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TBLA Friday morning links: June 21, 2019

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Happy first day of summer!

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers news ...

Some weird stuff happened in the series finale versus the Giants. One of things being Joc Pederson debuting at first base. And he wasn’t half bad.

Conversations about Cody Bellinger being the best in baseball aren’t getting old. Here’s ESPN’s latest on the matter.

After being benched in the World Series, Cody Bellinger now leads MLB in WAR and owns the lefties who once owned him. How’s he done it? The Los Angeles Dodgers’ All-Star wields five tools like a master craftsman.

Around the league ...

Perhaps the biggest story that came out of Thursday was the idea that the Tampa Bay Rays could potentially expand to Montreal. The response on Twitter was mixed.

The Washington Nationals announced that they will extend their protective netting, joining the Chicago White Sox as the first two teams to make the change.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen several fans injured by bats and balls leaving the field of play at other stadiums. I could not help but become emotional last month watching the Astros-Cubs game when a four-year-old little girl was hit by a line drive. I can’t imagine what her parents must have felt in that moment. And to see the raw emotion and concern from Albert Almora Jr. was heartbreaking. Further extending the netting at Nationals Park will provide additional protection for our fans. —Mark D. Lerner, Washington Nationals Owner

My personal favorite from Thursday, courtesy of the Atlanta Braves.