Obviously, the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers are loaded with names and talent. Right now if it seems like they have too many players – which should be a good problem – it’s because they do.
Indeed, the numbers game in the organization’s favor should serve to do two things. First, it’s going to create a lot of competition for each spot. What this means is the finished product should be strengthened by the sum of the parts. Second, manager Dave Roberts has his work cut out for him.
Now SportsNet LA analysts David Vassegh and Ned Colletti talk about this being the biggest storyline of Dodgers Spring Training.
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First, Vassegh mentions Roberts alluding to 2020 being a very big opportunity for Julio Urias.
“Dave Roberts says it’s Julio Urias’ time now to step up and show the Dodgers that he can be that starter. The other storyline for me is how does Dave Roberts step up and manage all this talent. This is more talent in the rotation then they had even in 2018, when they really were mixing and matching. Also how does he manage Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez and keep them relevant?”
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Next, Colletti seems to think that while the Dodgers have a ton of depth, these things seem to sort themselves out. For instance, injuries can quickly trim down a beefy roster.
“As I look at it, they have so much pitching to sort out, how are you going to get them ready and keep them sharp? Health is also a big issue. Every morning in Spring Training starts with coming to see the trainer, and talking about who can do what today. They had 106 wins, and now they have a better team then they have ever had.”
I admit, I never remember a team having this much in terms of names and personalities. With that being said, there may not be a manager and organization better suited to keep everyone involved. We should see the plan revealed in the early going of Spring Training. From there, performances will cause adjustments and help sort it out.