Found October 16, 2012 on
Plaschke, Thy Sweater Is Argyle:
A.J. Ellis has become a bit of a legend around these here Dodger parts. He had himself quite the season, is an active Twitterer, and holds it down with Clayton Kershaw on Between Two Palm Trees. Heck, he even got his two cents in on his very first major league baseball card. Which leads me to this most awesome of pickups I recently was able to secure.Boom! A.J. Ellis' first certified autograph is mine! I first saw this posted over at Dodgers Blue Heaven, and immediately knew I had to add it to my collection, as I'm an A.J. fan. Prices have been quite affordable for this card, although I have seen one or two creep into double-digit territory. I managed to grab it for a really good price, and soon after it arrived. I'm a happy chap.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Dodgers had a pretty good bullpen this season. Aside from a higher-than-desired walks per nine rate, the group was better than last season.
Dodgers' bullpen by the numbers
8-1, 2.54 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 6.0 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 3.7 BB/9, 8.7 K...
Nothing like starting the week off with a new addition to my Matt Kemp PC. The moment I saw this card existed, I knew I wanted it, but prices were way too high. They eventually dropped, as they almost always do, and this beauty now resides in my collection.Numbered 97/99, it's a sweet quad relic from 2012 Topps Museum Collection that also features Prince Fielder, Brian McCann...
Aside from Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' rotation -- despite posting decent numbers -- was generally underwhelming in 2012. September was actually the pitching staff's best month, but even if the Dodgers had made the playoffs, they didn't have the starting pitching to hang with the big boys.
Dodgers' rotation by the numbers