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Dodgers’ 2017 Team Was Best Ever To Not Win World Series Says MLB.com

The one that got away….

Nov 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig reacts from the dugout after game seven of the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Without question, the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team I’ve ever seen. Moreover, I will always feel like that trophy the Houston Astros hold belongs at Dodger Stadium. Especially this time of year, I find myself thinking of those lovable 2017 Dodgers that fell tragically one game short.

Now, Will Leitch of MLB.com writes on the best teams to not win a World Series Championship. Notably, Leitch agrees with me on the 2017 Dodgers’ greatness. Here’s what he had to say about them in ranking them the number one team of all-time not to bring home the gold.

Which disappointing Dodgers team of this era do you choose? They’ve made the playoffs seven consecutive years but never won the big prize. The year they won the most games was 2019, but they lost in the National League Division Series, which is probably too early for our purposes, so we’ll go with 2017. They won 104 games that year and breezed through the first two rounds before running into the just-as-hot Astros in the Series.

The first five games of the Series were incredibly intense, culminating in a wild 10-inning 13-12 Astros win in Game 5. The Dodgers won Game 6, setting them up for an elimination game at home. But Yu Darvish gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work, and they were ushered, drama-free, out of the series. They lost in the World Series again the next season, though it wasn’t as close that time.

Truly, that doesn’t make things any easier when considering that the Dodgers didn’t get it done that year. Currently when I see George Springer, I think about the home run he hit in game two of that series. When I watch a game at Minute Maid Park in Houston, my first thought will always be gave five of the 2017 World Series. Easily the greatest game that I ever saw, and a coin-flip ending that swung the series forever.

The loss in 2017 will always hurt more than any other, at least to me. Do you agree with Leitch and I that the 2017 Dodgers were the best team of your lifetime not to win it all? Let us know in the comments below.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I lost a bet that year to a coworker who is an Astros fan. I had to get on my knees and let him finish all over my Dodger hat

  2. Long has we have Robert’s as the Dodger manager they would never win a championship. He blew it in game 5 and 7 in 2017. He blew again in game 4 2018 and this year game 5 in LDS. he doesn’t know how to manage his Bullpen and starters during the big games

    • Dan a big reason they lost was still the managing by Roberts and perhaps Dodgers would have been a better team had the players not been constantly shuffled in and out of the lineups and shuffled around to various positions on a daily basis. Kind hindered any consistency in their offensive approach.

  3. The Astros won game 5 of the 2017 series because the racist Gurriel, whom Commissioner Manfred refused to punish in a timely manner (actually saying he didnt want to hurt the Astros chances) hit a home run. Without that homer, the Dodgers would have won the game and the series. The Astros’ MVP for that series was Rob Manfred.

  4. The title of this article is way off base, excuse the pun. Who cares who the best team is to lose a WS? That achieves nothing. Winners are remembered in the short term, and if you are a true fan of that team, the fact that we won in 55,63,63 and 88 will not be forgotten. If you are the average fan, no one cares if you lost. It’s done; its over, and we move on. Go Blue!!!

  5. BLUE LOU! Hello from me and PD Jr. I believe ya meant 55, 59, 63,65, 81 and 88. Nobody will care or remember those 106 wins, because when it mattered the most , the Dodgers got bounced from this year’s NLDS, plain and simple and most of us have laid the majority of the blame on Robert’s doorstep and rightfully so. However the offense failed to show up by striking out 64 times in these 5 games and the pitching failed to show with the exceptions of Buehler and Ryu by giving up the long ball at the most inopportune times. What Dodgers do this off season in preps for 2020 remains to be seen but honestly , we just need to temper expectations, especially since Roberts will be back and we already know of Freidman’s track record as far as FA signings, trades and the like.

    • Thank you for the response, AZUL!!!! You are correct as usual. Even with 106 wins, the Astros and Nats have shown they are a cut above us. With Friedman and Roberts helming the team, I wonder if we will ever get back to a WS and win it. The platooning, the aging of our starting pitchers, inconsistent BP, and continued lack of situational hitting make me wonder if 2020 will be different than 2019. We can only wait and see!!! Only PD Jr. knows for sure and he is not telling. Stay well!!!! Go Blue!!!

  6. Yep, Best team with the worst coach. Just when everyone thought Roberts learned from his mistakes he outdid himself. It’s like a nightmare with him coach. Good team with great players and he uses the worst of the team. It’s just Bizarre he wasn’t fired.

  7. It certainly was the best Dodgers team to lose a World Series in my lifetime (possible exception being the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers) but you can make a case for the 1969 and 1971 Baltimore Orioles. Going back to that 2017 nightmare I still feel that Dave Roberts helped lose that Series for the Dodgers with (again) his bad managing of a pitching staff. Games 2 and 5 really hurt. Kenly Jansen blowing game 2 and losing game 5 despite scoring 12 runs – yikes!

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