Meet the Players: Get to know the Dodgers

September 23rd, 2017

Here is everything you need to know about the Dodgers, who are searching for their first World Series title since 1988.

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Born: Riverside, Calif.

DOB: 12/28/89

HS: Riverside Poly (Calif.) High School

College: Arizona State University

Minors: Jamestown (A-), Greensboro (A), Jupiter (A+), Jacksonville (AA), Oklahoma City (AAA)

• Major League Baseball runs in Barnes' family. His uncle Mike Gallego was an infielder for the A's, Yankees and Cardinals from 1985-97 and won a World Series with Oakland in '89. Gallego also previously served as the A's third-base coach and the Angels director of baseball development.

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"Uncle Mike made the big leagues an obtainable goal," Barnes said of growing up around Gallego. "You see your uncle can do it, and it puts it in your mind that it's possible. His attitude and the way he carried himself transferred over and showed me this is something you could do if you just work hard."

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Born: Scottsdale, Ariz.

DOB: 7/13/95

HS: Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) High School

Minors: AL Dodgers (R), Ogden (R), Rancho Cucamonga (R+), Oklahoma City (AAA), Tulsa (AA)

• Cody Bellinger isn't the first in his family to reach the Major Leagues and he may not be the last. Cody's father, Clay, was a second-round Draft pick of the Giants in 1989 and went on to play in three seasons with the Yankees from 1999-2001 and appear in two games for the Angels in '02. Following behind Cody is Cole Bellinger, a right-handed pitcher, who was selected by the Padres in the 15th round of this June's Draft.

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Bellinger, who was the Dodgers' No. 1 prospect entering 2017, clubbed 39 home runs -- more than three times the amount his dad hit in his entire career -- to set a National League rookie record. Bellinger's home run against Arizona in Game 3 of the NLDS presented by T-Mobile made him the youngest Dodger to homer in a postseason game at just 22 years and 88 days old.

Tony Cingrani, LHP

Born: Evergreen, Ill.

DOB: 7/5/89

HS: Lincoln Way Central (New Lenox, Ill.) High School

College: Rice (Houston), South Suburban College (South Holland, Ill.)

Minors: Billings (R), Pensacola (AA), Bakersfield (A+), Louisville (AAA)

• Cingrani starred at Lincoln-Way Central High School before his baseball career led him to the big leagues. He tossed a no-hitter as a senior in 2007, striking out 20 batters against the state's top-ranked team. On April 28, 2013 -- Cingrani's rookie season -- the lefty became only the 58th pitcher in history to strike out four batters in an inning, doing so in the fourth against the Nationals.


Born: Habikino, Japan

DOB: 8/16/86

HS: Tohoku (Sendai, Japan)

• Twelve years ago, Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda traveled to Japan in an attempt to persuade Darvish, then a senior in high school, and his parents that Darvish should begin his professional career in Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. Darvish instead opted for seven seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, becoming one of the league's biggest stars, but eventually found his way to L.A., joining the Dodgers at this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Darvish allowed only two combined runs in his first two postseason starts for the Dodgers, but he accomplished something much more rare in Game 3 of the NLCS presented by Camping World. In the sixth inning of that game, Darvish became the first pitcher to draw a bases-loaded walk in postseason play since Dodgers pitcher Burt Hooton in the 1977 NLCS.

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Born: Phoenix

DOB: 4/10/82

HS: St. Marys (Ariz.) High School

College: Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Minors: Vancouver (A-), Kane County (A), Modesto (A+), Midland (AA), Las Vegas (AAA)

• Ethier has spent 12 seasons in the Majors, but his athletic accomplishments may be rivaled in his own household. Ethier and his wife, Maggie, were the first husband-wife inductees into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Andre was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection in baseball, while Maggie was an All-American gymnast on vault in 2001 and on floor in 2003. She scored nine perfect 10.0s in her collegiate career -- two on the vault, one on the beam and six on the floor -- the most in school history.

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Ethier's resiliency has paid big dividends in each of the past two seasons for the Dodgers. Ethier broke his leg in Spring Training last year but came back to hit a home run in the 2016 NLCS against the Cubs. Ethier missed the majority of this season with a herniated disk in his back, but again returned to homer against the Cubs in this year's NLCS. Now in his 12th year with the Dodgers, Ethier is the longest-serving member of the club.

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Born: Atlanta

DOB: 8/17/90

HS: Marist High School (Atlanta)

College: Georgia

Minors: Ogden (R), Rancho Cucamonga (A+), Great Lakes (A), Tulsa (AA), Oklahoma City (AAA)

• Fans seeing Farmer for the first time on the October stage may recognize the Dodgers rookie from 2009's The Blind Side. As a senior at Marist, Farmer played a high school quarterback in the Academy Award-nominated film starring Sandra Bullock. His acting debut was unpaid, however, to preserve his college eligibility.

