Chris Taylor was named the Dodgers preliminary winner for the 2021 Heart & Hustle award from the MLB players association alumni, an annual award that “honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game.”
One winner is chosen from all 30 teams, and the MLB-wide winner will be voted on by active MLB players as well as alumni. The overall winner will be announced in November.
- Molly Knight moved over to Substack at The Long Game, where she’ll write about baseball, pop culture, and more each week. Her first post says Rob Manfred deserves more ire than the Astros.
- Attorneys for Trevor Bauer on Tuesday released more text messages from the woman who filed a temporary restraining order against him, writes Richard Winton at the Los Angeles Times. Bauer’s MLB administrative leave expires on Friday, but can be extended with MLBPA consent.
- Max Scherzer said Tuesday, on the eve of his Dodgers debut, “I’m glad I’m part of an organization that wants to win and has their sights set on doing that.” Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register has more.
- Here’s Fabian Ardaya’s recap of Tuesday night’s boo-fest at Dodger Stadium, at The Athletic.