For their latest rookie of the year, the Dodgers can thank one of their owners. The basketball-playing one.
Cal Ripken Jr. stood tall. Shortstops did not, at least not in a baseball world populated by the likes of Ozzie Smith, Mark Belanger and Luis Aparicio. Ripken wanted to play shortstop, so he drew his inspiration from an out-of-the-box wizard in another sport.
“I remember thinking about Magic Johnson playing the point,” Ripken said.
The lineage of big shortstops — big bodies and big success — officially extended to Corey Seager on Monday. Seager was the unanimous winner of the National League rookie-of-the-year...