We have made it to the end of this crazy year, baseball and non baseball involved.
I hope that 2022 brings us better baseball and more prosperity overall.
While the lockout remains stagnant, negotiations are supposed to resume sometime in January.
With it being the last of 2021, we will take a look at some New Year’s resolutions for the Dodgers. Once again, this all for fun and fits the theme.
First thing’s first, however. MLB will need to come to an agreement to end the lockout so we can get the season started on time.
GET MORE STARTING PITCHING
Starting pitching was one of many strengths of the Dodgers beginning the 2020 season. But now due to injuries, free agency and other external factors, the Blue Crew could use some more. So far, they’ve lost Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw remains a free agent.
Dustin May won’t be available until later in the season.
As of now, the Dodgers only have Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and Tony Gonsolin, along with Andrew Heaney who they just signed. Obviously, this can’t be addressed right now, but once the lockout is resolved it should be a big priority — not just through free agency, but they could trade for someone like the Reds right hander Luis Castillo, who was rumored to be traded this off-season.
IMPROVE HITTING WITH RISP
Personally, I think you can single this one out for the past five seasons. It seems anytime during the stretch run the Dodgers have a RISP, they fail to bring it in. Earlier in the season, the Dodgers were abysmal in extra innings — it appeared that they could start off the inning with a runner at third base and they would still not bring him in.
The offense also became a big issue during the postseason, as it went freezing cold during the playoffs. Overall, I think this is just not a problem where you sign or trade for a whole bunch of players, you’d have to fix within and take a different approach.
WIN ANOTHER WORLD SERIES
This one should be obvious. It is the goal for every team and why you play the game. However, this year feels different, as they’ll have to be able to withstand a couple of key free agent departures.
Nevertheless, this team still has the talent to contend for the next upcoming seasons. Once the lockout ends, there will obviously be moves to be made. As you look at teams across the majors, the Dodgers are still one of the top dogs.
Those are just three resolutions I thought would be fitting for the Dodgers and the New Year. Also, congratulations to Chris Taylor and his girlfriend Mary Keller who got engaged in Hawaii — what a couple of great months for Taylor.
So long to 2021, and Happy New Year to all of you!