Farmer's first Major League at-bat on July 28 was about as memorable as could be. Entering as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 11th, Farmer knocked a two-run, walk-off double to deliver the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the rival Giants. Farmer became the first Dodger in history to record a walk-off hit in his first career plate appearance.

Josh Fields, RHP

Born: Athens, Ga.

DOB: 8/19/85

HS: Prince Avenue Christian (Bogart, Ga.)

College: Georgia

Minors: West Tennessee (AA), Tacoma (AAA), Portland (AA), Jackson (AA), Pawtucket (AAA), Portland (AA)

• Before Fields was pitching out of the Dodgers bullpen, he was one of the college game's top relievers for Georgia. He appeared in 36 games for the SEC-champion Bulldogs that advanced to the College World Series in 2008, going 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA with 18 saves, a school record. A consensus All-American, Fields was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and National Stopper of the Year, and he established a new Georgia and SEC record for career saves (41). Fields, along with Farmer and Alex Wood, is one of three former Bulldogs on the Dodgers' roster.


Born: Memphis

DOB: 1/14/87

HS: Christian Brothers (Memphis) High School

College: University of Arkansas

Minors: Eugene (A-), AZL Padres (R), San Antonio (AA), Lake Elsinore (A+), Tucson (AAA)

• As a junior at Arkansas, Forsythe starred for Team USA at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio De Janeiro. He hit .625 (10-for-16) in the tournament, helping the U.S. to a silver medal finish behind gold-medalist Cuba. Forsythe is known for his versatility; he has played at every position in the big leagues except pitcher, catcher and center field. He was one of only two players to start in all nine spots in the batting order at least once during the 2015 season.

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Born: San Diego

DOB: 5/8/82

HS: Eastlake (Calif.) High School

Minors: GCL Marlins (R), Utica (A-), Kane County (A), Portland (AA), Frisco (AA), Carolina (AA), Albuquerque (AAA), Oklahoma (AAA)

• Gonzalez is very involved in his support for youth baseball, particularly in Tijuana, Mexico, where he spent much of his childhood. He helped renovate a Little League baseball field in the city and continues to fund two fields at Campo Adrian Gonzalez en la Liga Municipal de Tijuana. In 2014, he also established Liga de Beisbol TELMEX Adrian Gonzalez, a youth league in Mexico.

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Born: La Habana, Cuba

DOB: 11/8/88

HS: Miami Springs (Fla.) High School

College: University of Miami

Minors: AZL Reds (R), Bakersfield (A+), Carolina (AA), Louisville (AAA), Tucson (AAA)

• As a junior at Miami, Grandal was one of five finalists for the 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. He hit .401 with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs and was named 2010 ACC Player of the Year, but eventually lost out on the Golden Spikes Award to junior-college star , the top pick in that year's MLB Draft. Grandal is recognized as one of the Majors' best catchers at framing pitches for strikes, including pitches he's had to stand up to receive.

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Born: Blue Island, Ill.

DOB: 3/16/81

HS: Thornton Fractional South (Ill.) High School

College: University of Illinois at Chicago

Minors: Oneonta (A-), Lakeland (A+), Erie (AA), Toledo (AAA)

• The UIC baseball team plays every home game in a ballpark named after one of its most famous alumni. Granderson donated $5 million to help fund the $10 million Curtis Granderson Stadium, which opened in April 2014. According to Sports Illustrated, his contribution is the largest one-time gift from an athlete to their alma mater in history.

Granderson hit a grand slam on Aug. 17 against the Yankees for his final home run as a member of the Mets. Four days later, Granderson hit another slam for the Dodgers to become the first player in MLB history to hit two grand slams for two teams in a span of four games.


Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico

DOB: 8/24/91

HS: American Military Academy (Toa Baja, P.R.)

Minors: GCL Astros (R), Tri-City (A-), Lexington (A), Lancaster (A+), Corpus Christi (AA), Oklahoma City (AAA), New Orleans (AAA)

• Hernandez dabbled in a different profession last year, guest starring on an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful. Hernandez's fiancee, Mariana Vicente, is an actress and one of her first roles was on the long-running daytime series.

