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|Colors:||Dodger blue, white & red|
|Hall of Famers:||Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax & Don Sutton|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||Walter Alston & Tommy Lasorda|
|Rivals:||San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees & Los Angeles Angels|
|Legends:||Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Mike Piazza, Orel Hershiser,Dusty Baker, Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Garvey, Don Drysdale, Ron Cey, Don Sutton & Eric Karros|
|Retired Numbers:||10: 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42 & 53|
|World Series Championships:||7: 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988 & 2020|
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The Los Angeles Dodgers for so long have never quite won the game that mattered as they have often claimed various National League titles and even a few NLCS games, but when it comes to that penultimate game they have fallen off at the last hurdle.
Well, that was before the 2020 season happened anyway, as at long last the Dodgers finally got their hands on what they craved most, the World Series and their first since 1988, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the series.
Before the Dodgers broke their 32-year drought, let us rewind to where it all began for the Dodgers as they were based in Brooklyn and were known as the Brooklyn Grays when they first entered the scene in 1883.
While they didn’t join the National League until seven years later in 1890, the Dodgers were pretty successful in the American Association (where they would spend five years) and they joined the major league in the National League.
The team in Brooklyn began life in the majors with the name Brooklyn Bridegrooms (the name the bridegrooms was because various players got married around the same time) and despite the unusual name tag, it treated them well and they finished their inaugural season with a 86-43 record claiming their first National League pennant and made it to their second World Series which ended in a tie (their first was when they were in the American Association a year prior).
From 1891 to 1915 the team didn’t see much success although they did win a one-off postseason competition when they won the Chronicle-Telegraph cup in 1900. Throughout a 24-year period, the team had various name changes such as the Brooklyn Grooms (1891-1895), Brooklyn Bridegrooms again (1896-1898), Brooklyn Supercats (1899- 1910), Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912), and Brooklyn Dodgers for the 1913 season before they spent 17 years as the Brooklyn Robins.
While most of their 17 seasons under the Robins name tag were ones to forget, they did make two World Series in five years when they made their first since their tied 1890 series in 1916 losing to the Boston Red Sox. After a three-year hiatus, they made the 1920 World Series, this time going down to the Cleveland Indians.
By 1932, the team were back as the Brooklyn Dodgers and although for the majority of the early tenure under the new name didn’t spark the success the team wanted, they did make the World Series 10 years later in 1941, but just like their previous ways, they couldn’t generate their maiden World Series win.
Five years later the Dodgers were a part of history and a momentous occasion in the MLB, as they gave African-American Jackie Robinson, a debut in the majors, and he was the first African-American to play in the MLB.
Robinson would have a long-lasting impact in the MLB as he helped his side head to another World Series the same year he debuted (as well as claiming the Rookie of the Year award), although the Dodgers for the second time went down to the Yankees.
Overall Robinson would spend nine years at the Dodgers and throughout that time he became a six-time All-Star player, National League batting champion, World Series champion in 1955, National League MVP in 1949.
Given the impact that Robinson created in the sport, every MLB franchise has retired the number 42 jersey as well as the league having a special day reserved for him which sees every official and player wear the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day (which occurs on April 15).
Two years later, the Dodgers were in another World Series this time falling to the Yankees in the 1949. Robinson proved his worth as he became the league’s MVP, but despite the defeat, it kicked off a pretty dominant eight years for the franchise.
Throughout an eight-year burst, the Dodgers made four World Series appearances including making back-to-back appearances twice, but their main moment came in 1955. After losing seven World Series (five since 1941), and falling to the Yankees the last five times, the Dodgers finally claimed their maiden World Series title in 1955 against the Yankees, despite them claiming the first two games.
Although the Dodgers couldn’t quite go back-to-back in the 1956 season when they lost the World Series to the Yankees, there was a shining light in the season as they introduced future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale, as well as Sandy Koufax who just completed his second season in the major league.
Following the 1957 season, owner Walter O’Malley relocated the franchise to Los Angeles as he and Robert Moses (a New York public official) couldn’t agree on building a new stadium in Brooklyn, as Moses wanted the Dodgers in Queens, but O’Malley didn’t.
O’Malley then ventured to look elsewhere more specifically Los Angeles where he brought a minor league team the LA Stars a year before, and a year later the National League signed off on the move as the Dodgers found a new home and a new stadium and by 1958 they became the first MLB franchise to play in Los Angeles.
In just their second season as the LA Dodgers, they won their second World Series defeating the Chicago White Sox 4-2, which was the start of a defining eight years for the franchise.
While the Dodgers missed out on the postseason the following three years, they came back with a bang as they won two World Series in three years from 1963 to 1965, claiming the 1963 series over the New York Yankees in a clean sweep and winning the 1965 edition in a hard tussle over the Minnesota Twins winning 4-3. The Dodgers then made back-to-back World Series appearances in the 1966 season but couldn’t claim the coveted prize.
