The bullpen has become the focus of modern baseball. It's essentially a greenroom as they prepare to take center stage. Hours are spent analyzing the opposition, comparing notes and getting loose - which often extends beyond pitchers' muscles to their interactions with spectators. The bullpen is home not only to relievers, of course, but also to starters before game time, to backup catchers and to coaches who are a phone call away (not cell, not even cordless) from the brain trust in the dugout.
The Dodgers have won six World Series titles since 1955. Sports Illustrated has been there to cover every single one. From Jackie Robinson to Sandy Koufax to Kirk Gibson, SI was on the scene as the Dodgers competed on baseball's grandest stage.
This past Sunday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, 5 inductees were honored with their bronze plaques as members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The Class of 2017 consists of Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez, Bud Selig and John Schuerholz. Below are some highlights from the outstanding careers of these new honorees.