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Rob Schiel, Play Again – 2304

on October 22nd, 2014 by Steve78

Rob Schiel worked as a beer truck driver by July 1992. But that wasn’t what he wanted to do, he told The Associated Press that month.The veteran of just two seasons in the minors’ goals were simple. He was trying out then to play in the new independent…

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Lots Of New Stuff

on October 22nd, 2014 by NPB Card Guy

I’ve gotten a little behind in reporting the upcoming sets – there are a whole bunch coming up.- BBM’s annual Rookie Edition Premium set will be out late this month (I think on the 30th).  As usual, this is a box set containing (I think) 50 cards …

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Ever Magallanes, Highest Level – 42

on October 22nd, 2014 by Steve78

Originally published March 2, 2011 Eduardo Escobar has the energy and passion to play baseball at the highest levels, Ever Magallanes, who managed Escobar at AA Birmingham, told MLB.com in November 2010.Escobar also can hit, Magallanes told the site.”E…

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Dan Haren Has Surgery and He Still Hates Fish

on October 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

We sure are stretching for any bit of news about the Dodgers, eh?  Heck, even a TMZ tabloid report about Hanley Ramirez’s flaming Lambo had fans yearning for more.  So, when the Dodgers revealed, via twitter, that starting pitcher Dan Haren had arthroscopic surgery this morning on his non-throwing shoulder it became BIG news.

RHP Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left non-throwing shoulder this morning. Expected to be back to start Spring Training.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 22, 2014

There certainly was plenty of speculation about what this could all mean. 

Could he really be ready to go come March?  I know it’s his other shoulder, but isn’t there a risk that we might not have a #4 pitcher ready to go come Opening Day?

Does this assure that Haren picks up the $10Mil player option to play for the Dodgers in 2015?

Well, that last question was kinda answered by Haren in a tweet just a moment ago:

Surgery went well…..I’d also like to formally announce that I’m exercising my 2015 option to not eat seafood.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) October 22, 2014

Sneaky, Danny… Sneaky… Or, shall I say fishy? 

For a second there I thought he broke some news.  Instead, we get a small glimpse into the humor of Dan Haren. 

As you likely know he ain’t kidding about abstaining from seafood.  As Josh Tucker reported on Dodger Insider this past Spring Training, Dan Haren has never eaten fish.  Note a bite.

Pic at the very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.

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2014 Topps Stadium Club Group Break: CASE HIT ALERT (on Video)!

on October 22nd, 2014 by Nachos Grande

Here’s the video for the mini box I posted about yesterday. More group break goodies to come in the near future!

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Random Royals #7: Greg Pryor

on October 22nd, 2014 by Matt F.

**From now until the Royals eventual World Series Championship comes to fruition I’ll be posting Random Royals from my collection.** Today in Random Royals we have Greg Pryor from 1984 Topps. This may not be the card you want but it is the card we…

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A Look Back at Former Brooklyn Dodger Ivy Olson

on October 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

I was recently cruising around eBay to do some online window shopping when I came across a vintage 1930 press photo from the AP of former Brooklyn Dodger infielder turned coach Ivy Olson.  Check it out above, or check out the eBay auction here.&nb…

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2014 Topps Supreme Baseball preview

on October 22nd, 2014 by Dave Buchanan

Topps Supreme Baseball makes its North American debut next week after a successful launch overseas last season. Boxes only comes with two cards per pack but both will be an autograph card of some kind. All autograph cards in Topps Supreme will be numbered to 50 or less.           Autographed Retired […]

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: A Couple of Ducks and Raiders

on October 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and alway…

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2014 Topps Update Baseball – The Dodger Manu-Relic Cards

on October 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Today I share photo’s of all the 2014 Topps Update manufactured relic Dodger cards.  I also include pics of the two Dodger Metal Framed Gold Label cards of Mike Piazza and Yasiel Puig.  Go here to find all my post related to this set. As you …

