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

Zaidi, 37, earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. He currently resides in Oakland with his wife, Lucy.

Byrnes, 44, will supervise the Dodgers’ scouting and player development operations after previously serving as executive vice president/general manager for two of the Dodgers’ NL West rivals, the Diamondbacks (Oct. 2005-July 2010) and Padres (Oct. 2011-June 2014).

He began his front office career in 1994 with the Indians, working as an advance scout in 1995 and 1996 before being promoted to Director of Scouting in June 1998. In the fall of 1999, Byrnes became assistant general manager of the Rockies and moved to the Red Sox in the same role for the 2003-05 seasons, helping Boston to the 2004 World Series title.

Originally from Washington, D.C., Byrnes attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania, where he established school career records in home runs and RBI. He and his wife, Charity, have two daughters, Avery and Darby.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dodgerfest 2014 - This Saturday!


Maybe I never payed attention but I don't think I have seen this picture of Dusty Baker, Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith and Ron Cey holding their bats and written the number of homers they hit in 1977. I have seen a similar one where the Dodgers scoreboard is behind them but not this one.

It was the first team in MLB history to field a roster with four players that hit at least 30 home runs in a single season.

They will be at Dodgerfest this Saturday at Frank and Son collectible show. You can purchase this same exact picture to get it signed. Plus many other former players will be in hand.

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See ya there.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Chan Ho Park

Chan Ho Park
January 17, 2015
Time: TBA
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Honabach and Sons

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Upcoming Appearance: Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez
January 17, 2015
Time: TBA
Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave
Industry, CA 91748

Honabach and Sons

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DODGERFEST 2014

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