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Dodgers: Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins to Throw Out First Pitch in Philly

As you might have heard, the Dodgers aren’t playing in this year’s World Series. After winning 111 games in the regular season, they suffered a stunning loss to the Padres in the NLDS and have been watching the rest of the postseason from their couches.

There have been reminders throughout the postseason, of course. Former future Dodger Bryce Harper has played very well this postseason, and Phillies reliever Zach Eflin spent one day as a Dodger in December 2014. Heck, in Game 3, we even got a high-scoring World Series game involving the Astros in which one team seemed to know what pitches were coming, and if that doesn’t remind you of the Dodgers, nothing will.

Game 4 will have some more L.A. ties, too, as the guy the Dodgers traded Eflin for will be one of two former Los Angeles infielders throwing out first pitches prior to the game in Philadelphia.

Jimmy Rollins spent most of the 2015 season as L.A.’s starting shortstop, posting the worst offensive season of his career to that point with a .643 OPS and 79 OPS+. He was replaced at shortstop in September by rookie Corey Seager. (Rollins was even worse the next year with the White Sox, who cut him midseason and ended his big-league career.)

For the last two months of 2015, Rollins was joined in Los Angeles by his former double-play partner in Philadelphia, Chase Utley. Like Rollins, Utley never replicated his Phillies success in L.A., but he stuck around for four seasons and became a fan favorite for his hard-nosed play and mentorship to young players.

Both players remain beloved in Philadelphia, and they were key members of the Phillies team that won the 2009 World Series. Look for a fond welcome from Phillies fans tonight.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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