The 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers and Those Before Them: Teams to Be Remembered

All good things must come to an end, and as such this season, and this rendition of Dodger baseball, shall too.

We as Dodger fans have most likely seen the end of this amazing group of core, homegrown players who when augmented by stealth trades and big signings have made one of the best runs in modern history. Eight straight division titles, with the ninth just out of reach by one game, after winning 106 games. Three World Series appearances, and one Championship. But it still doesn’t feel like enough.

For all that it was, that time and this season in particular felt like a slog. So many bad playoff losses, a championship stolen. Limping into a another World Series only to lose again, and then another tough, early exit from the playoffs only to win it all in a pandemic shortened season with no fans.

This 2021 season started off with a maybe home run that had players criss-crossing on the base paths and the weirdness just kept going from there. While other team also lost many players to injury, the Dodgers really did have their vaunted depth tested. The crazy deep starting rotation was dwindled to just three starters by season’s end, after Tommy John surgery was needed for Dustin May, and Clayton Kershaw dealt with elbow issues and fatigue all season.

The biggest off-season signing was credibly accused of sexual assault, putting the controversial Trevor Bauer on administrative leave from the beginning of July until the end of season. Whether the huge gamble President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman took will ever pay off is unclear, and it seems dubious at best at this juncture.

Injuries so decimated the team that by the trade deadline Albert Pujols, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner were all Dodgers.

And right at the end of the season, Kershaw was shut down for good, and Max Muncy was lost on the last day of the season and would not play a game in the playoffs.

And yet. And yet the 2021 Dodgers won 106 games. They won the Wild Card. They came back and won two straight elimination games against the rival San Francisco Giants, a team they had been chasing most of the season, to win the NLDS. In the end, however, the injuries and losses were too much to overcome to repeat as World Champs.

Watching Tío Albert joyfully give every batter that hit a home run a huge hug afterwards was heartwarming. Watching Scherzer gut-out performances was awe inspiring, especially for someone who has always wanted to watch him on her team. Watching Cody Bellinger struggle all season to see him finally start to find his groove in the playoffs gives hope for another MVP caliber season next year.

Baseball, and all sports really, rarely work out like you want them to. Growing up as a huge Dan Marino fan, it pains me that he never got that ring. Playoffs are a crapshoot, with so many different factors at play. The Dodgers at least got their ring, even though the most bitter will want to call it less-than because of the circumstances. But the fact remains, the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers will always be World Series Champions.

While this core group of players probably deserved at least one more ring (and will have always earned it in 2017 in my eyes), the fact that they have that one is enough.

Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Kenley Jansen, Kershaw, Pujols, and Scherzer are all free agents when the season ends. Some, I’m certain, will be back, like Kershaw, should his injury not be serious and he doesn’t choose to retire. Others, time will tell, and it will be a long winter of uncertainty, especially if the players decide to strike.

And regardless of which players the Dodgers maintain, a lot of the group will still be there, along with an impressive group of prospects that will be close to debuting at the big league level. While the Dodgers may not win 106 games next season, they still will be favorites to win the NL West again.

There will be time to delve into the minutiae of whether this or that player should be re-signed and if so, for how much. For now, it’s okay to just stay in the mind of the incredible group of players that have been Los Angeles Dodgers in the most recent past, and worry about the future another day.

Dodgers Try to Save Season, Again

Once again this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves on the brink of elimination.

They needed ninth inning heroics to win the Wild Card game against the St. Louis Cardinals. They took the San Francisco Giants to the ninth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS before securing that series win.

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Dodgers Look to Even NLCS Against Braves

After a grueling five game series against the San Francisco Giants, and all the celebrations that happened afterwards, the Los Angeles Dodgers flew across the country to Atlanta to take on the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS.

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Dodgers Season Depends on Offense Showing Up in Game 5 of the NLDS

“We do our best with our backs up against the wall”.

Chris Taylor said this after the Game 3 loss, and the Los Angeles Dodgers showed up in Game 4, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-2 to force a Game 5. Can that same team show up in San Francisco, or will the offense not show up at all like it didn’t in Games 1 & 3, where the Dodgers were blanked both games?

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News and Notes Ahead of NLDS Game 3

After splitting the first two games of the NLDS in San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers now are set to play the first of two games at home against the Giants. And if they have it their way, they will win them both, not have to go back to San Francisco, and move on the NLCS.

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Dodgers Walk-Off Wild Card Win Sets Up NLDS Showdown with San Francisco Giants

With one swing of Chris Taylor’s bat, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 106 win season was saved.

In a stressful game that took all nine innings to determine the winner, in a glorious walk-off fashion, the Dodgers advanced to the NLDS to face their division rival San Francisco Giants.

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Dodgers Looking for Backups to Step Up Big in Playoffs in Light of Injuries

Well, the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers had a hell of a season. Unforgettable in so many different ways. 106 wasn’t quite good enough to win the NL West this year however, and so the Dodgers are now preparing themselves for a Wild Card game to decide if they’re moving on in the postseason.

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Tight Race Could Play Right into Dodgers’ Hands

For so much of the season, this writer has been complaining that the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers don’t seem to have that spark, that come from behind mentality.

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Three Dodgers That Need to Step Up During the Playoffs

We have come to the final home stand, and last six games of the Los Angeles Dodgers 2021 regular season. And while not impossible to overtake the division lead, it seems as though the Dodgers will head into the playoffs as the first NL Wild Card seed.

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Dodgers Somehow Remain One Game Out of NL West

We’re getting into crunch time for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2021 regular season. And if Thursday’s NL West games were indicative of the next nine games, a certain writer may not make it to the postseason.

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