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Scott Van Slyke was waived by his Korean team

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It may be that Scott Van Slyke’s baseball career is over. When you get waived by a KBO team, there really isn’t anywhere left to go.

The team: the Doosan Bears, which gave Van Slyke his walking papers only 12 games into his Korean career. It’s hard to blame them, though, as he was hitting only .128/.209/.231 with one homer. This after he hit .248/.354/.467 at New Orleans earlier this season.

While that Triple-A line isn’t terrible, it’s sort of telling that the Marlins, one of baseball’s worst teams, didn’t want to bring him up. It’s also the case that there is not a big market out there for corner guys over 30 like Van Slyke. He could get a non-roster invite to someone’s spring training next February, but it’s unlikely he’ll get picked up by anyone on a major league deal.

If he does decide to hang things up, he’ll finish his big league career with a line of .242/.326/.417 with 29 homers and 95 RBI across six big league seasons, all with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.