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Eric Stephen is the managing editor of True Blue LA, where he's covered the Dodgers since 2009, providing comprehensive analysis of and commentary on the team, their performance, player payroll, old friend alerts, spring training ties, three-inning saves, and even the minutiae of every single roster transaction.

In addition to writing about the Dodgers, Eric is the host of two podcasts on the True Blue LA feed. Leading Off is the weekly podcast co-hosted by Jacob Burch that has delved into the ins and outs of the team since 2013. The Lineup is a daily morning podcast in season that reacts to the news and notes of each day.

Growing up in Palm Springs, Eric watched the Dodgers thanks to the guidance of his two older brothers, and has watched baseball intently (some would rightfully say obsessively) since 1985, when his first favorite player, Pedro Guerrero, tied a record by hitting 15 home runs that June.

Eric’s favorite player of all-time is Eddie Murray, who hit .330/.414/.520 for the Dodgers in 1990. He led the majors in batting average that season but did not win a batting title because Willie McGee’s .335 batting average with St. Louis stood after the outfielder was traded to Oakland in late August, a fact that Eric is still sore about over three decades later.

Eric has worked in a variety of roles for SB Nation and Vox Media. He ran SB Nation Los Angeles, was an assignment editor and copy editor for SB Nation, and wrote about all sports nationally for SB Nation. He has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America since 2016, and has covered 10 postseasons and three World Series.

Dodgers-Rays game added to Peacock Sunday morning schedule

The game between the Dodgers and Rays on May 28 at Tropicana Field in Florida will be exclusively broadcast on Peacock, with an 8:35 a.m. PT start, LA’s earliest game of the 2023 season.

Notes: Regional networks, Hall of Fame, Jared Walker

Following up on Bally Sports Networks nearing bankruptcy and its impact on MLB teams, plus a look at the next five years of Hall of Fame voting. Also, former Dodgers draft pick Jared Walker is now a coach with the Giants.

Farewell, Ralph Avila

Longtime Dodgers scout and executive Ralph Avila, who shepherded the team’s presence in the Dominican Republic, died at age 92.

Cartaya highlighted in The Athletic top 100 prospects

Catcher Diego Cartaya is among eight Dodgers prospects ranked in the top 100 entering the 2023 season by Keith Law at The Athletic.

MLB arbitration hearings are near

Salary arbitration hearings in Major League Baseball will be held over the next three weeks, which means we’ll know fairly soon how much Tony Gonsolin will earn in 2023.

Notes: Don Sutton, Andre Ethier, Mookie Betts

A look at how longtime Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton broke the mold in Hall of Fame voting, an appreciation of Andre Ethier’s one-and-done time on the HOF ballot, and an upcoming charity bowling tournament for Mookie Betts.

Dodgers sign Dylan Covey to minors deal

The Dodgers signed pitcher Dylan Covey to a minor league contract, after the right-hander pitched the last two seasons in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

Where Dodgers free agents have signed for 2023

Keeping track of where various Dodgers free agents — like Trea Turner, Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, and more — have signed for the 2023 season, and beyond.

Danny Duffy signs minor league deal with Rangers

Former Dodgers pitchers Danny Duffy and Reyes Moronta signed minor league contracts with the Rangers that include non-roster invitations to spring training.

Bally Sports bankruptcy could change MLB coverage

With Sinclair’s Bally Sports regional sports networks likely headed for bankruptcy, that could affect nearly half the teams in Major League Baseball, and help spur change in how the sport is covered locally.