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Joc Pederson Becomes Dad, Changes Walkup Song to ‘Big Poppa’ for Game 3

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has a roster addition to his family following the birth of his first child.

Joc Pederson Has Baby
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The Dodgers family just got bigger. 

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has a roster addition to his family following the birth of his first child.

Pederson and wife Kelsey welcomed a girl named Poppy on Sunday night. The team says she weighs 7 pounds and 11 ounces.

Kelsey is a former Duke Women's volleyball player and the daughter of Apple Chief Operating Office, Jeff Williams. The couple got married in Santa Barbara during the offseason.

The 26-year-old slugger changed his walkup music ahead of Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Monday night to "Big Poppa" by The Notorious B.I.G. in honor of his daughter. Pederson was batting leadoff for the Dodgers against the Brewers.

Pederson posted a photo of his baby yawning and wearing a tag reading "Hello my name is Poppy" on his Instagram account.

Outfielder Andrew Toles was added to the team's "taxi squad" list for the NLCS against the Brewers in case Pederson needed to fly back to Los Angeles and be placed on paternity leave. 

The birth of their daughter on the team's travel day on Sunday means that Pederson is not expected to miss any time during the best-of-seven series. 

The couple first announced that they were expecting back in July with an Instagram post on the field at Dodger Stadium.

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