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Podcast episode 2006: No baseball, now what?

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Trying to cope during a pandemic, and with no sports

Major League Baseball Suspends Spring Training Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

A lot has happened in between podcast episodes. We catch up with how baseball, and sports in general, has been halted during the coronavirus pandemic, and where we go from here.

This is also a mailbag episode, covering a wide range of topics, including the all-important topics of working from home, movie theater candy, and what SportsNet LA should televise while baseball is on the sideline.

Our plan for now is to keep recording an episode every two weeks, basically our offseason schedule since there are no games, though we can adjust if necessary if something particularly noteworthy happens.

Please send any and all podcast questions to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.


Dodgers rewind

I love the random info unrelated to the player in question that sometimes appeared on Topps cards, like this 1977 John Hale card.

John Hale was an outfielder drafted in the 14th round in 1971 out of Wasco High School (just outside of Bakersfield). Though he hit just .214/.314/.317, a 78 OPS+, in four seasons with the Dodgers, he still had a memorable debut.

He reached the Dodgers at age 20 for a cup of coffee in 1974, playing all of four games as a September call up. Hale didn’t get an at-bat until the penultimate game of the season, just after Los Angeles clinched the division. Hale doubled against J.R. Richard in his first at-bat, and over the final two days of the season went 4-for-4.

Hale is the only player in the history of baseball to bat 1.000 in at least four at-bats in a season, and his 540 OPS+ is the sixth-highest single-season mark in Dodgers history in any amount of plate appearances.

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