Los Angeles Dodgers: Are They a One-Year Wonder?
The Los Angles Dodgers finally broke their World Series drought by winning it all last season. It was the first time they won the World Series since 1988.
Now the question is, can they do it again? Or is it just a one-year wonder?
Based on how formidable the Dodgers have been for nearly 10 years or so, it’s hard to envision them being a one-year wonder. Los Angeles has won the National League West every year since 2013. Ever since the Dodgers changed ownership from Frank McCourt to Magic Johnson, they have soared in the win column.
LA is back to being a big market team, spending and holding the highest payroll in baseball. But they have also developed their players very well. They have stocked up their minor league system and have done a great job developing them and many of them were part of the Dodgers World Series-winning team last season.
Players, like Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw, Gavin Lux, Dustin May, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager (World Series MVP), Will Smith, Christ Taylor, and Julio Urias all came from the minor league system. All of them played a key role in the Dodgers’ success and some of them are All-Stars.
Dodgers have also had success developing players who weren’t successful elsewhere, like Justin Turner and Max Muncy. They have great scouts who can pick up the right players as well.
Even when they spend, they usually spend it wisely. The biggest signing was extending star player Mookie Betts right after they trade for him from the Boston Red Sox.
The Dodgers have been World Series contenders since 2013. They’ve won at least 90 games every year since 2013. They’ve also gone to the World Series in 2017 and 2018. It’s just that they’ve fallen short every year until last season. But based on their consistent winning and with a good mix of veterans and youngsters, they will keep on winning.
Entering this coming season, the Dodgers will have a formidable team again. They have a great lineup with Betts, Bellinger, Muncy, Seager, Taylor, Will Smith, etc. Their starting rotation is still solid with Kershaw, Buehler, May, Urias, and David Price will also be back. Their bullpen overall is still pretty deep led by closer Jansen and also former closer Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly, lefty Victor Gonzalez and they also acquired Tommy Kahnle. They will enter the season as the favorites again and could possibly have a dynasty in the making.
Of course, anything can happen in baseball and sports and it’s tough to repeat. We’ve seen the Dodgers fall short many times. But after finally winning it all last season, they will enter the season with a championship pedigree and more confidence in repeating. And with a solid all-around team, with a front office that spends well, along with a good minor league system of possibly more players getting in the mix, it definitely wouldn’t be surprising if the Dodgers came out on top again next October.
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