Sunday, June 28, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020
As a possible baseball season approaches, some Dodger fans who run blogs ask, “If the Dodgers don’t win the World Series, should Dave Roberts be fired?”
This is a ridiculous question! I understand it is difficult to find topics to write about without games being played. However, Roberts is the most Dodger manager since Tommy Lasorda.
The Dodgers have not won a world championship during Roberts’ tenure. So what? Under Roberts, the Dodgers have gone to two World Series. I think the Dodgers should have been world champions in 2017, but the Houston Astros cheated. Roberts could not do anything to help that. He could not say, “I think the Astros are illegally stealing our signs,” during the 2017 World Series. If he did, the media would have blasted him a sore loser. Moreover, AJ Hinch and Alex Cora were Roberts’ friends, and a classy person like Roberts does not accuse his friends of cheating.
I understand many Dodger fans are still angry with losing in the 2019 NLDS to the Washington Nationals. These fans do not understand baseball. Although the Dodgers had the best record in the Major Leagues during 2019, the team had some glaring weaknesses. They were too left-handed dominated, making them susceptible to left-handed pitching, and the Nationals’ pitching staff exploited the Dodger weakness. Although President Andrew Friedman tried to rectify the situation by signing A.J. Pollock to a four-year lucrative contract in January 2019, Pollock went hitless during the 2019 NLDS.
When a team does not score, they don’t win. During the 2019 NLDS, the Dodgers had an offensive slump.
Throughout the 2019 season, the Dodgers had a problem with late-inning relievers, and this led to the Dodger downfall in the NLDS.
This upcoming possible season Friedman tried to address this need by signing Blake Treinen to a one-year $10 million deal. While Treinen is coming off a bad year with the Oakland A’s, the Dodgers think they have discovered a mechanical flaw in Treinen’s delivery, which caused the lack of velocity and movement. A mechanical flaw in Kenley Jansen’s delivery caused him to blow the most saves in his career during 2019.
Evaluating anyone over a 60-game regular season is simply unfair. Most baseball-knowledgeable people think the Dodgers have a good chance of winning the World Series. Trying to predict which team will win the World Series over a 60-game regular season is nearly impossible.
If Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger get injured, the Dodgers will have trouble winning their division within a 60-game season. With an abbreviated “summer training,” the players probably will have more soft-tissue injuries, such as pulled hamstrings and obliques. Pitchers, who won’t have sufficient time to build arm strength, will have more arm injuries than normal.
Judging a manager’s worth in 2020 is irresponsible. This possible upcoming season is mainly for providing entertainment for baseball-starved fans. A Dodger blogger who even mentions the 2020 season will be a season where Roberts must prove his worth to the Dodger organization shows his entire ignorance of the situation. Roberts has already proven his value to the club. He has nothing to prove.
Sunday, June 28, 2020