While the next seven years didn’t provide any highlights from a team point of view as they missed the postseason despite finishing second three times, the Dodgers then had another golden period from 1974 to 1981.
The start of the golden period began in heartbreak as despite winning the National League Championship Series over the Pittsburgh Pirates, they fell to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series and they lost the series 4-1 with the Dodgers only taking out game 2.
Two years later, the Dodgers claimed back-to-back NLCS wins over the Philadelphia Phillies (1977 and 1978), but once again fell at the final hurdle going down to the New York Yankees twice in the World Series.
Two years after their World Series defeat, the Dodgers were without Don Sutton as he was a free agent, however, it didn’t seem to impact the side as the Dodgers claimed their fifth World Series in the 1981 season and they met the New York Yankees in their 11th meeting between the two sides in the World Series, the Dodgers came out winners 4-2.
Although the Dodgers made two NLCS after their 1981 triumph, it wasn’t until the 1988 season where they were once again at the top of their powers, this time the Dodgers welcomed back Sutton, and they claimed another World Series over the Oakland Athletics.
The next 20 years for the Dodgers didn’t provide anything really special for the franchise as they faced somewhat of a decline following their highs from the 1988 season, although throughout that period they did make the NLDS a few times crashing out in 1995, 1996, 2004 and 2006 seasons.
The Dodgers then made it so close to another World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009 however, they crashed out in the NLCS on both occasions. By the time 2013 rolled around the Dodgers could be seen as one of the most successful teams throughout that era as they have not missed a postseason since. They often made the NLDS and did make back-to-back World Series in 2017 and 2018 losing to the Houston Astros and the Red Sox respectively.
That all changed in 2020, as the Dodgers made amends for their 2017 and 2018 World Series defeats when they claimed their first World Series since 1988 and their seventh in total when they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2, in a season which saw the MLB play 60 games and the winner of each division play in the Wildcard Series.
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Coming into his seventh season as a Major League Baseball manager, Dave Roberts currently has a 455-291 regular season win-loss record in charge of the San Diego Padres (interim) and now the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Roberts concluded his 10 year MLB playing career in 2008. When healthy, Roberts was widely known as one of the best base stealers in baseball. With a .266 batting average, 23 home runs, 213 RBIs and 243 stolen bases, Roberts’ career was highlighted by his contribution to the Red Sox 2004 World Series Championship season.
In 2010, Roberts became a first base coach with the San Diego Padres and after a 32-33 start to the 2015 season, he (the then bench coach) filled in as the Padres’ manager for one game following Bud Black being fired. San Diego lost the game 9–1
In November of 2015, Roberts was named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first season, Roberts led the Dodgers to a 91-71 regular season record, a NL West division title and an appearance in the NLCS. He received 2016 NL Coach of the Year honors for his efforts.
Over the next three seasons, Roberts led the Dodgers to a 302-185 regular season win-loss record. Los Angeles won the NL West in each of these seasons and made a pair of unsuccessful trips to the 2017 and 2018 World Series.
In the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, Roberts led the Dodgers to the NL West division title and the postseason for the fifth consecutive year following a 43-17 regular season record.
In the 2020 postseason, the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in six games in the 2020 World Series, giving Roberts his second championship ring and his first as a manager.
At just 28 years of age, few players in Major League Baseball history are as talented and as accomplished as Mookie Betts.
Betts was a member of the Boston Red Sox between 2014 to 2019. In that time Betts was named a four time All-Star (2016-2019) AL MVP (2018), member of the All-MLB Second Team (2019), three time Silver Slugger Award recipient (2016, 2018-2019), four time Gold Glove Award recipient (2016-2019), Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award recipient (2016), Heart and Hustle Award recipient (2018) and AL batting champion (2018).
After finishing eighth in the 2019 AL MVP voting, Betts was traded by the Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2020 season.
Betts finished the 2020 COVID-19 shortened season with a .292 batting average, 47 runs (4th in the NL), 16 home runs (3rd), 39 RBIs, a .928 OPS, and 10 stolen bases. For his efforts in the regular season, Betts was awarded his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award and his fourth Silver Slugger Award, both of which were his fourth in the National League.
In what was the ultimate tourcher for all Red Sox fans, Betts was instrumental in the Dodgers 2020 World Series championship victory, claiming his second title in three seasons.
Betts made three straight series saving defensive plays in elimination games for the Dodgers in the NLCS before scoring twice in the final game of the World Series. His eight doubles in the 2020 postseason tied a major league record.
Betts is undeniably one of the best offensive and defensive players in the game and he will undoubtedly continue to make the Red Sox regret trading him to the Dodgers.
