Teams in Major League Baseball that win a World Series often go through a hangover phase in the season after winning it all. We’ve seen it with the Cubs, Red Sox, and Nationals since 2016. The Dodgers, on the other hand, are doing everything they can to avoid the mistakes of those teams.
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman recently made an appearance on am570. In his brief segment on the show, Friedman mentioned some things they are doing to make their team better in 2021. Friedman also talked about the dreaded World Series hangover that often crushes championship teams.
There are definitely some cautionary tales over the last 5, 6, 7 years of teams that have won it all and then fallen off of a cliff. A day or two after us winning it, our mindset and focus went to how do we avoid that, how do we stave that off and how do we keep that dynamic and that culture that we’ve created, while interjecting different players into that mix in terms of keeping us hungry and focused. And there’s a lot to World Seris hangovers in subsequent years…I think we have a group that is wired the right way and isn’t going to be thinking back on 2020 when we get to Opening Day.
If any team over the last decade is designed for a World Series repeat, it’s the Dodgers. They’re obviously out a few key free agents, but it seems likely that they’ll bring back at least one or two. Justin Turner seems to be at the top of the wish list for the front office, though no one can say for sure how likely a reunion is.
Regardless of free agents, it’s encouraging to know the Dodgers’ mindset heading into 2021. The last thing you want to do after a World Series win is to fall off of a cliff and completely miss the playoffs altogether, as has been the case in the past.
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