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True Blue LA podcast episode 2108: The leaders of spring

As the season draws nearer, checking in on springs past

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With Corey Seager on fire this spring and Justin Turner’s career body of work in Cactus League play, this week on the podcast we look back at some unheralded Dodgers with standout spring training stats, including Rob Segedin, C.J. Retherford, Nate Samson, to name a few.

We also discussed the return of Cody Bellinger to game action, plus roster cuts, pitchers batting, and much more.

Please send all of your questions to, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. If you like how we sound, it’s because of producer Brian Salvatore. If you don’t like how we sound, it’s Eric and Jacob’s fault.

Dodgers rewind

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One of the spring leaders of recent years was Alex Castellanos, who played in 29 Cactus League games in 2013. Castellanos was an outfielder acquired from St. Louis for Rafael Furcal during 2011, then played for parts of two years (2012-13) with the Dodgers, his only two major league seasons.

Castellanos hit just .171/.186/.390, a 56 OPS+, in his 24 total games with the Dodgers, including eight starts in corner outfield spots. He holds a pair of distinctions, walking zero times in his 43 plate appearances, and as one of at least seven Dodgers to get hit by a pitch in their first major league plate appearance, the latter a list that also includes Roy Campanella and Chad Billingsley.

The Dodgers traded Castellanos to the Red Sox in October 2013 in exchange for minor league outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

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