An unprecedented 2020 MLB season did not stand in the way of the Los Angeles Dodgers accomplishing their goal, as the club won a Major League-best 43 games during the regular season and advanced to the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year.
L.A. continued playing at a high level in October, sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres in the first two rounds of the postseason before overcoming a 3-1 deficit against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.
The comeback allowed the Dodgers to advance to their third World Series in the past four seasons. This time, they were tasked with conquering the Tampa Bay Rays, who won the most games in the American League.
A back-and-forth matchup concluded with the Dodgers knocking off the Rays in Game 6, as the franchise ended a 31-year drought and captured their seventh World Series championship.
Just in time for Christmas, the Dodgers shared a video of manager Dave Roberts recapping a difficult but rewarding 2020 season, while also thanking the millions of healthcare workers who continue doing their part in helping combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
We wish you could’ve been with us this year, but we couldn’t have done it without your support. Happy holidays from your World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers! pic.twitter.com/96DxNGIrJu
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 18, 2020
For as challenging as 2020 has been, the Dodgers were able to provide many special memories along the way that will stay with fans forever.
The club’s World Series victory, along with the Lakers’ NBA Finals win, helped L.A. earn “Best Sports City of the Year” honors from Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
As the calendar turns to 2021, it will soon be time to usher in another MLB season. The Dodgers haven’t announced a date for when pitchers and catchers will report to Camelback Ranch, but their Cactus League opener falls on Feb. 27 against the Chicago Cubs.
MLB, MLBPA at odds over start of Spring Training
MLB has mulled the possibility of delaying the start of Spring Training as coronavirus vaccines become more widely available across the country.
The Players Association, however, is not in favor of this idea and expects camps to open on time, with a full 162-game regular season to follow.
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