In what is truly a loaded dugout, picking the best two Dodgers for the 2021 season really is a tough task. However, given what he has done in just four years in the majors, Cody Bellinger is just at the beginning of his dominant MLB career.
Bellinger burst onto the scene in his rookie season, hitting at a .267 batting average with 39 home runs and 97 RBIs. He was named an All-Star and the unanimous NL Rookie of the Year.
Following a historic rookie regular season, Bellinger played in all 15 of Los Angeles’ games in the postseason and in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series, Bellinger hit a three-run-home run to temporarily give the Dodgers in the lead. Los Angeles went on to lose the series.
Bellinger played in 162 games in his sophomore year. He led the team in hits (145) and multi-hit games (41), while also hitting at .260 with 25 home runs, seven triples, 28 doubles, 76 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Following his 13th inning walk-off single in Game 4 and his go-ahead two-run home run in the second inning of Game 7, Bellinger was named the 2018 NLCS MVP, as the Dodgers won the National League pennant for the second consecutive season.
At the conclusion of the 2019 regular season, Bellinger finished with a career high .305 batting average, 47 home runs, and 115 RBIs. He earned a second All-Star game appearance for his efforts, while he also won the Fielding Bible Award, Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award and NL MVP.
In the COVID-19 shortened regular season, Bellinger hit at a career low average. However, the 25 year old was a member of the Dodgers 2020 World Series championship team, earning his first ring from four attempts.
With age and talent on his side, we think Cody Bellinger is just scratching the surface of an all-time MLB career.
After entering a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox which saw the Dodgers gain Mookie Betts to their lineup it is no wonder that they began the season at +375 on July 24. The Dodgers got off to a flying start in July as they only dropped three games which gave them a +358 value by the end of July.
The Dodgers also had a pretty good August which saw the side gain 21 wins with only seven losses, and it didn’t have much impact on their value as the highest they went was on August 10 when they were valued at +400 when they lost to the San Diego Padres. They made amends and they finished August with a +350 value by the end of the month.
Following four wins and two losses to begin the month of September, the Dodgers were at their lowest value to claim the World Series when they were valued at +322 on September 6, following four consecutive wins during their last four games, the Dodgers were at +325 by September 26.
The Dodgers finished the regular season with a 43-17 record. The Dodgers began their postseason with a win in the NLCS over the Milwaukee Brewers which handed them a value of +260 on October 2.
By the time the Dodgers advanced to the next stage, they were valued at +222 on October 6 and made light work of their opponents as they defeated the San Diego Padres 3-0, a day later the Dodgers were valued at +160 heading into the NLCS.
After dropping the first two games of the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers were valued at +331 heading into game 3 and trailing the series 2-0, the Dodgers ended up winning game 3, but lost game 4 and they were trailing the series 3-1 and heading into game 5 the Dodgers were valued at +475 (their highest odds for the whole season).
The Dodgers ended up winning their next three games as they won the series 4-3 to advance to the World Series, where they were valued at their shortest for the season when they were -203.
The Dodgers took out game 1 before the Tampa Bay Rays responded by taking out game 2 and game 4 (the Dodgers took out game 3), and the Dodgers eased fans and themselves by ruling out a Ray’s comeback and they won the next two games to win their first World Series since 1988.
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Where do the Los Angeles Dodgers play?
The Los Angeles Dodgers play at Dodger Stadium.
Who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Guggenheim Baseball Management owns the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Have the Los Angeles Dodgers won an MLB World Series?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the World Series seven times, occurring in 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988 and 2020.
Who is the Los Angeles Dodgers manager?
Dave Roberts is the general manager of the Dodgers.
Do the Los Angeles Dodgers play tonight?
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What is the Los Angeles Dodgers record?
The Dodgers had a 43-17 win-loss record for the 2020 MLB season.
Did the Los Angeles Dodgers win last night?
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How much are the Los Angeles Dodgers worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Los Angeles Dodgers are worth $3.4 billion.
Who do the Los Angeles Dodgers play tonight?
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How to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers?
You can watch the Los Angeles Dodgers games on SportsNet LA and on MLB.TV.
Will the Los Angeles Dodgers make the playoffs this year?
The Los Angeles Dodgers did make the playoffs in the 2020 MLB season as they finished in first place in the National League West Division with a 43-17 win-loss ratio.
Will the Los Angeles Dodgers get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have the 29th pick in the 2021 MLB draft.
When do the Los Angeles Dodgers play?
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Where did the Los Angeles Dodgers finish the season?
The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the 2020 MLB season in first place in the National League West, and they won the World Series.
How many games did the Los Angeles Dodgers win?
The Los Angeles Dodgers won 43 games during the 2020 MLB season.
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