Additional Los Angeles Dodgers Info
The Los Angeles Dodgers were originally founded in 1884 as the Brooklyn Atlantics and they changed their name numerous times before finally settling on the Dodgers. In 1885 they changed their name to the Brooklyn Grays. In 1888 they changed their name to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. In 1891 they changed their name to the Brooklyn Grooms. In 1896 they changed it back to the Bridegrooms. In 1899 they changed it to the Brooklyn Superbas. In 1911 they changed it to the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. In 1913 they changed it back to the Brooklyn Superbas. In 1914 they changed it to the Brooklyn Robins. In 1932 they finally became the Brooklyn Dodgers, and in 1958 they moved to Los Angeles. The Dodgers have called six buildings home in their history. They originally played at Washington Park from 1884 to 1890. From 1891 to 1897 they played at Eastern Park. In 1898 they moved into the second Washington Park. In 1913 they moved into Ebbets Field which is where they played until they moved to Los Angeles. From 1958-1961 they played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and in 1962 they moved into Dodger Stadium which is where they play to this day. Throughout their history the Dodgers have won 21 National League Pennants and 13 World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers fortunes changed several years ago when they were purchased from Frank McCourt by an investment group led by NBA hall of famer Magic Johnson. Since then the Dodgers have decided to throw their weight around financially, and now boast what is by far the game’s highest payroll/ That high payroll has bought them back to back division championships. Still when you have the highest payroll in baseball it is the World Series or bust. Their biggest downfall this last season was their bullpen, and for new President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, that is his number one priority this offseason. Another is what to do about Hanley Ramirez.
Since being sold to a new ownership group led by NBA legend Magic Johnson, the Dodgers have returned to prominence, and thanks to a multi-billion dollar TV deal, have become Major League Baseball's biggest spenders. At times those spending splurges haven't worked out, so therefore the results have not been as dominant as some originally predicted. Still, the Dodgers won the National League West in 2015 with a record of 92-70, eight games ahead of the second place San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers went on to lose to the Mets in the NLDS, and some are beginning to wonder if Clayton Kershaw is one of those players who can't get it done when it matters. This past offseason, the Dodgers sat back, and didn't opt for the big time spending of years past. Instead, they opted for cheaper player options such as Scott Kazmir and Brett Anderson.
The Dodgers entered 2016 as one of the favorites again the National League, and what a season it's been for this team. Left for dead after Clayton Kershaw's injury early in the season, the Dodgers have amazingly hung on, and now Kershaw returns to the rotation this week. The Dodgers currently sit at 76-60, good for first place in the National League West, three games ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
2016 was both expected, and a pleasant surprise, if you look at how the entire season played out, for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They finished the season with a record of 91-71, which won them the National League West by four games. Yes, that is not exactly a surprise. However, it is a surprise when you consider the fact that all of their starting pitchers, including super ace Clayton Kershaw, spent about half the season on the disabled list. Despite these injuries, the Dodgers made the postseason, and after defeating the Washington Nationals in five games, they moved onto the NLCS, where they held a 2-1 series lead over the heavily favored Chicago Cubs. Many pundits started asking, “Are the Dodgers really going to do this?” Well, they didn't, losing the next three games.
This off-season, director of baseball operations Andrew Friedman stayed committed to reigning in the Dodgers spending, getting them under the luxury tax threshold and setting them up for long term success. Still, that didn't mean he couldn't do anything. He re-signed starting pitcher Rich Hill to a three-year, 48 million dollar contract. Not too bad for a guy who just a couple of years ago, was in an independent league, barely hanging on to his career. He also signed third baseman Justin Turner to a four-year, 64 million dollar contract extension. In addition, the Dodgers settled arbitration with the likes of catcher Yasmani Grandal and right-handed pitcher Josh Fields. Also, like most teams do, towards the end of the off-season they took a couple of fliers on veterans, outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, and right-handed pitcher Sergio Romo. The Dodgers are looking like they are going to be a club to be reckoned with, for quite some time.
A year ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers were baseball’s best team during the regular season finishing with 104 wins which was the highest win total in either league. After steamrolling through the National League playoffs, losing just one game, they met the Houston Astros in the World Series. The two sides played one of the most memorable World Series in recent memory, with the Astros winning 4-3. Despite the loss, the Dodgers enter 2018 loaded and ready to go.
A lot was made of general manager Andrew Freidman’s “wallet crunching” the last few years. Fans looked at the spending habits prior to Freidman and wondered why he wasn’t doing the same. But, Freidman stuck to his guns, and it paid off. The Dodgers are now able to pay all of this great talent they grew in the minor leagues. First and foremost is third basemen Justin Turner, who has turned into a very good player in the major leagues. Then there is shortstop Corey Seager, who has become the team’s best player and will win the MVP award at some point in his career. Next, we have Cody Bellinger, who took the league by storm a year ago, hitting 39 home runs and winning the National League Rookie of the Year award. Finally, there is the lightning rod right fielder Yasiel Puig who is very talented, but hard to control at times. The Dodgers look to win the National League West yet again in 2019.
The powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers are coming off a 2018 which saw them stumble out of the gate, suffering numerous injuries, and they found themselves on the ropes in late-May. But they licked their wounds, gathered themselves, and charged back into it, taking the National League West at the buzzer from the Colorado Rockies. After dispatching of the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, they advanced to the National League Championship Series where they met the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers. It didn’t start well for them, as Clayton Kershaw got smacked around in game one. But, they recovered, and the vaunted Brewers bullpen imploded in game seven, specifically one Jeremy Jeffress, and the Dodgers advanced to the World Series where they lost to the Red Sox in five games.
The first order of business for the Dodgers this offseason was to extend the best pitcher of his generation, Clayton Kershaw, for three more seasons, rather than let him hit free agency. After extending manager Dave Roberts for four more seasons, the Dodgers added starting pitcher Joe Kelly for three seasons. As the calendar turned to 2019, they traded right-handed pitcher Jamie Shultz to the Rays for right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen and they signed outfielder A.J. Pollock to a four-year contract, rather than continue to play Bryce Harper’s waiting game. They also settled arbitration with right-handed pitcher Pedro Baez, right-handed pitcher Josh Fields, right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia, utility player Enrique Hernandez, outfielder Joc Pederson, shortstop Corey Seager and outfielder Chris Taylor. In February they made a ton of minor-league contract signings, highlighted by right-handed pitcher Kevin Qauckenbush, left-handed pitcher Josh Smoker, catcher Will Smith, catcher Josh Thole, infielder Brad Miller, and outfielder Shane Peterson. The Dodgers are the kings of the National League right now, and it will stay that way until somebody proves us otherwise.