Season in review about nothing: Adrian Gonzalez, ‘The Wink.’

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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez led the National League in slugging percentage and OPS on May 1. (Scott Varley/Staff photographer)

This is Part 16 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.

Adrian Gonzalez, 1B.

Key stats: .275/.350/.480 slash line, 28 home runs, 33 doubles, 90 RBIs in 156 games.

Seinfeld episode: “The Wink” (season 7, episode 4).

Key quote: “That’s ridiculous. I’m not a home run hitter.”

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Dodgers shut out of 2015 BBWAA awards; Bryce Harper wins MVP.

Bryce Harper was a unanimous selection for the National League MVP award Thursday, as the Dodgers were shut out in the annual Baseball Writers Association America awards voting this week.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finished seventh, Clayton Kershaw finished 10th, and Adrian Gonzalez finished 20th in the MVP race. Voters are required to list 10 players on their MVP ballots.

Greinke finished second and Kershaw third in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Joc Pederson got one third-place vote for NL Rookie of the Year, and Don Mattingly got one third-place vote for NL Manager of the Year. Thirty ballots are cast in each race.

I listed Greinke third on my MVP ballot, which I explained here. A spreadsheet of all 30 MVP ballots, along with the final tally for each candidate, is here.

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Zack Greinke wins second consecutive National League Gold Glove Award.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke won the National League Gold Glove Award for the second straight year. Greinke was chosen for the award ahead of Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole.

Adrian Gonzalez was a finalist, but Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt won the NL Gold Glove Award for the second time in his career.

One other player on the Dodgers’ payroll won a Gold Glove today: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. The Dodgers agreed to pay Gordon’s 2015 salary ($2.5 million) when they traded him to the Marlins last winter in a three-team deal that helped them acquire Howie KendrickChris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes. Gordon also led the National League in batting average (.333).

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Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez are finalists for Gold Glove Awards.

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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez flips the ball to first base with pitcher Brandon McCarthy covering for an out during an April game. Gonzalez is one of three finalists for a National League Gold Glove Award at first base. (Getty Images)

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who won Gold Glove Awards at their positions last season, are finalists again this year.

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Watch: Kenley Jansen pitches a simulated inning at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers staged simulated games Tuesday and Wednesday as part of their pre-series workouts for the NLDS against the New York Mets. Game 1 is Friday at Dodger Stadium.

On Tuesday, Brett Anderson, Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Carlos Frias faced a group of batters. Wednesday was a bullpen game: Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Chris Hatcher, Luis Avilan, Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia all threw simulated innings. Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez were among the batters.

The sim game ended when Gonzalez hit a home run off Garcia

Here is the (edited for time) video of Jansen’s inning:

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