Gregg Zaun not about to lose the limelight

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Matt Wieters’ debut in Baltimore tonight is getting all of the
attention, but let us not lose sight of the fact that the man whose job
he is taking — Gregg Zaun — is himself a megastar.

Don’t believe me? Just check out his website,
which is not the sort of thing you’d expect for a journeyman catcher
with a .383 slugging percentage. If aliens came from outerspace and saw
that thing they’d think he was some sort of demi-god. A warning,
though: if you’re at work — or if the prog-rock stylings of Rush
aren’t your cup of tea — you may want to turn your volume down before
clicking.

I wonder what song Matt Wieters will put on his website . . .

(thanks to reader JohnnyNebraska for the heads up)

Dodgers feel optimistic about Corey Seager’s return in the World Series

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The Dodgers pulled through the five-game Championship Series without Corey Seager, but they’re counting down the days until their prized slugger/shortstop can make his first World Series appearance. He still has a ways to go before he can return to the field, however. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports that while Seager has been hitting off a tee, taking soft toss and running the curves of the infield, he’ll need to practice hitting in a simulated game before he can rejoin the team next Tuesday.

The 23-year-old infielder went 3-for-15 with a triple and two RBI in the NLDS earlier this month. He was sidelined in Game 3 of the series after making a bad slide into second base and sustaining a lower back strain. Although he’s made fairly rapid progress in his recovery over the last two weeks, he’s not back at 100% just yet, and Roberts said he won’t make a final decision on his status until it gets closer to game time. Even if Seager makes a successful return to his starting position, the Dodgers may not get the same .295/.375/.479 hitter they relied on during the regular season.

Provided that everything goes smoothly over the next two days, though, there’s a decent chance Seager will find his way to the infield — or, at the very least, to the plate. “We’re very optimistic,” Roberts said Saturday. “Corey doesn’t want to be denied.”