By Cary Osborne
In the last 12 months, the value of one Clayton Kershaw rookie baseball card has doubled to about $5,000. That’s how a season like what Kershaw just had can affect the value of his items in the hobby/memorabilia market.
“I think he’s probably on the Mount Rushmore right now of guys who attract the most collector interest,” said Sports Collectors Daily editor Rich Mueller.
Mueller gave us an insight as to how the sports card and memorabilia industry views some current Dodgers. Kershaw has become one of the drivers, along with names like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton. Mueller said that $5K card is a low-print, high-grade insert from the 2006 Bowman Chrome set.
Beyond the obvious, there are a number of interesting factors, Mueller said, affecting why Kershaw is so highly regarded by collectors.
By Yvonne Carrasco
The Clayton Kershaw-A.J. Ellis goodwill trip in the Dominican Republic was highlighted with a visit to a CURE hospital in Santo Domingo earlier this week.
By Jon Weisman
A special sales event — Blue Friday — will take place at Dodger Stadium on November 28 from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Select merchandise at the Top of the Park store will be offered at a 20 percent discount. Season ticket holders will receive this discount in addition to their regular season-ticket-holder merchandise discount with their Dodger Pride Rewards card.
In addition, Dodger infielder Justin Turner will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Dodger Alumni League members Al Ferrara (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) and Tim Leary (3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Levy Restaurants will offer concessions including Dodger dogs, nachos, peanuts and bottled beverages. Fans can also take photos with the Dodgers’ bobblehead character.
Blue Friday also offers an opportunity to explore 2015 ticket options, including singing up for the 2015 season ticket and mini plans waitlists, and can also renew existing plans.
Fans can enter via Sunset Gate A, at the intersection of Elysian Park Avenue and Stadium Way, and park in lot P starting at 9:30 a.m.
Today marks the 58th anniversary of Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe winning baseball’s first Cy Young Memorial Award after the right-hander posted a 27-7 record and 3.06 ERA in 38 games.
A few days later, Newcombe would be selected National League Most Valuable Player. In the MVP voting points, Newcombe (223) finished ahead of teammate Sal Maglie (183) and Milwaukee’s Hank Aaron (146).
Newcombe’s 1956 awards also serve as a reminder of Brooklyn’s final season in the sun. A whirlwind of events were on the horizon, and Ebbets Field was suddenly empty by Opening Day 1958, the beloved Dodgers and rival New York Giants both relocating to the West Coast.
By Jon Weisman
It was Friday morning in Tampa Bay but Thursday evening in Los Angeles when the Rays and Dodgers announced a trade: The Dodgers have acquired pitchers Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore from Andrew Friedman’s former team in exchange for pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
Peralta, who turns 39 in March, had a 4.41 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 69 games for Tampa Bay this year. His ERA in 2014 was deceptive; according to Fangraphs, his xFIP (expected fielding-independent ERA) was 3.11. With Jamey Wright a free agent, Peralta takes the crown as oldest active Dodger from 35-year-old Juan Uribe, who was the senior senor for a few weeks there.
Liberatore, a 27-year-old minor-league lefty who will also be added to the 40-man roster, had a 1.66 ERA and 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 54 games for Triple-A Durham.
They join a Dodger bullpen mix that includes Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson, Pedro Baez, Daniel Coulombe, Yimi Garcia, Brandon League and Paco Rodriguez, among others.
Going to Tampa Bay will be the hard-throwing 24-year-old Dominguez, who struck out 12 in 14 2/3 career MLB innings while allowing 10 earned runs, and Harris, a 20-year-old righty who had a 4.45 ERA and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 87 innings for Single-A Great Lakes.
Dodger senior vice president of planning and development Janet Marie Smith is one of three recipients of the 2014 WISE Los Angeles Women of Inspiration Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Sports and Events.
The WISE Los Angeles Women of Inspiration Awards, presented by FOX Audience Strategy, is being presented at the fifth annual gala tonight at the Dorothy Chandler Music Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
From Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed:
Here is the Vin Scully video I mentioned from Monday night’s Disney Hall send-off to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who leaves office on December 1. Yaroslavsky had made it known often that he craved Scully’s job. Scully responds in an amusing video I’m told was recorded in one take with no script and no Telepromptr. …
– Jon Weisman
Ahead of tonight’s deadline to protect players before the December 11 Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers selected the contracts of pitchers Zach Lee and Chris Reed and outfielder Scott Schebler to the team’s 40-man roster.
The Dodgers have 39 players on the 40-man, after reliever Onelki Garcia was claimed on waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Garcia, who allowed two runs in 1 1/3 big-league innings with the Dodgers in 2013, missed most of 2014 because of arm surgery before a brief return at season’s end for Rancho Cucamonga.
— Jon Weisman