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08-11

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Players Prefer Presentation: 18 Minutes at Dodger Stadium
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Meg Rowley

08-04

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Prospectus Feature: Jordan Sheffield: A Slider in Three Parts
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Emmett Rosenbaum

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: A Gunslinger In Hollywood
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Bryan Grosnick and BP Prospect Staff

07-13

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Cheese in the Kitchen: Cody Bellinger is Beating Expectations
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Wilson Karaman

07-03

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Rubbing Mud: Tall Tales
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Matthew Trueblood

05-31

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 10: West Coast Bias
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-30

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Rubbing Mud: Clayton Kershaw, and Greatness vs. Greatest
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Matthew Trueblood

05-11

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 5: Canha Tell You A Story
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

05-02

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 2: Triggonometry
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

04-26

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The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

04-06

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Payrolls: It's All Relative
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Rob Mains

03-30

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Los Angeles Dodgers
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Wilson Karaman

03-29

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Short Relief: Spring Dismissals, Veteran Expletives, and JaCobies Jones
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James Fegan, Nathan Bishop and Patrick Dubuque

02-22

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Transaction Analysis: The Old Blue and Gold
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Bryan Grosnick

02-21

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters
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Aaron Gleeman

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

01-25

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Bet on De Leon's Changeup
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers
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Matthew Trueblood

12-21

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Deep, But Playable: Datum Kershaw
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Craig Goldstein

12-13

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Transaction Analysis: Dodgers Keep the Band Together
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Emma Baccellieri

12-06

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Transaction Analysis: Hill Gets Rich, Finally
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Craig Goldstein

11-15

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Matthew Trueblood

11-14

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Transaction Analysis: Cobb County for Old Men
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Bryan Grosnick and Dustin Palmateer

10-24

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Prospect Profile: Yusniel Diaz
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Wilson Karaman

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: How to Reach the World Series in Five Years
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Jarrett Seidler

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLCS Game 6 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: Lessons Learned and Bullpens Burned
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Trevor Strunk

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: Slump? What Slump?
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Mauricio Rubio

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Arrieta's Slider, Cubs' Bats Go Missing
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Matthew Trueblood

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Bryan Grosnick

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus: The Bold and The Beautiful
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Rian Watt

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Ghosts and Pinch-Hit Grand Slams
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Meg Rowley

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Cubs
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Aaron Gleeman

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: Clayton Kershaw, Proven Closer
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Jarrett Seidler

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus: Short-Rest Seesaw
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Mauricio Rubio

10-12

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Baseball Therapy: Cy Young Catchers
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Russell A. Carleton

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Baker vs. Roberts
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Craig Goldstein

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Split Opportunities
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Demetrius Bell

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Not a Duel, But Dodgers Grab Game 1
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Ashley Varela

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLDS Game 1 Previews
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Mike Gianella

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Nationals vs. Dodgers
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Craig Goldstein

09-21

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The Best of Sam Miller
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Sam Miller

09-03

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The Call-Up: Jose De Leon
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Brendan Gawlowski and Scooter Hotz

08-31

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Two-Strike Approach: Seager Believer
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Cat Garcia

08-29

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Transaction Analysis: Heart, Soul, and Marginal Upgrades
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Bryan Grosnick and Wilson Karaman

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Richer Get Rich
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Sam Miller, Christopher Crawford, Patrick Dubuque, Craig Goldstein and Wilson Karaman

07-20

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Life at the Margins: Seager See, Seager Do
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Rian Watt

07-12

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Prospectus Feature: Nothing Slows Rich Teams Except Themselves
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Henry Druschel

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Time is a flat circ ... OH MY GOD, HURRY UP ALREADY!

On July 25, the Dodgers played the Twins, in Los Angeles. The game featured an 18-minute delay after the umpires and Twins manager Paul Molitor got mixed up over a double-switch in the sixth inning. It wasn’t the most important game the Dodgers have played lately, or even the most interesting. But it did show us a few things.

By my count, Yasiel Puig was announced as the batter two hours, 39 minutes, and 15 seconds into the game. This is an account of what and who followed.

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Three starts, three different sliders. What's an evaluator to do?

Back when I was someone who only read reports and didn’t have to write them, I had a misguided belief in the precision of the 20-80 scale. Baseball Prospectus has always preached that development isn’t necessarily linear, but it’s much easier to understand that in theory than to account for it in practice. In my mind, a guy’s stuff was his stuff and his tools were his tools, and those were the bedrock of his prospect profile. The feel for a pitch might progress or he might add more power as he bulks up, but the change was always built on what was there before.

In reality, the process isn’t that black and white, and players can look completely different from night to night. One of the challenges of evaluating prospects is trying to reconcile conflicting information about a player. Many take the “it’s in there” approach, with the idea being that if a guy flashes a tool or a pitch, that represents his ceiling for that tool or pitch, and the rest of the work is projecting the likelihood of him reaching it. How many times have you read about a prospect with “some feel for the change” that the evaluator projects to average?

Others are more conservative with their grades, preferring to “write what you see.” Sometimes a guy doesn’t show what everyone else says he does, so you become the low guy. However, as Jeffrey Paternostro wrote last week, the job of an evaluator in the public sphere is different than that of a professional scout. I’ve seen Dodgers prospect Jordan Sheffield three times this year. Each time I’ve seen something different, and I don’t quite know what to do.

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The biggest trade deadline rental on the market lands in Los Angeles for a three-prospect package led by Willie Calhoun.

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Bellinger once looked like a solid regular, but now looks like a potential superstar.

