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Podcast episode 2014: No spitting in baseball

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Sorting out the various proposals to bring MLB back

MLB: NLDS-Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

This week on the podcast, we have a reasonable amount of actual news, breaking down the reports of MLB safety protocols, a look at MLB’s financials, and California Governor Gavin Newsom hinting at the state being open for sports in June.

Please send any and all podcast questions to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. We’re going to take next week off, but plan to be back with another episode in two weeks.

Dodgers rewind

Los Angeles Dodgers SetNumber: X5069

Charlie Neal played six years for the Dodgers, and was a regular middle infielder in the team’s transition from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

Neal had the first hit in LA Dodgers history, in 1958, the same year he set a franchise record for home runs by a second baseman in a season (20 of his 22 came at the position that year), since passed by Davey Lopes and Jeff Kent.

Neal was the regular shortstop in the club’s final season in Brooklyn, when Pee Wee Reese moved to third base. In Los Angeles, Neal led National League second baseman in double plays in 1958 and 1959.

From 1957-59, Neal averaged 17 doubles, 18 home runs, and eight triples, hitting .272/.344/.440, a 102 OPS+.

He hit .370 (10-for-27) with two home runs and two doubles in the 1959 World Series, a huge factor in three of the four Dodgers wins.

See also: Neal’s SABR bio

Charlie Neal led the NL in double plays turned by a second baseman in 1958, not a shortstop, despite what Topps said on the back of his 1959 baseball card.

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