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COREY SEAGER

Oct. 12, 2015
Oct. 12, 2015

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Oct. 12, 2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • By GREG A. BEDARD
  • Ohio State's Joey Bosa and Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah appear to be first-round locks, with Oakman, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun and Oregon's DeForest Buckner likely to go on opening night if they perform well. Here are five other pure DEs who could work their way into the top round.

DAY OF ATONEMENT
  • FOR THE 82ND STRAIGHT YEAR, THERE'S NO WORLD SERIES IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL. BUT THERE'S REASON TO BELIEVE, D.C: AFTER DECADES IN THE DESERT, ONE FAN HAS DONE HIS PART TO TURN THE FATES IN YOUR FAVOR

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One of the questions surrounding the Dodgers has been whether manager Don Mattingly would shake his preference—learned at the feet of late-period Joe Torre—for veterans, and put his best players on the field. For most of the season Jimmy Rollins was the starting shortstop and by far L.A.'s worst regular, hitting just .224/.285/.358, getting caught on 8 of 20 stolen base attempts and showing the defensive range you would expect from a 36-year-old. When Rollins suffered a righthand injury on Sept. 6 against the Padres, it created an opportunity for top prospect Corey Seager, 21, and the lefthanded-hitting rookie seized it. Seager has put up a .337/.425/.561 line since his call-up, reaching base in all but one of his 25 starts. Rollins's hand has healed, but he hasn't reclaimed his starting spot; Mattingly has put him in the lineup just five times since his injury. The massive offensive gap between the players dwarfs whatever fielding edge the sure-handed Rollins may have on Seager, who gets to more balls but also makes more mistakes. Because the Dodgers' high-strikeout rotation doesn't especially depend on defense—their starters had the lowest contact rate (76.9%) and second highest swinging strike rate (10.8%) in the majors this season—Mattingly can choose the superior hitter. His best lineup includes Seager at shortstop, especially against the Mets' righthanded power arms.

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