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TBLA Friday morning links: Aug. 16, 2019

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers news ...

The Dodgers dropped the series finale to the Marlins on Thursday, but their offense still showed up. You can read the TBLA recap here.

Cody Bellinger became the first player in the MLB to reach 40 home runs this season.

ESPN had a roundtable discussion about the Dodgers, Yankees and Astros, discussing how prepared each team is for the postseason.

One of my professors at USC created this “Vin Scully in Space” video and it’s truly worth the watch. I can’t describe to you what it is, you just have to watch for yourself.

Around the league ...

One of the biggest stories around the MLB is Bryce Harper’s walk-off grand slam. He freakin’ destroyed that baseball.

Mike Trout also reached the 40 HR mark on Thursday, hours after Cody Bellinger reached it.

Since the 2020 MLB season will start earlier than ever before, it comes with weather concerns.

Places like Chicago, where the normal low temperature for the last 30 years on March 26 is technically freezing – 32 degrees. They’ll also play in Pittsburgh, where the 30-year normal low is 33 degrees, Cincinnati (37 degrees) and New York (38 degrees).

On a sad note, a minor league baseball fan from the Central Valley died after participating in a taco-eating contest.