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Podcast episode 2013: Feeling a draft

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A shortened draft, and a looming MLB/MLBPA battle

2019 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

This week on the podcast, we actually have some baseball news to talk about, with the 2020 MLB Draft shortened to five rounds, and Major League Baseball sending a proposal to the MLB Players Association on a shortened 2020 season.

We look at a looming battle between players and owners, and whether or not the sides can make a deal. Also, we reveal the results of your votes for our final two spots on the Dodgers ‘Major League’ team from last week’s episode.

Please send any and all podcast questions to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. Special thanks as always to Brian Salvatore, our trusty editor.

Dodgers rewind

Steve Sax’s stint with the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team was fraught with off-field issues.

This week we went with one of the more famous Dodgers we’ve ever done on a rewind in Steve Sax, but it is somewhat timely with Michael Jordan’s minor league baseball excursion a topic on the latest episodes of ‘The Last Dance’ documentary on ESPN.

Sax was in his final major league season in 1994 with the White Sox when he played seven games with the Double-A Birmingham Barons, presumably on a rehab assignment.

With the Dodgers, Sax was the regular second baseman and leadoff hitter for seven seasons (1982-88), winning National League Rookie of the Year in 1982. He averaged 41 stolen bases per season with Los Angeles, made three All-Star teams as a Dodger (and five in his career), and played every inning of the 1988 postseason at second base, scoring 10 runs in 12 games that October.

See also: Sax’s 1988 profile (from 2013)

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