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Leaf Announces ITG Draft Prospects Redemption

on October 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Leaf Trading Cards has released details regarding a special redemption set targeted to collectors of 2014-15 In The Game Draft Prospects, the first product released after they began producing hockey cards under the In The Game banner. Once a collector mails in five barcodes that can be found […]

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Hot Rookies Makes Its “Triumphant” Return in Playbook?

on October 22nd, 2014 by Gellman

As if 2014 Score wasnt enough of a disaster on its own, Panini thought it was a good idea to rehash the 2014 Score product by releasing Hot Rookies. In case you missed it (consider yourself among the lucky if … Continue reading

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Cards can be solemn reminder of life

on October 22nd, 2014 by chrisolds

There are certain events in life that will never be forgotten, but rarely are those moments captured on a single baseball card.

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Blog Kiosk: 10/22/2014 – Dodger Links – Mattingly, Seager and Josh Byrnes

on October 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Reyes

Here is another vintage press photo, dated in early June 1942 on the reverse, and it features Dodger skipper Leo Durocher on the dugout steps at Wrigley Field.  Although the photo has numerous dates on the reverse it is June 8th that sticks out to me.  This was the day the photograph was likely developed and printed.  The Dodgers and Cubs had just finished up a five game weekend series over three days that included two doubleheaders, and the 8th was the first free day.

I’d like to think the photo itself was taken the day before, though.  The second doubleheader between the Dodgers and Cubs played on that Sunday, and by the looks of Leo’s knowing grin you figure the boys did well.  In fact, the Dodgers won both games of the doubleheader that day.  Overall, the Dodgers won four out of the five games; having split the doubleheader that past Friday.  Go here to check out the photo on eBay.

Below are some links to check out:

“I always remember Mark [Walter, chairman], Magic [Johnson, partner] and Stan [Kasten, president] in the very beginning saying they wanted to put a team together quick with a chance to win so the fans wouldn’t have to wait five years while the kids on the farm matured, while at the same time, build the Minor League system to sustain the success year in and year out without bringing in a bunch of guys from somewhere else,” he said.

“So it’s part of what they were talking about from the very beginning. Everything they said — upgrading the stadium, the locker rooms — everything they said they are continuing to do and this just seems like part of it.”

It probably safe to say that even though Friedman is the new kid on the block in the hierarchy of the Dodgers front office, he is (or will soon be) well schooled on Dodgers top infield prospect (and 2014 Co-Minor League Player of the Year) Corey Seager who, as we speak, is absolutely tearing it up in the Arizona Fall League – this in spite of his tender 20 years of age. Whereas Ned Colletti was always reluctant to bring kids like Seager up early regardless of how well they were doing in the minors, Andrew Friedman has a history of doing exactly that and his track record is very good in doing so.

  • Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, “Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp is less than three weeks away.”
  • Via Ken Rosenthal on twitter, Josh Byrnes is getting cozy with the Stan Kasten and is expected to join front office.  Although, it appears unclear what position it will be.  It could very well be that he joins the Dodgers in some capacity other than GM.  In fact, there are several high-end executive positions open at the Dodgers; including DeJon Watson’s old job as head of player development.  Considering the location of this meeting in Arizona I think this is looking like the most likely scenario. 

Josh Byrnes with #Dodgers‘ Kasten at Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Byrnes expected to join front office; position not yet specified.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21, 2014

  • No!  Wait?  What?  It’s real?  Holy Moly!  The hoverboard is coming.  Check out the video below of the Hendo Hoverboard and then go to their kickstarter campaign, here.

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WIN a Signed Kelvin Benjamin Panini POD Photo

on October 22nd, 2014 by David Lee

By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor The Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion has already reached hundreds of hobby shops and countless collectors with giveaways and player appearance signings. In partnership with the successful program, we will be giving away autographed items that are part of the promotion through the Beckett Media Twitter […]

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2014 Panini Flawless Football preview

on October 22nd, 2014 by Dave Buchanan

Panini’s Flawless brand has wowed basketball collectors for the past two years, but now it makes it way to the gridiron with 2014 Panini Flawless Football. This high-end, low-numbered set comes with seven autograph, two memorabilia and one jewel-slabbed card per box. Every card in the set is numbered to 25 or less.     […]

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Big news, Big cards.

on October 22nd, 2014 by Spiff

So, I got a phone call from Mark the Royals fan last Friday night. He was pretty pumped and had some big news to share. He had tickets to the World Series. One for game one and two each for two, six, and seven. That is some big news. Mark scored the ti…

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Baseball bloggers say Kershaw, Kluber are MLB’s top pitchers

on October 22nd, 2014 by Paul

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance today announced the winners of its annual Walter Johnson Award, which recognizes the top pitchers in each league.

