Paul Banks

Paul Banks

Dodgers: Walker Buehler's Competitiveness Inspires Pirates Prospect Quinn Priester
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Dodgers: Walker Buehler's Competitiveness Inspires Pirates Prospect Quinn Priester

Growing up a Chicago Cubs fan in suburban Glendale Heights, Priester strives to emulate the efficiency of Kyle Hendricks. When it comes to his mental and psychological approach to the game, Dodgers hurler Walker Buehler is the model.

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ESPN '30 for 30' Documentary 'Long Gone Summer' Tardy on the Fastball
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ESPN '30 for 30' Documentary 'Long Gone Summer' Tardy on the Fastball

The film's running time is one hour and 43 minutes, but it's a full hour and a half before performance enhancing drugs are even mentioned.

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5 Worst Dodgers First-Round Draft Picks of All Time
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5 Worst Dodgers First-Round Draft Picks of All Time

The five former ballplayers listed here were all in their own way quite good. They were better at the amateur level than most of their peers, which is why the Dodgers drafted them. However, none of them came close to reaching the expectations that accompany a first-round draft pick.

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5 Best Dodgers First Round Draft Picks of All Time
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5 Best Dodgers First Round Draft Picks of All Time

No club wins Rookie of the Year awards like the Dodgers do. The franchise has claimed the award named for Jackie Robinson twice as many times (18) as the next closest competitor (Yankees, with nine).

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5  Worst #1 Overall MLB Draft Picks of All Time
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5 Worst #1 Overall MLB Draft Picks of All Time

The draft began in 1965 -- with ASU's Rick Monday being the first player ever to be selected (by the Kansas City A's) -- and only four number one overall picks failed to reach the Major Leagues. We now present those four stories, and one additional pick that also went awry.

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5 Greatest Number 1 Overall Picks in MLB Draft History
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5 Greatest Number 1 Overall Picks in MLB Draft History

Honorable Mention: Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Justin Upton, Gerrit Cole, Adrian Gonzalez, David Price, B.J. Surhoff, Darryl Strawberry.

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Five Players Dodgers Might Take with 29th Pick in MLB Draft
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Five Players Dodgers Might Take with 29th Pick in MLB Draft

Since Andrew Friedman took over as president of baseball operations in 2014, seven of L.A.'s nine first round picks came from the college ranks.

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How Taiwan Safely Plays Professional Baseball During a Pandemic
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How Taiwan Safely Plays Professional Baseball During a Pandemic

Despite their close proximity to China, origin of the COVID-19 outbreak, Taiwan is a role model for how to properly battle the pandemic. As of May 3, the country has had only 432 total cases with just six deaths. Last week, they enjoyed four straight days without any new cases.

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The Steroids Wing in the Baseball Hall of Fame
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The Steroids Wing in the Baseball Hall of Fame

At the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York there is one individual with more dedicated physical space than any other - Hank Aaron. There is an impressive amount of real estate dedicated solely to Babe Ruth too. Barry Bonds, not so much.

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California Love: A Southern California-Only Plan to Salvage the 2020 MLB Season
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California Love: A Southern California-Only Plan to Salvage the 2020 MLB Season

With the exception of the domed Chase Field, the great-Phoenix area, because of the heat from June through September, is far from an ideal location. Southern California’s pleasant climate is considerably more conducive to summer baseball.

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The Day Major League Baseball Played Behind Closed Doors
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The Day Major League Baseball Played Behind Closed Doors

The crowdless game was played April 29, 2015 at Camden Yards, with the Baltimore Orioles defeating the Chicago White Sox, 8-2.

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