Coincidentally, Hernandez made his MLB debut with the Astros and hit his first career home run at Minute Maid Park. He was traded to the Marlins in a deal for outfielder before being traded to the Dodgers. In Game 5 of the NLCS, Hernandez became the 10th player to hit three homers in a postseason game, helping Los Angeles punch its ticket to the World Series. Hernandez, a Puerto Rico native, has been organizing relief efforts and raising funds for those in his home country. His father, Enrique Hernandez II, was a scout in Puerto Rico and coached Astros star as a teeanager. He is fighting cancer but was in the stands at Wrigley Field to see his son hit those three home runs in Game 5.

Rich Hill, LHP

Born: Boston

DOB: 3/11/80

HS: Milton (Mass.) High School

College: Michigan

Minors: Boise (A-), Lansing (A), Dayton (A+), Iowa (AAA), West Tennessee (AA), Peoria (A)

• It's been a winding road to Los Angeles for Hill, who's played for nine different Major League organizations since he was selected by the Cubs out of Michigan in the fourth round of the 2002 Draft. Injuries and inconsistency had Hill bouncing between teams on a number of Minor League deals before eventually landing with the independent Long Island Ducks in 2015. Hill made two starts with the Ducks before the Red Sox offered him a shot at a Major League comeback, and in the span of 16 months, he went from an independent league team to signing a three-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers over the winter.


Born: Willemstad, Curacao

DOB: 9/30/87

Minors: Inland Empire (A+), Chattanooga (AA)

• Jansen, now one of baseball's elite closers, didn't even begin his professional career as a pitcher. The Curacao native was signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free-agent catcher in 2005, the position he remained at until the Dodgers converted him to a reliever in '09. Jansen credits his performance as primary catcher for the Netherlands in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when he flashed his arm strength from behind the plate, for instigating the shift to the mound.

It was at Jansen's wedding in Curacao last offseason that he and , who were both free agents, decided to re-sign with the Dodgers.


Born: Dallas

DOB: 3/19/88

HS: Highland Park (Texas) High School

Minors: GCL Dodgers (R), Great Lakes (A), Jacksonville (AA)

• Kershaw received a shoutout during the Detroit Lions' Week 2 matchup against the Giants by Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who used the Dodgers star's name as an audible call at the line of scrimmage. Kershaw and Stafford both grew up in the Dallas area, playing football, baseball, basketball and soccer together. At one point, Stafford was Kershaw's catcher and Kershaw was Stafford's center. Now, more than a decade after graduating together from Highland Park High School in 2006, Kershaw and Stafford are the highest-paid players in both MLB and the NFL, respectively.

After winning five NL ERA titles, three Cy Young Awards and an MVP Award, Kershaw is making his first appearance in the World Series.


Born: Senboku-gun, Japan

DOB: 4/11/88

HS: PL Gakuen (Japan) High School

• Maeda was well-decorated in his time with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan Central League. He won two Sawamura Awards, given to the league's top pitcher, in 2010 and '14. Maeda also became the youngest pitcher in Japanese baseball history to achieve the pitching Triple Crown during his first Sawamura Award-winning campaign in 2010, going 15-8 with a 2.21 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 215 2/3 innings.

Maeda had a bit of fun during a visit back to his native Japan last offseason, dressing in disguise as an old man and pitching to some of his young fans.


Born: Santa Rosa, Calif.

DOB: 7/26/84

HS: Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park, Calif.) High School

College: California Berkeley

Minors:Inland Empire (A+), AZL Mariners (R), Tacoma (AAA), West Tennessee (AA)

• After spending much of his time in the big leagues as a starting pitcher, Morrow has enjoyed a late-career re-emergence as a reliever -- in large part due to health -- as one of the most reliable arms in the Dodgers' bullpen. Signed to a modest Minor League deal this winter, Morrow turned out to be a steal for the Dodgers this season. He was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 Draft, two slots ahead of Kershaw, but an early ascent to the Majors and questionable use led to multiple injuries before he found a career renaissance in Los Angeles. This is his first career postseason.

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Born: Cienfuegos, Cuba

DOB: 12/7/90

Minors: AZL Dodgers (R), Rancho Cucamonga (A+), Chattanooga (AA)

• This offseason, Puig launched his Wild Horse Foundation, a non-profit organization that draws its title from the nickname given to Puig by legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Puig hosted one of his first charitable events in May, the inaugural Wild Horse Poker Tournament, drawing a star-studded guest list to Dodger Stadium, including teammates Kershaw, Jansen, Gonzalez and Turner, former Dodgers greats Don Newcombe and Orel Hershiser, comedian George Lopez, TV and radio personality Larry King, former NBA forward Metta World Peace and former "The Bachelor" star Ben Higgins.