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Leaf & In The Game announce new promos for hockey prodcuts

on October 22nd, 2014 by Dave Buchanan

Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game have announced a pair of promotions connected to their 2014-15 line of hockey products. The first promotion is strictly for the 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto on November 7-9. This show is one of the biggest for hockey collectors and ITG is major supporter of it. […]

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Billy Sample on baseball cards

on October 22nd, 2014 by Bo

Outfielder Billy Sample played nine seasons in the major leagues for the Rangers, Yankees and Braves. In 826 games he hit .272 with 46 HR and 230 RBI. He has written the script for a baseball movie that was released in 2013 called Reunion 108, (out on …

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Padrographs in The World Series- Tim Flannery and friends are up one game to none

on October 22nd, 2014 by Rod

Joe Amalfitano, 1977 Padres schedule, Joe coached for the Padres in 1976 and 1977.  Joe played for the New York and San Francisco Giants and has been with the Giants this time since 2004.Bruce Bochy, Bruce played for the Padres from 1983 to 1987. …

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Happy Birthday Robinson Cano!

on October 22nd, 2014 by Daniel Wilson

Robinson Cano was born October 22, 1982. Here is his 2003 Bowman RC.Here is a 2001 Topps Update All-Star Stitches. Since I was at the 2011 Home Run Derby, this is probably my favorite Cano card. 

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Group Break Bonus Pack #6!

on October 22nd, 2014 by Nachos Grande

I have two more Bonus Packs for the group break – here’s one of them to enjoy before we return to the final two mini boxes out of the 2014 Stadium Club box. Keep it here for more group break goodies in the near future!

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A Royal Bargain

on October 22nd, 2014 by shoeboxlegends

I like to think that I do an okay job of sticking to my goals and keeping on track without straying too much in my collecting.  Every so often though I stumble across something that doesn’t really fit but I just have to have, either because it’s a…

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Baseball card of the day: 2014 Gypsy Queen Wilmer Flores autograph

on October 22nd, 2014 by Paul

Wilmer Flores may or may not be the Mets’ Opening Day shortstop in 2015, but he showed flashes of promise at the end of this season.

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1950s to 1969 Phillies Postcards

on October 22nd, 2014 by Jim

Number of Cards:  78Card Size: 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″Description:  These postcards featured black and white portraits of Phillies players (and managers) to have suited up for the team between 1950 and 1969.  Most of the postcards contain black …

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2014 Mike Olt Update Sabermetrics

on October 22nd, 2014 by Wrigley Wax

My update set from Brentandbecca should arrive this afternoon.  In the meantime, this is my only update card……of Mike Olt.  He stuck with the Cubs for most of the season until management finally got tired of all of his strike outs.  …

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Stadium Club is Okay, I Guess

on October 22nd, 2014 by madding

An extremely myopic view of the latest Topps revival.After reading a lot of rather negative things on the Twitter about this year’s Topps Stadium Club release, I was expecting an envelope full of turds and razorblades when I won a couple of Listia auct…

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1948-50 Japanese Menko Tadayoshi Kajioka

on October 21st, 2014 by POBC

This arrived today.A month after a winning bid on eBay, my first Japanese baseball card arrived from half-way around the world.The listing said it’s of Tadayoshi Kajioka, a pitcher who would win 131 games in the Japanese league.Is it really Kajioka? I …

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World Series Game 1: Bumgarner bests “Big Game James”

on October 21st, 2014 by Paul

The first game of the World Series didn’t exactly follow the script. The battle of aces never materialized.

