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World Series notes: Corey Seager vs. Carlos Correa, the Chris Taylor trade, and Yasiel Puig

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Before we gear back up for baseball after Thursday’s off day, here are some relevant links to get back into World Series mode as we prepare for Game 3 of the Dodgers and Astros in Houston.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto regrets trading Chris Taylor to the Dodgers for pitcher Zach Lee. Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times caught up with Dipoto:

“It’s clearly the worst deal I’ve ever made,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “And it resonates every time he hits a home run.”

“I whiffed. There’s no other way to categorize it,” Dipoto said. “He’s young, he was under club control — that was one I wish I could undo.”

Ben Lindbergh at The Ringer compared the two great young shortstops in this series, finding it difficult to pick between Corey Seager and Carlos Correa:

They’re both former no. 1 prospects and former Rookies of the Year. They’re both 23 years old, they’re both in their third MLB seasons, they’re both 6-foot-4, and they’re both shortstops.

The similarity of their stats mirrors the similarity of their biographical breakdowns. Each of them is, statistically, the other’s closest comp. Baseball-Reference publishes career-level player similarity scores, based on batting stats and defensive position. Correa’s most similar player? Seager. Seager’s most similar player? Correa. Whichever we pick, we’re splitting hairs here. But split them we must.

Dave Roberts can be a pillar to increase African American interest in baseball, writes Kevin Modesti of the Orange County Register:

“Where are the role models for young African American athletes?” said Terry Cannon, executive director of the Baseball Reliquary, a Pasadena-based historical and cultural organization, and the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. “All of the role models are in basketball and football. There are very few Dave Roberts to look up to if you’re an African American kid living in Los Angeles.”

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com highlighted the relationship between hitting coach Turner Ward and Yasiel Puig:

It has been Puig’s bat licking, tongue wagging, bat flipping and newly dyed blue hair that has received the attention this month. But it is his play on the field and his relationship with Ward that will be most remembered if the Dodgers win the Fall Classic.

Puig seemed to enjoy his time during batting practice on Thursday’s off day at Minute Maid Park:

Home runs have been a large part of the World Series so far, with 11 through two games. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times delved into some theories why, and also got a prediction of sorts:

“If it comes down to a slugfest, my money’s on us,” third baseman Alex Bregman said. “We bang. We’re the best-hitting team in baseball. We’ll step in that box ready to go every time. It’s fun to be a part of an offense like this.”

Bregman homered off Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, the only blemish across Kershaw’s seven dazzling innings. It was typical of the way opponents have tried to handle Kershaw this month: With little chance of bunching hits together, they simply try to swing big.

Game 3 has an 5:20 p.m. PT start time, changed from 5:09 p.m., as MLB on Thursday updated the start times for every remaining game of the World Series. Each game starts at 5:20 p.m, with television coverage on Fox beginning at 4:30 p.m. before each game, except for a 5 p.m. TV start for Sunday’s Game 5.