Puig has been arguably the most entertaining player of the 2017 postseason -- both with his play and his celebrations. From licking his bat to epic bat flips and even a tongue wag or two, Puig has been must-watch this October.

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Born: Charlotte, N.C.

DOB: 4/27/94

HS: Northwest Cabarrus (Concord, N.C.) High School

Minors: Ogden (R), Rancho Cucamonga (A+), Great Lakes (A), Chattanooga (AA), Oklahoma City (AAA)

• Baseball runs in the Seager family. , the oldest at 29, has played third base for the Mariners for seven seasons and was an All-Star in 2014. Justin, 25, was a 12th-round Draft pick of Seattle in 2013 and spent this year playing for Double-A Arkansas in the Mariners' farm system. And Corey, the youngest at 23, is in his third season with the Dodgers and coming off a National League Rookie of the Year campaign. For the inaugural Players Weekend, during which MLB encouraged players to wear nicknames on their jerseys, Kyle wore "Corey's Brother" on the back of his jersey to acknowledge his younger sibling's rapid ascent.

Chris Taylor, OF

Born: Virginia Beach, Va.

DOB: 8/29/90

HS: Frank W. Cox (Virginia Beach) High School

College: Virginia

Minors: Clinton (A), Everett (A-), Jackson (AA), High Desert (A+), Tacoma (AAA)

• Taylor's father and grandfather both competed on the wrestling team at Virginia Tech, and Taylor followed in their footsteps early, winning a Virginia Beach city wrestling championship in middle school. Once he got to high school, however, he bucked the family tradition to focus on baseball. And for good reason, as Taylor went on to play collegiately at Virginia and now finds himself a key piece to the Dodgers. After struggling through three seasons with the Mariners, Taylor was traded to the Dodgers and completely overhauled his swing, which led to a significant power surge. He's since taken a firm hold on the Dodgers' leadoff spot in what's been a breakout season.

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Born: Long Beach, Calif.

DOB: 11/23/84

HS: Mayfair (Calif.) High School

College: California State University Fullerton

Minors: Billings (R), Dayton (A), Sarasota (A+), Chattanooga (AA), Norfolk (AAA), Buffalo (AAA)

• Turner's path to stardom has been long and winding. As a college junior (the year most college prospects get drafted and signed) he was selected by, but didn't sign with, the Yankees. In fact, nine of his college teammates were drafted before him that year. He was then a seventh-round Draft choice of the Reds in 2006 before Cincinnati traded him to the Orioles two years later in a deal that included catcher Ramon Hernandez. Turner's first All-Star Game selection didn't come until this year at the age of 32, but his career .368 average in the postseason is tied with Hall of Famer Paul Molitor for the highest of any player with a minimum of 100 plate appearances.

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Born: Pasadena, Calif.

DOB: 12/17/78

HS: Polytechnic (Calif.) High School

College: UCLA

Minors: Batavia (A-), Clearwater (A+), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)

• Utley fulfilled a childhood dream when he was acquired by the Dodgers in a trade with the Phillies in August 2015. The veteran second baseman grew up cheering on the Dodgers in Long Beach, Calif., and attended college at UCLA.

Utley has seven career World Series home runs on his resume -- the most by any second baseman in history. That includes the five homers he hit for the Phillies in the 2009 World Series -- which is still tied with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for the most hit in any Fall Classic.

Tony Watson, LHP

Born: Sioux City, Iowa

DOB: 5/30/85

HS: Dallas Center Grimes (Iowa) High School

College: Nebraska

Minors: Hickory (A), State College (A-), Lynchburg (A+), Altoona (AA), Indianapolis (AAA)

• Watson was too young to remember his great uncle -- he was only a month old when he died -- but he's heard stories of Tom Offenburger's role in the Civil Rights movement. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Offenburger left his job with U.S. News and World Report in 1966 to become director of information for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He also later worked as press secretary for activist and U.S. congressman Andrew Young.

Alex Wood, LHP

Born: Charlotte, N.C.

DOB: 1/12/91

HS: Ardrey Kell (N.C.) High School

College: University of Georgia

Minors: Rome (A), Mississippi (AA), Gwinnett (AAA)

• The University of Georgia is well-represented on the Dodgers. Wood is one of three players to play his college ball for Bulldogs, along with Fields and Farmer. Wood's collegiate career got off to a delayed start as the left-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in the playoffs his senior year of high school and had to redshirt his first season at Georgia after Tommy John surgery.

Farmer and Wood have matching tattoos on their arms that read "Second Chance" to honor Chance Veazy, their former UGA teammate who was paralyzed from the waist down in a scooter accident in 2009.