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Interview Part 3: Austin Manahan, Every Spring

on October 21st, 2014 by Steve78

The Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. Austin Manahan played at the Epicenter late in his career, in 1993 and briefly in 1994. (G21D Photo)Part 1: His Shot | Part 2: Difficult StartPart 3: Every Spring Austin Manahan still believed he could make the ma…

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Adam Jones, 2013 Topps Opening Day #76

on October 21st, 2014 by Kevin

I’ve been wondering what I could say about the Orioles’ 2014 season that I haven’t already said over the past six or seven months. It was a thrilling ride, often frustrating, but even more often delightful. I think I captured my feelings succinctly last Wednesday, while watching the O’s go down fighting in their ALCS and season finale against Kansas City: I just wasn’t ready for it to end. Not yet.

Including the postseason, the Orioles played 169 meaningful games in 2014. They won 99 of them, a level of success they hadn’t approached since 1997. That was something of a common phrase throughout the year: “since 1997″. It’s little wonder, since that was the last time the O’s stood atop the American League East after 162 games. Make no mistake, this team belongs to Baltimore’s baseball history in a high place, as does that wire-to-wire squad. As the saying goes, “flags fly forever”. The Orioles might have been stopped four wins short of the pennant, and eight shy of the big shiny trophy, but they were still division champions. That flag will hang in Camden Yards next year, and the year after, and so on. A four-game stretch of bad breaks and near misses shouldn’t cancel out 162 (or 165) successful games.

In my second year as a season-ticket holder, I was fortunate to attend 25 games, including the first three of the club’s four postseason home contests. It was my pleasure to witness 17 wins against just eight losses:

Rk Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L R RA Inn W-L Rank GB Win Loss Save Time D/N Attendance
1 1 Monday, Mar 31 boxscore BAL BOS W 2 1 1-0 1 Tied Britton Lester Hunter 2:53 D 46,685
11 11 Saturday, Apr 12 boxscore BAL TOR W-wo 2 1 12 5-6 4 1.5 Britton Redmond 3:39 N 30,446
23 23 Saturday, Apr 26 boxscore BAL KCR W-wo 3 2 10 12-11 2 1.5 Britton Duffy 3:09 N 34,941
33 33 Friday, May 9 boxscore BAL HOU W 4 3 19-14 1 up 0.5 Chen Williams Hunter 2:29 N 28,875
35 35 Sunday, May 11 boxscore BAL HOU L 2 5 20-15 1 up 1.5 Cosart Tillman Qualls 3:21 D 45,944
45 45 Thursday, May 22 boxscore BAL CLE L 7 8 13 23-22 3 1.5 Outman Patton Atchison 4:22 N 18,894
47 47 Saturday, May 24 boxscore BAL CLE L 0 9 24-23 3 2.5 Kluber Jimenez 3:05 D 36,873
60 60 Saturday, Jun 7 boxscore BAL OAK W 6 3 31-29 2 5.5 Gausman Gray 2:51 N 44,202
64 64 Wednesday, Jun 11 boxscore BAL BOS W 6 0 33-31 2 4.5 Chen De La Rosa 2:49 N 25,886
66 66 Friday, Jun 13 boxscore BAL TOR L 0 4 34-32 3 4.5 Hutchison Jimenez McGowan 2:44 N 44,031
77 77 Wednesday, Jun 25 boxscore BAL CHW W-wo 5 4 12 41-36 2 1.5 Hunter Webb 4:03 N 22,020
80 80 Saturday, Jun 28 boxscore BAL TBR L 4 5 42-38 2 1.5 Bedard Chen McGee 3:13 D 36,387
90 90 Wednesday, Jul 9 boxscore BAL WSN L 2 6 49-41 1 up 2.5 Fister Norris 2:50 N 35,575
92 92 Friday, Jul 11 boxscore BAL NYY W-wo 3 2 10 51-41 1 up 3.0 McFarland Warren 3:05 N 45,389
119 119 Wednesday, Aug 13 boxscore BAL NYY W 5 3 69-50 1 up 7.5 O’Day Kelley Britton 2:45 N 37,587
129 129 Monday, Aug 25 boxscore BAL TBR W 9 1 74-55 1 up 6.0 Tillman Odorizzi 2:56 N 15,516
131 131 Wednesday, Aug 27 boxscore BAL TBR L 1 3 75-56 1 up 6.0 Smyly Gausman McGee 2:44 N 20,762
139 139 Thursday, Sep 4 boxscore BAL CIN W 9 7 82-57 1 up 9.5 Hunter Parra Britton 3:26 N 21,114
146 146 Friday, Sep 12 (1) boxscore BAL NYY W-wo 2 1 11 87-59 1 up11.5 Brach Warren 3:51 D 31,871
147 147 Friday, Sep 12 (2) boxscore BAL NYY W 5 0 88-59 1 up11.5 Norris Mitchell 2:57 N 43,707
151 151 Tuesday, Sep 16 boxscore BAL TOR W 8 2 91-60 1 up13.5 Jimenez Hutchison 3:02 N 35,297
152 152 Wednesday, Sep 17 boxscore BAL TOR W 6 1 92-60 1 up14.5 Norris Happ 3:13 N 37,537
Rk Gm# Date Tm Opp
ALDS Game 1 Thursday, Oct 2 boxscore BAL DET W, 12-3 WP: Tillman LP: Scherzer
ALDS Game 2 Friday, Oct 3 boxscore BAL DET W, 7-6 WP: Brach LP: Soria SV: Britton
ALCS Game 1 Friday, Oct 10 boxscore BAL KCR L, 8-6 (10 IN) WP: Davis LP: O’Day SV: Holland

