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

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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

Dodgers spring training 2015: Dodgers beat Padres, thoughts on the bullpen.

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Yasiel Puig (above), Joc Pederson, Justin Turner and Scott Van Slyke homered in the Dodgers’ 9-5 Cactus League win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Turner, Puig and left fielder Andre Ethier each had two hits for the Dodgers (12-6-6).

The AP recap is here. The box score is here.

Right-hander Juan Nicasio allowed two runs in three innings in a game that was pitched entirely by major-league bullpen candidates. Of those, Sergio Santos allowed a home run to Derek Norris, Jason Lane hit a home run off Dustin McGowan, and nobody else allowed a run.

Since this was a “bullpen game,” a couple thoughts on where the bullpen race stands in light of this game and Brandon League‘s still-unknown shoulder injury:
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Happy birthday Clayton Kershaw, ping pong champion and Cy Young favorite.


Today is Clayton Kershaw‘s 27th birthday. Yesterday, he won the clubhouse doubles ping-pong tournament with partner Corey Seager. His wife and newborn daughter are in town and, in perhaps the best present of all, Kershaw doesn’t have to leave them to attend the Dodgers’ two-game trip to San Antonio this weekend. He’ll start tomorrow for the Dodgers against the A’s in Mesa instead.

According to odds released yesterday by Bovada, Kershaw is also the preseason favorite to win his fourth Cy Young Award. Only Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson have done this in the National League; Johnson also won the award once in the American League. Roger Clemens holds the most, with seven (six in the AL, one in the NL).

Here are a bunch of Dodger-related odds:

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