Begining the newest decade of the Game with an exclamation point/asterisk, the short-seasoned MLB World Series 2020 presented us not only one of our nation’s greatest navigations from a deadly COVID virus, but we have finally witnessed the Los Angeles Dodgers emerge from the ashes of impotence and curse to actually WIN again.
And believe me, it’s not the short victory that only lasted a few precious moments as they raised the “metal” Trophy presented by Commissioner Rob Manfred.
It’s the long upcoming full-season 2021 defense of that “metal” which begins now during the offseason that will balance last year’s negative Fan ticket revenues and must somehow magically re-invest more to create the DODGER greatness.
That would mean immediately signing more long-term player contracts for key insiders, which would cement a foundational DODGER legacy that rewards its Champions. They must also add more value with more fresh free agent outsiders that will create the secret mind-boggling complex algorithm of how to WIN, beginning with the NLCS and World Series MVP Corey Seager. Seager dismantled the ball hitting .400 when it mattered most to win his first RING, the Dodgers cannot afford to lose the value he adds to their everyday SS history books.
The Dodgers must find enough cash to sign the recently infamous Justin Turner with his career DODGER WS pedigree of 20 Hits and 11 Runs in 18 Games if he can fully recover from the unexpected COVID test positive Game 6 removal and Team Championship field celebration he couldn’t resist.
Another accomplished day-in and day-out Player worth signing long-term is the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and the 2019 NL MVP Winner OF/1B Cody Bellinger who sits next in line for a multi-hundreds of millions of dollars – mega deal.
We can’t forget the upcoming phenom within, P Walker Buehler, who’s 2020 postseason 1.80 ERA and 39 Strikeouts in only 25 innings demand capital attention.
Last, but not least, the Dodgers will have to max out their mortgages to afford yet another 2020 postseason hero, P Julio Urias, who captured a 1.17 ERA and 4-0 record.
Hopefully, all of this doesn’t break the bank after adding $300m to their Mookie Betts Player keeper vault, because they’re going to want to keep getting better.
But “Talking the Talk” and thinking about building dynasties is by no means – “Walking the Walk”.
A Dodgers quest for back to back Championships would absolutely need…
– a Trevor Bauer like #1 or #2 Pitcher to compliment the future HOF P Clayton Kershaw
– a Liam Hendriks like closer that will dominate the late heart-attack Kenley Jansen innings we’ve all been accustomed to
– a Marcell Ozuna like power beast to instill confidence for the long run
This will undoubtedly position a Dodger Blue repeat of their World Title – paving the way toward the newest dynasty The Game has yet to see.
Nikco the Greek