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Generated 10/21/2014.

If you go further down the rabbit hole with me, you’ll see that things started well with a personal four-game win streak, followed by a dip that tracked the team’s first-half struggles. Then there was a 10-1 stretch (and an embedded seven-game win streak) that lasted through the season’s second half and on into the ALDS, before those magical, mystical Royals gummed things up on October 10. But still, I experienced a lot of great games and moments, including:

  • Opening Day, featuring the first of Nelson Cruz’s career-high 40 home runs.
  • Five walkoff wins. The heroes in those games were David Lough, Nick Markakis, Lough again (scoring on a wild pitch, and this game gets an asterisk anyway, because I reluctantly left during a lengthy late rain delay on a work night), Nick Hundley, and Jimmy Paredes. Go figure, right?
  • Kevin Gausman’s first major league win as a starting pitcher.
  • Two of the team’s 13 shutouts. How long has it been since the Birds had such a strong pitching staff?
  • Four of Baltimore’s pivotal 13 wins over the Yankees, including both ends of a doubleheader sweep, the first twinbill they’d taken from New York in 30 years.
  • A two-homer, four-run eighth-inning rally to down the Yanks in mid-August.
  • A raucous win over the Rays that featured separate instances of back-to-back AND back-to-back-to-back home runs (a first in team history), as well as an astounding catch-and-throw by Adam Jones to take three runs away from Tampa Bay.
  • The first division-clinching win in Charm City since 1969.
  • Christian Walker’s big league debut and first career hit, as well as a multi-homer game from Steve Pearce.
  • The first and second games of the Orioles’ three-game ALDS sweep over Detroit’s three Cy Young winners, featuring a pair of incredible eighth-inning offensive outbursts.
  • The first ALCS game at Camden Yards (all together now) since 1997. It represented the beginning of the end for the O’s, but the atmosphere was surreal and the game was exhilarating, featuring a comeback from a four-run deficit before the home team succumbed in the tenth inning.
That’s just from a 15 percent slice of the team’s full schedule. I wasn’t there for the walkoff homers from Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, and Manny Machado, or Manny’s acrobatic defense in his injury-shortened season, or Caleb Joseph’s five-game home run streak, or the 60th anniversary ceremonies…it goes on and on. The 2014 Orioles were a joy to watch, and I’m already missing them.

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