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Podcast episode 2017: Opening day is finally here

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17 weeks later, we have an MLB season

Arizona Diamondback v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After about a month we are finally back for another podcast episode, and one of us is a new father. No spoilers, though. You’ll need to listen to the podcast to find out which one.

Opening day is nearly here, so we review the near entirety of Dodgers summer camp, and look ahead to the likely opening day roster, and the eeriness of playing baseball with no fans in the stands.

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


Dodgers rewind

1981 World Series - Dodgers v Yankees Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images

This week we look back at one of the most versatile players in Dodgers history, Derrel Thomas. He played five years for the Dodgers and started at seven positions, and even played an inning at first base.

He also took over duties behind the plate as the team’s emergency catcher for 31 innings over five games, including three starts, in April 1980. Jon Weisman wrote about this in 2015 for Dodgers Insider.

Thomas made one opening day start for the Dodgers, at shortstop in 1980 in Houston against the Astros.

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