After ready greater than three a long time to finish their World Sequence drought, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been topped champions in a yr and season in contrast to some other in MLB historical past. They have been a part of the first-ever impartial web site World Sequence and different adjustments included a ban on the normal clubhouse celebration.
Gamers have been capable of come collectively on the sector, the place they remained for roughly one hour earlier than retreating again to their resort for a muted gathering. Hopes of a World Sequence parade — and potentially a joint event with the L.A. Lakers — have been dashed by the continued pandemic.
Now the Dodgers are again collectively, with Tuesday marking the primary full-squad exercise of Spring Coaching. A number of gamers have already cited final yr’s championship as motivation quite than purpose for a letdown this yr, with Max Muncy amongst them.
“The entire purpose you play the sport is to win. Simply because we received as soon as doesn’t imply it’s over. My purpose is to win each single yr, and that’s actually all I care about at this level. I need to win each single sport we will,” he stated.
“For me, the private stats have by no means mattered. I need to go on the market and win as many championships as we will win.”
Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated he can be open to the crew holding a pseudo World Sequence celebration throughout Spring Coaching. MLB’s well being and security protocols make organizing such a gathering unlikely, although Muncy is extra involved with repeating.
“My purpose to have a good time the championship is to go on the market and win one other one, after which we will have an actual celebration,” he stated.
Dodgers’ odds to win 2021 World Sequence
Headlines all through a lot of the offseason have been dominated by the San Diego Padres, who added the likes of Yu Darvish and Blake Snell to their rotation. Extra lately, the Padres signed Fernando Tatis Jr. to a 14-year contract extension.
Flying way more below the radar, the Dodgers traded for Corey Knebel, re-signed Blake Treinen, added Trevor Bauer and finally got here to phrases with Justin Turner as effectively.
They’re projected to not solely end with the very best file in baseball this season, but are favored on 2021 World Sequence odds.
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