Happy New Year! Our first full week of the New Year begins and guess what Dodger fans, still nothing new to talk about.
The National League after just one season of the universal designated hitter may see it gone. As Andy reported yesterday, MLB told NL teams to expect that there will be no universal DH next season.
With the Cleveland Indians publicly stating that Francisco Lindor will likely be dealt this offseason, teams are lining up to come up with trade packages for the infielder’s services. Previously, many speculated that Lindor and the Indians were done after this season, as he is set to hit free agency after the 2021 season. Seemingly, whatever team trades for him will probably look to sign him long term.
After Saturday’s loss at home to the Giants, the Dodgers officially passed the one-quarter mark of the season with a 10-5 record, as they currently trail the division-leading Rockies by a full game in the National League West.
We’ve actually made it to the week when baseball starts in earnest. Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers took on NL West rivals Arizona Diamondbacks for their first of three exhibition games before the season officially starts on Thursday.
The Dodgers open their 60-game shortened-season schedule against the Giants on July 23. They surely will want to sprint right out of the gates in the most unusual baseball season ever. During their run of seven consecutive division titles, the Dodgers would have only won two division titles if the seasons would have ended after 60 games. Usually, the team starts hovering above .500 and then wears out their opponents later as the season progresses.
While there’s still plenty of time remaining before the beginning of the abbreviated 2020 MLB season, there is a good chance that Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers for the opener, so long as everything stays on track.
Baseball is officially back, and it will be a bit different this season. Players will report for Spring Training 2.0 on July 1, with the first official practice on July 3. The regular season is slated to begin either July 23 or 24.
Ever since the original Opening Day to the 2020 season was indefinitely delayed, I’ve had a fixation on looking at lineups of the Dodgers for their openers to numerous campaigns, as I thought it was a great tool to see how some of these squads developed over the course of a full season.