Reports: Proposed Time Warner-Comcast merger faces opposition from DoJ.

SportsNet LA logoOK, let’s start with the reaction to today’s news. That’s easier to explain than the news itself.

If you are a Dodgers fan who can’t get SportsNet LA on your television at home, your rooting interest in the proposed Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger is simple. You want the merger resolved quickly, one way or another. If the merger is approved, a separate transaction would be approved that would put SportsNet LA in the home of every Southern California Charter cable subscriber. If it isn’t approved, Time Warner and DirecTV are more likely to resume negotiations over SportsNet LA (there have been no negotiations to report lately).

So, either way, a swift resolution to the merger brings the Dodgers closer to more televisions.

Now, the news.
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On Milton Bradley, domestic abuse and a new documentary.

Milton Bradley

Retired outfielder Milton Bradley played for the Dodgers from 2004-05. (Getty Images)

In case you missed it, colleague Tom Hoffarth caught up with L. Jon Wertheim, author of a Sports Illustrated piece on former Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley‘s relationship with his wife and domestic violence. You can read that piece here.

Bradley was a bad guy to his wife. You might not need to read Hoffarth’s piece (or Wertheim’s) to have that figured out by now. But we have a couple new prisms through which to view domestic violence, the Ray Rice video and the death of Bradley’s wife. What if Bradley played for the Dodgers now? Would he be vilified to the same degree as Rice without a touchstone video? Or would he be given the same degree of public forgiveness he was granted 10 years ago?

What do you think?

ESPN survey: MLB players aren’t fans of Yasiel Puig, Dodgers’ World Series chances.

Yasiel Puig

According to an ESPN survey, MLB players consider Yasiel Puig the second-most overrated player in the game. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

ESPN surveyed 117 active players to get their anonymous opinions about the best and worst players and teams in baseball. The results can be found here.

Some highlights:

• Who will win the World Series?
Nationals 30 percent
Mariners 17 percent
Angels 10 percent

• Who is the best overall player in MLB?
Mike Trout 61 percent
Miguel Cabrera 10 percent
Clayton Kershaw 8 percent

• Who is the most overrated player in MLB?
Bryce Harper 41 percent
Yasiel Puig 15 percent

• Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.” — American League pitcher