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Dodgers' Joc Pederson aims to make baseball a contact sport again after second-half struggles last year

Dodgers' Joc Pederson aims to make baseball a contact sport again after second-half struggles last year

Joc Pederson does not want this to sound complicated.

"I'm just trying to hit the ball hard," he said inside the clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, a weekend away from his sophomore season as the team's center fielder. "Put the ball on the barrel. Gotta strike out less."

These are all noble goals, ones that the Dodgers will study with great interest as the 2016 season begins. The team spent little on free-agent hitters over the winter. Instead they chose to rely on revivals from players like Yasiel Puig, Yasmani Grandal and Pederson.

In 2015, his first full season in the majors, Pederson completed one of the most polarizing seasons in recent memory. He...

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