Fire up the sad-face emojis and pour another glass of warm beer for a-cryin’ into: I was wrong. Well, at least so far, it looks like I was wrong. Cody Bellinger, you see, is some of the hottest hot butter on anyone’s breakfast toast these days. The already-two-time National League Player of the Week is currently sitting on a .332 career TAv through his first 70 big-league games, a figure that rates as the seventh-best compiled in this season’s first half (minimum 200 plate appearances).

Not two years ago, I had him as a 45-hit/50-power guy headed for a nifty career as a versatile bench piece with regular potential. Whoops? Maybe?

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Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are towering over baseball as rookies.

Two of the first half's top stories were the power-hitting pillars of two of the league’s flagship franchises. Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger have captured the national imagination, and—with the Rookie of the Year trophies almost surely already engraved—they might just capture their league’s MVP awards come November. They’re the perfect new faces for the sport, at least for this part of this season—a spring marked by skyrocketing home run rates, questions about the ball being juiced, and a wave of young talent not only supernally talented, but also impossibly big, strong, and fast.

These are two towering sluggers, but they’re less unusual in that way than they might have been a decade ago, and certainly less so than they would have been in the 1980s or earlier. In fact, the six-foot-seven Judge and the six-foot-four Bellinger are just the latest in a line of very tall power hitters who have been taking over the game in recent seasons. Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant, Corey Seager, and Carlos Correa all are at least six-foot-four. For most of baseball history, conventional wisdom has held that guys with such long levers were too vulnerable strikeouts, too exploitable, too disadvantaged by the larger strike zone with which opposing pitchers could work. That conventional wisdom, to the extent that it’s not retroactively disproven by these superstar sluggers, seems to be eroding. I want to talk about why, and what it can tell us about the game.

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On the 10th episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. reflect on the downgrade in Anaheim from Mike Trout to Eric Young Jr. Across Los Angeles, Brandon Morrow returns to the Dodgers' bullpen, and the guys marvel over the players they didn't know were still in the league. Plus much, much more!

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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How does the best pitcher of this era stack up against the greats from the previous three decades?

It’s important, if you want to speak intelligently about baseball in the past or the present, that the past and present don’t stand on equal footing. In absolute terms, baseball players have gotten better over time, and not by any small margin. Even in relative terms, they’ve gotten better: players and the people who support them understand the game better than ever, including the crucial area of anticipating and strategizing against an opponent’s choices and actions.

If you could make every player in baseball history their best selves and have them all play against each other for a year, the WAR leaderboards would include very, very few guys whose career began before JFK was shot. In every way, baseball is better (maybe not as beautiful or as purely enjoyable, at times, but better) than ever. Of course, that kind of thinking can be taken too far.

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On the fifth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. talk about the end of Ryan Howard's career, what made him an interesting player, and how history will remember the powerful slugger. Then it's on to Justin Marks and the Dodgers' "type" of pitcher, minor moves that stick with you, and a full transaction roundup.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On the fifth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. talk about Ryan Howard's release from the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, and the (likely) end of his major-league career. (Bryan also wrote an expanded article about Howard for a Liner Notes column today!) Then R.J. brings up Justin Marks and how the Dodgers are chasing a very specific style of pitcher, and the guys reflect on some minor moves of years past that have stuck with them ... and Bryan goes a little too long on Athletics outfielder Mark Canha. Then it's off to the usual transaction roundup, where the Giants and Mariners continue to fall apart, and the Cubs may or may not be improving with the addition of Jeimer Candelario.

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On the second episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. delve into the early wave of prospect talent coming up in Los Angeles; will Bellinger and Urias push the Dodgers to the top of the West? Also, the guys break down Oakland's Andrew Triggs and much more.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

On this episode, Bryan and R.J. discuss the newest additions to the Dodgers' 25-man roster: Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias. Will these top talents push the Dodgers past the surprising Diamondbacks and Rockies in the NL West, and what should we expect from these two this season? Then the guys examine a transaction in retrospect, looking at waiver-wire pickup Andrew Triggs, and how Oakland converted this reliever into a surprising starting pitching asset. Lastly, the batting prospect topics include the NL East's spate of devastating injuries (Noah Syndergaard, Adam Eaton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Aaron Nola), and a few back-of-the-bench utility infielders such as Chase d'Arnaud, Tim Beckham, and ... sigh ... Jurickson Profar.

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April 26, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Cody Bellinger

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

Consider this a renewed request not to use "Bae-llinger."

The Situation: Joc Pederson is on the DL with a groin strain and the Dodgers could use a left-handed center field bat to pair with Enrique Hernandez. So they called up…a first baseman? Yes, but this first baseman also plays center (and left) field. And mashes dingers.

The Background: Bellinger was the fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2013 as an Arizona prep and signed for $700,000. He was drafted as a first baseman, where he played exclusively for the first two season of his pro career. The Dodgers aggressively assigned Bellinger to Advanced-A in 2015 and started playing him occasionally in center field as well. Bellinger broke out in a big way, socking 30 home runs. He proved it was no Cal League mirage last season, mashing his way through Double-A while spending time at all three outfield spots in addition to first. He got off to a hot start in Oklahoma City this year, batting .343/.429/.627 at the time of his call up.

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April 6, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Payrolls: It's All Relative

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Rob Mains

Freespending Royals? Pennypinching Yankees? Maybe!

I enjoy writing about baseball, but sometimes it’s a struggle to come up with a topic. That’s why I’m thankful for Twitter.

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Vin Scully is retired, but the Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, and all kinds of PECOTA love.

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