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Dodgers: Miguel Vargas is Fully Appreciating the Opportunity in the Big League Clubhouse

When the Dodgers announced their roster for the National League Division Series on Tuesday morning, the closest thing to a surprise was rookie Miguel Vargas making the team over veteran Hanser Alberto.

Los Angeles star Justin Turner was asked about Vargas during his media availability on Tuesday, and he had a lot to say about the excitable youngster.

“He’s been incredible since he’s been up here, just having conversations with guys, talking about it. I was talking to him the other day, and he’s like, ‘Man, this is completely different than what I imagined the major leagues were. I’ve never been a part of a team that is a team, right? I’ve never been a part of that.’

“He’s like, ‘It’s just been awesome every day coming in and getting a chance.’

“I mean, you get to talk to some pretty good hitters, right? Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Will Smith. You go up and down the lineup. Max Muncy. There’s a lot of knowledge, a lot of good information. Vargy has been unbelievable at being a sponge and soaking it all in. I have a feeling he is going to take some good at-bats for us, some big at-bats for us.”

Vargas’s hit tool was the main reason manager Dave Roberts chose him over Alberto, but that sponge-like enthusiasm for learning and growing as a ballplayer surely made the decision easier. Having veterans like Turner and the others to learn from can only help his progression as a player.

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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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