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Dodgers catchers Yasmani Grandal, A.J. Ellis apply received wisdom
Dodgers catchers Yasmani Grandal, A.J. Ellis apply received wisdom

Over the last three years, Yasmani Grandal has been called everything from a potential All-Star to a drug cheat. Now, with the Dodgers about to break camp, the 26-year-old catcher is embracing a new identity: servant. “You are a servant to your pitchers,” Grandal explained. To become the catcher the Dodgers envisioned when they acquired him as part of the trade that sent Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, Grandal believes he will have to live by this philosophy, which was introduced to him by A.J. Ellis. While Grandal is expected to replace Ellis as the team's primary backstop, his compatibility with the pitching staff is one of the several factors Manager Don...

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