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True Blue LA podcast episode 2114: Hitting the skids

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Dodgers have their first extended slump in a while

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The Dodgers offense is struggling, the bullpen is shaky, and injuries are mounting. The team is facing its most adversity in some time, dropping seven of nine games, including their first three-game losing streak since August 2019.

We look at what’s going wrong, what might happen soon, and potential upcoming pitfalls as well.

For any questions, please email tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch. Thanks as always to producer Brian Salvatore for removing the annoying parts of our audio.

Dodgers rewind

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Since Max Muncy walked five times on Sunday to tie a franchise record, we look back at the last Dodger to do so, Greg Brock in 1983. That was Brock’s rookie year, after a few sublime seasons in Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Albuquerque.

Brock was productive in his four full seasons (1983-86) with the Dodgers, hitting 71 home runs with a 108 OPS+. But he had the unenviable task of replacing a legend in Steve Garvey, which wasn’t helped by his combined 1-for-21 performance in two playoff series with Los Angeles.

In addition to looking back at Brock’s career, we look at some of the trade rumors in the early 1980s as they transitioned away from The Infield, including Pedro Guerrero for Ozzie Smith, and Brock being included in a potential 3-for-1 deal to bring back Bill Buckner to Los Angeles.

The Dodgers traded Brock to Milwaukee at the winter meetings in 1986, getting back Tim Leary and Tim Crews, both of whom played key roles in the World Series-winning pitching staff two years later.

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