The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series Champions
Last night Corey Seager, Mookie Betts, and Kevin Cash led the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first World Series title since 1988.
Let’s break down what the means for some of these Dodgers and their legacies.
CLAYTON KERSHAW: There is no doubt that Kershaw is one of, if not the best, starting pitcher of this generation. His one hiccup had always been the postseason… until now. Kershaw showed up in the playoffs this season and went 2-0 against the Rays in the World Series. As if he didn’t have enough motivation, you have to believe watching Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer win their first championships was an inspiration for Kershaw to go out and get his. As a baseball fan, it's great seeing Kershaw become a champion, which locks him into the Hall of Fame five years after he hangs em up.
MOOKIE BETTS: The key offseason addition to this team came out and proved to everyone (Boston) that he is worth every penny of his new deal. One of the top players in the entire league now has his second championship in three years. Side note: watching Mookie ball in the playoffs is a small reminder that the MLB needs to find a way to get Mike Trout to play on the biggest stage.
COREY SEAGER: After becoming just the eighth player to win both LCS and World Series MVP, Corey Seager just made himself a lot of money in the future. The 2021-22 free agent shortstops look more like an all-star team than a free agency market. Players like Fransisco Lindor, Javy Baez, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, and of course, Corey Seager. With such a loaded class, Seager now stands out as someone who shows up on the games biggest stage…. $$$$$$$$$
CODY BELLINGER: At just 25 years old Belli already has an MVP and a world title under his belt. His career is just getting started, but this could be the start of something special. After a down year in the regular season, Bellinger was a clutch factor for the Dodgers throughout the postseason, which included a go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the NLCS.
JOC PEDERSON, KENLEY JANSEN, JUSTIN TURNER +:
I put the plus after Justin Turner because this post isn’t about just these three players. The Dodgers have been in the World Series in three of the past four years, but 2020 is the year they finally reached the top of the mountain. There’s a lot of guys who you have to feel good for, on this roster, there was no “Jared Dudley” on the team, but I figured it starts with these guys.
DAVE ROBERTS: It took five years, but Dave Roberts finally brought a championship to LA. I still wouldn’t consider Roberts one of the top managers in the game, he can say he was part of ending an 86-year drought in Boston and now a 32-year drought for the Dodgers…. without cheating.
MAGIC JOHNSON: The part-owner of the Dodgers has now won championships in the NBA as a player (5x), in the front office (5x), as a WNBA owner (1x), and now as an owner of an MLB team. I know this championship isn’t about Magic, but this guy is just a winner.