Mascots aren't an essential part of baseball, which is probably a good thing. Aside from the Phillie Phanatic, the San Diego Chicken and the Expos' Youppi — icons that were popular in the medium's heyday in the 1970s and 1980s — most of them are ill-conceived and vaguely terrifying. Even so, coming into the year, just three of the 30 teams didn't have mascots. The list is now down to two, though the Dodgers are in denial about joining the bemascotted majority...
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