On September 27th, the Dodgers announced that Adrian Gonzalez would be shut down for the remainder of the season. Dave Roberts did mention that we could see Gonzalez in the postseason should there be a significant injury but, other than Corey Seager’s injury, that hasn’t happened. It was a huge blow to the Dodgers, but the loss went beyond the talent that a healthy Adrian Gonzlaez provided on the field. His mentorship, veteran experience, and playoff experience was just as valuable.
Unfortunately, Adrian Gonzalez has not been with the Dodgers this postseason and that doesn’t look like it is going to change. Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com tweeted out a few quotes from Dave Roberts regarding Adrian Gonzalez and how he’s spending his October.
Adrian Gonzalez is at home, "resting with his family, preparing for next year's spring training," says Dave Roberts
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) October 15, 2017
Gonzalez wasn't going to be activated, unlike some "taxi squad" players still with team. "That's an organizational policy he respects."
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) October 16, 2017
It’s sad to hear that Adrian Gonzalez isn’t in the dugout with his team during the postseason, but I wouldn’t say it’s because he is not wanted there. Over the course of the year, Adrian Gonzalez has proven to be a player with nothing but class. He put the team before himself on numerous occasions this season and continued to do so until the day he was shut down. It seems like this is just another example of his character and his willingness to put the team first.
With this in mind, it makes sense that he felt he would be a distraction to the team in October. He understands that he isn’t going to be activated, unlike teammates Charlie Culberson and Joc Pederson, so his role would have been extremely limited. Like I said earlier, his experience and mentorship are second-to-none; however, this team has veterans like Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw, and Chase Utley to lead to the pack, so it’s not like they are lacking in that area.
It’s safe to say that Dodger fans everywhere are rooting for an Adrian Gonzalez return in 2018. He has been such a vital part of this organization for the past six years that it would be a shame to wish anything else. So enjoy your time with your family, Adrian. I’m sure you are rooting for your teammates as much as, if not more, than anyone else!
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