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Trout's the Best, So Vote That Way

Anthony Castrovince, Sports on Earth

Baseball Gods Took Care of Scully

Chuck Culpepper, Washington Post

For Instant Harmony, Try "Scully"

Mark Whicker, Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. Bidding for '24 Olympics - But Why?

Les Carpenter, The Guardian

If two players are both having extraordinary seasons legitimately worthy of the MVP Award, but one of them is October-bound and the other is not, by all means, feel free to use the...(full article)

LOS ANGELES — In apparent corroboration for those who assert the existence of sky-based phantoms often dubbed “baseball gods,” something really, really strange happened Sunda...(full article)

With five games to go in his 67th season, Vin Scully said, “Wow.” With four games to go, he said, “Whoa.” He has seen Bobby Thomson’s home run and Don Drysdale’s shutou...(full article)

On Friday, April 9th, 2004, Royce Clayton of the Colorado Rockies—his new dreadlocks cascading out from under his helmet—strode to the plate at Dodger Stadium to lead off the t...(full article)

So now that another city has all but dropped out of the running for the 2024 Olympics it is becoming more likely the Games will come back to Los Angeles (Paris still rema...(full article)

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